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Superpremium & A Bonus: It’s Lactose Free Beckon Ice Cream

[1] Each flavor is heavenly: We set them up in a buffet line, just us and a spoon (all photos © Beckon Ice Cream).

[2] A coupe of Beckon’s Peanut Butter Cup, with swirls of PB and flecks of chocolate. We added a few mini peanut butter cups for garnish (slice them in half).

[3] Sea Salt Chocolate Chip is delicious on its own, or with chocolate chip cookies. We made chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches (pure comfort food!).

[4] A Saturday night at home with a pint of Cookies & Sweet Cream.

[5] A double affogato: espresso poured over Beckon’s espresso ice cream, instead of the standard vanilla ice cream.

[6] Beckon is available at Whole Foods stores nationwide.

[7] Limited edition Crushed Candy Cane Brownie will only be around for a couple of months. Stock up!

[8] Turn any flavor into a sundae or a banana split.

[9] Get one of every flavor!


When you write about food, it’s easy to fall in love with one product and another. Our latest heartthrob is Beckon lactose-free ice cream. But before you turn away, let us hasten to tell you that Beckon just happens to be lactose-free. It tastes like any other superpremium ice cream, with outstanding flavor and creaminess. The removal of lactose has no impact on the taste. All it does is neutralize the lactose that causes digestive problems for some people (more about that in a minute).

Plus, Beckon is the first-ever clean label, premium, lactose-free dairy ice cream on the market.

If you love ice cream, read on.

Yes, Beckon ice cream is unbelievably delicious, and it’s surprisingly lactose-free.

We say “surprisingly,” because anyone tasting it would simply think that it was a superpremium ice cream.

That’s because some people don’t realize that lactose-free ice cream tastes like any other ice cream. Premium lactose-free ice cream tastes like regular premium ice cream, superpremium lactose-free tastes like regular superpremium brands.

The lactose is neutralized with the addition of the lactase enzyme. Our bodies naturally produce lactase, which breaks down the lactose sugar found in dairy. People who are lactose-intolerant don’t produce enough of the enzyme; hence, their digestive problems when they eat dairy.

A whopping 36% of Americans are lactose intolerant* to some degree (we are one of them).

We had previously survived on Lactaid ice cream, and were grateful for it (and took a lot of Lactaid pills before we ate conventional brands). But Lactaid can’t hold a candle to Beckon, a very creamy, drool-worthy, superpremium brand.

Eating lactose-free contributes to easier digestion for everyone. The brand is considered low FODMAP† diet-friendly.

The brand calls itself “premium” ice cream, but we call it “superpremium.”

What is superpremium ice cream?

Here are the FDA’s Standards of Identity‡ for ice cream:

  • Just to qualify as “ice cream”, a dairy product must contain a minimum of 10% milkfat (also known as butterfat). Below that, they must be called “frozen dairy desserts.”
  • “Premium” ice cream must contain 12%-14% milkfat (examples: Blue Bell, Blue Bunny, Breyers, Turkey Hill).
  • “Super-premium” ice cream must contain 14%-16% percent milkfat (example, Ben & Jerry’s, Graeter’s, Häagen-Dazs, Jeni’s; Beckon is 14%).
  • “Ultra-premium ice cream” contains 16% milkfat or more (these tend to be small artisan brands).
    The higher the milkfat, the creamier the ice cream. The creaminess is also what is called “mouthfeel.”

    You couldn’t ask for creamier than Beckon ice cream.

    Beckon is also wonderfully flavor forward. This means that there is a depth of the featured flavor (very vanilla, very chocolatey, very minty). Some superpremium brands feature creaminess at the expense of the flavor. Not Beckon!

    Beckon ice cream does a faultless job, using all of the same ingredients as traditional ice cream (milk, cream, eggs, and sugar, plus vanilla extract, espresso, and mix-ins like chocolate chips and peanut butter swirls).

  • If you need lactose-free ice cream, Beckon is a great find.
  • If you eat a conventional diet but just want a terrific ice cream, Beckon beckons you.

    Beckon’s luscious lineup includes:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Cookies & Sweet Cream
  • Dark Chocolate Brownie
  • Espresso
  • Mint Chip
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Sea Salt Chocolate Chip
  • Vanilla
  • Limited Edition Holiday Flavor: Crushed Candy Cane Brownie
    Flavors are available in 16-ounce pints (SRP $5.99) and 32-ounce quarts ($8.99), plus 3.5-ounce Snack Cups in Dark Chocolate Brownie, Mint Chip, and Vanilla (each cup has tasty toppings like cookie crumbs or sprinkles underneath the lid).

    Beckon uses really simple ingredients with a clean label.

    You won’t find any of the gums, artificial stabilizers, or corn syrup found in many other ice creams.

    Beckon co-founders Katy Flannery, who is lactose-intolerant, and Gwen Gwen Burlingame, who is a “sympathetic sweet tooth,” have created the first-ever clean label premium lactose-free dairy ice cream on the market.

    It is also an exceptionally delicious ice cream—for everyone!

    Thank you, ladies and your team. We are grateful for the result of your labors.

    Beckon is currently available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, as well as many other regional and independent retailers throughout the country.

    Here’s a store locator.

    Here’s where to buy it online, including Amazon Prime Now, Fresh Direct, GoPuff and Instacart.

    Beckon is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, and other select retailers, as well from the brand directly at

    For more information head to or follow @BeckonIceCream.


    *Lactose is the naturally-occurring sugar in milk. Our bodies produce an enzyme called lactase to break down that lactose so it can be easily absorbed during digestion. Millions of Americans don’t produce enough lactase, which breaks down the lactose to be easily digested. If you’re one of them, you have lactose intolerance.

    Lactose intolerance is very common in adults, but rarely dangerous. About 30 million American adults have some degree of lactose intolerance by age 20 [source]. In the United States, about 36% of people have lactose malabsorption [source].

    †FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them, such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.

    ‡Standards of identity describe in detail what a food product must contain, how it must be proportioned and sometimes how it must be manufactured. Here’s more about it.




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