Gluten-Free Ice Cream: Brands You Can Choose

Ice cream in a bowl

Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Many brands and flavors of ice cream are gluten-free and therefore safe if you follow the gluten-free diet. However, you'll need to beware of certain brands and flavors. The following ice cream brands have many flavors that are gluten-free:

  • Ben and Jerry's
  • Breyer's
  • Häagen-Dazs
  • So Delicious
  • Talenti

However, some cautions and caveats are in order: many flavors of ice cream do contain gluten, including some that might surprise you. Here's what you need to know to enjoy store-bought ice cream when you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Brands

Here's a list of major ice cream manufacturers, their gluten disclosure policies, and a sampling of their gluten-free flavors:

Ben & Jerry's

This iconic Vermont chain does not provide a gluten-free list of flavors. Instead, Ben & Jerry's will call out any ingredients containing wheat, flour, barley, oats, rye, or malt on the product label. The company also works with its suppliers—including its packaging suppliers—to verify all ingredients.

"We understand that there are tricky ways that gluten can be missed. We assure you that we have researched our ingredients carefully, and we know exactly what is going into our ice cream," the company says in its statement.

Because ingredients and formulations can change at any time, you should check the label every single time you buy Ben & Jerry's, the company adds.

Blue Bell

Blue Bell has some flavors it considers "gluten-free" (to less than 20 parts per million of gluten), including: Banana Split Sundae, Moo-llennium Crunch, Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla, Buttered Pecan, Natural Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Dutch Chocolate, Pecan Pralines 'n Cream, The Great Divide, Homemade Vanilla, Rocky Road, Ultimate Neapolitan, No-Sugar-Added Country Vanilla, and Mint Chocolate Chip. Four of its sherbet flavors also are listed as "gluten-free": Lime, Orange, Pineapple, and Rainbow.

Breyer's Ice Cream

Breyer's labels 37 of its flavors "gluten-free." This includes many popular Breyers flavors, including Natural Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherry Vanilla and Butter Pecan, and Chocolate Peanut Butter, along with two gelato flavors (Salted Caramel Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Truffle).

Breyers tests its gluten-free-labeled products to make certain they contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten, the gluten-free standard set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dove Ice Cream

Almost every Dove ice cream flavor is considered gluten-free—Vanilla with Fudge Brownies is the sole exception. Dove is a subsidiary of Mars Chocolate, which will disclose any gluten ingredients or any risk of cross-contamination. Additionally, they make gluten-free candy.

Dreyer's/Edy's Ice Cream

The two brands, which sell the same products, do not label any flavors "gluten-free," but say they will disclose all gluten-containing ingredients on the label. According to the company: "Typically, the gluten in our frozen dessert products comes from the added bakery products such as cookies, cake or brownies. But some Edy's flavors have gluten from non-bakery products."


Many of Häagen-Dazs' ice cream products are labeled "gluten-free." According to the company: "As a general rule, the gluten in our frozen dessert products is present only in added bakery products such as cookies, cake, or brownies."

Therefore, you obviously should steer clear of those. Flavors considered safe by the company (to 20 parts per million) include Crème Brulée, Pineapple Coconut, Pistachio and White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, among more conventional possibilities such as Chocolate and Vanilla. 

Häagen-Dazs also lists its gluten-free flavors on its website.

So Delicious

Turtle Mountain's So Delicious brand makes coconut-, cashew-, and soy-based ice creams. Since they're dairy-free, they might make a good option for you if you're also avoiding dairy products.

Many (but not all) of So Delicious brand ice cream products are gluten-free, and those that are considered safe are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which means they contain fewer than 10 parts per million of gluten (again, less is better).

So Delicious' line of coconut milk "ice cream" includes gluten-free Cookie Dough and gluten-free Cookies & Cream—a nice treat if you really miss those flavors.


This gourmet gelato and sorbet brand, which features such flavors as Mediterranean Mint, Alphonso Mango, and Blood Orange, considers many of its flavors to be gluten-free (to less than 20 parts per million). Talenti lists any gluten ingredients on its nutrition label, and you also can search on the website for gluten-free flavors.

Be aware that not all flavors are gluten-free; always check the label and the ingredients. Some flavors you'd expect to contain gluten do not, so you might get lucky.

According to the manufacturer: "All of our products are produced on the same equipment, however, we go through an extensive cleaning process between flavors, and schedule production in a particular order to avoid cross contamination. We are up to all heath safety codes, and our equipment and samples are periodically tested."

Turkey Hill Dairy

Turkey Hill places a "gluten-free" label on flavors that contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Possibilities include Choco Mint Chip, Columbian Coffee, Peaches 'N Cream and Rum Raisin, along with Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla.

Choosing a Gluten-Free Ice Cream

You may have read that many brands of ice cream contain wheat as a filler or thickener—even in "homemade" ice cream sold in ice cream parlors. As it turns out, this doesn't happen all that often.

However, there is one common store brand (Blue Bell) that uses wheat as an ingredient in flavors such as chocolate that you'd think would be naturally gluten-free. In addition, a few ice cream parlors use suppliers with ice cream that contains wheat as a thickener. That's why you always need to look at the ingredients and take other steps to eat gluten-free at an ice cream shop.

That being said, there are plenty of ice cream brands that list obvious gluten ingredients on their labels for some of their flavors. You'll find everything from Cookies & Cream to Brownie Sundae and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough on your grocery store shelves, and in most cases (but not all) they'll be off-limits.

In many cases, gluten-based ingredients will be obvious in ice cream—as discussed above, you need to be wary of flavors like "Brownie Sundae" and "Cookie Dough," even though not everything with a name that sounds gluten-y will contain those ingredients.

However, there also are plenty of cool-sounding flavors that don't have gluten in them, at least to the legal level of 20 parts per million of gluten. Keep in mind that some of these may be produced on lines shared with gluten-containing foods, therefore, and be subject to gluten cross-contamination.

More popular flavors, like vanilla and chocolate, are produced in greater volume and may be subject to less potential cross-contamination risk.

A Word From Verywell

Many ice cream brands (although not all) offer safe options for those following the gluten-free diet. If you're careful, you should be able to find both basic and more exotic gluten-free flavors at any grocery store, including gluten-y sounding treats like Cookie Dough.

Scoop up a big bowl of your favorite flavor of gluten-free ice cream—or even buy some gluten-free ice cream cones (Let's Do Gluten-Free and Goldbaum's both offer gluten-free cones, although you may need to look for them online)—and enjoy this perfect gluten-free treat.

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By Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson is a medical journalist and an expert in celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and the gluten-free diet.