Nut allergies and store-bought frozen treats can be a tough combo. So, we rounded up a list of 100% nut free ice cream and popsicle options available either online or at a store near you! Stay cool (and safe) this summer!
When the warm weather starts to roll around, so does the need for frozen treats.
With a peanut and/or tree nut allergy, finding safe ice cream and popsicles can sometimes be a challenge, since nuts are a common ice cream ingredient, and popsicles, which usually don’t have nuts in them, are often made in the same facilities as ice cream treats.
A common solution to this problem is to make homemade ice cream and homemade juice freezer pops, which is a delicious option, and can also be a fun summertime project. (If you do have time to make your own, please see our list at the end of this post, which includes some of our favorite products for making your own ice cream and popsicles at home!)
But sometimes you just don’t have time to go the DIY route, and you just need to buy something. And fast.
Enter: Our continually updated guide to nut free ice cream and nut free popsicles that you can buy at the store!
Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any big name ice cream brands in the U.S. that are made in a dedicated, nut-free facility. (Shout out to Chapman’s Ice Cream in Canada,
which is a completely nut-free ice cream brand (update) which operates out of two different plants, one of which is completely nut free (and therefore offers several nut-free options — check labels!) Unfortunately, it’s not available in the U.S. Luckily, there are a few smaller brands that are nut free, which is what I’ve included below.
Note: Please use these lists as a guide, and do your own research to make sure the products listed are 100% safe for your family and your situation. Where available, I included links to brand allergen information pages, for your easy, up-to-date reference. Check and recheck and recheck, as manufacturing processes change constantly. Also, although peanuts are technically a legume and not a nut, I often use the term “nut free” to mean both peanut free and tree nut free.
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Nut Free Ice Cream List
Last updated: July, 2019
A small ice cream company based out of NYC, A la Mode offers homemade, small-batch ice cream pints, cups and bars that are made in a nut-free, sesame-free and egg-free factory, including no peanuts, no tree nuts and no coconuts. (FAQ)
I received an email from Blue Bell customer service (May, 2019) that assured me that “Our 3-ounce cups and snacks, as well as our sherbet products are each run on their own equipment (nut free) and do not share with any other products.” Their snack cup bags come in vanilla, dutch chocolate and vanilla, birthday cake, and sundae flavors. They also have rainbow, lime, pineapple, and orange sherbet.
An avocado-based, non-dairy ice cream that’s 100% peanut free, so I thought it was worth including, but note that it’s not 100% tree nut free. Here’s what they state on their website: “Cado is vegan, soy free, gluten free and made in a peanut-free facility. Most of our products are nut-free, with the exception of our Cherry Amaretto, which uses almond extract. Occasionally coconut based products, nuts and dairy & egg products are produced in the same facility, however thorough cleaning processes are done between production runs to make sure there is not any cross contamination. We conduct a full clean out and sanitizing, allergen swabbing and QA inspection during a line changeover.” So, this would be an option for those with peanut-only allergies.
Their ice cream and yogurt bars, which come in a variety of flavors, as well as in chocolate dipped versions, are peanut and tree nut free — made on dedicated, nut-free lines. Here’s what I received from their customer service department (July, 2019): “You do not need to worry about any peanut/tree nut allergies. Our lines are free from them. No Creamies product contain any of those.” They are currently only available in select stores in Arizona, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
Although not made in a dedicated, nut free facility, I’m giving New England’s Hood Ice Cream’s Hoodsie Cups and Ice Cream Sandwiches a shout out in this guide because they have a dedicated nut-free line that produces these products. Per their website, they do state that it’s not in a separate facility or room, so it’s just a dedicated nut free line. This might be an option for some families. (FAQ)
Copied straight from their website: “Nana Creme is a banana based, non-dairy and vegan ice cream that is free of the eight most common allergens. … Every product wearing the Nana Creme label is produced in our own top eight allergen free facility; because we believe that food is only as safe as the environment that it is made in. We check with all of our suppliers to make sure our ingredients are safe from the top eight allergens. We NEVER purchase ingredients produced on shared lines with any of the top eight allergens, or if we think there is any risk for cross contamination in any way. Safe ice creme is our number one priority.”
On their website, they say they’re available in stores, but there’s no store locator, so you’ll just have to keep an eye out!
