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Although summer is the quintessential season for ice cream consumption, you’ll find me eating this dessert in the middle of a winter snowstorm. Basic ice creams are often gluten-free, but you have to be careful to check the label because additives and flavoring can contain gluten. To help make finding a safe flavor much simpler, our grocery guide has seven entire pages which list the gluten-free flavors of major ice cream brands. The major brands such as Edy’s (Dreyer’s), Haagen-Dazs, Meijer, and Turkey Hill all offer a wide array of flavors “made without gluten-containing ingredients.”

However, it can be much more difficult to find gluten-free ice-cream that contain bakery add-ins such as cookie dough. Difficult, but not impossible thanks to Turtle Mountain. Many flavors in their Purely Decadent line of rich creamy ice cream made with coconut milk is all gluten-free…. and that includes their Cookie Dough flavor. Other gluten-free flavors include Cherry Nirvana, Chocolate Obsession, Coconut Craze, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Zig Zag, Pomegranate Chip, Praline Pecan, Swinging Anna Banana, and more.

And if you’re craving a classic ice-cream sandwich with a cold ice cream layer on the inside and soft cookie on the outside, Julie’s Organics offers round gluten-free ice-cream sandwiches in two varieties: Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Cookies and Lemon Yogurt with Vanilla Cookies.

Dibs frozen novelty ice cream is gluten free, in the Chocolate, Mint, and Vanilla flavors. Eskimo Pie is gluten-free in the Vanilla With Dark Chocolate flavor. Nestle’s Butterfinger Bar, Fudge Bar, and Vanilla Bar with Chocolatey Coating are all listed as gluten-free, as are The Skinny Cow‘s Caramel, Chocolate, French Vanilla, and White Mint Skinny Truffle Bars.

Another option, if you are willing to invest in an ice cream maker, is to make your ice cream from scratch. Most homemade vanilla ice cream recipes are naturally gluten-free, such as this very basic ice cream recipe from AllRecipes.com. In addition, if you make your own ice-cream (or simply buy a gluten-free brand of vanilla ice-cream) you can mix in gluten-free cookie dough or brownie bits for a real treat.

You can also venture out for ice cream, although it can be risky. On their website, Dairy Queen states that their vanilla and chocolate soft serve ice creams and their Moolatte brand do not contain gluten, but cross-contamination is always a danger. And at other ice cream parlors there is the potential for cross-contamination when workers use the same icecream scoop to ladle out cookie-dough as they do for vanilla bean.

How do you get your gluten-free ice cream fix? What is your favorite gluten-free ice cream brand and flavor?