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Ten Great Vegan Ice Cream Options in Denver

Bonnie Brae is one of many ice cream shops making egg-free, dairy-free ice cream.
Bonnie Brae is one of many ice cream shops making egg-free, dairy-free ice cream. Bonne Brae Ice Cream
We're in the heart of summer, and the heat isn't going anywhere soon. Ice cream attracts dessert lovers looking to cool down and enjoy this time of year. But if you don't do dairy or eggs, options for a cold, creamy treat are limited. Here are ten vegan ice cream options in Denver.

Looking for more? Here's last summer's list of great vegan ice cream options.

click to enlarge Dairy-free flavors at Nuggs Ice Cream rotate often. - NUGGS ICE CREAM
Dairy-free flavors at Nuggs Ice Cream rotate often.
Nuggs Ice Cream

Nuggs Ice Cream

5135 East Colfax Avenue
720-465-9473
nuggsicecream.com

Nuggs makes all of its ice cream daily with ingredients sourced locally. For the vegan ice cream options, each variety is made with a creamy coconut-milk base. Flavors rotate and include tasty creations such as piña colada, cookies and cream, cherry amaretto and Sour Face Lemon.

click to enlarge Frozen Matter calls the Uptown neighborhood home. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Frozen Matter calls the Uptown neighborhood home.
Danielle Lirette

Frozen Matter

530 East 19th Avenue, 720-600-6358
1061 Gaylord Street, 720-546-6871
Frozenmatter.com

Frozen Matter has locations in Uptown and Washington Park — both serving ice cream made with organic, all-natural ingredients. The dairy-free options vary here, but there will always be something for vegans. Mint chocolate chip, orange honeycomb, the Scout (inspired by Thin Mint cookies) and watermelon mint are recent additions.

Milkbox Ice Creamery

1701 Wynkoop Street
720-460-3707
Milkboxicecream.com

Milkbox Ice Creamery calls Union Station home, serving sixteen ice cream flavors as well as milkshakes — including boozy options for adults. Two vegan ice cream flavors and one sorbet are always on hand. The chocolate salted Oreo is a recent dairy-free favorite. The vegan ice creams and shakes are made with alternative milk options: soy, coconut or almond.


click to enlarge Bonnie Brae keeps current with great vegan ice cream flavors. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Bonnie Brae keeps current with great vegan ice cream flavors.
Danielle Lirette

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

799 South University Boulevard
303-777-0808
Bonniebraeicecream.com

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream may have that old-school ice cream shop feel, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t vegan options here. Flavors change daily, and you can check out the day’s offering on the shop's website. Recent milk-free options include cotton candy, chocolate chocolate chip and coconut. Two sorbets are always available as well.

click to enlarge At Make, Believe Bakery, you can keep it simple with soft serve or spice it up with a variety of toppings. - MAKE, BELIEVE BAKERY
At Make, Believe Bakery, you can keep it simple with soft serve or spice it up with a variety of toppings.
Make, Believe Bakery

Make, Believe Bakery

214 East 13th Avenue
303-318-9843
Makebelievebakery.com

Make, Believe Bakery is a completely vegan bakery next door to vegetarian favorite City, O' City. The chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice creams are a canvas for making your own decadent creation. Incorporate a variety of toppings, such as cookie dough, brownies, funfetti cake, caramel praline, peanut butter cup and more.

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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering craft beer, food and travel. For Westword, she explores vegan dining and the state's artisan beverages, such as cider and mead.