Top 50 Nut Allergy-Friendly Ice Cream Shops

NutHeromint

Our guide of the 50 highest-rated ice cream shops for peanut and tree nut allergies features dedicated nut-free shops, nut-free options, safe toppings, and fun flavors.

Editorial Note: See our 50 Allergy-Friendly Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops 2021 for more ice cream shops!

 

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1. a la mode shoppe

Location: New York, New York

Dedicated Free Of: Peanut, Tree Nuts, Egg, Fish, Shellfish, Mustard, Sesame, Legumes, and Peas

Other Allergens They Can Accommodate: Milk, Dairy, Wheat, and Gluten

Going out for ice cream with a nut allergy is almost impossible but a la mode makes it easy. They are 100% nut-free all the way from their ice cream to their toppings. This is the only ice cream parlor that has made me feel 100% safe and I’m so thankful! Their ice cream is delicious and I love that they have a variety of flavors. My personal favorite is Cooks. Can’t wait for my trip to NY in July!”

@alliecastro22, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Location: Chicago, Illinois + multiple locations

I have heard so many good things about Jeni’s and have been wanting to try their ice cream forever! I was so excited that I finally got a chance to this past week! I told my staff about my allergies and asked them to use a clean bin along with a clean scoop. The staff was aware and made me feel safe! The ice cream was delicious and I would definitely go again!

@lizzyanderlik, who manages peanut, tree nut, shrimp, sesame, and flax allergies


3. Tipping Cow Ice Cream

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

“This is the only completely tree nut, peanut and sesame-free ice cream shop in New England, so when our son got transferred to Boston and started living in Somerville, we knew we had to make a stop. My 11-year-old who is allergic to tree nuts was beyond delighted to be able to order ANYTHING on the menu. She had never had a waffle cone or been able to get sprinkles from an ice cream shop! They were extremely aware and educated, and in addition to closely monitoring their supply chain, they even take great precautions to avoid gluten and dairy cross contamination.”

@knoeth10, who manages tree nut and milk allergies


4. FRÍO Gelato Evanston

Location: Evanston, Illinois

“This place is wonderful! This is the only ice cream shop we’ve been able to take my daughter to; none of the gelatos contain nuts and and only a few contain eggs. Each bin of ice cream has its own scoop. They also have many sorbet options for those who are allergic to dairy.”

@evenet1006, who manages peanut, tree nut, egg, wheat, and sesame allergies


5. Artisen Gelato

Location: Matthews, North Carolina

“Fantastic and delicious gelato spot for SOME allergic families. However, please be aware some ingredients they are using use shared lines. As always, check EVERY ingredient for updates and your allergy set. Don’t depend on their signage.”

@foodallergymomma, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, fish, shellfish, and sesame allergies


6. Graeter’s Ice Cream

Location: Northbrook, Illinois

“Will open new container, use a clean scoop, and get new toppings from the back. They even let my kids get a new container taster (although we don’t ask that often)!”

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


7. Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.

Location: New York, New York

“This was the first “ice cream” shop I ever ate at and am so appreciative of Chloe’s! Their soft serve flavors are dairy-free and many toppings are also free of the top 8 allergens. They have nuts in the shop but are very careful about cross contamination.”

@tracy416, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, sesame, seed, and legume allergies


8. Salt & Straw

Location: San Francisco, California

“A friend encouraged me to stop by, as I have a severe nut allergy, and she mentioned that Salt & Straw was very allergy-conscious. I went into the store feeling uneasy, but was immediately asked if anybody in my party had food allergies! After picking my jaw up from the ground, the server was happy to accommodate my allergy, including in samples. He was incredibly knowledgeable and careful. Despite the store being really rather busy, they had no problem grabbing me all of the flavors I wanted to try from unopened pints in the back. I got to try the salted and malted cookie dough, gooey brownie, and the honey lavender (my favorite). I left with a scoop of the cookie dough to go, a pint of the honey lavender, and a fresh waffle cone.”

@sheriberry13, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


9. Frankie and Jo’s

Location: Seattle, Washington

“Dedicated peanut-free, gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free ice cream shop! This was such a find! They have fresh gluten-free waffle cones that smelled like heaven! Most of the ice cream is made with coconut milk, but they do have one or two flavors with cashew milk, and one with almonds and pecans. However, they were so accommodating of tree nut allergies. They have a separate nut-free scoop and washed hands and changed gloves and made sure I was safe! Their menu was also so thorough! They list out every ingredient, so I was personally able to double check which flavors were nut-free! The seasonal flavor was cookies and creme, and it was amazing!”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages celiac and peanut and tree nut allergies


10. The Franklin Fountain

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“They have a “sanitized for allergies” protocol where the scoop is fresh and they pull a fresh bin. The answer on the phone and the answer from the worker at the window were identical (different people)! They thoroughly explained the protocol and took very careful attention. I felt extremely safe. I’ve been here at other times during peak and I would definitely try to go at an off time.”

