Trader Joe just launched vegan mini ice cream cones
This month, grocery chain Trader Joe’s launched its anticipated new vegan ice cream offering. The new Hold the Dairy! Mini Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cones are a vegan version of Hold the Cone ice cream, but made with coconut milk instead of dairy products. The ice cream cones are currently available in the chocolate flavor, which has a waffle cone coated with chocolate on the inside.
“The cone is crispy, the dessert creamy and the whole vegan mini-cone experience is a big deal … especially if you eat dairy-free,” is how Trader Joe’s describes the new item, which is a product from Italy.
The new vegan Hold the Dairy product is priced at $ 3.99 per pack of 12 mini cones.
Vegan ice cream at Trader Joe’s
The vegan Hold the Dairy! Cones join a growing list of vegan ice cream options at Trader Joe’s. The store currently carries a variety of frozen goodies made on a variety of non-dairy basis, including a milk-free vanilla dessert made with its almond beverage as a base; Strawberry ice cream with oat milk; and the popular Cherry Chocolate Chip soy ice cream (which briefly disappeared from shelves but came back in 2019 due to popular demand). The store’s newest plant-based pint is Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, which is made with coconut milk and sprinkled with frozen boba.
In addition to pints, last December Trader Joe’s launched vegan ice candy in the flavor Non Dairy Mint & Chip. The success of the seasonal flavor has inspired the chain to add new vegan Cookies & Creme Vanilla Bean Bon Bons to its range this year. The store has also added oat milk-based fudgesicles – officially called Non Dairy Oat Fudge Bars – to its vegan novelty ice cream category.
Trader Joe’s is getting into vegan seafood
All of Trader Joe’s recently launched vegan ice creams were developed as part of his mission to keep up with growing demand in the plant-based product space. According to store managers, Trader Joe’s aims to develop vegan deals in every category. This year, that goal has already resulted in the launch of several products, including vegan enchilada casserole to warm up, the Spicy Porkless Plant-Based Snack beef snack (also known as vegan pork rind) and the frozen vegan Bolognese meal (which is also available in the store in a meaty vegan sauce available).
The affordable grocery chain has offered plant-based meat options from brands like Tofurky and Lightlife for years. However, Trader Joe’s recently delved deeper into the plant-based trend to make vegan meat pies in beef and turkey along with a new line of its own dairy-free cheeses.
One category that Trader Joe’s lacks is plant-based seafood, according to Amy Gaston-Morales, the chain’s category manager for Deli, Frozen Meat, Seafood, Meatless and Fresh Beverage. “I want to work more on the seafood side,” said Gaston-Morales. “We don’t have any options for a plant-based seafood product in our stores, but there are crab cakes in the market or scallops or tuna substitutes.”