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If you're like me, your love of Ben & Jerry's is the reason you're in denial of being lactose intolerant. But the Vermont ice cream company announced some pretty sweet news today that'll have us embracing a pint of Chunky Monkey whole-heartedly: They've got dairy-free options!
Ben & Jerry's revealed four new non-dairy options that are certified vegan and non-GMO. Two are versions of classic flavors, Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and the other two are entirely new, Coffee Caramel Fudge (a decadent fair-trade coffee ice cream with fudge chunks and caramel swirl) and P.B. & Cookies (vanilla with crunchy peanut butter swirls and chocolate sandwich cookies. (The kids can eat their PB&J while we dominate the PB & Cookies, amirite?)
All four flavors, which are currently rolling out nationwide, are made with almond milk. "Our Flavor Gurus decided that almond milk provided the best 'blank canvas' ... and it's so rich and creamy that, while digging into a pint, you will constantly have to remind yourself that it's non-dairy," the website explains.
A Change.org petition last year asked non-dairy ice cream other than sorbet. Having these options "would be a huge sign of Ben & Jerry's support for action against climate change. ... They are in a position to lead the way and make non-dairy ice cream a mainstream choice," the petition stated.
Ben & Jerry's spokesperson Sean Greenwood told Philly.com that the petition "was a positive thing" but the company had started working on the non-dairy line back in 2013. Greenwood said it was a long process because they "were kind of jumping into the deep end of the pool trying to do what we do best, only do it without milk and cream."
Well, Ben & Jerry's, you made it happen. We hope that this is just the vegan-ning.