I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Did someone say vegan ice cream?
As a kid, my brother and I would always look forward to our occasional trips to High’s Ice Cream, our neighborhood ice cream parlor back in the 80’s. I still remember the way it smelled, the twirling bar stools, and the pink bubble gum ice cream I would always order.
When my husband and I started raising our own family, our local place became Bruster’s. Bruster’s has over 200 locations in 22 states, with 6 in the Richmond metro area. They even offer a special pup cup with vanilla ice cream and a doggie bone for your four legged family members!
Going vegan meant the end of these trips for me. One of the most isolating feelings as a vegan is not being able to enjoy a trip to the local ice cream shop with your omnivorous family for a cool treat on a warm summer’s day. Eating sorbet or a coconut milk based non-dairy treat just doesn’t cut it some days. You just simply want something that tastes more like you remember as a kid, and in flavors that are more creative than plain chocolate or vanilla.
Thankfully, Bruster’s has now answered this call! I happened to be running errands near the Robious Road location a few weeks ago, and I decided to stop in for a visit. They have a very active Instagram page and have been enticing me to visit with their multiple, new vegan flavors, all made with oat milk! Although this visit, the flavor choices weren’t their most interesting, they did have 4 options: vanilla, chocolate, banana, and coffee. I got a scoop of chocolate and coffee.
Upon first bite, I couldn’t believe this was vegan ice cream! It was so very creamy and delicious! I told the young man who helped me with my order that I had come to their store solely because their social media campaign was so compelling. He actually apologized for not having one of their more original vegan flavors available that day. (They have 14 on rotation, with at least 4 flavors available each day!) I lamented that my most recent visit to the location closest to me did not have any oat milk based varieties that time.
However, it seems my local Staples Mill store is beginning to catch on! I went there with my daughters the week after visiting the Robious location, and they had 2 vegan flavors on the menu. With a choice between chocolate and chocolate chip, I chose the chocolate chip. I enjoyed this just as much as the coffee and chocolate combo! The girl who helped me said they are now going to try to have 2 vegan flavors each day. I’m so grateful! Because the Robious Road location is about 40 minutes from my house!
So, vegan friends, if you have a craving for old fashioned ice cream, look no further than Bruster’s. Their vegan varieties are so delicious, so rich and creamy, it will make you tear up with joy! And, no, I’m not kidding. I will definitely be back!
Do you miss real ice cream as a vegan? I forgot how good it is! Sure, I can get pints of store bought non-dairy ice cream at my local grocery, but there’s something special about going to the local ice cream shop! Thank you, Bruster’s, for offering vegan flavors!
Lead photo is from my last trip to Bruster’s. That’s coffee chocolate chip oat milk ice cream!
As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.