Whole Foods Just Launched a Ton of Frozen Treats — These Are the Best Ones

updated Jul 9, 2019
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I’ve reached an age where summertime sprints to the ice cream truck are few and far between, so trips to the freezer aisle in my local grocery store will have to suffice. After I caught wind of the new grocery releases at Whole Foods this month and saw all the fun frozen treats on the roster, I knew I had to get myself over there — and fast.

Here’s my haul and my honest thoughts on everything I tried.

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1. 365 Everyday Value Ice Cream, $4 per pint

Whole Foods has three new flavors of its private-label ice cream — Berry Chantilly Cake, Chocolate Valencia Orange, and Peanut Butter Cup and Caramel — and you won’t be able to pick a favorite.

The vanilla-based, almond-flavored Berry Chantilly has a generous berry jam swirl that anyone who loves fruity ice cream will freak out over. The Chocolate Valencia orange tastes just like those orange-shaped dark chocolate segments that my grandma always used to serve when we’d visit her. (The nostalgia factor was strong with this one.) The winner by far, though, was the PBC&C, speckled with mini peanut butter cups that I was super tempted to cherry pick.

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2. BECKON Lactose-Free Ice Cream, $6 per pint

This is not imitation ice cream made from vegan ingredients. It’s real ice cream. With dairy. So how is it lactose-free? The company adds the lactase enzyme, which helps the body properly digest lactose. It comes in Vanilla, Chocolate (which borderline tastes like Haagen Dazs), and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip.

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3. Coolhaus Dairy Free Frozen Dessert Sandwiches, $5 each

The cool people at Coolhaus wanted to spread the love, which meant having options for dairy-free, vegan ice cream lovers. These “ice cream” sandwiches, made with pea and rice proteins, fill that void. They are so yummy that this dairy-loving omnivore couldn’t tell the difference.

Another plus? “I like that it’s really cold and frozen but the cookie and ‘ice cream’ are still soft enough to bite into,” Lisa Freedman, Kitchn’s lifestyle director, says.

Flavor-wise, the Cookies & Cream with a chocolate swirl was the best. If I’m being honest, the Dirty Mint tasted a little too minty fresh. There were visible mint leaf flecks throughout the treat’s center, which were great in theory but not so great in execution (think: toothpaste). Stick with Tahitian Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Cookie Dough Lyfe, or Horchata flavors instead.

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4. The Bear & The Rat Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats, $7 for four 3.5-ounce cups

The best news of all? Your dog doesn’t have to be left out of all of the frozen summer fun! These doggie frozen yogurt cups are located in the freezer section right next to the human treats, but are specifically formulated for dogs. They come in Bacon & Peanut Butter and Banana & Peanut Butter flavors. How’s it taste? I don’t know, but our office pup Millie isn’t super food-motivated and she chased me around the room to get her snout in this cup.

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Which of these are you most excited about picking up on your next Whole Foods run?