The Top 11 Vegan Ice Creams

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When the weather heats up, our thoughts automatically seem to turn to ice cream. Nothing screams summer holiday like a scoop (or four!) of this delicious frozen dessert.

Choosing to shun the cruelty of the dairy industry certainly doesn’t mean that you have to go without the good stuff, and – as more and more people make the switch to ethical vegan eating – the aisles of UK supermarkets increasingly offer a tempting selection.

The Best Vegan Ice Cream: Top Brands and where to buy thm

Here are our top picks for vegan ice creams for this summer – let us know if we’ve missed any great brands by leaving a comment below!

  1. Swedish Glace Neapolitan: Perhaps the most widely available vegan ice cream, Swedish Glace is stocked in larger branches of Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett. It’s a soya-based Italian-style ice cream that is deliciously creamy and comes in a range of classic flavours.
  2. Oatly! Vanilla Ice Cream: Bet you didn’t know it was possible to make ice cream out of oats! This classic vanilla ice cream tastes great and is full of oats, too! Dig in.
  3. Bessant & Drury’s Vanilla: This fresh coconut-based dessert is light in texture and was a winner in the 2013 FreeFrom Awards. Stocked in selected Waitrose and Tesco stores and available online from Goodness Direct, it is gluten-, soy- and GMO-free, with no artificial additives.
  4. Almond Dream Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: This delicious ice cream from America is available in Waitrose. Other tempting flavours include salted caramel and praline. Go on – treat yourself.
  5. Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate: If you’re after something a bit special, these Booja-Booja cashew-based ice creams are raw, organic and seriously decadent. Promising no more than four to five ingredients and with creative flavours, they are definitely a treat worth investing in. Booja-Booja is available in Whole Foods Market and selected Waitrose stores.
  6. Sticky Date CO YO Ice Cream: This ice cream might be the most perfect treat for relaxing with in the shade on a hot, sunny day. You can find it at health-food shops in England, Wales and Ireland.
  7. Food Heaven Wild Blueberry: This range of dairy-free soya iced desserts by Food Heaven has even beaten off competition from its dairy-laden rivals to win an international award. Pretty impressive! Find it in selected branches of Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s or in independent retailers.
  8. Tesco Free From 4 Strawberry and Vanilla Cones: These delicious cones will make you nostalgic for the summer holidays of your childhood! They’re available in the bigger Tesco shops.
  9. ZenZen Maple, Pecan & Banana: Find this luxurious yet reassuringly healthy coconut-milk ice cream in selected health-food stores across the country.
  10. Marks & Spencer Lemon Lush Sorbet: OK, so this isn’t technically ice cream – but it is a delicious, fruity, affordable and widely available frozen vegan dessert, so we thought we’d include it anyway. All major UK supermarkets offer their own version of this refreshing treat.
  11. Homemade: The best thing about vegan ice cream is it’s really easy to make at home, with no need for special equipment or multiple ingredients. All you need are frozen bananas and a blender, and you can start from there. Why not try this three-ingredient vegan ice cream recipe. It’s delicious, customisable and so healthy that you could even eat it for breakfast. (You’re welcome.)

Easy homemade vegan ice cream recipe

Apologies if all this talk of ice cream has got you craving something sweet, but these delicious desserts are all the more reason to ditch the dairy and look forward to a cruelty-free summer! Why not take our vegan pledge and try it for yourself? You can have as much ice cream as you like. Promise.


  • Justyna commented on July 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    unfortunately swedisch glace belong to uniliver

    • Helen commented on July 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      It’s also pretty horrible. I bought the chocolate one before I realised the Unilever connection and it was vile – tasted like frozen cardboard!

      • Anna commented on December 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

        Only saw ur comments now….i hate Unilever……

  • Melanie commented on July 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Unilever is an Anglo–Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, England and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products

    I would rather make my own 🙂

  • Shari Black Velvet commented on July 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Mamma Cucina is my fave. In Holland & Barrett/vegan & health stores as well as online stores like Goodness Direct.

  • grace sawley commented on July 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    do you have an ice cream for diabetics on diets

  • Jessica Thatcher commented on July 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve been desperate to make my own ice-cream since going vegan. I have an ice-cream maker and tried a vanilla ice-cream recipe using coconut milk instead of dairy cream. But it was pretty grim.
    Apparently if you add vegetable oil to vegan single cream, it makes it into double cream. Has anyone tried that? I’m sceptical.
    Any other vanilla ice-cream recipes people can share?

