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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yes, Virginia, There Is Vegan Soft Serve


I didn't want to leave you hanging yesterday when I broke the bad news that not all lactose-free soft serve is really lactose free. Some true non-dairy, vegan soft serves can be found. Even if you have to look for them.

Most vegan soft serves are an afterthought to regular ice creams or a small addition to a vegan grocery. Googling for vegan soft serve brings up many local stores but not much information on brands, flavors, or availability. You'll have to do that sort of digging for yourself.

I can mention that I've found three national brands of vegan soft serve.

Good old Tofutti:

Premium TOFUTTI soft serve mix is available in three flavors:
Vanilla, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter.

Unfortunately, the company has been concentrating on supermarket sales so while soft serve is available, it's not a priority.

Then there's OatsCreme:
Ingredients of Soft Serve OatsCremeTM by Flavor:

Chocolate
Water, Oat Flour, Dutched Cocoa, Natural Flavors,* and Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Vanilla
Water, Oat Flour, Natural Flavors,* Vanilla Extract, and Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Strawberry
Water, Oat Flour, Natural Flavors,* Natural Beet Color, and Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

And there is also Temptation:
Vegan Soft Serve Ice Cream

Restaurants and ice cream shops looking to expand their offerings to vegans, vegetarians, and lactose-intolerant (up to 15% of the U.S. population!) can use our vegan soft serve ice cream to get an edge over the competition. This creamy alternative is kosher parve certified and available in Fair Trade Chocolate and Vanilla varieties.

Temptation Chocolate Vegan Soft Serve Ice Cream
Vegan Beet Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Soymilk Powder, Fair Trade Certified(TM) Cocoa Powder, guar gum, xanthan gum, salt

Temptation Vanilla Vegan Soft Serve Ice Cream
Vegan Beet Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Soymilk Powder, natural vanilla extract powder, guar gum, xanthan gum, salt

If you can't find any of these locally, start asking for them. Or whatever other brands the store owner can find. The more demand, the more likely they are to carry vegan products. Even for something as taste-sensitive as ice cream.

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