Now, Rich’s ice cream isn’t available at stores. Or online. But I’m including them in this guide because their products are often made available on local ice cream trucks! Yep! They sell their nut free ice cream products to ice cream truck vendors and to schools directly, since they know the need for safe, nut-free options has become such a growing need. Rich’s eliminated the use of peanuts and tree nuts in their production facility in 2016, so their products are now all 100% nut free. For specific information on all allergens in their products, you can download a complete product allergen list here. So, keep an eye out for their products the next time an ice cream truck rolls through your neighborhood!
Straus Family Creamery’s production plant is peanut free and tree nut free (with the exception of coconut oil). All of their ice creams are organic, and you can choose from a variety of awesome flavors. (FAQ) A reader did notify me that the cookies used in their Cookies & Cream flavor are not produced in an entirely nut-free facility, though, so keep that in mind when selecting your flavors. (Cookies used are from Pamela’s Products – here’s a link to their allergen page)
A dairy-free frozen dessert that’s made from non-GMO, plant-based ingredients. On their website, they state: “We only use ingredients that are inherently free of the top 8 most common allergens, as well as never come in contact with any of the top 8 most common allergens.” (Allergens)
Nut Free Ice Cream Cones
Last updated: May, 2019
Joy has been in the ice cream cone business since 1918 and claim to be the largest ice cream cone company in the world. Choose from cake cups, sugar cones, waffle cones and waffle bowls (with gluten free options as well). Per their website: “None of our ice cream cones contain tree nuts or peanuts. None of our ice cream cones contain ingredients that contain tree nuts or peanuts. Since we only bake ice cream cones at our two bakeries, there is no chance of any cross-contamination with other products.” (FAQ)
Nut Free Popsicles List
One brand I see a lot of questions about is Popsicle brand popsicles. I know first-hand that it’s a popular brand, as it’s the go-to choice at my son’s nut-free preschool, and it’s a very common treat found on ice cream trucks. Unfortunately, Popsicle brand popsicles are made on shared lines with nuts, per their allergen policy page. In fact, when I called them they stated if my child’s allergy was severe, they’d recommend not consuming their products.
Last updated: July, 2019
These classic popsicles — Twin Pops, Monster Pops, Sugar-Free Pops and Sonic Drive-In Slush Pops — are 100% peanut and tree nut free (made in a dedicated, nut-free facility). (FAQ)
Chloe’s products aren’t made in a dedicated, nut-free facility, but their products are made on a dedicated, nut-free line, so if that works for you and your family, then give them a try! Choose from fruit pops in a variety of flavors, chocolate dipped pops, and kid’s pops, featuring Sunny Day and Thomas & Friends. (Allergen Statement)
Made with organic ingredients and free of all major allergens, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. These are another Kisko brand product, and all Kisko products are made in a nut free facility (I emailed them in May 2019 to get confirmation on this). (Allergens)
They don’t have a store locater on their website, but be on the lookout for them in your area.
Part of the Kisko family of products, these freeze pops taste like Crush sodas — Crush grape, Crush orange, Crush lime, and Crush cream soda! Kisko states on their website that all of their products are free of the major allergens. I sent an email and received confirmation (May 2019) that this means they’re made in a dedicated, nut-free facility. (Allergens)
These appear to only be available in Canada? Also, their website doesn’t have a store locater.
These organic, super fruit, shake and freeze-at-home juice bars have no refined sugars, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. And they’re free of the Top 8 allergens, and are manufactured in a facility that’s free of the Top 8 allergens — which is mentioned on the homepage of their website, as well as prominently displayed on their packaging. Note: DeeBee’s Organics also sells Organic FruitPops, which are listed as dairy free and gluten free, but don’t appear to be nut free (I have an email in to a customer service representative and will update the guide when I hear back.)
Their Organic Freezer Pops are made in a dedicated, allergen-free facility that’s free of the Top 8 allergens, including sesame. Please note that their regular, non-organic frozen popsicles are made in a shared facility with nuts, so they are not recommended for people with severe nut allergies. (FAQ)
Their “smoothie-on-a-stick” pops are made with simple ingredients (nothing artificial) and are made in a peanut and tree nut free facility (except for coconut). Choose from yummy flavors like Root Beer Float, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Mint Chocolate and more. (Allergens)
These are the classic popsicle tubes that you buy, freeze, and then eat. They come in a variety of styles and flavors. And all Kisko products are allergen free; plus I emailed them (May 2019) to confirm that they’re produced in a nut-free facility. (Allergen)
Their website doesn’t have a store locator, but keep an eye out for them in your local market. Or, since they’re not pre-frozen, you can also buy some on Amazon!
