Cold Stone Creamery just launched its first vegan ice cream at 930 locations nationwide.

Cold Stone Creamery just launched its first vegan ice cream at 930 locations nationwide.

Today, ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery launched its first vegan ice cream option: Silk Chocolate Almondmilk Frozen Dessert. While the chain previously offered a wide variety of sorbet flavors as a vegan option, the addition of Silk’s almond milk ice cream opens up new possibilities for Cold Stone, which is known for its unique ice cream experience where customers choose one. base and mix ins that crew members fold onto a frozen granite stone (hence the name “Cold Stone”).

“Cold Stone is pleased to share our first plant-based flavor,” Sara Schmillen, vice president of marketing for Cold Stone’s parent company, Kahala Brands, said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on our high taste standards. It was important to us to innovate with an equally respected, high-quality brand like Danone and its Silk Almondmilk product. As a result, our new Chocolate Almond Milk Parfait offers a true ice cream experience, but is not made with any dairy products. Plant-based has never tasted so good. We know our guests will agree. “

Cold Stone currently offers a vegan-friendly sugar cone and a variety of vegan mixes such as fresh fruit, pie filling, different types of nuts, along with sprinkles, pretzels, and crumbled Oreos.


Vegan ice cream comes to Cold Stone

To promote the launch of its first vegan flavor, Cold Stone will add a new vegan composite ice cream creation to the menu at its 931 stores nationwide. The new Don’t Cry Over Spilled Silk features Danone North America’s proprietary Silk Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream as a base with blended bananas, peanut butter and toasted almonds.

“We are absolutely delighted that Cold Stone Creamery has chosen to work with Danone North America and the Silk brand to bring the first plant-based frozen dessert from the ice cream parlor to Cold Stone customers,” Derek Neeley, Vice President of Marketing for Silk at Danone North America said in a statement. “Cold Stone’s creativity and leadership in frozen desserts, coupled with our expertise in plant-based dairy alternatives and a strong track record of providing excellent taste and texture, is a powerful combination to deliver a delicious collaboration of frozen desserts. plants for lovers of frozen treats across the country. country.”


The main ice cream chains opt for the vegan route

Cold Stone is the latest major ice cream chain to add a vegan option. Like Cold Stone, Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest ice cream chain, has consistently offered sorbet as a non-dairy option. However, in August 2019, the chain launched its first vegan ice cream options made with a base of coconut oil and almond butter. Last year, Baskin-Robbins became the first major ice cream chain to launch oat milk ice cream when it debuted its flavor of the month for May: Non-Dairy Strawberry Streusel. The vegan flavor featured a creamy base of oat milk sprinkled with strawberries, cinnamon granola, and crumbly streusel. The limited edition Strawberry Streusel flavor was the beginning of a new era at Baskin-Robbins, which aims to launch additional vegan flavors made with oat milk.

As the larger ice cream chains enter the vegan game, they join smaller chains that have been innovating in the dairy-free space for years, including Salt & Straw, which operates 25 units primarily along the West Coast. . During the month of January, the chain always presents a “Vegandulgence” menu with a variety of creative vegan flavors made from different bases.

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This year, Salt & Straw’s Vegandulgence menu includes carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (made to celebrate medieval delicacy, vegan style); Petunia’s Rainbow Sprinkled Babycakes (made with small cupcakes from Portland, Oregon-based vegan bakery Petunia’s); and Renewal Mill’s Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake (made with cupcakes that are made with recycled flours before being crumbled into oat milk ice cream).

To learn more about vegan ice cream, read:

Breyers increases its range of vegan ice creams with 2 new flavors
Dairy Queen launches vegan ice cream bar
VegNews Guide to the best vegan ice creams

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