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Vegan Ice Cream at Great Escape in Watkins Glen, NY

Vegan Ice Cream at Great Escape in Watkins Glen, NY

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After we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Wildflower Cafe in Watkins Glen, we completed our meal with a delicious dessert. Just down the main street in town on South Franklin Street, The Great Escape Ice Cream Store serves up a huge variety of frozen treats, including 29 flavors of vegan soft serve ice cream. This darling ice cream parlor is family-owned for over 30 years and we could tell that it was a beloved spot in the downtown region.

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

First of all, it is often difficult to find vegan desserts of any kind while traveling about, let alone in a small town like Watkins Glen. Its also rare to find delicious, plant-based desserts in such a great variety of flavors. Oh, the choices! It was difficult to decide as all of these sounded so yummy. After some deliberation, I eventually chose the Maple Nut flavor (sticking with my Canadian roots), and Justin opted for the caramel vegan ice cream. The above board shows all of the vegan options available at Great Escape. Most of these are flavors added to soft serve ice cream, and there were two different kinds of the hard ice cream, too.

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

When we placed our orders, we were given the option of having vanilla, chocolate, or a twist of vanilla and chocolate soft serve ice cream. Maple nut seemed to go best with vanilla, and Justin chose to have the chocolate-vanilla twist with his caramel-flavored treat. We ate the ice cream out of small bowls, although they did have vegan cones available as well.

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

The vegan ice cream at Great Escape is soy-based, though you would hardly know it. It tasted exactly like what I recall dairy ice cream tasting like. Dairy-free ice cream can be made out of a variety of different plant-based milks, including soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and the list goes on. Most grocery stores nowadays carry a variety of dairy-free ice creams that are absolutely delicious and I suggest you give them a try.

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, be sure to stop by The Great Escape in Watkins Glen for a yummy frozen treat, although you may have a tough time choosing what flavor to eat. Looking for things to do in Watkins Glen? Check out my Watkins Glen travel guide for nature lovers.

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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor - Vegan Ice Cream in Watkins Glen, NY

The Great Escape
221 S. Franklin St.
Watkins Glen, NY


What flavor of vegan soft serve ice cream would you like to try?

 

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Adelina | Pack Me To

Thursday 31st of July 2014

I've never had vegan soft serve before. Judging by the photos they look pretty legit. Did they carry the right flavour even after being mixed? I've tried one of those coconut bars before and they were amazing. Life changing really. I'm lactose intolerant so I can't eat too much ice cream without getting sick, but I cat eat those no problem! I need to investigate vegan ice cream some more.

Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

That's one reason why I ended up going vegan....my stomach hurts anytime I eat dairy! It is so nice to eat ice cream and not be in pain afterwards! It tasted just like regular ice cream, I wouldn't have noticed any difference. So yes, totally legit! :)

Jess

Thursday 31st of July 2014

The next time we're driving through New York I definitely need to go here with my sister - the thing I miss most about sticking to vegan-friendly places is that I don't get to explore new ice cream shops!

Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Oh yes, and be sure to check out Glen Mountain Market down the road for some vegan cookies, too! :)

Serena Chiarle

Tuesday 29th of July 2014

So cool that you've managed to find a whole ice-cream parlour with vegan ice-cream and so many flavours to choose from! Here usually you might just find a few flavours in "regular" ice-cream places. I like how the place looks by the way, wooden hub with pastel colours :)

Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

It was really cute looking too, wasn't it! We want to go back here!

Alli

Monday 28th of July 2014

You always have the cutest posts! :) You guys find the neatest little spots all the time! I've never tried vegan ice cream ever but it actually sounds like it's as yummy after reading this!

Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Thank you! :) It's definitely worth a try, if you can find coconut-milk ice cream, it's really delicious! Even if you aren't a coconut fan....the flavored ice creams don't taste of coconut, only the original coconut flavor does :)

Chris Boothman

Sunday 27th of July 2014

The moment I saw the words ice-cream I knew this was going to be a great post! I have never sampled vegan ice-cream so really wondering how this differs from normal ice-cream. Definitely agree that those flavors are intriguing especially when you added the caramel twist which is definitely my favorite sweet tooth item!

Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren

Monday 28th of July 2014

For the most part (if you try a good one), it tastes just the same as regular ice cream! In this case, it tasted exactly the same for me. Definitely satisfies my sweet tooth...yes, Justin and I both love our sweets, and we definitely aren't deprived by going vegan thankfully!

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