Their SwirlStix, Popperz, and Swirl Cups are nut free and made in a nut free facility. Of the Top 8 allergens, the only allergens present in their facility are dairy, soy and coconut. (FAQ)
My kids love these! But, because the Sour Patch Kids branding is what catches your eye on these, you just have to be very careful about which box you grab from your grocer’s freezer. These are from a company called J&J Snack Food Corp., and they’re made in a peanut and tree nut free facility (except for coconut). BUT, you’ll sometimes see other brands (like Popsicle brand) with a Sour Patch Kid flavor, and those are not made in a nut free facility. So, just be careful and examine the labels.
They also come in a Tropical flavor and Watermelon flavor. The only allergens present in their facility are dairy, soy and coconut. (FAQ)
Their freeze pops are made with 20% juice and come in a variety of flavors. Their premium juice bars come in three flavors (grape, tropical, and cherry) and don’t have any added sugar. Kisko makes these products, and all Kisko products are free of the major allergens. I emailed them and received confirmation (May 2019) that they’re also produced in a nut free facility. (Allergens)
Their website doesn’t have a store locator, but keep an eye out for them in your local markets! Or, you can buy them on Amazon.
This company offers frozen bars (popsicles), sorbet cups and frozen juice push-up pops. They’re owned by the same parent company as Luigi’s Real Italian Ice (J&J Snack Foods Corp.), and I received the same message from the same customer service representative that I got from Luigi’s Real Italian Ice when I emailed this company. “All of the Whole Fruit products are produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility (except for coconut).” [Email sent/received in May, 2019]
Nut Free Italian Ice List
Last updated: July, 2019
Lindy’s has a nice selection of flavored Italian ices, which are a tasty popsicle alternative. Choose from 15 different flavors, including watermelon, lemon, cherry, mango, pineapple and more! Their FAQ (listed at the bottom of their homepage) states that their products do not contain any of the Top 8 allergens. I emailed and received a message from a customer service representative (May 2019) confirming that they are also produced in a nut free facility.
Although more like a popsicle in a cup, I’m including these nut-free frozen treats in the popsicle section. Plus, they do offer push up pops, in addition to Italian ice cups. Choose from flavors like cherry, root beer, blue raspberry, watermelon, lemon and mango. I couldn’t specifically find the kind of allergen information I like to see in the FAQ of a company’s website for Luigi’s, but I did receive confirmation from a customer service representative over email (May, 2019) that the facility that makes Luigi’s Real Italian Ice does not have any peanuts or tree nuts present (except for coconut).
On their website, they indicate that all of their Italian ices are nut free, but I contacted them (July, 2019) to inquire further, since the “nut free” labeling sometimes simply means the product doesn’t have nuts in it, and I wanted to verify that their manufacturing processes were also nut free. And, they are! Here’s what they told me: “Our manufacturing plant and facility are peanut and nut free. Our ingredient sources are also peanut and nut free.”
Nut Free Frozen Treats List
Last updated: July, 2019
Not true ice cream per se, but these cups of little, flavor-packed bits are a delicious, nut-free frozen treat option that’s popular with kids. They’re not produced in a dedicated facility, but are made in a separate room and on a dedicated line. Available in over 1,000 retailers nationwide. (FAQ)
Their frozen bites are a great allergy-friendly option for a cool treat. They’re plant-based frozen dessert bites that are vegan, and … They come in 6 different flavors: mint chocolate, salted caramel vanilla, raspberry chocolate, cocoa vanilla, cafe latte, and key lime pie. All of their products are free from the Top 8 allergens and made in a facility that’s free from the Top 8 allergens.
Did I miss any? Please let me know if you’ve found a 100% nut-free frozen treat that’s made in a dedicated, nut-free facility and I’ll add it to the list!
If you’re a parent of a child with any type of food allergy, or if you’re simply an allergy-aware parent looking for safe, non-food holiday and birthday treats to bring to school, then Oriental Trading Company is your friend. They have all sorts of fun party favors, and holiday-themed toys and gifts.
Does your child have a peanut allergy? I love recommending the book Peter Can’t Eat Peanuts to parents. It’s an approachable story that has really resonated with and empowered my son. Available on Amazon!