Ripple, the Pea Protein Milk Company, Launches a Line of Dairy-Free Ice Cream
The vegan ice cream revolution is in full swing, and there' a new player in town. The plant-based dairy brand Ripple is catching the wave with its first frozen desserts. It joins an ever-growing field of delicious desserts from Oatly, So Delicious, 365 (Whole Foods' own brand), NoMoo, Van Leeuwen and Ben & Jerry’s, which itself has had so much success with dairy alternatives that it recently branched out to offer a new range of non-dairy treats made from sunflower seeds.
Ripple is bringing five dairy-free ice cream options to market: Vanilla, Cinnamon Churro, Chocolate, Mint Chip, and Cookies & Crème.
According to Ripple, the taste and texture of its dairy-free ice cream is comparable to traditional dairy. The flavors are formulated to taste “rich and indulgent.” Rich indeed: a single serving packs in more than 250 calories. Halo Top this is not (although you can get vegan Halo Top flavors now, too).
Ripple uses pea protein as the base of its products, which include milk, yogurt, shakes, sour cream, and half-and-half. Pea protein is also the key ingredient in Beyond Meat’s burgers and sausages.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Dairy-Free Ice Cream
A growing number of ice cream brands are launching into the dairy-free market. Ben & Jerry’s was the first major label to launch into the category with pints and in-store scoops. It’s now selling its dairy-free options in Europe, Australia, and Asia. Magnum has also brought a dairy-free version of its iconic chocolate-covered bars to market. Häagen Dazs, Baskin-Robbins, and Breyers all have vegan options now, too.
Frozen yogurt is also getting in on the action. Fro-Yo chain Yogurtland just launched its first dairy-free flavor, Salted Chocolate Soufflé. And Pinkberry offers several vegan flavors to choose from.