50 Allergy-Friendly Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops

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Soft serve ice cream is our hero for letting us skip the scoop and for frequently being made in dedicated machines. See 50 allergy-friendly Soft Serve Spots across 19 states + 2 countries, with reviews highlighting shops dedicated free of nuts, dairy, gluten and more, safe toppings and great allergy practices. If you’ve found an allergy-friendly soft serve spot, please share a review on the Spokin app!

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VERIFIED ICE CREAM SHOPS


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a la mode shoppe

Location: New York, New York

Soft Serve Dedicated Free Of: Peanut, Tree Nut (including coconut), Egg, Sesame, Gluten
Coming Soon: Dairy-free soft serve made in a dedicated machine free of Peanut, Tree Nut (including coconut), Milk, Egg, Sesame, and Gluten
Shop Dedicated Free Of:
Peanut, Tree Nut (including coconut), Egg, Fish, Shellfish, Sesame, Mustard, Sunflower, Legumes
Other Allergens They Can Accommodate: Milk, Wheat, Gluten

“I absolutely love a la mode. I always make it a point to stop by whenever I go into NYC. Their staff is amazing, always friendly and helpful. To have the ability to walk in and pick whatever cone, toppings, or flavor I like is priceless. They also have the most amazing soft serve ice cream! It’s been years since I was able to enjoy a 100% safe soft serve and they hit it on the mark!”

@thenutfreelife, who manages peanut, tree nut, sesame, and legume allergies


ALABAMA


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Mr. Gene’s Beans

Location: Fairhope, Alabama

“Love this local ice cream shop for its charm but also because I have never been when they didn’t have a dairy/gluten/nut free soft serve option (usually a sorbet). They do have many other ice cream and topping options, but from what I have been told they always use the same machine for the non-dairy soft serve to avoid cross-contamination. If for whatever reason the non-dairy soft serve is down, they also have great popsicles, sodas, and novelty candies that are allergy-friendly as well! All around great place!”

@allergystrategy, who manages peanut, milk, egg, and shellfish allergies


ARIZONA


Nami

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

“Excellent vegan soft serve and baked goods. Made to order cakes available too.”

@carolynr, who manages beef, egg, and milk allergies

Green New American Vegetarian

Location: Tempe, Arizona

“Vegan restaurant—no milk or eggs in the building. Helpful labeling for gluten allergies. Peanuts and some tree nuts present in the back so emphasize cleaning to avoid CC. Mostly soy based dairy alternatives. HIGHLY recommend the tsoynami soft serve soy ice cream!”

@serenesafe, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and sesame allergies


CALIFORNIA


Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats

Location: Anaheim, California

“This is a frozen treats kiosk in Disney’s California Adventure on Pixar Pier. Everything on the menu does not contain nuts! They have vanilla and chocolate soft serve, which both contain dairy, and dole whip lemon soft serve, which is top 8 free!”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages peanut, tree nut, wheat, and Celiac-gluten allergies


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Tropical Hideaway

Location: Anaheim, California

“All the dole whip flavors are vegan and completely nut-free! My favorite is the traditional pineapple, but they also have orange, raspberry, and some other limited edition fruit flavors from time to time. All the flavors are completely dairy-free and come out of a soft-serve machine, so there are no cross-contamination concerns. From what I could see the Dole Whip machines were being manned by different workers than were handing out the food, and because it is a soft-serve machine, there was no shared handling.”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages peanut, tree nut, wheat, and Celiac-gluten allergies


Honeymee Irvine

Location: Irvine, California

“This was hard to find, but it’s a super delicious little ice cream chain! Delicious soft serve and milkshakes (although I avoid those). I always double-check the ingredients, but it’s worth it!”

@wildnsun, who manages a peanut allergy


Yoga-urt

Location: Los Angeles, California

“Vegan soft serve made from almond milk! Very allergy-friendly if you do not have a nut allergy.”