@cas589, who manages peanut, tree nut, and seed allergies


11. Kilwin’s Naples

Location: Naples, Florida

“There are definitely nuts here and we thought there was no way they could accommodate our nut allergies BUT they were very experienced and educated on food allergies! They said they had tons of customers with food allergies and it was if they “knew the drill”—they offered before we asked to get a clean scoop and to scoop from an unopened bin. We’ve consistently visited and regardless of how long the line is, they’ve never once acted as if they were too busy or made us feel anything but like a “regular” customer.”

@susie, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


12. Dear Bella Creamery

Location: Los Angeles, California

“This ice cream is homemade, and every flavor is completely vegan and gluten-free! I was a little hesitant, as they don’t advertise themselves as nut-free or nut allergy-friendly, but had a great convo with the worker when we went in to check it out. All the ice creams are homemade and do not contain tree nuts or peanuts, in addition to gluten, dairy, and eggs (only 1 or 2 contained soy). The only nuts in the facility are toasted almonds, which get added to sundaes and are in the kitchen and the front ice cream area (because of this they can’t guarantee safety from cross contamination).”

@emsnutfreeeats, who manages celiac and peanut and tree nut allergies


13. Scoops Ice Cream

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Staff consists of mostly young adults and college part-timers who take their time in serving satisfactory ice cream. Due to their location near elementary schools and child cares, they are extremely accommodating, especially to nut allergies.”

@dustin, who manages tree nut allergies


14. Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Location: Beachwood, Ohio

“I have been going to Mitchell’s for many years now and there has never been an issue with my allergies. Right when I tell them I’m allergic to dairy, they use a new tub, sprinkles, and scoop. They have very good vegan options, too. I always get the raspberry sorbet. Try it out!”

@allergyally, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies


15. South Pier Parlor

Location: Sheboygan, Wisconsin

“I was stunned at how amazing they were. There was a massive line and they were so calm and patient. They insisted on a clean scoop and a fresh bin and when the flavor we wanted was unavailable in a fresh bin, they came back with several suggestions. They made us feel like we were the only people in the line.”

@natsmom, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


16. Homer’s Restaurant & Ice Cream

Location: Wilmette, Illinois

“Only applies here for nut allergies. It is NOT nut-free but if you inform the server of your allergy, they will get a separate container and new scooper.”

@jyonnie, who manages tree nut and iodine allergies


17. Curly’s Boonton

Location: Boonton, New Jersey

“We learned about Curly’s from a Facebook group and went 2 days ago. The staff was wonderful! Their peanut and tree nut ice creams are made on separate lines and are stored on a completely separate case. They had a ton of nut-free options and gave some samples for my 7 year old. She only wanted to try two but when they learned this was her first time in an ice cream shop, I swear they would have had her sample them all!”

@cmah, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


18. Fifty Licks Ice Cream

Location: Portland, Oregon

“Nut-free! They also have dairy-free/vegan options. Between five of us, we tried six different flavors and they were all delicious!”

@ashleyb22, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


19. Longford’s Own Made Ice Cream

Location: Rye, New York

“Longford’s has amazing sorbet and understand the severity of food allergies! Just make sure you ask to clean the scooper and you will have awesome sorbet.”

@blabella13, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, fish, and shellfish allergies


20. Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Allergen scoops available upon request. I’ve never had an issue here and love their ice cream!”

@mjflip19, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


21. Dairy Twist Cafe

Location: Walled Lake, Michigan

“They have vegan soy soft serve, oat milk soft serve, and hand-dipped vegan! They are also nut-free”

@tbf6, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, seed, and legume allergies


22. Molly Moon’s

Location: Seattle, Washington

“Delicious ice cream with unique flavors. It’s a popular place to go have desserts after dinners. Expect lines but it’s worth standing and waiting for a safe nut-free treat! Homemade cones have almond extract.”

@cflipp, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


23. Penny Lick Ice Cream

Location: Hastings-On-Hudson, New York

“Completely peanut, tree nut, and sesame-free! They have sophisticated and fun flavors and completely understand the severity of food allergies. Their ice cream cones and toppings are all produced in a nut-free facility and their hot fudge is homemade!”