  • edie gein commented on July 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Please remove swedish glace. They’re owned by unilever.

  • Kam Sihota commented on August 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you to all who spotted that Swedish Glace is owned by Unilever. I almost made a mistake and bought it.

    PETA – I thought you guys would have known better!!!

    • Anne commented on August 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Kam,

      We share many people’s concerns about Unilever’s animal testing policies – as you may know, working with PETA affiliates in the US, India and Germany, PETA approached Unilever, which makes PG tips and Lipton teas, to ask it to stop performing animal tests for its tea products. Although initially unresponsive, after further work and the threat of international campaigns, Unilever agreed to stop all non-legally mandated testing for its teas.

      However, invariably, when a massive corporation such as Unilever buys a smaller, more compassionate company such as Swedish Glace, the big company learns from the smaller company’s success that consumers are concerned about issues such as animal testing and cruelty to farmed animals. Large corporations such as now recognise the expanding market of compassionate consumers who want cruelty-free food, cosmetics and clothing. We hope consumer purchases from cruelty-free subsidiaries will convince parent corporations to abandon animal testing and the use of animal products.

      • Pauline commented on January 8, 2016 at 6:49 am

        Animal testing shouldn’t still be going on. How can people conflict cruelty on animals in this day and age. It really sickens me

  • kimberly hatfield commented on August 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    please save ice cream vegan, I have try other vegan foods that I like because I am save animals . I never try ice cream vegan I really want try it I knew it ill love it . no more stole animals . thank you ..

  • Yashoda commented on August 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Unfortunately, you are all talking British,. We live in the U.S and there’s no such brands you all mention :((

    • Anne commented on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hi, check out US brands such as Soy Delicious, Soy or Rice Dream or Tofutti. PETA US’ website also has many resources on vegan living:

    • Karen Jervis commented on August 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      You have Ben and Jerry’s vegan option. !!!

  • Pam Walker commented on August 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Unilever – Never

  • Sam commented on August 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Gosh Yashoda, there are loads of excellent vegan choices in the U.S using soy, almond and coconut milks in many different flavors and formats.

  • FABRE commented on August 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    OUI… nous le voulons nous pouvons vivre sans avoir recour à la cruauté envers nos animaux et vivre sereinement donc……végétalien…super.

  • Claude Roulet commented on August 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Are Any of these sold in France ?

  • Dan commented on April 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Swedish Glace is owned by Unilever, a company that conducts animal testing! I would never buy that stuff!

  • Chris Potter commented on November 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Swedish Glace contains palm oil….

  • Jo commented on February 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Can I edit?! Got autocorrected!
    I’m disappointed that you think it’s okay to put a Unilever product here. Shame on small companies for selling to the likes of Unilever and, as far as I’m concerned, they don’t give a damn about the ethics of the product and deserve for the product to go under in favour of those products that are ethically made by companies that care.. I’m disappointed in Peta’s response….

  • Holly Tea commented on May 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    You should probably take Swedish Glace off your list as its now owned by Walls/Unilever – doesn’t even say suitable for vegans anymore!

  • Joanne Nugent commented on June 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I came across this link.You can make ice cream using bananas.

  • Shaun Reilly commented on August 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I am sorry but I will not and have not buy from A company that tests on animals and has no respect for the environment and as for ice cream from universe it is great that thay have it but I will not be Buying it and thay use palm oil if ever I buy Products that contain Palm oil it must be 100% sustainability But as a vegan I try to avoid it

  • Rebekah commented on August 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I’m excited to try veganism :)?

  • Lesley Colvin commented on August 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    My daughter is vegan and I have been now trying it out for a few weeks. I wish to get better at it and feel that Iam now not involving myself in any form of cruelty and that makes me happy.

  • The Drakes commented on August 31, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    My wife and I have been vegetarians for about two weeks and love it, but she is prone to kidney stones. We would love some feed back on some new dishes!!

  • susanna commented on September 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I am astonished that you would recommend Swedish Glace, they even sell it in Morrisons! It is produced by the behometh Unilever and the test on animals and use Palm oil!
    And it is disgusting. If it melts you can see how yuk it is.
    We make our own ice cream from frozen bananas (yes really) as bouja bouja is so expensive and I am allergic to cashews although I love them.

  • Marcy commented on September 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Valsoia ice creams (like the Sandwich showed in the video) are finally available in UK as well on!
    They are the real dairy free Italian Gelato !

  • Ellis Mizrahi commented on November 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Are there any vegan ice cream products which are suitable for diabetics?

  • Anna commented on December 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm


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