With the distinction of being the “world’s first all-vegan softserve ice cream truck,” Like No Udder really is “like no other.” You’ve probably spotted the purple truck, “Betsy-Loo,” where, for the past eight years, Karen Krinsky has been serving vanillaand chocolate-flavored soy-milk-based soft-serve at outdoor events around the state. In April 2016, she opened a storefront in Providence, where she produces 12 rotating flavors of nut- or coconut-based vegan hard ice creams (dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free), including customer favorites such as Mint Chocolate Chip and Rocky Rhode, plus the inventive Thai Iced Tea and Coconut Mango. The impetus for the company was Karen’s memory of childhood expeditions with her father—”soft-serve always put a smile on people’s faces”—and she wanted to offer that same smile to people looking for dairyfree, vegan options. In the store, she sources hard-to-find vegan items and, in both locations, she whips up shakes, floats and sundaes as good as any you’ve had—cow or no cow. A wide variety of toppings (coconut milk whipped “cream”!) are available, including salted caramel sauce, marshmallows and Chick-O-Stick candies. Her husband, Chris Belanger, helps behind the scenes, especially with community events.
Summer hours: Su–M 2–9 pm, W–Sa 1–9 pm. Watch for the truck on Facebook or call 401.419.8869. Storefront 170 Ives St., Providence. 401.228.3880; Like-No-Udder.com