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For those of us who live a dairy-free life, ice cream is usually near the top of the list of foods we wish we could eat, especially on hot summer days.
Luckily, the Boston ice cream scene includes several spots to get your frozen fix without the dairy. Next time you’re craving a cone, check out one of these vegan ice cream hotspots to help you cool down.
The undisputed king of vegan ice cream in Boston is the cleverly named [FōMū]. [FōMū]’s creamy coconut-based, kosher concoctions often use local ingredients to create flavors like Bourbon Maple Walnut and Sweet Lavender. It’s no surprise that the scoop shop’s original location was in Allston, the vegan capital of Boston. The company has since expanded to Jamaica Plain, Fenway, and South End. You’ll also find [FōMū] at some of the city’s best vegan eateries like Life Alive, Veggie Galaxy and True Bistro. No matter where you end up in the city, a frozen, dairy-free treat is almost always nearby!
[FōMū] may be the king of vegan ice cream in Boston, but J.P. Licks is definitely next in line for the crown. With 15 locations in the Boston area, you’re never far from a J.P. Licks. In addition to a plethora of dairy-laden ice cream flavors, this spot also stocks non-dairy ice cream made with soy and coconut bases. Flavors rotate, so check back often for seasonal specialties!
While most of Lizzy’s offerings are homemade and contain dairy, the Harvard Square and Waltham scoop shop also outsources vegan offerings. Lizzy’s serves Tofutti, a popular dairy-free brand, for those wishing to avoid dairy while indulging. Try the coffee or dark chocolate the next time we have a wicked scorcha'.
Cabot’s is located a bit outside the city in Newton, but it’s well worth the trip. Like Lizzy’s, most of Cabot’s ice cream contains dairy, but the shop also offers a dairy-free frozen yogurt base that you can customize to suit your tastes. Try it with flavors like blueberry or Oreo Cookie!
For years, locals lamented the lack of ice cream in Somerville’s Union Square. Those cries were finally answered when Gracie’s opened in fall 2014. Serving inventive flavors like Pumpkin Squash and Smoky Chocolate Peanut Butter, Gracie’s rotates its selection frequently. The scoop shop offers 12 flavors at a time, one of which is always non-dairy.