Did you hear the scoop about the new vegan options at Cold Stone Creamery? You might be surprised at the answer. If you ever have a desperate need for a dairy-free dessert, stop and give them a try! With over 931 locations in the U.S., and new soy ice cream options made with Silk soymilk at all of them, there’s sure to be delicious plant-based ice cream near you.
Sometimes, a vegan’s first instinct towards popular chain restaurants (especially when it comes to ice cream) is to veer away and assume that there aren’t any animal-free alternatives. But, in the case of Cold Stone Creamery, there are actually a number of tasty temptations to try.
Not only do they offer a chocolate almond milk option, but they also serve silky smooth sorbets, fresh fruit and perky pie fillings, nourishing nuts, and other appetizing add-ins. Lastly, if you’re craving a cone, you have a choice of two crunchy cones––the cake or the sugar. We’d like to give a small cone-gratulations to Cold Stone Creamery for offering vegans a few plant-based picks.
Before you dive head first into the frozen desserts, let’s give you an idea of what to expect. If you’re hungry and feeling overwhelmed with choices, it’ll be easier to scroll through our guide and get a good sense of what there is to offer. Here’s what we suggest:
NOTE: If you are worried about cross-contamination with dairy or non-vegan foods, you might want to ask that the mixing area (chilled granite countertop) be either cleaned well before your frozen dessert is created or that everything you order is mixed in a separate bowl instead.
It’s incredibly surprising, but they do! They not only have a new, dairy-free ice cream option and a creamy shake, but also a fair number of fun and fruity sorbets. Sensational!
Both of these yummy Cold Stone vegan options use Silk Chocolate Almondmilk Frozen Dessert. We can’t decide which one we want more!
Though we wish there were more vegan ice cream flavors available, it’s awesome that there are at least several chilly, sweet sorbet selections. We’d love to see a cherry, dragonfruit, or chocolate choice in the future! What about you?
Go wild and crazy with these tempting vegan-friendly toppings. If you don’t mind a crunchy, munchy mouthful, you could add all of them in at the same time. Maybe that’s madness, but it might be delicious!
When going out for ice cream on the fly, we know that healthy foods are far from your first choice. But, keep in mind that fruits are high in fiber and can help keep hunger at bay. Plus, extra antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are awesome to add to any snack.
If you leave out all of the dairy-full ice cream options, here are a few other foods that are not vegan-friendly to be careful of when you order.
Sorry! Only the cake cone and sugar cone are vegan-friendly at this ice cream parlor. The waffle cone contains dairy.
Sadly, yes. Their Smoothie Mix base contains milk and cannot be ordered with a plant-based milk substitute.
Yes! All of their sorbets are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Woo-hoo!
Not at the moment. We’re hoping that they will come up with a vegan ice cream cake option soon, now that they have the Silk Almondmilk base.
Cold Stone has one Silk Chocolate Almondmilk frozen dessert, one Silk Chocolate Almondmilk shake, and a number of sorbets which are all free of dairy. See our list above!
Even though Cold Stone Creamery has made a smart decision by adding a vegan-friendly option to their famous frozen dessert menu, we hope it’s only the first step of many. Since there are so few mainstream ice cream chains that offer plant-based alternatives, they could totally take the lead and add even more cold, creamy, and cruelty-free menu items. In the meantime, we can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
Have you found any other Cold Stone Creamery options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-cold-stone-creamery creations with all of us!
This Cold Stone Creamery vegan article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Cold Stone Creamery. At the time of this article, the frozen desserts mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus and add or take away items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan at Cold Stone Creamery and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.
This vegan Cold Stone Creamery guide was written by Gina House and edited by Michelle Cehn and Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which means shopping through them really helps to support World of Vegan!