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Ben & Jerry’s introduces vegan ice cream but there’s a catch for Canadians

Ben & Jerry's, the iconic figure in frozen desserts, released four flavours of dairy-free products on Wednesday after three years of testing.

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Ben & Jerry’s, an ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet manufacturer based in Vermont, has released four flavours of non-dairy, certified vegan ice cream, the company announced on Feb. 3.

The vegan flavors, which include P.B. & Cookies, Coffee Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chunky Monkey, will be made with ice almond milk instead of cream. The latter two are part of the company’s original flavours while the former two are exclusive non-dairy flavours.

Although non-dairy ice cream is not new, the company took as long as it did to finally release the product because it wanted to replicate the flavours of it’s dairy-based products. The company has tested the new line of flavours for more than three years.

What’s crushing for Canadians is that the product is not yet available in Canada, according to Vancity Buzz. That means those interested may have to wait until the flavours are introduced in Canada or stock up when heading to the U.S.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream began in a renovated gas station in 1978 after Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield had taken a $5 course on how to make ice cream. The company is now an iconic brand in frozen desserts and is owned by Unilever.