Best Vegan Ice Cream Winner Announced!

In honor of national Ice Cream Month, PETA went in search of the best vegan ice cream in America, and it wasn’t hard to find a long list of mouthwatering options. Thanks to the availability of innovative vegan desserts and the popularity of nondairy diets, restaurants across the nation are expanding their menus to include cool, creamy, and delectable vegan ice cream and frozen treats.

It was a tough job, but after lots of drooling by staff members over seven finalists’ decadent frozen treats from restaurants across the nation, we’re proud to announce the winner and two runners-up in our best vegan ice cream contest.

The winner and runners-up will receive framed certificates to place in their restaurants, plus unlimited bragging rights for their top-notch vegan ice cream. Congrats!

Best Vegan Ice Cream Winner:

KindKreme in Los Angeles has two locations, which both offer a wide variety of raw and organic vegan ice cream treats. But the dessert that earned it top honors is KindKreme’s Brownie Sundae. Take your pick of a raw vegan brownie with two or three scoops of Icekreme topped with raw chocolate or caramel syrup and one dry topping of your choice. Yum!

Best Vegan Ice Cream First Runner-Up:

Green New American Vegetarian in Tempe, Arizona, serves up the original Soynami, a soy-based soft-serve concoction that’s whipped together with your choice of candies, cereals, and fruit.

Best Vegan Ice Cream Second Runner-Up:

New York’s own traditional parlor, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, offers iconic banana splits made with three scoops of creamy soft-serve, three sauces, one topping, whipped cream, and a bright-red cherry on top.

Our other finalists and honorable mentions include the following:

  • Karma Cream in Gainesville, Florida, for its fluffy, sweet strawberry shortcake
  • The Chicago Diner in Chicago for its assortment of thick and creamy milkshakes
  • The Skinny Dip in Hampton Roads, Virginia, for its vegan frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind