You have several options if you are seeking ice cream without high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as outlined below.
Before you read the list, be aware that some of the brands featured here are made with corn syrup as opposed to high-fructose corn syrup.
If you need a refresher on the differences between these sweeteners, we recommend reading this article by Indian Sugars for a clear understanding of the two syrups.
Under each ice cream brand below, you will find information on the ingredients used to sweeten the various ice creams. We highly recommended that you review the ingredients on the label at the store since ingredients can change without notice if you wish to avoid HFCS.
We hope this information helps you find a new ice cream brand without high-fructose corn syrup that you can enjoy for many days to come!
Alden’s is a USDA organic ice cream brand that produces its products in Eugene, Oregon. The company makes it clear on its website that they use no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, GMOs, carrageenan, or antibiotics.
The ice cream is sweetened with cane sugar and tapioca syrup. Tapioca syrup is made from cassava root and is used as a healthier substitute for high-fructose corn syrup due to its fewer carbs and calories.
Basin Robbins (At Home)
Baskin Robbins sells around pint sizes of its ice cream at retail stores. It contains a few undesirable ingredients for some people such as carrageenan, polysorbate 80, and gums. However, it has no high-fructose corn syrup. The ice cream contains sugar and corn syrup as its primary sweeteners.
Ben & Jerry’s
Most Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products are sweetened with liquid sugar (sugar, water), sugar, and corn syrup but not high-fructose corn syrup.
Flavors such as Natural Vanilla, Natural Strawberry, and Chocolate have no high-fructose corn syrup. However, there are certainly flavors in this brand that contain HFCS such as Banana Split, Double Chocolate Brownie Batter, and Cookie Duo. See the packaging ingredient list for details.
Edy’s/Dreyer’s removed all artificial colors, flavors, GMO ingredients, and high-fructose corn syrup from its products somewhere in 2016. Sugar and corn syrup are now what help make this ice cream exciting to the taste buds.
Enlightened ice cream is made with less sugar and fat with fewer calories compared to typical ice cream. To achieve a lower calorie ice cream, the company uses monk fruit and erythritol as its all-natural sweeteners that feature no carbs.
Godiva makes ice cream sweetened with sugar and corn syrup. Its free of artificial flavors, artificial growth hormones in the milk/cream, and HFCS.
Graeter’s is one of the reliable brands for no high-fructose corn syrup ice cream. The company states the following regarding HFCS in its products, “No, our ice cream does not contain high fructose corn syrup. A few of our ice cream inclusions may contain corn syrup, but not typically high fructose corn syrup.”
Haagen-Dazs does not use high-fructose corn syrup as confirmed in the company’s Twitter response below. Since this social media post is a bit dated, we reviewed the ingredients of Haagen-Dazs ice cream products and confirmed what is stated below still holds true.
Halo Top is a light ice cream brand with pints ranging from 280-380 calories. The ice cream features high protein and fiber making it a popular choice among dieters. There is no high-fructose corn syrup in this brand. In fact, nearly all have no corn syrup at all and are sweetened with sugar, erythritol, and stevia leaf extract.
The majority of Hudsonville’s ice cream uses sugar and corn syrup as it sweeteners. However, a selection of flavors do contain HFCS such Caramel Deer Traxx, and Mackinac Island Fudge. Be picky about the Hudsonville flavor you choose to avoid HFCS.
This ice cream brand was created by Jeni Britton Bauer who spent 15 years developing artisan ice cream and even wrote a James Beard Award winning book on ice cream titled Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Jeni’s uses high-quality ingredients such as cane sugar and tapioca syrup to sweeten its ice cream.
You have to be careful about the Kemps ice cream you select if you are avoiding HFCS because some flavors have it while others do not. Look for the varieties labeled “Simply Crafted”. These are specifically made without high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.
The primary sweetener used is liquid sugar, a mix of water and sugar. Some flavors in Kemps Simply Crafted may contain corn syrup (not HFCS) from the mix-in ingredients such as caramel.
You can find several Mayfield Dairy Farms ice creams that are mostly sweetened with sugar and corn syrup. However, flavors like Cherry Nut and Birthday Cake have high-fructose corn syrup. Be careful of what you buy with Mayfield to avoid HFCS.
Rebel makes keto-friendly ice cream that is full in fat from cream and egg yolks. It is also made with natural sweeteners, erythritol and monk fruit. The ice cream is designed to not raise blood sugar or insulin levels which is why HFCS is not a component of this ice cream brand.
Straus Family Creamery
Straus is a USDA organic dairy company. Its ice cream is made from milk from Northern California cow’s that graze on pesticide-free organic pastures or organically grown supplemented feeds when the weather does not allow for grass feeding.
This super premium ice cream uses no preservatives, fillers, artificial ingredients, or coloring. We verified that all 12 ice cream flavors made by Straus do not contain high-fructose corn syrup. They are primarily sweetened with organic cane sugar.
Talenti, an ice cream brand of Unilever, makes its crystal clear on its website that its gelato (Italian style of ice cream) and sorbetto products are made with no high-fructose corn syrup. The company states the following regarding whether they use HFCS, “Absolutely not! We believe in making gelato and sorbetto without high-fructose corn syrup.”
Tillamook is another popular brand of ice cream that doesn’t use high-fructose corn syrup. The primary ingredient used to sweeten this ice cream is sugar.
Be aware that some products do contain corn syrup such as Caramel Toffee Crunch and Monster Cookie but not HFCS. Read the ingredients on the label before you purchase if you wish to avoid consuming any type of corn syrup.
Your best bet to avoid consuming high-fructose corn syrup with Turkey Hill ice cream is by purchasing its “Simply Natural” products. These products are sweetened with sugar and are free of HFCS. You can find ice cream without high-fructose corn syrup in its regular line of ice cream but you have to be careful because some have it.
Van Leeuwen makes French ice cream distinguished by its use of double the egg yolks compared to regular ice cream. Its focus is on good, quality ingredients with the use of cane sugar, brown rice syrup, and tapioca syrup instead of high-fructose corn syrup. This ice cream can be purchased at the company’s scoop shops or grocery stores such as Whole Foods.
Whole Foods (365 Brands)
This ice cream is sweetened with cane sugar or cane syrup (cane sugar & water). We reviewed the ingredients of about seven flavors at Whole Foods and found no HFCS in this ice cream. Check the ingredients at the store to be certain no HFCS is in it.