If you're vegan or lactose intolerant, watching your friends indulge in ice cream can be torturous. Luckily, ice cream giants are taking notice of the need and are bringing out more options than ever for those who can't (or choose not to) consume dairy. Now, Häagen-Dazs is following suit, releasing non-dairy pints for the first time ever. The four new flavors are now available exclusively at Target, so even those living that DF life can still take part in the quintessential dessert of the summer. (But let's be honest, ice cream is really seasonless.)
The new selection includes Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle, Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Mocha Chocolate Cookie, and Coconut Caramel. Rather than substituting soy, almond, or cashew milk like other dairy-free ice cream substitutes out there (not that there's anything wrong with those), these flavors are made using ingredients like "real pieces of Belgian chocolate, actual peanut butter, or real coconut cream," they explain on their website (where you can also snag the full nutritional stats).
Unfortunately, this means the sugar content for these desserts will be high (and they do contain other processed fillers). So as with regular ol' ice cream, it's something to be mindful of before consuming an entire pint in one sitting. (If you're looking for healthier dairy-free options, try these delicious vegan ice cream recipes.)
The decision to hop on the DF train came shortly after more than 1,000 consumers filed a Change.org petition asking for dairy-free options. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise since between 30 million and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, according to the National Institutes of Health. (Related: 5 Genius Dairy Swaps You've Never Thought Of)
Of course, there's nothing wrong with choosing the normal dairy-containing classics if that's your jam. As Mike Roussell, Ph.D., previously told us, consuming dairy is an individual choice, and not automatically an "unhealthy" one. In fact, he cautions against completely cutting it out unless you truly have an insensitivity: "Whatever you do, don't cut out dairy for no reason—it is too jam-packed with nutrients to do that."
But if you are vegan, lactose intolerant, or just trying to cut back on dairy in your diet when you can, these new flavors are certainly a welcome addition.