There has been a huge push for people to shift to a plant-based diet, with more people adopting a dairy-free, and even vegan lifestyle.
Luckily, the shift considers sweet treats like ice cream. The plant-based version is vegan-friendly and good for the lactose intolerant, because cow’s dairy milk is replaced with nuts or grain-based milks. (READ: LIST: Dairy-free milk options you can get online)
Whether you’re checking out some local brands to gift your vegan friend, or just want to give plant-based desserts a try, these ice cream brands promise the same goodness of regular ice cream.
A struggle some people who have gone plant-based might have is a lack of availability at bigger chain markets. Not only does Super Scoops by The Superfood Grocer deliver within Metro Manila, but they can also be found at several major groceries and specialty shops all over the country.
Super Scoops uses no dairy, eggs, or artificial flavoring and sweeteners in their ice cream, and even supports local coconut farmers by using only coconut sugar. Their 8 flavors use high-quality ingredients like Japanese matcha, gluten-free brownies, and Philippine chocolate.
Their flavors include Dark Chocolate, Milky Matcha, and Choco Milk for those who like their ice creams without mix-ins. For more of a bite, check out their Coffee Cashew Crumble, Choco Brownie Madness, Vanilla Brownie Crumble, Strawberries and Cream, and Vanilla Caramel Pecan.
Ambassador’s Ice Cream is a local vegan ice cream brand that promises lactose-free, cholesterol-free, and plant-based pints that don’t scrimp on quality and flavor. The brand uses a variety of chickpea, rice, and nut milks as well as coconut sugar to keep their ice creams cholesterol and lactose-free and within a low glycemic index.
The wide variety of Ambassador’s ice cream flavors include the new, limited edition Vanilla Mega Cookie (P345), made in collaboration with Earth Desserts. It's flavored with coconut and cashew milk.
Other favorites are the Malagos Mudpie (an Oreo coffee cashew ice cream made of 80% Malagos chocolate), Mango Biscoff, Tsokolate Tablea, Horchata, and Blueberry Cheesecake.
Ambassador’s Vegan Ice Creams come in cups, pints, half-gallons, and for select flavors, as an ice cream pie. Order through the Go!Salads website for delivery or pick up some at Go!Salads branches.
Award-winning Filipino chocolate brand Auro recently launched a line of vegan gelatos as part of their QuaranTreats collection.
Two of their non-dairy gelato offerings are the Strawberry (P416) and the Chocolate (P384). The creamy Strawberry flavor is made of Auro’s own cacao butter and contains a hefty serving of Baguio strawberries while the decadent chocolate gelato is made with the Filipino-grown cacao Auro is renowned for.
Auro makes their ingredients and allergens lists clear on their website so you can be sure to check if their gelatos are right for you. Auro Chocolate delivers their QuaranTreats within Metro Manila only. Orders can be done on the website.
The smoothie and juice bar Big Chill launched their dairy-free ice cream early 2020 with 4 flavors: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and ube in pints for P285 each. All flavors are non-GMO, gluten-free, plant-based, and use only coconut milk.
Dairy-free, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly – that is Cocolatto’s promise with their premium ice creams.
Cocolatto’s 5 flavors come in 125mL cups and include Vanilla Dream, Chocolatto, Creamy Strawberry made of soy milk, Green Tea Surprise with Matcha and coconut cream, and Coffeeccino. All flavors are priced at P150 and Cocolatto offers a bundle of all flavors for P700.
Diet food delivery service The Sexy Chef’s ice cream line Crave offers 3 plant-based ice cream options.
The most unique is their Tasty Taho, which has silken soy, organic coconut syrup, and sago, elements of the delicious Filipino snack. The Chocolate flavor is made with non-GMO soy milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and organic coco syrup, and Peanut Butter is sweetened with coconut sugar syrup.
Fruits in Ice Cream (FIC) has been serving premium ice cream since 1997 and their wide variety of flavors and variants make them a beloved Filipino brand.
Their Balance line was crafted to make their ice cream available to everyone, even with dietary restrictions. Their vegan offerings are Buko Pandan, Ube, and Black Rice, while their no sugar added options include Cafe Latte, Belgian Chocolate, and French Vanilla.