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19 Spots to Get Dairy-Free/Vegan Ice Cream in WNY

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Written by Kelsie Engert

Published on June 6, 2022
Photo courtesy of Churn

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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Adrian’s Ice Cream Sandwich / Photo x Naomi Sakovics

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.

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2. Anderson’s Frozen Custard

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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).

Peach & Love / Photo courtesy of Churn

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.

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4. 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)!

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5. 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!

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6. Green Acres Ice Cream

4357 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043

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7. Frosty’s

8. Mississippi Mudds

313 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150

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9. Jamie’s Ice Cream

1401 Nash Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

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Pineapple Dole Whip / Photo courtesy of Bug Sings

10. Big Sings

6251 Goodrich Rd, Clarence Center, NY 14032

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11. Kone King East

117 Hamburg St, East Aurora, NY 14052

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12. Route 20 Ice Cream

2783 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127

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13. 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.

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14. 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!

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15. Frey’s Tasty Treat

6186 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094

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16.  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.

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Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream
Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith

17. Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream

431 Main Street East Aurora / 716-805-7322

Rosie’s offers dairy free sorbets and a few vegan ice cream flavors.

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Cookies & Cream
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18. Cookies & Cream

19. Uncle G’s

7030 Washington St, Lockport, NY 14094

Offers a variety of soft serve non-dairy options.

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This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/kelsie-engert/" target="_self">Kelsie Engert</a>

Written by Kelsie Engert

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