So you’ve decided to ditch dairy. Perhaps you’ve gone vegan, or you finally decided to do something about the reactions you get from your long-ignored lactose intolerance.
Dairy products like cheese and yoghurt may be easier to give up, but ice-cream? That sweet, creamy dessert that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day? That might be a little more difficult.
Now, dairy-free isn’t the same as lactose-free ice cream. We’ve taken the liberty to help you differentiate between both labels, and what you should look out for when you’re grabbing your pints.
For starters, lactose-free products aren’t vegan — they are dairy products where the lactose enzyme has been broken down and thus removed. Dairy-free products, on the other hand, are made with plants or nuts. In a nutshell, lactose-free products aren’t suitable for people who have milk allergies or who are on a vegan or dairy-free diet.
Enough said. Read on for all the pints of dairy-free ice cream you can get your hands on in Singapore.
Everyone’s favourite oat milk brand, Oatly, released an ice-cream line with its signature dairy-free beverage last year in countries like the UK, and they’ve just announced the launch of the vegan ice-cream here in Singapore. Available in six flavours, each tub is not only vegan — it is also free from dairy, lactose, and soy ingredients. The sweet treats are available exclusively on Redmart and selected Fairprice Finest outlets.
Ben & Jerry’s has always been a staple in any ice-cream lineup, and now with their neat Non-Dairy pints, we expect them to be a firm favourite amongst our vegan buddies too. Each tub is made with a blend of almond milk and is 100 percent certified vegan, which means it doesn’t include animal products of any kind — including eggs, dairy or honey. As of now, the brand has four different flavours to choose from within this range: Caramel Almond Brittle, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
The words healthy and indulgent need not be at either side of the coin when it comes to the R’ice Cream from Smoocht. Here, the company uses organic brown rice milk and organic sugar cane juice to create guilt-free, vegan ice cream that’s low in calories and lower in carbon footprint as well. As for their flavours, choose between fruity ones like the Strawberry Fields and the Tropical Coconut or the favourites like the Chocolate Hazelnut, Kyoto-Uji Matcha and Atlantic Sea Salt Gula Melaka.
If you’re not familiar with Momolato, here’s a quick catchup: the local gelato supplier is the brand behind the treats from many of Singapore’s premier hotels, restaurants and cafes. Besides your regular gelatos, the brand is also home to a line of dairy-free, vegan treats that cater to a different customer base. There’s a whole range of flavours here, but our picks have got to be the Purple Hokkaido Lavender Coconut, a delightfully aromatic Hokkaido lavender-infused treat drizzle of wildflower honey and the Dark Chocolate Coconut, a Belgian couverture dark chocolate topped with chocolate toasted coconut chips.
The Ice Cream Cookie & Co is one of the first few brands that ventured into vegan ice cream in Singapore. Their goal? To create guilt-free treats that taste just as good as traditional ice cream. If you’re a purist, flavours like Vegan Dark Chocolate will be right up your alley, but if you’re feeling more adventurous than usual, the Onde Onde is a pandan-infused pint with chewy mochi bits that’s worth a go.