@jennatso8, who manages milk, egg, beef, and pork allergies


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Happy Ice

Location: Los Angeles, California

“Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free shaved ice in LA! They also just added vegan soft-serve which is made with oat milk, so it was totally safe! They also have 4 food trucks that are open most days of the week and alternate different locations. I found it hard to tell which trucks were open on their website but saw after that they always post where they are the morning of on Instagram, so check out their social media if you’re in the area! Highly recommend stopping by one of their trucks if it’s close by!”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages peanut, tree nut, wheat, and celiac-gluten allergies


Meadowlark Dairy

Location: Pleasanton, California

“I have been having the ice cream here for 10+ years and have never had an issue with my nut allergies! All soft serve ice cream comes out of machines, and there are no toppings. They always have chocolate and vanilla (contains dairy) and strawberry and orange (vegan—manufactured by dole whip, ingredients online). They will put soft serve ice cream in cups with spoons for those with gluten allergies, and everyone wears gloves, so there’s no concern about gluten cross-contact. Highly recommend the strawberry dole whip swirled with vanilla ice cream!”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages peanut, tree nut, wheat, and celiac-gluten allergies


Pizzeria Delfina

Location: San Francisco, California

“The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable here! There are limited nuts and I noticed that there was an option for gluten-free pasta, pizza crust, and even cones for their homemade soft serve. The food was delicious!”

@awissink, who manages peanut, tree nut, wheat, and celiac-gluten allergies


Pressed Juicery

Location: Walnut Creek, California

“Pressed Juicery now has dairy-free, nut-free freezes! They used to make all of their soft serves with almond milk, so I’m happy to have an option that I can eat there now.”

@amandayoung03, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, and shellfish allergies


CONNECTICUT


Three Girls Vegan Downtown

Location: Guilford, Connecticut

“They recently opened a bakery at a second location in Connecticut. I had their soft serve ice cream with chocolate dip on a cone. They have a few different soft serve flavors and a choice of chocolate or cherry dip and other toppings. They also make soft-serve sundaes, shakes, and ice cream cakes. Their soft serve is oat milk-based. I believe they use almond milk as well. Their cones are gluten-free. Everything on their menu is dairy-free, vegan, and delicious!”

@shaeallergy07, who manages a milk allergy


Dutch’s

Location: Pawcatuck, Connecticut

“Dutch’s is a gourmet vegan cupcake and soft-serve ice cream shop. I’ve tried their cupcakes and they are delicious—all vegan, some are gluten-free. I also tasted my very first soft-serve ice cream in a gourmet waffle cone with tons of toppings that are all vegan and delicious. They also make shakes and ice cream floats.”

@shaeallergy07, who manages a milk allergy


FLORIDA


Yogurt Emporium Inc

Location: Boca Raton, Florida

“My daughter got soft serve vanilla and the toppings from the back. The staff was very friendly and proactive.”

@stephsorkin, who manages tree nut, shrimp, flax, mustard, and sesame allergies


GEORGIA


Big Softie

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

“Dairy-free oat milk vanilla soft serve that comes out of a dedicated machine! Only safe ice cream place I have found in all of Atlanta. So glad I did because it is SO DELICIOUS!”

@missmeliss1895, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, shellfish, and Celiac-gluten allergies


HAWAII


Lahaina Ice Cream Parlour

Location: Lahaina, Hawaii

“Although this is an ice cream shop (serving Lappert’s ice cream) we were safely able to have Dole Whip Soft Serve here. The staff was very accommodating and let me read the package labeling of the Dole Whip, wore gloves and explained how often they sanitize their machine and if they had used it for regular dairy soft serve at all or recently at all. It was so nice for my son to be able to have a treat in this shop along with everyone else!”

@aaps, who manages peanut, tree nut, and milk allergies


ILLINOIS


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Upton’s Breakroom

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Upton’s Breakroom is a vegan and nut-free restaurant in Chicago. I cannot speak for the food, but the soft serve ice cream is INCREDIBLE! The best I’ve ever had, for sure! The soft serve is made with Temptation (soy-based) and comes out of a dedicated machine. The base is vanilla, but they switch it up with fun flavors like fresh strawberry and pink lemonade, too! They make their chocolate and strawberry house in-house too, and the employees could not be kinder!”

@missmeliss1895, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, shellfish, and Celiac-gluten allergies


Vaca’s Creamery

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“The ice cream was a little on the pricey side, but It. Was. So. Good. Oat milk soft serve ice cream? Yes please! They have chocolate, vanilla, swirl, and a seasonal flavor. They serve milkshakes and sundaes and have plenty of toppings to choose from (there were a couple peanut-related toppings so only eat at your comfort level). But guess what?! THEY HAD AN INGREDIENT BOOK with all the toppings, ice cream flavors, and the different types of cones’ ingredients! Will absolutely go again.”

@natalie, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


The Freeze

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“They happily accommodated my peanut allergy. Plus, they have soft serve, which makes it a lot safer since there are no peanuts in the machine.”

