Updated June 14, 2021. New York’s popular frozen yogurt brand 16 Handles is serving up four new Oatly soft serve flavors this summer.
Iced Latte, Vanilla, Chai Tea, and Chocolate will launch exclusively at all 31 stores over the next two months. 16 Handles (named after the cult 1984 comedy 16 Candles, a favorite of CEO and founder Solomon Choi) launched its first non-dairy option back in 2013, and has since produced several different soy, almond, cashew, and oat milk varieties of soft serve.
Since 2013, the chain has served a rotating selection of 28 different ice cream-style vegan flavors, four of which are available per store at any one time. The full range includes chocolate fudge sorbet, chocolate hazelnut truffle, cookie dough, and black raspberry.
“We’ve been expanding our non-dairy offerings for years,” Choi said in a press release sent to LIVEKINDLY. “So when the 16 Handles culinary team had the chance to work with our favorite oat milk brand, we jumped at the chance.”
“All four flavors are delicious, and I especially love the new Iced Latte soft serve our culinary teams worked on exclusively for this partnership,” he added.
‘There’s a Lot That 16 Handles and Oatly Share’
The launch follows the stock market debut of Oatly last month, raising $1.43 billion in its IPO. The company’s shares were initially priced at $17 each, increasing by 25 percent over the course of the day to $22.12. Oatly’s vegan soft serve is relatively new, and has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers.
“There’s no doubt that Oatly has been experiencing huge success globally, and in particular, the US market, which is why we are so excited to be able to bring one of their hardest-to-find product lines—Oatly soft serve—to our stores, just in time for summer,” said Choi.
“There’s a lot that 16 Handles and Oatly share—commitments to quality, flavor innovation, sustainability,” continued Choi. “It’s really an ideal collaboration.”
Oat milk, in general, is one of the best options for sustainability, surpassing almond, rice, coconut, and even soy. According to 16 Handles, the company offsets its carbon footprint through its partnership with Maryland-based nonprofit Trees for the Future.
Iced Latte and Vanilla launched on June 8, with Chai Tea and Chocolate arriving on July 6.
Editor’s note: Since publication, LIVEKINDLY has corrected this article. While 16 Handles offers a total of 28 different vegan flavors, only four are available per store at any one time.