Icy, Creamy, Sweet …… are we describing a scoop of ice cream, or a cup of frozen custard? The two sweet treats are often mistaken for each other, but each have their own distinct characteristics. Can you describe what they are? According to The Kitchn, “Ice cream is made from milk, cream, or a combination of the two, while frozen custard is made from milk, cream, and egg yolks.” Preparation for the frozen treats differs as well. The Kitchn, goes on to state … “while the machine used to make ice cream churns air into it to make it have a light mouthfeel, frozen custard is produced in a machine that barely incorporates air into it, which means it’s way more dense.”
And, for bonus points: Do you know how gelato differs from ice cream and frozen custard? According to The Washington Post, “Gelato […] is more dense, as there is less air whipped into it as it’s churned. Gelato typically has less fat than ice cream, as it is often milk-based (instead of cream) and contains little or no egg yolks.” There you have it— how to distinguish between three of your favorite sweet treats – and a bit of dessert trivia that just might come in handy one day! With this knowledge you will be able to distinguish between ice cream, frozen custard and gelato the next time the occasion arises! Which frozen sweet treat is your favorite?
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