Calling all vegans, lactose-tolerants, lactose-intolerants and everyone in between! Read very carefully, because things are about to get a little nutty. The struggles of being vegan or lactose-intolerant are real. There’s nothing worse than being poisoned by the milk of a cow — trust me on this one. Although I’m not vegan, I’m very much lactose-intolerant, though I do pick and choose my battles. One of my favorite foods ever is ice cream. Regardless of the weather, you’d better believe I’ll be in the mood for some ice cream.
Ice cream is a guilty pleasure of many — even among lactose-intolerant and vegan folks. Though there are options that cater to these dietary restrictions, these “vegan” options are often just sorbets. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when I want ice cream, I actually want ice cream — not any of that frozen juice. After speaking to a friend of mine, she told me about a place that would change my world forever: Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery.
A Berkeley-based company, Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery makes delicious ice cream out of cashews. Who knew you could milk a nut? Finally — a real ice cream option for our vegan and lactose-intolerant folks! Mr. Dewie’s is so good, you’ll even want to take your nonvegan and lactose-tolerant friends. With three locations in the Bay Area (in Albany, Emeryville and Oakland), dairy-free ice cream is easier to obtain than ever! The closest location to Berkeley is in Albany, which is just a quick bus ride away on the 18 bus. This location sits at the corner of Solano and Kains avenues and has a lot of natural lighting — Instagram’s best friend. Be sure to take a couple pics, because Mr. Dewie’s is truly Insta-worthy.
Ice cream made from cashews can sound a little unappetizing and strange, but Mr. Dewie’s proves these thoughts wrong. With flavors ranging from banana nut and green tea to mint chip and even caramel almond crunch, there are so many different options to choose from. Each flavor is rich, tasty and extremely creamy. You would never think that ice cream so good was made from cashews! I recommend the mocha chip for the perfect combination of chocolate chunks, cocoa and espresso. Make sure to grab yourself a pint on your way out because you’ll defi(nut)ley be craving more!
If you want to add a little something extra to your ice cream, Mr. Dewie’s also offers gluten free and vegan ice cream cookies, toppings and even buckwheat waffle cones! No matter what flavor combination you choose, you will not be disappointed. After one lick, you’ll go nuts over Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery. Besides being dairy-free, Mr. Dewie’s is also grain-free, soy-free and gluten-free, making it a tasty option for almost everyone! (Except for those who have nut allergies, of course.)
Rain or shine, nothing beats a scoop of ice cream, especially one from Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery!
Allison Fong writes the weekly blog column on places and activities to try in and around Berkeley. Contact her at [email protected].