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JUL 14, 2020



Summer in Colorado means hikes and happy hours, baseball and breweries, and lots of ice cream. Just because you don’t do dairy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in this summertime staple.

Thanks to the vegan ice cream shops below, you can still enjoy a scoop of the sweet stuff on a hot summer night.

Some of the best yet most elusive plant-based ice cream in Denver is from this ice cream shop on wheels. Best One Yet is a vegan vespa scooting and scooping around the city, serving flavors like Colorado Peach and Raspberry Chip. The 100% vegan ice cream is made using organic coconut milk, nuts, spices, fair-trade cocoa, and locally sourced herbs and produce. You can email them or check them out on social media to see where they'll be next. Don't want to wait? Pick up a pint from certain grocery stores in and around the city!

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit. It may be hard to believe, but that’s all that is in Ba-Nom-a-Nom’s vegan ice cream. This food truck is whipping up some deliciousness that’s surprisingly simple. They just put the fruit(s) of your choice into their blender, and mix it until it’s creamy. All of their toppings are vegan and gluten-free as well, even the granola.

The newest shop to hit the Denver vegan ice cream scene is Brightside Dairy-Free Ice Creams. To accommodate her own family’s allergies, founder Carrie Casey set out to create a dairy-, gluten-, and peanut-free treat that would satisfy everyone’s sweet cravings. The unique flavors range from Cherry Berry Pie to Chocolate Avocado. They often participate in local events like the Stapleton Fresh Market and Denver's Summer Vegan Pop Up, so make sure to keep an eye on their Instagram to find out where they’ll be next!

The brainchild of Brothers BBQ founders Nick and Chris O’Sullivan, Nuggs has been cooling off the Park Hill neighborhood since 2014. The two brothers achieved success through their BBQ but then realized that their own neighborhood lacked an ice cream shop. So the pair headed off to Ice Cream University in Florida (a university we wish we would've known about when applying to colleges...) to learn how to open their own creamery. With people flocking from all over the city, their shop is now more than a neighborhood favorite. Nuggs serves regular ice cream, but they always have fresh vegan options and gluten-free cones too. And if you want to be the coolest host of your next event, check out their ice cream catering!

This iconic shop serves up homemade scoops from a 28-foot-tall milk jug in the heart of LoHi. With creative vegan picks like Pina Colada, Horchata, and The Munchies, there's a flavor for everyone. Their Scoop-for-Scoop program means that for every scoop of ice cream purchased, Little Man matches that scoop with a donated scoop of rice, beans, or other staple food to community members and those across the globe in need (as if you needed another excuse to get ice cream). In the last 10 years, they’ve delivered to thousands of communities in nine countries across four continents!

This creamery is the sweetest stop on Broadway. Sweet Action is a Denver favorite for its small-batch, homemade ice cream in conventional and outlandish flavors. Along with dairy options, they also offer coconut and soy-based treats. Flavors rotate, but past flavors included Coffee and Doughnuts, Caramel Carrot Cake, and Green Tea. This ice cream is so loved that you can even find pints in grocery stores around Denver, or have them shipped right to your doorstep!

This “cow-to-cone” micro-creamery serves its handcrafted ice cream, ice pops, and soda from its Uptown shop. Frozen Matter prides itself on quality— they use the best organic and natural ingredients from local farms to whip up small batches of the sweet stuff. Flavors change with the seasons, but you can always find some solid vegan picks like Orange Honeycomb and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.

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