Ben & Jerry’s only uses milk from cows that have not been given artificial hormones. And now, the company is working on using milk that doesn’t come from cows at all.

On its website, Ben & Jerry’s announced that since so many fans have been asking for a non-dairy product, the company couldn’t keep its little secret any longer: non-dairy flavors are in the works. Fans have made their wishes known through social media and a petition that garnered more than 28,000 signatures of people who want dairy-free options.

The maker of fair trade-certified flavors like Phish Food and Chubby Hubby is giving the people what they want – but they'll have to be patient, according to Ben & Jerry’s news page.

The answer is, we've been working on this for quite a while, and want to make sure these flavors live up to what Ben & Jerry's is known for: enormous chunks, delicious swirls and a commitment to values-led ingredient sourcing. Our Flavor Gurus have been hard at work to ensure they do, which includes lots of taste testing! Sorry, but that’s all we can share for now. They say good things come to those who wait, but in the meantime sign up below to get the latest updates on this project and details on when these non-dairy flavors will be coming to a freezer near you.
That’s the extent of the information on the company’s website, but Eater reports that the ice cream will be released next year, and “it will be made with either a coconut milk or almond milk base.”

If you’re a vegan or someone who eats dairy-free, and you want a Ben & Jerry’s fix before the non-diary ice creams are available, you can beat the summer heat with one of the brand’s sorbet flavors, like Mango Mango.  

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