Ben & Jerry’s unveils vegan, non-dairy treats

Pints are already being shipped out

(CNN) – When you hear Ben & Jerry’s, ice cream likely comes to mind; but the company is ditching the cream in its new line of non-dairy desserts.

According to Sean Greenwood of Ben & Jerry’s, “It’s for our fans. We want to do it, we’ve been listening to them for a while, saying ‘this is something we want,’ so we’ve actually been working on it for about three years now.”

The result, four decadent flavors. Two are spins on iconic favorites; Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie. However, the other two are brand new and only available in non-dairy; Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. & Cookies.

Instead of milk and cream, the base is almond milk with coconut oil mixed in.

During a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury plant, visitors got the chance to try the new flavors.

Fiona Finlay-Hart, who was visiting from NYC, said, “It’s really good. It’s just as good as I was expecting. I’ve really been looking forward to this and actually I came up here just for this because I’ve been trying to find it everywhere in the country and they didn’t have it yet.”

Since its beginnings in 1978, Ben & Jerry’s has dabbled with non-dairy, making sorbets, but nothing quite like this.

Greenwood said, “For the people who are lactose intolerant and people who are vegan, they go come on make something that’s more like ice cream for us because they want the creaminess and texture and smoothness that happens not just sorbet that’s got the fruit, the sugar and water, so we think what we’ve come up with here is pretty good.”

Greenwood added that pints are already being shipped out, and most stores should have them in two to four weeks. Something fans like Fiona are happy to hear; “It’s really great they’re finally getting into this.”

On its website, Ben & Jerry’s says it has partnered with Vegan Action to certify that its non-dairy doesn’t include any animal products.

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