The good news is that the vast majority of commercially-made cookie dough ice creams are safe to eat if you’re pregnant. The reason for this is that manufacturers use heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs, milk and cream in their products, including the cookie dough.
When you’re baking cookies, you may be tempted to pop a bit of raw dough in your mouth. But if the dough contains raw eggs, even a taste could pose a risk. The CDC estimates one in 20,000 eggs is tainted with salmonella bacteria. To be safe, resist tasting unbaked cookie dough, batter, or filling made with raw eggs.
Most cookie dough in ice cream is safe to eat because the flour has been heat-treated and the eggs pasteurized, thus protecting you from such foodborne illnesses as E. coli and salmonella that could be found in homemade cookie dough. The same goes for slice-and-bake and prepackaged cookie doughs.
Which ice cream is safe during pregnancy?
Soft ice cream and processed products should be fine as they are made with pasteurised milk and eggs. This means that any risk of salmonella food poisoning has been eliminated. If it’s homemade ice cream you’re after then make sure you use a pasteurised egg substitute or follow an egg-free recipe.
We use heat treated flour and pasteurized eggs so you can now safely enjoy our cookie dough baked or raw.
Is it OK to eat ice cream when pregnant?
Generally speaking, ice cream that you buy at your local grocery or big box store should be perfectly safe for you to eat. If you’re tempted by the soft-serve machine at a local restaurant, that should be fine, too, as long as the ice cream is made with pasteurized milk.
Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix. Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream. Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.