Providence-based vegan ice cream truck and shop Like No Udder will be giving away 700 free ice cream cones during their version of “Free Cone Day” on April 4. The event coincides with Ben & Jerry’s national Free Cone Day, however Like No Udder’s event will be completely vegan. Owners Karen Krinsky and Chris Belanger successfully raised funds for the event via crowdfunding platform GoFundMe. The truck (nicknamed “Betsy Loo”) was the first in the country to serve all-vegan soft serve when it launched in 2010. The duo opened their brick-and-mortar shop last year serving floats, shakes, baked goods—and 12 vegan ice cream flavors including peanut butter cup, maple grapenut, and rocky road with a wide range of toppings. “Our hope is that a Free Cone Day will get people to experience the wonders of non-dairy ice-cream,” the owners said, “especially those reluctant to stop in and buy a cone on their own.” Meanwhile, big brand Ben & Jerry’s continues to innovate dairy-free offerings with the recent launch of three new flavors—Cherry Garcia, Coconut Seven Layer Bar, and Caramel Almond Brittle—to add to its existing almond milk-based ice cream line. Like No Udder will be offering free cones at their shop location from 2pm until 9pm (or until they run out) and the owners urge that patrons bring a non-vegan friend with them to “experience the joy of cruelty-free ice cream.”
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