Dairy isn’t for everyone- we get it, but guess what? ICE CREAM IS. Everyone needs their ice cream fix- and now, nothing is stopping you, thanks to some shops around town serving up dairy-free. And let me tell you, these shops aren’t just serving dairy-free “options” (aka freezie pops and slushies)- they’re serving real dairy-free vegan *ice cream*. Check out some of our fav spots:
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1. Adrian’s Custard & Beef
2335 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072
It’s not very often that you find a little hidden treasure place like this serving dairy-free custard. Adrian’s is doing it right, guys. Not only is the custard Ahh-mazing, it doesn’t taste like pure chemicals (#plus)- it’s real creamy and delish, just like ice cream should be. The flavors rotate regularly (and yes, there’s more than just vanilla). Oh, and did I mention they’ve got a dairy-free and vegan ICE CREAM SANDWICH?! Yeah, that’s right. Get there today.
2. Anderson’s Frozen Custard
View All 6 Locations here (PS They also have a food truck!)
This Buffalo favorite has some of the best custard around, but I bet you didn’t know they had some bomb vegan ice cream too! Well, “ice cream” is a relative term- they’re using “Plant Based Frozen Dessert”- same thing though, right? (if we’re being honest, it sounds a lot healthier). They’ve got 2 flavors (with these flavors, that’s all you even need)- Chocolate Raspberry Chunk and Coconut Chocolate Almond😍 . They’re both made with coconut milk!
3. Churn Soft Serve
1501 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
Churn’s coconut soft serve is vegan (and may I add, delicious)– AND they’ve got vegan specialties too, not just plain old ice cream in a dish (BORRRINGGG) -in fact, these are the exact opposite. There’s “The Samoan,” which includes coconut soft serve, toasted coconut, chocolate chips and silky caramel sauce. And then, AND THEN- there’s the “Trix Are For Kiddos” curated cone with coconut soft serve, fruity cereal and lime zest- it’s supppper yummy.
4. Jerk’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream
523 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
All of their housemade ice cream is made with coconut milk, cream of coconut, high fructose corn syrups, extracts and a true non dairy whip base (aka dairy-free)! And guess what? There’s actually more than one dairy-free flavor, shocking, right?! Flavors include: Colada Noir, Cruella de Vanilla, Chocolate Cocoa and Strawberry.
5. Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream
56 E. Spring St, Williamsville, NY 14221
This one-of-a-kind ice cream shop makes ALL of their flavors from scratch- and they’ve got just about a million flavors on hand (okay, that may be a little of an exaggeration-but there’s A LOT) that they rotate regularly. There are usually 2-3 vegan options and a couple tasty sorbets as well (flavors also rotate regularly)!
6. PJ COOLS Ice Cream Shoppe
6160 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043
PJ Cools is looking out for you with gluten free, dairy free and lactose free options that are available everyday. Ice cream cakes included as well!
7. Green Acres Ice Cream
4357 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043
5500 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086 / 2424 George Urban Blvd, Depew, NY 14043
9. Mississippi Muds
313 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Mississippi Muds offers a dairy free almond milk and cookies n’ cream ice cream.
10. Jamie’s Ice Cream
1401 Nash Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
11. Big Sings
6251 Goodrich Rd, Clarence Center, NY 14032
12. Kone King East
117 Hamburg St, East Aurora, NY 14052
13. Route 20 Ice Cream
2783 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127
14. Fran-Ceil Custard
3411 South Park Ave, Blasdell, NY 14219
Serving Dole Whip in 17 different flavors, this custard is vegan, gluten, dairy, and fat free.
15. Yummies Ice Cream
12 Center St, Warsaw, NY 14569
Serving homemade ice cream, Yummies has close to 75 flavors including rotating vegan and lactose free flavors. Their site even has the option for you to send in flavor ideas!
16. Frey’s Tasty Treat
6186 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094
Tasty Treat serves both vanilla and cookies n’ cream dairy free ice cream options.
17. Reid’s Ice Cream Parlor
130 Lake Ave, Lockport, NY 14094
Reid’s carries a rotating selection of almond milk swirl vegan ice creams. Some of their flavors include: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, coconut, peanut butter, and fudge brownie.