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Is Non-Dairy Ice Cream with an Olive Oil Base the Next Big Trend?

Is Non-Dairy Ice Cream with an Olive Oil Base the Next Big Trend?

Greek company, Wildgood, has introduced a non-dairy ice cream made with extra virgin olive oil and a handful of plant-based ingredients.

We have all heard of non-dairy and 100 percent vegan ice cream made of coconut, soy and almond milks, but for the first time, Wildgood has introduced vegan ice cream made with extra virgin olive oil.

The company delivers its extra virgin olive oil-based non-dairy ice cream directly to consumers’ doors nationwide.

Although some may think that ice cream with an oil base would be high in calories, Wildgood has developed an ice cream that is 20 percent lower in calories compared to other non-dairy ice creams and has 45 percent fewer calories than leading dairy ice cream pints.

Wildgood ice cream is creamy and decadent and comes in eight different flavors, including Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee, Mango, Pistachio, Chocolate Hazelnut, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip. Each flavor contains less than two grams of saturated fats per serving.

Wildgood’s founder Sotiris Tsichlopoulos is not new to the ice cream category. He owns an ice cream brand in Athens, Greece, but his mission all along has been “to share a plant-based ice cream that would win over even the most discerning ice cream connoisseur,” said Tsichlopoulos, in a press release. “I created Wildgood to deliver the deliciousness of premium ice cream without compromising taste and texture.”

Tsichlopoulos spent eight years on a quest trying to find the perfect replacement for ice cream by using his family’s olives from ancient groves.

While some may believe that Wildgood must be using some sort of alternative milk to create the ice cream’s consistency, they promise their customers that they only use extra virgin olive oil and a handful of other plant-based ingredients. Organic coffee, pistachios, mangos and more are used to create the flavors of the ice cream along with chicory root fiber, pea protein, filtered water and fructose to make the silky and smooth consistency of the non-dairy ice cream.

“We have been so excited by the reviews to date from dessert aficionados and ice cream lovers all around the country who have been sharing their reactions and testimonials on social media,” said Tsichlopoulos in the same press release. “Media and influencers have also listed us as a must-try. We believe Wildgood can be a real game-changer, not just for those who are leading a dairy-free lifestyle, but for anyone looking to change things up in a healthier and delicious way.”

More Non-Dairy Ice Cream News

Halo Top

Recently, Halo Top introduced Fudge Pops, a new decadent frozen treat containing only 80 calories, along with two new ice cream flavors that include Chocolate Caramel Brownie and Vanilla Caramel Milkshake.

The new Fudge Pops are a good source of protein and are made with rich chocolate mixed with fudgy cocoas that cater to chocolate enthusiasts who do not want to compromise their wellness goals by indulging their sweet tooth.

Related: Halo Top is Adding Low-Calorie Frozen Fruit Pops to its Lineup

Fudge Pops will join Fruit Pops and Keto Pops as the company’s latest innovations in creating on-the-go, better-for-you desserts found in the freezer section at grocery stores nationwide.

“Halo Top has always created frozen treats that consumers can feel good about eating, and we’re thrilled to now have Fudge Pops, an iconic summer dessert, as part of our lineup,” said Ryan Roznowski, Halo Top’s brand manager in a press release. “Whether on the go or at home, our fans can enjoy our Fudge Pops and other new flavors as a freezer staple during a busy summer season.”

The other two non-dairy ice cream flavors cater to caramel lovers by providing them with two different flavors with the same caramel undertone. The Chocolate Caramel Brownie has a chocolate ice cream base with chunks of brownies and caramel swirls and is available at a suggested retail price of $4.99. On the other hand, the Vanilla Caramel Milkshake flavor has a vanilla base with swirls of caramel catering to the nostalgic summer flavors found at the neighborhood ice cream truck for a suggested retail price of $4.99.

Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s, a dairy-based company that introduced non-dairy flavors, is now leading in this industry due to their almond milk and sunflower butter base, providing consumers with 19 different flavors to choose from. They are now introducing five new flavors to their non-dairy ice cream line.

“Ever since we launched our first Non-Dairy flavors, we wanted to provide some of our classics and a few unique flavors that are only available as Non-Dairy,” said Dena Wimette, Ben & Jerry’s innovation guru in a statement. “This year, we were honored to partner with Colin Kaepernick while also tapping into our Top 10 flavors with Americone Dream, Phish Food and Tonight Dough. All of the delicious and none of the dairy!”

The five new flavors being introduced all come with a backstory to support their debut. Colin Kaepernick is partnering with Ben & Jerrys to introduce an ice cream flavor named Change the Whirled, where 100 percent of all the proceeds will go to Know Your Rights Camp. This is a non-profit organization that helps to fight systematic oppression. Furthermore, Kaepernick is vegan; therefore, Ben & Jerry’s introduced a sunflower butter caramel ice cream mixed with fudge chips, graham cracker and chocolate cookie swirls to fit within his dietary restrictions.

The second flavor is a non-dairy recreation of Ben & Jerry’s famous Phish Food ice cream that was initially introduced 24 years ago. The third is a non-dairy ice cream named Karamel Sutra which features a chocolate and caramel base with fudge chips and a caramel center.

Fourth is a non-dairy version of Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream, which has a vanilla base covered with fudge and has waffle cone pieces with a caramel swirl. This has been one of Ben & Jerry’s Top 10 flavors since 2007.

Finally, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Dough is making its debut as a non-dairy ice cream that features a caramel and chocolate base with chocolate swirls, gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough.

The non-dairy ice cream flavors are available in grocery stores nationwide.