@girlbehindhive, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, soy, shellfish, sesame, mustard, fruit, and legume allergies


24. The Local Scoop

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

“Great for any allergies! The ice cream is homemade. The staff will use a new bucket of any flavor and a clean scoop from the back to avoid any cross contamination. They also offer ice cream cakes!”

@amberpinnix, who manages peanut, tree nut, soy, shellfish, and legume allergies


25. Sweet Action Ice Cream

Location: Denver, Colorado

“We love Sweet Action’s vegan ice creams! They take great care to ensure a safe scoop of ice cream when we visit their storefront, and we also enjoy buying their pints at Whole Foods.”

@lulu, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and raw egg allergies


26. Oink’s Dutch Treat

Location: New Buffalo, Michigan

“My favorite ice cream place of all time! Oinks has tons of delicious dairy-free, nut-free, and sugar-free options! They are extremely accommodating and are always willing to scoop from a completely new bin in addition to thoroughly rinsing the scooper to avoid any cross contamination! Definitely a place to go to if you’re ever in Michigan!”

@avasato, who manages tree nut allergies


27. Betsy’s Ice Cream

Location: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania

“Safe homemade whipped cream and ice cream options for my peanut, tree nut, soy, and egg allergy son. Staff double checked all of the ingredients before serving us. They also have vegan options!”

@clatshaw, who manages peanut, tree nut, egg, soy, and legume allergies


28. Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery

Location: Clayton, Missouri

“This is definitely my favorite place to get ice cream in St. Louis! The staff is knowledgeable about cross contamination and they are always willing to get a clean scoop from a fresh bin. Also, online, under the flavors, they list the allergens each one contains, which is super helpful! My favorite flavor is the Salted Cracker Caramel; it’s delicious.”

@daphlevy, who manages tree nut allergies


29. Super Sundaes

Location: Hillsborough Township, New Jersey

“My peanut, tree nut, and egg-allergic child very much enjoys Super Sundaes! The staff is well trained and on my first visit, the owner gave me lists of ingredients to go over and completely understood the risk of shared facility/cross contamination. We get all of our birthday cakes from here.”

@lcaravano, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


30. Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

Location: Naples, Florida

“I saw a Spokin review here (thanks, Susie) and we had a safe and yummy visit! They have an allergen statement on their menu and I talked with the staff. They got fresh and clean everything from the back to minimize cross contamination. It was so fun watching them use nitrogen to make the ice cream. Our kids thought it was so neat. The ice cream was great, too! Would definitely come back.”

@vkotz, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


31. Like No Udder

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

“Ordered non-dairy ice cream cakes for our daughter’s birthday—she is allergic to eggs and peanuts. Their customer service was great and products were perfect. Best of all, Isla loved it!”

@arianne08, who manages peanut, tree nut, and egg allergies


32. Sara’s Artisan Gelato

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

“Great place to have a dessert! They are not a nut-free facility but they do have gluten-sensitive options and will use a clean scoop and, if they can, pull from a fresh bin. My wife loves it here and so do I!”

@pvahamaa, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, egg, wheat, and grain allergies


33. FoMu

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

“I explained my allergies to eggs and tree nuts and requested a clean scoop and new tub of ice cream. Staff were knowledgeable about ingredients. Ice cream has a slight coconut flavor but is delicious. I recommend as long as you are upfront about your allergies”

@foodallergygrl, who manages tree nut and egg allergies


34. Cornell Dairy Bar

Location: Ithaca, New York

“I am allergic to dairy, so I really appreciate that they make sure to use uncontaminated tools when I get sorbet here!”

@yeet, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies


35. The Parlour

Location: Durham, North Carolina

“An ice cream shop in Durham with delicious ice cream. They always have dairy-free options—and I don’t mean sorbet. They use coconut milk so you get your ice cream fix. They also have coconut whipped cream. The menu has everything labeled and they even say to let them know about any allergies so they can accommodate. What a change for an ice cream shop! Thank you.”

@memachado1, who manages tree nut, fish, sesame, and mustard allergies


36. Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor

Location: North Wildwood, New Jersey

“The owner takes food allergies very seriously and trains her staff on food allergy management including cross contact as well as ingredient label reading. I am not comfortable having my child eat at ice cream places, but this one put me at ease. I’m not a big risk taker! They have dairy-free options and gluten-free options too- including gluten-free cones and gluten-free brownie bowls! Besides being allergy-friendly, it’s filled with really cool 50’s memorabilia too! A must visit if in Wildwood, NJ!”

