Ben & Jerry's Dream Of The Ideal Vegan 'Ice Cream' Comes True

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Ben and Jerry have enjoyed de facto status as indicators of who and what has arrived in mainstream culture for nearly forty years. Cultural icons as diverse as Jerry Garcia ("Cherry Garcia"), Monty Python ("Vermonty Python") and more recently, Stephen Colbert ("Americone Dream") and Bernie Sanders ("Bernie's Yearning" which was described in CNN Money as a "participatory" ice cream confection) have enjoyed the cachet that comes with the company's sweet treats bearing their names and flavors inspired by what they're known to do best.

While the Vermont company is noted for its edgy approach to pop culture-inspired branding, they've kept things fairly traditional when it comes to ingredients. Most of Ben & Jerry's product line is populated with full-fatted masterpieces of creamy deliciousness that offer the best aspects of old fashioned ice cream coupled with flavors that reflect modern palates. Over the years, they have ventured into the realm of healthier fare, offering reduced-calorie versions of "Cherry Garcia" and something called "Half Baked Froyo." There was one frozen dessert sector Ben & Jerry's left to those venerable vegetarian purveyors of cold goods minus the moo juice, Tofutti and Rice Dream.

In an interview with Fortune, Lindsay Bumps, a spokesperson for Ben &Jerry's was candid about the company's leisurely pace in rolling out their vegan desserts.

"There's clearly been a demand for a non-dairy line. We have worked for a couple of years to make these non-dairy flavors deliver on what our fans expect—from taste and texture. The four new flavors are made with almond milk and are certified vegan."

Fortune reports that right now the first four flavors in the new line of vegan products are only available at Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops, but the company's website says fans of their fare without the animal element can expect to see vegan versions of Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie as well as special dairy free only flavors P B & Cookies and Coffee Caramel Fudge in freezer cases across the country very soon.

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