Raise your spoons: Ben and Jerry's now has nondairy ice cream

Feb 04, 2016, 00:21
Raise your spoons: Ben and Jerry's now has nondairy ice cream

Aside from these classics, they're also releasing two brand new flavors-Coffee Caramel Fudge with a base of Fair-trade coffee goodness, studded with deceptively vegan fudge and a rich swirl of caramel, and P.B.

The new options are meant to appeal to a customer base that's either vegan or chooses not to consume dairy products, two groups that have been very vocal with Ben & Jerry's about their preferences, says spokeswoman Lindsay Bumps. And the flavor creator, Kirsten Schimoler, obviously has chocoholic tendencies as every new pint has at least a chunk or swirl of cacao.

An employee of Ben & Jerry's scoops ice cream into a cone outside Union Station in Washington on June 18, 2013.

"For years, non-dairy fans have been forced to watch ice cream consumers with envy and were unable to participate in a truly indulgent frozen dessert experience", Ben & Jerry's said in a statement.

A Change.org petition urging Ben & Jerry's to offer non-dairy products received almost 30,000 online signatures. & Cookies. Each variety is made with almond milk.

The first four flavors are just the tip of the ice(cream)berg too: Ben & Jerry's plans to roll out more options in the future, Bumps says.

Chunky Monkey is a recreation of the famous Ben & Jerry's flavor and includes banana, fudge chunks and walnuts. & Cookies. Whether or not you have a good reason to drown your sorrows in a pint, there's always the "but they're vegan!" argument. & Cookies, a flavor decked out with chunky peanut butter swirl and pieces of chocolate cookies.

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