@suekelly, who manages celiac and peanut and tree nut allergies


37. Scoops on Beverly

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Very clear and easy to read allergen chart for all menu items. The staff was super friendly and helpful and even made sure to wash the ice cream scooper to avoid any cross contamination. My son loved his chocolate ice cream!”

@clatshaw, who manages peanut, tree nut, egg, soy, and legume allergies


38. New City Microcreamery

Location: Hudson, Massachusetts

“Well-trained staff that opened a new bulk of ice cream, changed gloves, and washed scoops all while making my son feel like it was totally no big deal.”

@melismax, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


39. Aloha Isle

Location: Orlando, Florida

“Aloha Isle is my favorite place to find Dole Whip! They are pretty consistent in their protocols, since they only really sell Dole Whip, and I have always had a positive experience getting a Dole Whip from them. Be aware that they have coconut though!”

@nallergy, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


40. Joghurt Frozen Yogurt Haus

Location: Tustin, California

“Yummy yogurt and willing to assist customers with food allergy concerns although they were busy. They offered to pull any toppings from the back, and some toppings in the front were in pull out drawer with attached spoons to prevent cross contamination.”

@sheriberry13, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


41. Andy’s Frozen Custard

Location: Naperville, Illinois

“The staff at Andy’s is always so wonderful. This is the only ice cream place I visit and the only ice cream I have found that I am able to eat. When I order (large cup—half chocolate, half vanilla), and staff member will get clean scoops, re-wash them, then will scoop the ice cream directly from the machine, which continuously makes fresh ice cream. That same employee then brings me my cup him or herself.”

@jgrabowski, who manages peanut, tree nut, soy, shellfish, sesame, mustard, vegetable, fruit, and legume allergies


42. Creamistry

Location: San Antonio, Texas

“You can get dairy and nut-free options here, more than “a few options”. Mention that you have a person with food allergies and they make sure they use all clean utensils and no cross contamination. Bonus: treats are really fresh as every order is made on the spot with liquid nitrogen. Go to their website to see their allergen and special diet info list.”

@yamasaki28, who manages peanut, pecan, milk, and shellfish allergies


43. Meadowlark Dairy

Location: Pleasanton, California

“Called to ask about peanut. Employee said there is no peanut in their ice cream or cones, however didn’t sound entirely confident. Went to location and again asked in person. The majority of staff are young teenagers, went to go check with other young staff. Was not entirely confident with their responses. Checked on Yelp and found 1 positive experience for another peanut-allergic person. We took the chance and let my son have a bit of vanilla and orange flavor. Thankfully no issues, however proceed with caution and consider your level of comfort.”

@mamalolim, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


44. Sweet Cow

Location: Boulder, Colorado

“Incredibly helpful staff and when informed of allergy, they will get a clean scoop from a separate, fresh bin from the back. Intensely rich and creamy ice cream that is fantastically delicious.”

@toadly, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, mussel, wheat, tomato, and melon allergies


45. Catch the Wave

Location: Plainview, New York

“I love coming here! It’s a self-serve frozen yogurt place and I love how every flavor has a “contains” sign that lists the common allergens it might have! The sorbet flavors are free of all allergens!”

@sarahfreefood, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, egg, soy, fish, and sesame allergies


46. Winstead’s Restaurants

Location: Overland Park, Kansas

“They don’t use any nuts for their shakes, so I feel safe ordering one since there’s no risk for cross contamination.”

@user123456789, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


47. Lewis Brothers Homemade Ice Cream

Location: Provincetown, Massachusetts

“So happy that my tree nut-allergic boy was able to have and enjoy ice cream today. Such a rarity when we’re vacationing. They opened up a new ice cream container and used a new scooper to serve him ice cream. Will definitely be going back.”

@mchanax, who manages tree nut allergies


48. The Milk Shake Factory

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Manager was super helpful, making my daughter’s dairy-free shake in the back on clean equipment. Amazingly delicious!”

@meiguizi, who manages cashew and milk allergies


49. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Location: Brooklyn, New York

“One of my favorite ice cream shops in the city. Love the flavors. Their menu is clearly marked with allergies, and they’re now serving oat milk ice cream!”

@girlwnogluten, who manages celiac and tree nut, fish, shellfish, sesame, carrot, kiwi, and meat allergies


50. Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Great local ice cream shop with delicious dairy-free options and friendly staff.”

@meiguizi, who manages cashew and milk allergies

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