Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
 Vegan Sundae

Vegan Sundae

I love love love Van Leeuwen ice cream. It's my favorite ice cream shop in NYC because they make so many vegan flavors that are creamy, sweet (but not too sweet), and thick. They also create seasonal flavors that are sometimes vegan. In Autumn, there was the (of course) pumpkin spice flavor. However, my all time favorite flavor is the roasted pear and concord grape flavor from the Winter 2016 menu (and then the double concord grape on the Winter 2017 menu). These seasonal flavors go quickly, so I usually take a pint to go and stick it in my freezer and pray that it lasts until next year (it never does). 

They have seven locations in NYC (and growing), three in LA, an ice cream trucks in each city, and sell their ice cream by the pint in local grocery stores. Van Leeuwen's ice cream is created with a combination of cashew milk, coconut cream, and cocoa butter, so if you're allergic to nuts, sorry, but this place is not for you. Another important fact to note is that Van Leeuwen is not exclusively vegan because they also have dairy-based ice cream, If you're ever with friends that are closed off to eating vegan dessert (why are they your friends?), then this is a great place to take them! 

Van Leeuwen also offers vegan baked goods from Ovenly (and sometimes goods made in-house), so you can make ice cream sandwiches that look amazing for Instagram. If you're more of a traditional ice cream eater, their sugar cones are vegan, and there's a vegan sundae that includes vegan coconut whipped cream and lots of chocolate. I'm craving ice cream as I write this...

I mean just look at all these vegan flavors:

  • VEGAN SICILIAN PISTACHIO
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, Sicilian pistachios, organic carob bean, salt
     
  • VEGAN CHOCOLATE
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, michel cluizel chocolate (cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, vanilla bean, ginger), michel cluizel cocoa powder, organic carob bean, salt
     
  • VEGAN COFFEE
    Coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, salt, coffee, organic carob bean
     
  • VEGAN HONEYCOMB
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, organic brown rice syrup, baking soda, organic carob bean, salt
     
  • VEGAN SALTED CARAMEL
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, coconut butter, organic cane sugar, vanilla bean, maldon sea salt, organic carob bean
     
  • VEGAN CARAMELIZED BANANA NUT
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, organic bananas, walnuts, organic carob bean, salt
     
  • VEGAN CHOC CHIP COOKIE DOUGH
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, salt, flour (wheat), dark brown sugar, organic canola oil, askinosie chocolate (cocoa butter, cocoa liquor), organic carob bean
     
  • VEGAN MATCHA TEA
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, salt, matcha green tea, organic carob bean
     
  • VEGAN MINT CHIP
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, organic peppermint extract (grain alcohol, peppermint leaves), askinosie chocolate (cocoa butter, cocoa liquor), organic carob bean, salt
     
  • VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOC CHIP
    Ingredients: coconut cream, cashews, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, peanut butter, askinosie chocolate (cocoa butter, cocoa liquor), organic carob bean, salt
 Double Concord Grape

Double Concord Grape

Bonus! Fun interview from Saveur with the founders of this artisan ice cream shop on why Van Leeuwen started making vegan ice cream!

http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com

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