Vegan Guide to Cold Stone Creamery: The Best Menu Options, Swaps, and More

Create a vegan sorbet delight with our top ordering tips.

Vegan guide to Cold Stone. Illo includes berries, sprinkles, and sorbet.

Treehugger / Photo Illustration by Catherine Song / Cold Stone Creamery

Known for its decadent desserts, Cold Stone Creamery has served up ice cream, sorbets, cakes, smoothies, and shakes for more than 30 years. If you’ve ever walked by a storefront and were lured in by the smell of their baking waffle cones, you know that their custom cold creations are hand-mixed for each guest on a frozen granite stone. 

Vegans can delight in Cold Stone’s fruity array of dairy-free sorbet, which can be customized to your heart’s content with our list of vegan mix-ins and toppings. Check out our favorite orders so you can enjoy a sweet vegan treat today.

Our Top Picks

Although Cold Stone doesn’t have any vegan ice creams, and none of their Signature Creations are vegan, they do offer vegan-friendly fruity sorbets in a variety of flavors. Here are a few custom orders we love.

Custom Strawberry Mango Banana Sorbet

Start off your Cold Stone creation with a tropical Strawberry Mango Banana base, then add plain coconut, raspberries, and pineapple. Toss on a few macadamia nuts, and you’ll feel like you’re floating on a cool island breeze. Choose either the Cake Cone or Sugar Cone—both are vegan-friendly.

Custom Orange Sorbet

Inspired by the glow of the sun, this vegan treat starts with orange sorbet. Add maraschino cherries for a burst of sweetness against the sourness of the orange, then top with it with edible gold glitter for a bit of whimsy. We love to order ours in a sugar cone. Who knew a cold treat could make you feel so warm inside?

Custom Mojito Sorbet

This non-alcoholic sorbet makes a great base for a unique vegan dessert. Add pineapple and strawberry to your mojito sorbet for a sweet taste of Cuba.

Vegan Sorbets

Mix and match any of the vegan-friendly sorbets, toppings, and mix-ins for a totally personalized sorbet creation. All of Cold Stone's sorbets pack a fruity punch. Check with your location to see what’s in stock as selections may vary.

  • Countrytime Pink Lemonade
  • Lemon
  • Mojito
  • Orange
  • Peach Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Pineapple Orange Banana
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Strawberry Mango Banana
  • Watermelon

Treehugger Tip

Cold Stone does its best to clean the mixing slate between customers. You can always ask to have your slate cleaned again to ensure there’s no cross-contamination between your sorbet and the previous guest’s Cheesecake Fantasy.

Vegan Mix-Ins

It’s so tempting to dump on every mix-in available, especially at Cold Stone, but there are a few non-vegan goodies to avoid—namely, gummy bears and marshmallows. We’ve compiled all the truly vegan options to customize your sorbet.

  • Coconut (Choose plain coconut only—the toasted coconut contains milk.)
  • Gold Glitter (Whatever this vegan topping is made of, we need it on all of our Cold Stone creations for a bit of magic.)
  • OREO Cookies (Pie crust and Halloween varieties are included.)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Pretzels
  • Sugar Crystals

Vegan Fruit

Sweeten your sorbet with these vegan-friendly fruit toppings.

  • Apple Pie Filling
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Black Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Peach Pie Filling
  • Pineapple Tidbits
  • Raisins
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries

Treehugger Tip

You've got two great spice and sauce options to top off your Cold Stone creation: cinnamon and Reese's Peanut Butter Sauce, both of which are vegan.

Vegan Nuts

Mix in any of these vegan nuts to add some healthy protein and fat to your custom cold creation.

  • Cashews
  • Macadamia
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Roasted Almonds
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Walnuts 

Vegan Cones

Despite the intoxicating smell wafting out of every Cold Stone, the Waffle Cone is unfortunately not vegan. However, if you want to add a crunch to your treat, you can enjoy your vegan sorbet in the vegan-friendly Cake Cone or Sugar Cone.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Does Cold Stone have dairy-free options?

    Indeed, it does. All of Cold Stone's sorbets are dairy-free and vegan-friendly.

  • Are the smoothies at Cold Stone vegan?

    No, unfortunately. All of the smoothies at Cold Stone contain the Lifestyle Smoothie mix, which contains milk.

  • Does Cold Stone have vegan cakes?

    None of the cakes or pies at Cold Stone are vegan. Likewise, the yellow cake topping that can be added to Cold Stone creations is not vegan.