We all love a bit of ice cream on a sunny day, or when we’re in need of some comfort food, or just about any day, really. It’s irresistible, indulgent and simply delicious! So we here at VF&L HQ thought it was about time we tested eight of the best vegan ice creams to give you the inside scoop on which passed our taste test…
Salted Caramel Ice Cream by Almond Dream
£4.00 | Available from Sainsbury’s and Asda
Although this ice cream is made from almond milk, it’s definitely the rich, strong flavour of the caramel that takes over. Caramel swirls keep up the taste throughout the tub and, surprisingly, the ice cream never comes across as too sugary. It’s best eaten by itself because the taste is so intense (and delicious).
Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream by Perfect World
£4.49 | Available from Ocado
This coconut milk ice cream smells as refreshing as it tastes! It’s smooth, creamy and scattered liberally with chocolate chips, making for a really satisfying texture. The mint definitely has a kick, too. With 12 vitamins and minerals and no added sugars, this one is a great boost for a warm day.
Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream by Booja Booja
£5.99 | Available from Waitrose and Ocado
Made with rich dark cocoa, cashews and agave syrup, this ice-cream tastes bitter (in a good way) from the high cocoa content with no artificial taste at all. It is completely smooth with no chunks and is perfect in small portions, or as a topping or side to desserts.
Vanilla Iced Dessert by Sainsbury’s Free From
£3.50 | Available from Sainsbury’s
Deliciously light and creamy, this coconut oil based dessert has just the right amount of vanilla flavouring. It’s perfect to eat on its own, in a cornet or in a sundae. If you’re looking for a staple iced dessert to serve with just about anything, this is the one for you.
Vanilla Gluten-Free Cones by Cornetto
£2.00 | Available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Ocado
This classic vanilla Cornetto has the very same nostalgia value and sweet taste as the dairy version. The cone is beautifully crunchy, with a chocolate-coated inside leading down to the signature chocolate-filled tip. It looks great, and the sprinkling of nuts on top adds great texture to the creamy soy ice cream.
Mango & Passion Fruit Ice Cream by Blue Skies – Editor’s choice
£4.99 | Available from Waitrose
You know you’ll love this from the moment you lift the lid and smell the delicious aroma. Refreshing and citrusy, it tastes like a sorbet, while the texture remains like soft ice cream. The blend of flavours is unique and surprising – we recommend this if you’re looking for a way to introduce your friends to vegan ice cream!
Salted Caramel Chocolate Lollies by MiiRO
£4.71 | Available from Ocado
These are such an indulgence! The caramel taste, heightened by Himalayan Salt, is intense and luxurious, complemented perfectly by the raw cacao coating. The flavour combination makes for a luxurious dessert (or snack) that fills you up and refreshes you all at once.
Chunky Monkey Ice Cream by Ben & Jerry’s
£5.50 | Available at most major supermarkets
If you have a (very) sweet tooth, you’ll definitely go back for more of this. The sweet taste of banana makes up the base of this dairy-free ice cream, but it’s packed with chocolate chips and walnuts, giving it a great variety of flavours and textures. It’s sold at a premium price, but we think it’s worth every penny!