@awissink, who manages peanut, squid, sesame, and fruit allergies


Glenview Dairy Bar Ice Cream Palace

Location: Glenview, Illinois

“While there are various nuts, they take great care and caution to prevent contamination. The soft serve comes from a dedicated machine and employees wash hands and wear gloves to handle cones. If you want toppings they have a dedicated sprinkle box in the back. They also have some great dairy and gluten free options as well.”

@kates, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


The Highland Queen Drive-In

Location: La Grange, Illinois

“The only nuts in the kitchen are peanut toppings and peanut dip which are kept next to the other toppings/dips. However, the owner assured me that everything is cleaned between each meal prep and the staff does everything in their power to eliminate cross contamination.”

@reganh, who manages tree nut, fish, and mushroom allergies


MAINE


CJ’s Big Dipper

Location: Bar Harbor, Maine

“The soft serve is generally safe; if you ask them to change their gloves they will.”

@allergytravelr, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, shellfish, wheat, Celiac-gluten, fruit, and grain allergies


MARYLAND


Sweet Babe’s Creamery

Location: Urbana, Maryland

“We absolutely love this small soft serve ice cream stand in Urbana. The owner is almost always on site. They DO have peanut/nut products. But they automatically flag the order if you mention allergies and staff are trained to change into clean gloves. You can watch the whole process from the ordering window. We order vanilla/choc swirl consistently (always in the same machine). We don’t order toppings but they have offered to open fresh packages if we want anything (they do have Oreos). They also use JOY brand cones. We feel very safe eating here for a sweet treat.”

@jennthoman, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


MASSACHUSETTS


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Ice Cream Cafe

Location: Orleans, Massachusetts

“This ice cream place is one of the best I have ever been regarding allergies. They have an entire allergy section depending on the specific allergy you require. The staff is so kind and caring with the amount of allergies my siblings and I have. They are very dedicated in making sure we are safe. Their soft serve is delicious as well which makes everything a lot easier and better. We made sure of no cross contamination with the soft serve and they were very helpful with our order. Would highly recommend!”

@riyamiglani, who manages peanut, tree nut, and shrimp allergies


MICHIGAN


Arctic Cafe

Location: Lambertville, Michigan

“They are so kind, they check labels every time in case of a change in production, and they use new gloves! It is soft serve as well, so no worries with sharing a scoop.”

@mevola475, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


Dairy Korner

Location: St. Joseph, Michigan

“Great soft serve!”

@beccaji, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


Lil Shack Ice Cream Parlor

Location: Temperance, Michigan

“They have soft serve that is safe for people with nut allergies and are super accommodating! They’ve been my safe ice cream place since I was little!”

@mevola475, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


Dairy Twist Cafe

Location: Walled Lake, Michigan

“Best tasting oat milk options in both soft serve and hard pack ice cream.”

@jbmellen, who manages peanut, milk, soy, wheat, Celiac-gluten, vegetable, kiwi, grain, pork, mushroom, and radish allergies


MINNESOTA


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The Wedge Co-Op

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

“The coconut-based soft serve is amazing! Comes out of a dedicated machine that only serves vanilla, chocolate, and twist cone coconut-based soft serve. My first time ever having an ice cream cone, or as they call it, a Froco! Truly incredible treat. They have all ingredients listed if you ask. Gluten free cones as well!”

@missmeliss1895, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, shellfish, and Celiac-gluten allergies


NEW JERSEY


The WooHoo

Location: Beach Haven, New Jersey

“The Woohoo is the best spot on Long Beach Island for people with allergies. When you order at the window, they give you a sheet to mark your allergies down! They also have certain ice cream flavors that are the “allergy flavor” and use dedicated clean scoops. They offer dairy free ice creams and soft serve as well. The staff is always so kind and helpful when I order. I feel so safe eating here, and come every time I’m at the shore!”

@celiactivist, who manages Celiac-gluten and oat allergies


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Four Boys Ice Cream Shop

Location: Englishtown, New Jersey

“Employees are aware that soft serve options out of the machine are okay for all nut allergies. They will wash their hands without a problem if asked.”

@avanicole, who manages peanut, tree nut, and sesame allergies


Super Sundaes

Location: Hillsborough Township, New Jersey

“Best ice cream shop ever. Dairy free options including soft serve. Allergen ingredients booklet available to look at. They also sell some chocolates and candy free of the top 8 allergens. They are awesome.”

@shawnac1, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and shellfish allergies


Crazees

Location: Rumson, New Jersey

“Great for dairy and nut allergic. Separate soft serve machine for vegan nut free ice cream. Yummy!”

@klisnock, who manages tree nut allergies


NEW YORK


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Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.

