From bad food (experience) to bad mood, there is nothing ice cream can’t fix. However, finding a place that serves vegan ice cream is a task on its own.
Even though vegans have been demanding for it for a very long time now, there are not very many places that offer dairy-free ice cream.
Is Cold Stone Creamery the same? Does Cold Stone have vegan ice cream? What other, if any, vegan options you can find at the popular creamery?
This is exactly what we’re going to discuss today. So, let’s jump right into it!
Does Cold Stone Have Vegan Options?
Cold Stone does offer some dairy-free options for its vegan customers. Here’s a list of all the Cold Stone vegan options:
- Mix-ins and Toppings
What about Ice Cream? Does Cold Stone Have Vegan Ice Cream?
As much as we all ice-cream-loving vegans wish for it, Cold Stone Creamery has not added any vegan ice cream option in its menu yet. It is indeed a sad news for vegans. But, hey, they have a good variety of sorbets, which can somewhat fix your ice cream cravings. The Creamery also offer a wide variety of vegan mix-ins. Add your favorite mix-ins to sorbet to convert your dairy-free delight into a gourmet frozen dessert.
Want to know your options? Keep reading to find out what all you can eat or drink at Cold Stone as a vegan.
Badly craving for ice cream? Try making your own vegan ice cream at home. Check out the following video for some amazing vegan ice cream recipes…
Cold Stone Vegan Options – A Quick Rundown
Let’s take a look at Cold Stone vegan options in each dairy-free category to give you a clear idea about what you can eat at Cold Stone Creamery as a vegan.
It’s important to note here that the offerings may slightly vary across various Cold Stone locations. Therefore, it is always recommended to check the menu at your local Cold Stone Creamery and ask any questions that you may have to the staff before ordering.
§ Cold Stone Vegan Sorbets
Sorbets are made with water, sweetener, and fruity flavorings. They are essentially vegan, unless they contain honey, which many of the vegans avoid.
Cold Stone sorbets do not contain any non-vegan or suspicious ingredients. Hence, they are all vegan-friendly.
The exact range of Cold Stone sorbet flavors may vary across various locations, but here’s the list of all their sorbet flavors:
- Countrytime Pink Lemonade Sorbet
- Lemon Sorbet
- Mojito Sorbet
- Orange Sorbet
- Peach Mango Sorbet
- Pineapple Sorbet
- Pineapple Orange Banana Sorbet
- Raspberry Sorbet
- Strawberry Sorbet
- Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet
- Strawberry Mango Banana Sorbet
- Watermelon Sorbet
Check your local Cold Stone’s sorbet menu to confirm which of these flavors they offer.
§ Cold Stone Vegan Mix-Ins and Toppings
The mix-ins are basically toppings that people can add to their ice creams and sorbets to further enhance their flavor. Cold Stone Creamery offers a wide range of vegan-friendly toppings that those avoiding dairy can add to their sorbets.
Just like sorbet flavors, the exact variety can vary across various locations. But, here are all the Cold Stone vegan mix-ins and toppings that are offered:
Cold Stone Vegan Fruit Mix-Ins
- Black Cherries
- Pineapple Tidbits
- Apple Pie Filling
- Cherry Pie Filling
- Peach Pie Filling
- Maraschino Cherries
- Sliced Almonds
- Roasted Almonds
- Macadamia Nuts
Vegan Candy Mix-Ins at Cold Stone
- Gummy Bears
Other Cold Stone Vegan Mix-Ins
- Desiccated Coconut
- Dipped Dough
- Graham Cracker Pie Crust
- OREO Cookies
- Golden OREO Cookies
- Halloween OREO Cookies
- OREO Pie Crust
- Peanut Butter
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Sugar Crystals
- Gold Glitter
It may be surprising for some people to see Oreo cookies in the list of vegan mix-ins. But, the truth is that Oreos are vegan-friendly, or more aptly, accidentally-vegan.
Even PETA has confirmed it.
Cold Stone Vegan Toppings
When it comes to toppings, most of the options available at Cold Stone contain eggs and/or milk. You only have two vegan toppings options at Cold Stone:
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Sauce
Customize your Cold Stone vegan sorbet with your favorite mix-ins and toppings to make your fruity frozen treat all the more delicious.
§ Vegan Beverages at Cold Stone
Cold Stone offers a variety of ice cream shakes and fruit smoothies. But, sadly, the Creamery does not offer the option of non-dairy milk, forbidding us vegans from enjoying all those delicious, creamy beverages.
There is only one vegan drink available at Cold Stone and that is:
- Mango Juice
Cold Stone also offers two vegan cones – Cake Cone and Sugar Cone. However, they are practically of no use for vegans since there is no vegan ice cream to enjoy these cones with. You can’t have these cones with sorbets.
Cold Stone Menu Items That May Look Vegan, But Are Not
Following are some of the items (mix-ins) on Cold Stone Creamery menu that may be mistaken as vegan-friendly, but they actually contain non-vegan ingredients:
- Granola – Contains milk
- Toasted Coconut – Contains milk
- Chocolate Sprinkles – Contain milk
- Waffle Cone or Bowl – Contains eggs and milk
- Waffle Chips – Contain eggs and milk
Cold Stone uses Lifestyle Smoothie Mix for all its smoothies, which contain milk. Furthermore, all the pies available at Cold Stone are non-vegan. According to Cold Stone’s allergen guide, all of them contain milk and Cookie Dough Pie also contains eggs.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, I am going to answer all the questions that people frequently ask about Cold Stone’s menu and the vegan status of their various offerings. Take a look to get all your queries answered and concerns resolved…
§ Is there vegan ice cream at Cold Stone?
Cold Stone does not offer vegan or dairy-free ice cream. I really hope that they add some vegan ice cream options in their menu soon.
§ Are Cold Stone sorbets vegan?
Yes. All the Cold Stone sorbets are vegan. The main Cold Stone sorbet ingredients are water, sweetener, and flavorings. They do not contain dairy, egg, honey or any other non-vegan item and hence, are safe for vegan consumption.
§ Are Cold Stone smoothies dairy-free?
Sadly, no. Cold Stone smoothies are made with fruits and Lifestyle Smoothie Mix, which contains milk. There are no dairy-free smoothies or vegan milk options available.
§ Does Cold Stone offer vegan shakes?
Cold Stone Creamery does not offer any vegan shakes at this time. The only vegan drink available at Cold Stone is mango juice.
§ Does Cold Stone have vegan cake?
There are no vegan cake options available at Cold Stone. All of them contain milk and majority also contain egg.
Is Cold Stone Vegan-Friendly?
Cold Stone Creamery is mainly known for its ice cream, none of which are vegan. Furthermore, none of their cakes, pies, smoothies, and shakes are vegan-friendly. The restaurant does not offer any non-dairy milk option.
While they do offer a variety of vegan sorbets, the majority of items on Cold Stone menu are not fit for a vegan diet. Hence, Cold Stone Creamery cannot be classified as a vegan-friendly restaurant.
You can, however, get a quick fix to your sweet cravings with their delicious sorbets, customized to your liking with vegan mix-ins and toppings. This option may not seem very appealing, but it can be a lifesaver when you don’t have many vegan dessert options available.
Wondering if any of the popular ice cream places in the US offer dairy-free options? Check out my article Dairy Queen Vegan Options to find out if the fast food place known for its soft serves has any vegan ice cream.