Vegan Ice Cream Shop Honored for Its Caramelized Banana Split
For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2017
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Austin, Texas – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, PETA has selected the Top 10 Vegan Sweet Treats from restaurants and bakeries across the U.S., and Austin’s Sweet Ritual secured a spot, thanks to its signature Banana Split Split, which is dairy- and egg-free and comes with three scoops of ice cream, a choice of three toppings—such as chocolate sauce, edible glitter, and marshmallows—and a caramelized banana split down the middle.
“At Sweet Ritual, diners can indulge their sweet tooth while being sweet to animals,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “As PETA’s coast-to-coast list of decadent desserts proves, choosing vegan treats today is a piece of cake.”
Not only are vegan desserts free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol, they also spare animals immense suffering: In the dairy industry, calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and in the egg industry, parts of chickens’ beaks are cut off with a hot blade when they’re just a few days old.
Rounding out PETA’s list is the iconic Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Vegan Treats Bakery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Passion Flour Patisserie in Salt Lake City; Avalon International Breads in Detroit; My Vegan Sweet Tooth in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, New York; Cinnaholic in Atlanta; Little Pine in Los Angeles; and Back to Eden Bakery in Portland, Oregon. Each winner will receive a framed certificate.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—also offers free vegan Valentine’s Day dessert recipes on its website, along with a selection of sweet gifts from the PETA Catalog.