I scream. You scream. We’ll all be screaming for Ben & Jerry’s latest venture: a dairy-free ice cream (especially if we’re lactose-intolerant or vegan). Although, you'll have to wait till next year …

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Vegans rejoice!

It's the Vermont-based ice-cream chain and purveyor of some of our favourite ice-cream flavours with unforgettable names: Cherry Garcia, Karamel Sutra, Chubby Hubby and Half Baked.

 

Ben & Jerry's has announced that it will be launching a vegan ice-cream in spring 2016 in the US. A UK launch is due to follow shortly.

 

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield, told Metro UK that the frozen treat will be made using a base of coconut milk or almond milk.

 

“I think it’s a big thing for Ben & Jerry’s to be doing that,” Greenfield said.

 

“In the US, there are [dairy-free] alternatives from smaller companies but Ben & Jerry’s will be the first mainstream company that will do that and will also do it in a really delicious way.”

 

The move was prompted by a petition started by US couple Jenny Foy and Doug Reed, which asked for non-dairy options to be added to the Ben & Jerry’s roster. It garnered more than 27,000 signatures.

 

In the meantime, satiate your taste buds with offerings from smaller brands like Booja Booja and Perfect World (both available in the UK), which produce dairy-free ice-creams in a variety of flavours.

 

Or you can always go the homemade route and whip up your own delicious vegan ice-cream (we love this fig, blackberry and lemon option).

 

Now, what catchy name will Ben & Jerry’s come up with? Not Got Milk? Cuckoo for Coconut Milk?

 

We’re salivating just thinking about it.

 

 

 

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Ben & Jerry's vegan ice cream

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