Location: New York, New York

“This is my go-to place! I wish they had more locations or sold their soft-serve in pints. It’s comforting to know that this is literally fruit, sugar, and water. NO nuts, NO dairy, and the staff is understanding if you have questions.”

@berlich, who manages tree nut and milk allergies


Seed + Mill

Location: New York, New York

“This was the BEST vegan soft serve I’ve ever had. Period. It was creamy, delicious and so much flavor. The only one safe for us was the chocolate. Warning for those with sesame allergies: it has tahini in it. But this was in Chelsea Market and great on a hot day.”

@vkotz, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and wheat allergies


Yogurt & Such Cafe

Location: Plainview, New York

“The staff is always so helpful getting separate toppings from the back and the soft serve frozen yogurt is so good!”

@izzytri12, who manages tree nut, fish, and sesame allergies


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Ralphs of Port Jeff

Location: Port Jefferson, New York

“Ralphs is always a great option! They have an allergen menu online that lists all gluten free flavors and notes other allergens as well. Their soft serve ice cream is also gluten free and they have protocol to ensure it is safe! I love getting the soft serve ice cream mixed with Italian ice.”

@gflongisland, who manages a Celiac-gluten allergy


Main Street Sweets

Location: Tarrytown, New York

“I get their vanilla soft serve with toppings. The staff knows how to handle allergies and gets toppings from the back to avoid cross-contamination.”

@rs13, who manages peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, mustard, sesame, and legume allergies


NORTH CAROLINA


Videri Chocolate Factory

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

“So fun to visit a chocolate factory that is dedicated free from peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, and legumes! They have vanilla, chocolate, and swirl that all contain dairy, but they also offer a vegan raspberry mousse! All the toppings are made from scratch in their own facility, so there is no chance of cross contact! The chocolate toffee crumble on top of the vanilla soft serve was safe and delicious!”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages peanut, tree nut, wheat, and Celiac-gluten allergies


OREGON


Back To Eden Bakery

Location: Portland, Oregon

“Amazing Temptation soft serve! I was in Portland for a conference and had a banana split 3 afternoons in a row—the only 3 banana splits I’ve ever had in my life! Super good with allergies.”

@missmeliss1895, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, shellfish, and Celiac-gluten allergies


PENNSYLVANIA


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Gresham’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Location: Hawley, Pennsylvania

“Great vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and lactose free Dole Soft Serve!”

@jennifer1014, who manages a milk allergy


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Gravity Ice Cream

Location: Honesdale, Pennsylvania

“This is a cute little ice cream place! They have dole whip which is nice. They have regular soft serve that’s apparently amazing but they have dairy free options”

@allergytravelr, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, shellfish, wheat, Celiac-gluten, fruit, and grain allergies


Page Dairy Mart

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“We went for the first time today, because they recently started having a top 8 free vanilla oat milk soft serve (all their ice cream is soft serve). We asked if they could make a swirl for our punkin but the girl answered that all the swirl machines are used for everything. We asked if she could have some thin mints in hers. The girl replied that she would go and grab some out of the back for us. We didn’t even have to ask! She then put 7 thin mints in our daughter’s ice cream! Wonderful experience and we will definitely be going back!”

@punkinmama, who manages cashew and milk allergies


RHODE ISLAND


Frosty Freez

Location: Middletwon, Rhode Island

“Soft serve here is THE BEST. Always get the same nut-free sundae and have never had any problems.”

@foodallergygrl, who manages tree nut and egg allergies


WASHINGTON D.C.


Milk Bar Flagship at Logan Circle

Location: Washington, D.C.

“Soft serve machine doesn’t have any peanuts. The staff checked gladly for me, however! Super knowledgeable and yummy stuff!”

@awissink, who manages peanut, squid, sesame, and fruit allergies


CANADA


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Crèmerie Wild Willy’s Inc

Location: Pointe-Claire, Quebec

“We talked to the owner of this place, and the soft serve ice cream is nut and egg free and the owner assured us that staff are trained in keeping contaminants out of it. Recommended to bring your own toppings like sprinkles, and to not get a cone as they don’t guarantee the cones to be nut free.”

@misterbishop, who manages peanut, tree nut, and egg allergies


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Safari Ice Cream

Location: Dorval, Quebec

“We let our tree nut allergy son eat soft serve at ice cream places. Safari is a local business which is aware of our son’s allergy and always makes sure to wash their hands when serving us his soft serve ice cream and it’s a great place to bring kids; they have lots of picnic benches outside where you can eat and people watch. I always bring my own sprinkles to put on his ice cream and he loves it!”

@vina, who manages tree nut allergies

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