Does Ice Cream Have Eggs?


A hot summer day calls for a special treat. One that is sweet, cold and creamy to cool you down and please your taste buds. 

You have probably already guessed what that yummy treat can be- ice cream! Ice cream is available in so many types and flavors. 

Vanilla or chocolate for those who like a little simplicity. Rocky road or bunny tracks for those you want to add life to their ice cream. 

This dessert is definitely a favorite for many. Its soft, creamy texture and rich, sweet taste is difficult to turn down. 

This may even include those who are allergic to eggs which can cause you to wonder, does ice cream have eggs?

Some ice creams will contain eggs and some don’t. If you are curious if a certain ice cream has eggs in it you will need to check out the list of ingredients for that particular ice cream. The label will tell you whether or not the ice cream has eggs in it.

If you have an egg allergy or just prefer not to have eggs in your ice cream then don’t worry. There are plenty of ice cream choices for you! Further on this article I will discuss ice creams that have eggs and those that do not. 

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For now, know that there are many ice creams without eggs in them. And if you do want eggs in your sweet cold treat then there are plenty of choices for you as well. 

While some ice creams do contain eggs there are also plenty that do not. To see the most popular ice cream mixes (to make your own) just click here. 

What Ice Cream Has Eggs In It?

Ice cream is so delicious. There are so many flavors to choose from. Like I said before some have eggs and some don’t. 

So, what ice cream has eggs in it?

Many vanilla flavored ice creams will have eggs in them. Organic ice cream is also likely to contain eggs. It is best to check the label to see if the ice cream you are wanting has egg in it or not.

Eggs can be used to make ice cream more creamy. It provides the dessert with a custard-like base. Many people love this type of ice cream and when shopping for the dessert want to choose one like this. 

If you are looking for ice cream with eggs in it then start by checking the label to see if it mentions any egg in the list of ingredients. 

According to the article, Does Ice Cream Have Eggs?, they list some ice creams containing egg as one of the ingredients. 

  • “Breyers – french vanilla, birthday blast, strawberry cheesecake.
  • Carvel – vanilla.
  • Cold Stone Creamery – french vanilla, fudge brownie batter, key lime, lemon custard, red velvet cake, salted caramel, salted chocolate caramel.
  • Dreyer’s/Edy’s – french vanilla.
  • Haagen-Dazs – A majority of flavors contain eggs.”

Unfortunately what ice creams have eggs in them is constantly changing as companies change their formulas and ingredients all of the time. So when you are at the store if you don’t want eggs (or do) just turn the carton over and check the label on the flavor you want to buy. 

What Ice Cream Has No Eggs?

Allergic to eggs? No problem. You can still enjoy some ice cream. You may be worried about the ice cream you choose but checking the ingredient list will help solve this problem.

Some ice cream brands supply egg-free ice cream. There are many types of ice cream to choose from that are egg free. You can even make your own homemade ice cream without using any eggs in the recipe.

As I mentioned earlier, some ice cream has eggs while other ice cream does not. It is hard to say exactly which ice cream has eggs and which don’t since there are so many ice cream types and flavors. 

Luckily, there are a lot of ice creams that don’t have eggs so if you have an egg allergy or don’t want egg in your ice cream you have options. 

The article, 36 Egg-Free Ice Cream Recipes + 17 Toppings! Lists some ice creams which do not have any eggs. But again this can change when they change the recipes. 

  • “Breyers Natural Vanilla contains milk, cream, sugar, vegetable gum, and natural flavor. Breyers Homemade Vanilla Bean Flavor does contain eggs.
  • So Delicious comes in almond milk-, coconut milk-, or a cashew milk-based ice cream.
  • Talentini makes gelato and sorbet that is free of eggs. They do contain sugar and dextrose (and some have corn syrup).
  • Nada Moo is a coconut milk-based ice cream that comes in a variety of interesting flavors. All flavors are dairy-free and vegan. Most flavors are also free of gluten and soy.”

Does Ice Cream Require Eggs?

If you love ice cream, you may have tried to make your own homemade ice cream. Not wanting to add any egg to the recipe you may be asking, does ice cream require eggs?

Ice cream doesn’t have to have eggs in it. There are plenty of egg-free options when it comes to types of ice cream. Also, if you want to skip eggs in your homemade ice cream by all means you can.

The eggs are totally optional when making homemade ice cream. There are many ice creams that you can buy that are egg-free as well. Eggs give the ice cream a creamier consistency but you don’t have to have them if you don’t want to. 

If your homemade ice cream recipe calls for eggs, there are things you can substitute in instead or leave them out altogether but i’m getting ahead of myself. I will get to that next. 

Just know that ice cream doesn’t require eggs.

How Can I Substitute Eggs In Ice Cream?

So, you are making some yummy homemade ice cream. Your recipe calls for eggs to be added but you want to skip this step. 

How can you substitute eggs in your ice cream?

Eggs give ice cream a rich flavor and creamy texture and make for a good custard base.  If you don’t want eggs in your ice cream simply substitute agar-agar powder or cream cheese for eggs in your homemade ice cream recipe or just don’t add any at all.

Some other things can be subbed for the egg in ice cream. Agar-agar powder can be used in place of eggs in a homemade ice cream recipe. This will thicken it up and make it creamy without the use of any eggs. 

Cornstarch and cream cheese (or sugar) can even be used in place of the eggs. Or, just don’t substitute anything at all. 

Ice cream doesn’t have to have egg (known as “Philadelphia style” ice cream) or thickeners unless you want a more creamy ice cream.

Are There Eggs In Sherbet?

Rainbow colored and sweet to eat, sherbet is a delicious dessert. It isn’t necessarily ice cream but is very similar. 

Since we are talking about eggs, is there egg in sherbet?

Sherbet does not contain any eggs as well as no milk or cream. It isn’t really ice cream but more of a frozen dessert made with fruit and water. Sometimes a little bit of milk is added to the sherbet but never any egg.

“Sherbet…is a frozen dessert made from a mixture of fruit purée (or fruit juice), sweetener, and a little bit of milk or buttermilk…” says the article Ice Cream vs. Gelato vs. Sherbet vs. Sorbet: What’s the Difference?

So, if you are allergic to eggs or don’t want egg in your ice cream, sherbet is a great option. Including no eggs and similar to ice cream in its consistency and sweet taste, this dessert can have milk in it. 

Although usually a low amount, this means that not all sherbets are dairy-free. For this type of ice cream try sorbet which is always dairy and egg-free.

Final Thoughts

The question, “does ice cream have eggs?” is a hard one to say yes or no to. Some ice creams do have eggs and some ice creams don’t have eggs. Check the label to see if egg is listed as one of the ingredients. 

There are several kinds of the cold creamy dessert that don’t have any egg which is perfect for those with an egg allergy. 

Sherbet doesn’t have any eggs in it but may contain some milk. Egg isn’t required and can be left out of ice cream recipes or other things can be subbed in for it. 

You can still enjoy ice cream if you can’t eat eggs since many delicious ice creams are made without them.

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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