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There are many recipes for a delicious dairy-free dessert, but what about store bought products? As someone with lactose intolerance and a penchant for laziness, I appreciate that I can pop into my local grocery store for a dessert for a party (or a Wednesday night on the couch) that won’t break the bank. not for the next 3 -6 hours. Often times, I find that dairy free ice cream or frozen treats are not tasty or have a less than desirable texture. Milk substitutes can be difficult to work with in your own kitchen, so I imagine translating that into mass production can be even more difficult. I’ve decided to put together a few dairy-free frozen desserts available in grocery stores and online that will appeal to any stomach: vegans, non-vegans, lactose intolerant or not.

Ben & Jerry’s Dairy Free Ice Cream

We all know Ben & Jerry makes some of the best flavors in ice cream, so when they finally released non-dairy versions of their pints, I was ecstatic. I tried a few (Coffee Caramel Fudge — no, Chunky Monkey — no) before I found my Holy Grail ice cream: Chocolate Fudge Brownie. The consistency is creamy, not icy like some dairy free ice creams on the market, and the chocolate brownie pieces are chewy and plentiful. They just dated a some new flavors that I may need to find.

My / Mo Mochi Cashew Nut Cream Frozen Dessert

Complete range of cashew cream

I have eaten mochi before and have eaten ice cream, but never in my life have I seen the two together. My sister, who spent a semester abroad in Japan, tells me it’s normal and amazing. This particular brand has a new dairy-free product that I couldn’t wait to try. (Full disclosure: I was sent this product for free in exchange for an honest review.) I tried the Salted Caramel and Strawberry flavors. The ice cream was super good, very tasty and of a nice consistency. The mochi, which wrapped a spoonful of ice cream in a thin layer was… ok? As the ice cream started to melt because I was holding it, the mochi got very sticky and hard to bite. And, on the whole, I don’t to like biting into cold things, so I started eating my leftover treats with a spoon. Who helps. All in all, I think it’s a fun and different dairy-free dessert option that packs some serious flavor in a pretty package.

Trader Joe’s Lime Fruit Floes

Trader Joe's Lime Fruit Floe

The employees at Trader Joe’s know what they are doing when it comes to alternative dairy products – they offer baked goods, ice cream and coffee creams which are all fantastic. These popsicles, however, are not a substitute, they’re just fruit popsicles. They call it a “fruit pack ice”, I guess, because it’s a big pop. It’s freezing. I believe there are other flavors, but we’re a lime house, so I’m barely paying attention, just grab two cans of lime and go my little way. The lime fruit floes are tangy, tangy, and not too sweet. In fact, I bet they’re healthy! #denial

Halo Top Dairy Free Sea Salt Caramel

Halo Top dairy free

I can’t escape the marketing of Halo Top. Does anyone else have this problem? It’s a very trendy brand right now, so they seem to be all over my Instagram feed. I was afraid to try it because I’m not exactly that keen on the ice cream which proudly states that it only contains “280-360 calories per pint”. Yawn, who cares? At one point I tried a mint chocolate chip flavor from Halo Top (full dairy product) and thought the flavor was good but the texture was a little icy and weird. Would the dairy-free version definitely be worse? No, I was wrong! It’s pretty awesome. My grocery store only has a few Halo Top dairy-free flavors right now, but hopefully more will come. The sea salt caramel was creamy, rich, with the perfect savory touch. 10/10 would try the other thirteen flavors.

Do you have a favorite dairy free dessert that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments!