Will Sorbet Make Me Fat? The Truth Revealed

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People often ask themselves the question; ‘will sorbet make me fat’? This is probably because they know that sorbet is generally made up of only three ingredients; fruit juice, water and SUGAR!

It’s definitely one of the more difficult questions for you to answer. If you’re looking to eat some delicious sorbet but you’re on a diet, then it’s important to now the effect sorbet will have on your diet. Will it really make you fat if you eat sorbet every day? Well, the answer is; it depends. 

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Will Sorbet Make Me Fat?

Will sorbet make you fat?

Whilst sorbet won’t specifically make you fat, you have to make sure that you eat it in normal sized quantities. If you’re eating an entire litre of sorbet every day after dinner, the yes; it might have an effect on your waistline. But if you’re eating sorbet in smaller cup size quantities, then the likelihood is that it’s not going to have much of an effect on your diet.

The reason that many people think that sorbet will make them fat is that it has high quantities of sugar. Not only is it made with sugar, but the fruit purees and juices that are used are pretty much all sugar, too. This means that sorbet is super high in carbohydrates. Cutting carbs has commonly been linked with the easiest way to lose weight, which is probably why sorbet has ended up with such a bad reputation.

In reality, just because something is super high in carbohydrates and sugars, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to gain a ton of weight. The majority of people, myself included, are of the opinion that you don’t need to completely cut carbs out to lose fat. It really depends on the amount of calories that you’re eating per day more that anything else.

How to eat sorbet and avoid getting fat?

Now, that doesn’t mean to say that eating carbs is good for dieting – too many can make it more difficult for you to lose fat, especially if you’re not getting enough exercise. A good way to combat this is making sure you getting at least 15 minutes of exercise every day. This way, you can be sure that they carbohydrates and sugars that you’re eating will be utilized and expended as energy.

If we’re to take that into account, then sorbet can actually be a really good option if you’re on a low calorie diet. This is because it’s naturally extremely low in fat – it’s basically just sugars. Because there’s only 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates, it means that even a 500ml tub of sorbet isn’t usually more than 4-500 calories, which can easily be incorporated as part of your diet.

If you’re adamant on eating sorbet on a daily basis – no judgement here – then your best option is to maintain a healthy balance in the rest of your meals for the day. If you’re eating a full tub of sorbet followed by half a pack of cookies and a bag of doritos, you’re undoubtedly going to gain weight. If you’re eating a cup of sorbet after your dinner of grilled chicken breast and salad, then no – you’re likely not going to gain much weight from this.

Conclusion

Now, it’s pretty clear to see that sorbet won’t make you fat – if you eat it in normal amounts, that is! What I love most about sorbet is that you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, too! The key to any diet is undoubtedly balance, so strictly eating a balanced amount of sorbet will not make you fat. You may experience some weight gain if you’re eating several tubs of sorbet per day, however!

12 Super Healthy Ice Cream Bars You Need to Try Now

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“Healthy ice cream bars”.. is that even possible? Well, yes actually. There are a few different ice cream bars that you can opt for if you’re looking to enjoy something and cut calories at the same time.

Depending on what you’re looking for, you can almost definitely find a way to turn your ice cream addiction into something healthy. There are tons of options for finding healthy ice cream bars, whether that be using different variations of ice cream like sorbet and gelatos, or just using skim milk and lower fat cream. You can definitely find a lower calorie ice cream that you can make part of any diet.

Here, I’m going to have a quick look with your through these different ice cream bars that you can make part of you and your families diet.

Super Healthy Ice Cream Bars

The Skinny Cow Fudge Bars

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Calories per bar: 110

If you want an extremely low fat fudge bar – yes, low fat and fudge in the same sentence is possible – then you’ll definitely want to check out some of the products from The Skinny Cow. Their products are specifically made for dieters, so if you want to indulge whilst on a diet, it’s a safe option to go with some of their products.

Enlightened Bars

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Calories per bar: 70-90

Enlightened undoubtedly make some of the best healthy dairy products around; I’ve been a massive fan for a while now. These ice cream bars are an absolute lifesaver if you’re on a diet. They’re really really low in fat, and really really high in protein – perfect if you’re looking for an ice cream bars you can eat after the gym without feeling guilty.

Whilst they’re usually pretty expensive in comparison compared to normal ice cream bars, in my eyes they’re worth every penny. With various different flavors ranging from birthday cake to red velvet, you’re guaranteed to find an ice cream bar that you like.

Coconut Bliss Bars

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Calories per bar: 160

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty big on my health – it’s difficult to stay healthy when you could easily eat copious amounts of Ben & Jerrys every day!

If I’m trying to stay healthy, I usually try to avoid ice creams made with lots of dairy cream and opt for a vegan alternative. These coconut bliss bars are made from organic coconut milk and organic agave syrup, so you can be sure that although they might be a tad high in calories, they’re not filled with chemicals and other stuff. If organic food is important to you, then these coconut bliss bars might be a great option for you.

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Calories per bar: 140-190

Jonny Pops bars are one of the lesser know ice cream bars on the list, though that doesn’t mean they’re any less delicious than some of the more known brands!

Starting as just a small company in Minnesota a few years ago, they’re now stored in almost every state around the US. You should check them out on social media, their development as a brand is pretty inspiring!

Goodpop Bars

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Calories per bar: 40-70 cal non-dairy; 80-120 cal cream-based

Goodpop bars are a great choice if you’re looking for super low healthy ice cream bars that you can eat on your diet plan. They’re made up of organic ingredients, so you don’t need to worry about them being pumped full of chemicals. Because of the way that they are made and their ingredients, they are naturally gluten free – this means you don’t need to worry about eating these bars if you’re a celiac or have gluten intolerance.

There’s a great story behind them too, when a young entrepreneur decided to take a chance in 2009 and produced the glorious Goodpop brand. Cool!

Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars

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Calories per bar: 90

When in doubt.. go with Weight Watchers! Whilst I’m not a massive fans of their Candy Bars, these Giant Fudge bars are pretty delicious at only 90 calories a bar (they’re not my idea of “giant”, but whatever).

The majority of healthy ice cream bars will tend to go for fully skim milk to help cut calories, with these Weight Watchers bars being a prime example of that. Keeping the calories low is great for diabetes. With less than a gram of fat per bar, you’re able to cut calories down and ensure you can enjoy this treat without any guilt.

Julie’s Organic Sorbet Bars

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Calories per bar – 60

Julie’s organic Bars have been around for over 20 years now, and their newer recipes are as delicious as ever. Whilst they aren’t technically an ice cream bar, they’re a great choice if you’re looking for a healhy alternative.

Julie’s Organic also make ice cream bars, but I couldn’t really include them in the healthy list because well.. they’re not that healthy! (full fat milk, heavy cream and cane sugar won’t get you on this list I’m afraid!).

Eatpops

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Calories per bar – 45-100

If you’re after something a bit different, then you could opt for something like Eatpops. They produce some delicious frozen bars, even if some of the recipes are a bit different.

Now, they are pretty damn expensive I’ll admit, but if you want to feel good about yourself and detox your body, then you could opt for these as an alternative to more unhealthy ice cream. You’re super likely to crave weird flavors when you’re pregnant, and they do come in some pretty.. unique flavors, with Kale being one of their most popular options (I know what you’re thinking.. kale?! Well, try it before you judge it!).

Luvo Yogurt Bars

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Calories per bar – 90

You may not have heard of Luvo bars before, but they’re still pretty popular. they’re probably best known for having Derek Jeter as an ambassador!

Whilst they aren’t considered to be ice cream bars, they’re still a delicious alternative to ice cream bars. If you’re looking for a yogurt bars that is particularly low in calories, then a Luvo bar might be a great option for you.

Yoplait Bars

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Calories per bar – 90

If you’ve ever been inside a Walmart, you’ve undoubtedly seen these Yoplait bars. Whilst they aren’t going to set the world alight with their taste and texture, they’re a good choice if you want a delicious bars that is relatviely low in calories.

I love love looove this idea of using these bars as a summer DIY treat with your kids! You can always use the bars with healthy fruit purees to dip in to liven up the taste a little bit – great fun for the whole family!

Snickers Mini Ice Cream Bars

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Calories per bar – 90

Okay, the reason that these mini snickers bars could be considered as healthy may be based on the size as opposed to the actual contents of the bar, but it’s still super low in calories and could make the perfect after dinner treat for your kids.

Snickers ice cream bars have been a popular choice for a while now as an alternative to fast food ice cream. Whilst they definitely aren’t the healthiest of options, you could do a lot worse if you’re after a quick bite.

Yasso Bars

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Yasso Bars tend to range anywhere between 70-100 calories, and whilst they’re not technically ice cream bars, they still offer you the same refreshing feeling. My personal favorite is the Cookies and Cream ice cream bars, which although they’re a little higher than the rest at 100 cals, it’s totally worth it!

Yasso have a vast array of other delicious desserts too, so be sure to check them out and see what other kind of delicacies you can devour!

And now, for the slightly less healthy…

Rice Dream Bars

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Calories per bar: 290

Yes yes, you read that right that there’s 290 calories per Rice Dream Bar. That can’t be healthy, right?

Well whilst you might think they’re a bit high in calories – and you’d be right in thinking that – the amount of calories in your ice cream bars doesn’t define how healthy it is. This bar is coated with high fat things like nuts and coconut oil, so it’s bound to be on the high side when it comes to calories. This doesn’t, however, mean that it’s unhealthy! Far from it, in fact.

If you want a natural ice cream bar, then you should consider this one from DREAM (this is a rice dream, but they make a nice almond dream too!).

So Delicious Bars

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Calories per bar: 180

Everyone know I loooove So Delicious products. This is mainly because they’re made with high quality ingredients, and they taste delicious.. hence the name!

So Delicious have a massive array of ice cream bars, made from coconut milk, almond milk.. even cashew milk! Whilst their products might be a tad high on the calories, I can’t deny them from the list when you really consider how much 180 calories is. That’s only two apples, or a bag of chips – so it’s not that bad, right?

Perrys Ice Cream Bars

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Calories per bar: 180

Much similar to the Magnums that you’ll find dominate the ice cream market in the UK and Europe, Perry’s is a US equivalent that whilst isn’t the healthiest, do keep the calories below 200.

They don’t quite have the variety of some of the other ice cream bars that I’ve listed, but this doesn’t mean to say they aren’t as delicious! Give thesePerry ice cream bars a chance; you won’t be disappointed.

What makes an ice cream bar healthy, anyway?

I’m glad you asked. There are a few things that you should consider if you’re looking to get yourself a super healthy ice cream bar. They are;

 Calories – First comes first, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds then the amount of calories in your ice cream is undoubtedly the thing that you want to consider. If you can find an ice crea bars that’s under 100 calories, you’re pretty much golden.

 Low Sugar – Keeping the sugar count low is difficult with ice cream, as a certain amount of sugar is pretty much necessary for it to be made (or a sugar alternative). If you need to, you can always opt for a diabetic ice cream to keep the calories down.

 Low Fat – Whilst the fat in milk isn’t necessarily bad, especially if you’re opting for a milk alternative like coconut milk, then keeping the fat lower is great for cutting calories.

 Lack of Chemicals – This is something that people always forget, and it kind of frustrates me! Ice cream doesn’t need a ton of additional ingredients to be made, so try to avoid anything with an abundance of additional chemicals. And if you really want to avoid this stuff, you can opt for a good quality sorbet.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s important to remember that ice cream should be eaten as a treat – not all day every day! One of the best ways to ensure you’re not eating too much ice cream is too eat healthy ice cream bars, as they limit the number of calories you can eat to a good amount, and you don’t need to worry about having to scoop your own ice cream. You should always make sure that you don’t restrict yourself too much, so don’t hesitate to pick yourself up a nice ice cream bar treat every now and then.

Ice Cream vs Sherbet – How are they different?

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One of the less common variations of a frozen dessert is  sherbet. Whilst you might not be fully aware of what a sherbet is and how it differs from ice cream and sorbet, stick around; I’ll go through all the differences between them.

Essentially, a sherbet is a sorbet with one difference; there’s a drop of milk added. This milk makes all the difference in taste and texture. A sherbet is somewhere between a sorbet and a gelato, though you could probably notice the difference pretty easily if you eat them often enough like I do. Lets have a quick look at the differences between the two.

Ice Cream vs Sherbet – Quick Roundup

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to check out the full article, I’ve decided to round it up in this quick list of Pros and Cons of both gelato and ice cream. These are;

Sherbet

Much lower in fat content than ice cream. Must be below 2% fat content to be served as a sherbet.

Because of this less fat, it’s usually much lower in calories

Doesn’t use cream traditionally (thought it can), just milk or buttermilk. This minimizes the fat content.

Great for making alcohol fused dessert (Champagne Sherbet, mmmm).

Ice Cream

Made with the same churning process as sherbet, but usually thicker consistency due to it’s ingredients

More fat due to the use of cream

Served colder than sherbet traditionally

Must be minimum 10% fat to be classified as ice cream

Much more common than sherbet, though many sherbets masquerade under the name ‘low fat’ ice cream.

These are the primary differences between ice cream and sherbet. Whilst they aren’t significant, they will undoubtedly give you a different tasting result at the end of their production. Let’s delve a little deeper into what sherbet really consists of, and how it compares to ice cream.

Ingredients

You won’t notice much of a difference in the ingredients of a sherbet and an ice cream. Generally, the only difference between the two is that a sherbet does not use a cream like ice cream. Instead, sherbet is a more fruit based dessert with a touch of milk – think a sorbet with a little extra! Here’s an idea of the basic ingredients of a sherbet;

Of course, this is just the basis of your sorbet and you can decide yourself what kind of fruits and additional flavors you’d like to add.

Carbs

Sherbet has significantly more carbs and sugars than ice cream. This is because it is primarily made up for cane sugar and fruit juices, whereas ice cream has a larger ratio of fat content. For this reason, you should probably avoid a sherbet if you’re on any sort of low carb or ketogenic diet, as a sherbet will probably have your daily allowance of carbohydrates in one serving!

Fat Content

This is the primary difference between a sorbet and a sherbet. Whereas a sorbet is just fruit puree, water and sugar, a sherbet has a little milk added. This increases it’s fat content, but it still pales in comparison when compared to the high fat content of ice cream.

The fat content of your sherbet will depend on the type of milk that you use. Usually, it’s advised that you use whole milk for the best results, though this is entirely down to you. I personally wouldn’t use skimmed milk, as I don’t think that it gives a good result – the point of a sherbet is that it’s a little creamier than a sorbet!

You should probably avoid eating ice cream if you’re on a strict low calorie diet and opt for a sherbet or a sorbet instead.

Protein

Both ice cream and sherbet have a low protein content, though a sherbet will have a little bit more due to the fact that it’s made with more milk (this isn’t set in stone and depends on the recipe that you use).

One thing that I like to advise if you’re trying to increase the protein content of your desserts is to add a little whey protein. This can dramatically increase the amount of protein in your dessert, without having too much effect on the taste. Make sure to get the same flavor whey as your dessert though, or you could opt for an unflavored whey protein that will work with any flavor of sherbet.

Which is better for dieting?

Neither! Haha just kidding! Both sherbet and ice cream should be eaten sparingly if you’re on a very strict diet, although you can still eat ice cream every day and lose weight!

In terms of which is better for dieting, it would have to be sherbet as it has a much lower fat content than ice cream, therefore usually slightly less calories. Of course, this all depends on the brand and type of ice cream/sherbet that you purchase. FYI, it’s never going to be okay to eat Ben & Jerrys on a diet, stop trying to convince yourself(!).

Texture

Texture wise, a nice sherbet will actually combine both the creaminess of a traditional ice cream whilst allowing you to get the same refereshing feeling that you get from eating a sorbet. Remember that to be considered a sherbet, it has to be less than 2% fat. This means that your dessert will undoubtedly be lighter in texture than an ice cream, because it lacks the same amount of fat.

Variety of Flavors

Generally, you’ll find the same amount of flavors in both sherbet and ice cream. However, this is not the case if you’re looking at alcohol infused desserts.

Things like champagne work perfectly with a sherbet and you’ll often see it as an option in restaurants around the country. This is because a champagne sherbet has a certain lightness that you won’t get from ice cream. Saying this, fuller alcohols like Baileys work better with ice cream, as they complement the creaminess.

Allergies

You’ll come across the same allergy issues with sherbet as you will with ice cream. If you have an intolerance to dairy, you can always look at using a soy milk as opposed to a whole milk in your sherbet, though it will undoubtedly have an effect on the taste and texture of your dessert.

Top Brands

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If I’m going to eat a tub of sherbet, I always make sure to stick with a flavor that I know. The most commonly eaten sherbet is undoubtedly orange. If I’m going to eat orange sherbet, I’ll definitely go for an Edy’s Orange Sherbet . It’s pretty low in calories as it’s made with skim milk – not my usual choice, but it’s seems to work with this sherbet.

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As usual, for ice cream I always tend to stick with Breyer’s as my favorite brand of ice cream. I think it’s just because I like the texture; you can’t go wrong with Breyer’s!

My favourite Gelato recipes

If you’re looking to make your own gelato, I thought I’d better round up some of my favorite options.

  • A nice homemade lime sherbet
  • Simple Orange Sherbet
  • A quirky Kool Aid Sherbet

Overall Verdict

To conclude, a sherbet and an ice cream aren’t particularly similar. You’d be more accurate comparing a sherbet to a sorbet, as they are both based on fruit purees, and are both frozen in an ice cream freezer. Remember; a sherbet is essentially just a sorbet with a little milk added!

Enlightened Ice Cream Review

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I don’t know about you, but my Instagram timeline has been filled with people eating Enlightened Ice Cream. It’s like suddenly out of nowhere, Enlightened has become the new Ben & Jerrys for fitness models! Whilst I like the idea that you can enjoy a super low calorie dessert, I was slightly dubious that it ws really going to be like ice cream – or even frozen yoghurt, for that matter.

After reading the ingredients list, I was baffled at how this dessert could even be the same texture as ice cream. Now, I’ll be honest and say that I only tried that plain vanilla flavor, so I can only really speak on that experience. I’m pretty sure that the chocolate flavors will probably taste a little different, but I’m yet to try those flavors so I’ll save them for a later review a little further down the line.

The reason that I said I don’t know how this can be similar to ice cream? Well, the ingredients of course! It’s primary ingredient is skim milk; fine, that’s pretty normal for a diet ice cream nowadays. But, it’s least used ingredients are sugar and cream – the foundation of any good ice cream!

Instead of using sugar, Enlightened use a mixture of monk fruit extract and erythitol – both naturally occurring sweeteners that you’re going to find in a lot of dieting products (less so with monk fruit extract, but it’s becoming more popular). And instead of using cream, Enlightened use Milk Protein Isolate; this helps the thicken the dessert, as well as increase the protein content of the ice cream.

Enlightened Ice Cream Review

Anyway, let’s have a look at a few things that I noted whilst eating the Enlightened Ice Cream;

Texture

Now I’ll admit, I did read some online reviews before eating this ice cream to check the general consensus. Whilst the majority of reviews I read were saying “OMG this is AMAZING!” because they had obviously been sent the ice cream for free, there were a few honest ones amongst them. Enlightened ice cream has a frothy texture, almost like you’ve used a milk frother to make it creamier.

The honest reviews seemed to imply that this ice cream wasn’t as creamy as what you may get with a regular ice cream. I’d probably disagree with this – I found it to be extremely creamy! This sis likely due to the amount of protein isolate that’s used, which adds to the texture of the dessert.

Taste

The taste of the ice cream is pretty bland, in my opinion. I guess I did just try the plain vanilla version, so I can’t speak for all of the flavors but yeah.. it didn’t taste as good as a regular ice cream, which I’m guessing is the goal of these protein ice creams that have become more and more popular recently.

This is likely because it doesn’t have the sugar and cream that you’d use in a regular ice cream. So, I can’t really argue with the fact that this doesn’t taste like a regular ice cream. Like many foods that try and put a healthy spin on things, it’s literally impossible to maintain the same taste with this.

That doesn’t necessarily mean to say that the taste of ice cream is bad, by the way. It’s still pretty good. But, it’s just not quite as good as what you’d get with a regular ice cream, in my opinion.

Conclusion

To conclude, in all honesty I probably wouldn’t consider purchasing this ice cream again. I love the fact that it’s so low in calories, but for that that isn’t really worth the lack of taste. I’d much prefer to have a higher calorie ice cream and cut the calories out somewhere else!

What is the best ice cream freezer?

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Considering buying an ice cream freezer but not too sure where to start? Well, here you’re in the right place. Making sure you get the right ice cream freezer for your needs is important, so you should think about what you are really looking for. Check out Uncle Mike’s Guide to Ice Cream Makers.

An ice cream freezer does exactly what it says on the label. But, there are different brands and varieties out there that make it difficult to know which option you should go for. Before you buy an ice cream freezer, there are undoubtedly a few things that you’ll need to consider beforehand.

Types of Commercial Ice Cream Freezer

Size

The main thing that you’ll want to consider is the size of your ice cream freezer. For me, it tend to split that into two categories. That’s commercial ice cream freezers (like a chest freezer) and regular ice cream freezers (a lot smaller and more compact). Between these two types of ice cream freezer, you should be able to find something that suits your needs.

Standard Chest Freezer

If you’re looking for your standard freezer, then a chest freezer might be the best way to go for you. A chest freezer is simple, and has the benefit that you don’t just have to store ice cream in it. It works as well for other foods as well, as long as you don’t mind them being stored at the same temperature as your ice cream.

Dipping Cabinet

This type of freezer is specifically made for those looking to serve ice cream to the public. This gives your customers a great opportunity to check out the products and ice creams that you have available for them to choose from.

Glass Top

If you have an array of different flavors that you’re looking to store in your ice cream freezer, then it just makes sense to go for something with a glass top. By doing this, you can be sure that you won’t have to continually open your ice cream freezer every day to check what’s in there!

Best Commercial Ice Cream Freezer

Finding the best commercial ice cream freezer isn’t easy as there are numerous options out there for you. A good brand that you may or may not have heard of is Atosa. They create some pretty awesome products that are ideal if you’re looking for a large ice cream freezer that won’t break your bank balance.

Types of Small Ice Cream Freezer

Under Countertop

Whilst this can still be a commercial ice cream freezer, the majority of the time you’ll find that this isn’t big enough to store lots of ice cream. It’s usually better suited to something you might need in your home or a shop.

Getting yourself an under the countertop freezer could be a good option if you don’t want something that will take up all the space in your house or small business.

Mobile

Best for small businesses, this type of mobile ice cream freezer is ideal for those who might be looking to introduce a small ice cream freezer into their shop. Getting a mobile ice cream freezer could change the design of your shop or house.

Why is ice cream made with salt?

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Although you might think the history of ice cream is boring, you really couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s many different things about ice cream that you might not know, so here we are at Uncle Mikes to help you learn about some of the common things that you might wonder about ice cream.

Why is ice cream made with salt?

Well, this actually dates back to the 17th century and the people of that era used this specific method. If you didn’t know, salt is a primary catalyst in lowering the temperature of ice cream. Back then, they used to use it in ice cream, ice and everything like that. Ever wonder why salt was started to be used on the roads all over the world? Yes, this started because salt rose the temperature so much that the ice would then be solid instead of patchy.

So, the reason that salt is used in ice cream isn’t for taste unless in special different flavours like salted caramel. It’s actually just used to keep the ice cream of a good thickness and consistency.

Interesting, huh?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that ice cream is primarily popular throughout the heat of the summer, right? So, ever wonder what they used to use before freezers were invented?

You got it! Salted ice! Well, I say salted ice, they used to use the ice out of salt lakes, which was used specifically because it kept the temperature super low. This was actually made popular in the Lake District in the UK, which is a part of England that is full of big gorgeous lakes. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend that you got over there and visit the Lake District as it is one of the major tourist destinations in the UK outside of London and Buckingham Palace.

Anyway I hope you learned something about ice and why they use salt in it; we only use the best salt in  our ice cream!

What are the best pistachio ice cream brands?

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I love pistachio ice cream. There, I said it.

It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite flavors of ice cream, but unfortunately I don’t always get the time to make it myself. When I am short on time, I don’t mind picking some up from the store. But, what are the best pistachio ice cream brands?

Unfortunately, not all pistachio ice creams are equal. Depending on what your preference is, a different brand of pistachio ice cream may be more suited to you. Me? I like mine extra nutty, so it’s important I find a brand what uses a lot of pistachios in their recipe. Here, we’ll have a look through who the top brands are and whether they’re worth spending your cash on them.

Best Pistachio Ice Cream Brands

Talenti Sicilian Pistachio

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Calories per half cup (94g): 210

Talenti produce some of the best ice creams and sorbettos. So much so, that I frequently list their products as one of my favorite brands.

This pistachio ice cream is definitely no different. If you like your ice cream extremely creamy, then is undoubtedly the best option for you. The way that this ice cream is churned also makes it the closest to an actual gelateria ice cream; really, it’s very high quality.

It’s also full of pistachios! Some other brands (which I’ll mention later) skimp on the ‘stachios, which leaves me thoroughly upset. If you love to actually taste the creamy ice cream and have it filled with nuts, this is undoubtedly the best pistachio ice cream for you and my favorite option.

Haagen Dazs Pistachio Ice Cream

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Calories per half cup (108g): 280

Is it any surprise to see Haagen Dazs as one of the top brands of pistachio ice cream? They’re commonly known as one of the best ice cream brands around the world, beiing exceeded in popularity only by Ben & Jerrys.

This particular ice cream is pretty light on the nuts, which make it impossible to choose it as my very favorite. Though I do like the creamy texture, so if you prefer your pitachio ice cream with less nuts, then this one would be a good option for you.

Turkey Hill Pistachio

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Calories per half cup (66g): 150

One of the lesser known brands if you’re not from the US is Turkey Hill (if you’re from the Midwest, you’ll indoubtedly have heard of them!). But although Turkey Hill don’t have the big advertising schemes that other brands do, that doesn’t mean to say that they don’t produce some quality ice cream.

This particular pistachio ice cream is pretty good quality, and a bit lower in calories than it’s competitors. Although it doesn’t have as many nuts in it as I’d personally like, it’s good if you prefer a smoother pistachio ice cream.

Ben & Jerrys Pistachio Pistachio

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Calories per half cup(108g): 280

Pistachio Pistachio is probably the most popular pistachio ice cream brand around, and there’s a pretty good reason for this. Ben & Jerrys reputation precedes them, so it’s automatically assumed that their pistachio ice cream is the best. But is that really true?

Well in my opinion, not really. It’s not really pistachio ice cream as it’s meant to be – it’s more like vanilla ice cream with some pistachio in it. In fact in my opinion, it actually tastes a lot more like almonds than pistachio! This is probably due to the amount of almond extract that’s used in it, which means that I can’t put it as my favorite pistachio ice cream. It’s still okay, but it’s not top quality in my opinion.

Bluebell Pistachio Almond

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Calories per half cup (100g): 230

In 2015, when Bluebell announced the return of their pistachio almond ice cream, a part of me rejoiced inside. Undoubtedly one of my favorite flavors of theirs, I was excited to try it again.

And I wasn’t disappointed! If you like to opt for a thicker ice cream, then this one is going to be your best bet. It’s a lot less pistachio-ey (yes, that’s a word) than the other brands however, so bare than in mind before you purchase.

Conclusion

To conclude, I’m sticking with Talenti as my favorite pistachio ice cream by some distance. I love most of their products. That doesn’t mean to say you should dismiss the other flavors on my list, however; everyone prefers something different, right? Sometimes, I like to make homemade ice cream.

The fun part is trying them all, and finding out which one you prefer the most! Of course if you wanted, you can always make some ice cream yourself! Be sure to let me know in the comments what your favorite pistachio ice cream brand is!

42 Sumptuous Sorbet Flavours You Will Absolutely Love

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If you’re thinking about making some sorbet this summer but are fed up with the standard lemon or mango, then here’s a few more ideas that you might want to take into consideration.

42 Sumptuous Sorbet Flavours You Will Absolutely Love

1. Blood Orange Sorbet

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Recipe 

Blood orange is an extremely acquired taste, which makes it perfect for a sorbet! The best sorbet flavors are usually tart and strong, which is why blood orange is a great ingredient for a sorbet.

Blood orange is called blood orange because of it’s dark ‘bloody’ appearance, with it’s flesh taking on a darker maroon color than your regular orange.

2. Chocolate Sorbet

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Recipe 

I’m sure you’ve had chocolate ice cream before – lets face it, almost everyone has. But chocolate sorbet? This less common treat can be fantastic for those allergic to the lactose in ice cream (some sorbet recipes will use chocolate but you can find some that just use cocoa powder, too).

3. Beetroot Sorbet

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Recipe 

Don’t run away! I know, beetroot sorbet sounds kinda disgusting, right? Well, give it a chance and you might be surprised by how delicious it is.

Beetroot sorbet has actually risen in popularity recent after it’s become a staple for posh, expensive restaurants to use it to be edgy. I’m not arguing; I think it’s delicious! Try this beetroot sorbet if you’re after something a little different.

4. Lemon & Vinegar Sorbet

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Recipe 

Lemon.. and vinegar? Yeah, I know it sounds kind of crazy, but it works.. trust me! The little drop of balsamic vinegar actually offsets the bitterness of the lemon, making this one of the best sorbet recipes in my opinion. Be sure that you don’t overdo it on the vinegar however, otherwise you’ll be in for a rude awakening!

5. Cherry Chocolate Sorbet

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Recipe 

Chocolate sorbet shouldn’t work by definition. Sorbet is usually best for sour and tart flavors, which often get lost in chocolate because it doesn’t maintain it’s bitter flavor when mixed with sugar. Usually, if you compare ice cream and sorbet, ice cream works better for chocolatey flavors.

However, chocolate sorbet does work. And it works pretty damn well, actually. Especially if you add a hint of fruit in there like cherries, it can make it into something really delicious.

6. Pineapple Sorbet

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Recipe 

Some fruits are best for sorbet, and pineapple is an ideal one for making a sweet dessert that will taste truly delicious.

Make sure that you get yourself a fully ripe pineapple to ensure that you’ll get a sweet sorbet. If you don’t then your sorbet may not taste as delicious as it could. You could also serve your pineapple sorbet in the scooped out pineapple itself.. cool!

7. Watermelon Sorbet

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Recipe 

If you’re looking for something with a subtle flavor, then a watermelon sorbet may be your best bet. It’s flavours are not overpowering like some sorbets, so this is a great choice if you have a dinner party and want to please everyone.

Using watermelon also allows you to try some pretty cool decoration designs with the outside. You could serve it in the watermelon, or just stick a few slices in the top for some unique looks.

8. Blueberry Sorbetto

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Recipe 

Blueberries are one of the lowest sugar fruits around, so it’s no surprise that many people think a blueberry sorbet won’t really work. They’d be wrong! A blueberry sorbetto is one of the better choices if you’re looking for a sorbet flavor that isn’t popular, but will still rocket your tastebuds.

Try adding a little lemon to your blueberry sorbet; the high acidity works wonders for your tastebuds and adds a little extra to the recipe.

9. Cucumber & Mint Sorbet

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Recipe 

For a more sophisticated sorbet, you could look at something like a cucumber mint sorbet. Actually, this doesn’t even necessarily need to be a dessert and could easily be served in small amounts as an appertizer if you’re having a dinner party.

Although mint isn’t usually the best mixture with a sorbet, it seems to work with the subtle mint taste.

10. Strawberry Rose Sorbet

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Recipe 

If, like me, you like to experiment with new stuff and don’t mind having some alcohol with your sorbet, then this strawberry and rose sorbet is perfect as part of a nice champagne concoction.

If you really want to get romantic, then this could be a great option for you to treat your loved one to a delicious – and slightly tipsy – dessert!

11. Mint and Grapefruit Sorbet

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Recipe 

Mint.. and grapefruit? Whilst it might not sound like the best combination, it actually works extremely well. This is because the mint offsets the sharp citrus taste.

Make sure to use a fresh grapefruit when you’re making your mint and grapefruit sorbet. This way, you can be sure that you’ll get a crisp taste that won’t be lacking in flavor.

12. Avocado Sorbet

Recipe 

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I know, I know.. some of these recipes are getting a bit abstract for you! Avocado sorbet? Who’d have thought these two would ever be in the same sentence! An avocado sorbet, to me, highlights one of the main reasons that I love sorbet in the first place.. it’s vegan!

Although the recipe I’ve shared doesn’t include this, a cheeky tip of mine would be to add a touch of lime. This bit of zest is sure to liven up your tastebuds a little!

13. Zinfandel Sorbet

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Recipe 

I’m partial to the odd glass of wine, and combining it with a sorbet to me is a massive WIN! Whilst you don’t necessarily need to use a Zinfandel with this recipe – you can just as easily use a Merlot – I prefer to use a Zinfandel because it’s my favorite to drink (oops!).

Whilst it might not be the first flavor that springs to mind, a Zinfandel sorbet is sure to liven up any dinner party that you have!

14. Maple Sorbet

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Recipe 

I found this recipe whilst browing online, and although I haven’t tried it – it looks delicious! It uses and and oat milk, so although it may not technically be a sorbet (I’m very picky about what gets included as a sorbet and this is a sherbet!) it looked so delicious that I had to include it.

If you want something slightly thicker and more filling than your regular sorbet, then this may be a good choice for you. Due to the carbs that are in it, I’m sure this one will fill you right up!

15. Strawberry and Lime Sorbet

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Recipe 

The strawberry and lime blend is as old as time; they just work so well together! The sweetness of the strawberry works perfectly with the slight citrus of the lime, making this a great choice if you want the best of both worlds. Sorbet is great for keeping the weight down, too.

If you’re looking to try something a little different, then this strawberry and lime combo is a great choice. It’s also a great choice for anyone who wants to make their dessert look pretty, too.

16. Mango & Lime Sorbet

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Recipe 

Although I’m not usually a mango and lime fan, this works for a zingy sorbet that will liven up your tastebuds. If you think you’d like the sweet mixture of mango with the tang of lime, then you could opt for this as one of the best bets for your sorbet.

17. Elderflower Sorbet

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Recipe 

I’ve never truly managed to get on the elderflower train. I prefer something with a little more flavor. But if you want something subtle and elegant, then a elderflower sorbet is the perfect dessert to serve at a dinner party.

18.Grape Sorbet

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Recipe 

If you’re looking for a super easy sorbet recipe that’s a little different, then you could opt for a grape sorbet. Because of their high sugar content, grapes make a great choice if you’re looking for something to give you a sugar kick.

Check out below for a quick instruction guide on how to make this delicious grape sorbet!

19. Rhubarn & Gin Sorbet

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Recipe 

Rhubarb and Gin is the combination that nobody asked for, but it just works. If you’re looking to add a little alcohol to your sorbet, then this might be a good choice for you. Just remember not to add too much!

20. Passionfruit Sorbet

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Recipe 

I’m a big passionfruit fan, there’s no denying that. And passionfruit makes the perfect flavor for a sweet, refreshing sorbet that’s super easy to make. You can even make this one with pre made passionfruit puree if you don’t want the hassle of making your own passionfruit puree.

21. Cantaloupe Sorbet

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Recipe 

Thinking outside of the box is a great idea when you’re considering sorbet – there’s a lot of flavors that work in their own right. I’m sure you never thought of making a cantaloupe sorbet before.

Make sure to find a cantaloupe that’s sweet, otherwise your sorbet is likely to end up tasting like nothing.

22. Rhubarb and Rose Sorbet

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Recipe 

23. Mandarin Sorbet

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Recipe 

24. Blackberry Cabernat Sorbet

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Recipe 

25. Plum & Red Wine Sorbet

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Recipe 

26. Strawberry Ginger Sorbet

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Recipe 

27. Dried Apricot Sorbet

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Recipe 

28. Bellini Sorbet

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Recipe 

29. Gin and Tonic Sorbet

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Recipe 

30. Grape (Green) Sorbet

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Recipe 

31. Pink Grapefruit Sorbet

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Recipe 

32. Pear Vanilla Sorbet

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Recipe 

33. Champagne Sorbet

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Recipe 

34. Mascarpone Sorbet

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Recipe 

35. Chocolate Peanut Butter Sorbet

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Recipe 

36. Cranberry Orange Sorbet

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Recipe 

37. Cherry Sorbet

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Recipe 

38. Mojito Sorbet

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Recipe 

39. Pomegranate Sorbet

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Recipe 

40. Raspberry Coconut Sorbet

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Recipe 

41. Sangria Sorbet

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Recipe 

42. Watermelon and Tomato Sorbet

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Recipe 

Conclusion

Overall, these are just some of the best recipes that you can consider if you’re looking to make a delicious sorbet. You can always make them yourself in your own ice cream and sorbet maker – checkout Uncle Mike‘s guide to find the best one for you.

Neapolitan Ice Cream – A Definitive Guide to the Neapolitan

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So, you want to know a bit more about Neapolitan ice cream huh? Well, you’re in the right place. The tri-colored dessert has dramatically decreased in popularity over recent years in favour of newer flavors, but there are still those out there who love themselves a good helping of the Italian favorite.

What is Neapolitan ice cream?

Generally, Neapolitan ice cream refers to three different ice cream flavors served in the same tub. Traditionally, these flavors are chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Though you may see different variations of this, it’s not true neapolitan ice cream unless it’s these three specific flavors. The flavors should also be clearly separate from each other, though some ice cream makers do tend not to do this.

Origin of Neapolitan ice cream

Now, we know that the basis ice cream travelled over to Europe and Italy in approximately the 1600s. This was developed further by the Italians, who then developed Neapolitan ice cream in the early 1800s.

Of course, Neapolitan ice cream originated in Naples, Italy. It wasn’t until the late 1800s, when Neapolitans (that’s what you call people from Naples, in case you’re wondering!) moved over to America and brought this ice cream into a new realm. Of course upon reaching America, it was named Neapolitan in respect to those who had brought this delicious dessert to the US.

Who invented Neapolitan ice cream

It’s unknown who specifically invented Neapolitan ice cream. It was created to fulfil customer demands of a mixture of the three most popular flavors at the time (and still today); chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

It’s commonly thought that the ice cream may have been created, or at least further established, by Neapolitan Giuseppe Tortoni. When Tortoni travelled to Paris as a young man in the early 1800s, he brought many ideas for cold desserts with him from his home City; Neapolitan ice cream being one of them.

Variations of Neapolitan Ice Cream (Spumoni)

Spumoni is a commonly known variation of Neapolitan Ice cream that you might have heard of before, though it’s unclear whether it was around before traditional Neapolitan.

It takes the same format as Neapolitan ice cream, but instead of the chocolate and strawberry flavors, cherry and pistachio ice cream is used instead. This gives the representation of the Italian flag, so is commonly associated with Italy and it’s natives (as Italians are very proud people!). You might find sometimes that a chocolate layer is added in addition or, or instead of, the vanilla in a spumoni.

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An Example of a Spumoni Cake!

How is Neapolitan ice cream made

Generally, Neapolitan ice cream is made the same way that you’d make any other sort of ice cream initially. This means that the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla parts of the ice cream are made as normal; the difficult part of Neapolitan ice cream comes to when you go to put it into the tubs.

How is Neapolitan ice cream put into tubs?

One of the more common useless questions that you might ask yourself is how exactly do they get the Neapolitan ice cream into tubs? I mean, do they make the ice cream first and then stack it together? Well, no., and they definitely don’t use ice cream scoops.

With Neapolitan ice cream, the most common method that I’ve seen used to make it is actually fairly simple – it’s all about the nozzle! Basically, three pipes are all put into tubs containing the different flavors of ice cream. They then are pushed through a three pronged nozzle, which is shaped the same way that the Italian flag is. This is all quite a quick process, and the ice cream must be put at a optimum temperature to avoid it merging with the other flavors whilst in the tub. It’s then frozen for between 8-10 hours to get it nice and cold, so that it can be sent out to stores!

Calories in Neapolitan ice cream

The amount of calories in a Neapolitan ice cream is really dependent on which brand you opt for. i’ve seen some low fat Neapolitans that look pretty tasty, so it’s difficult to make a blanket statement.

It also depends on how much of each flavor that you eat! Normally, chocolate will have more calories than vanilla, and vanilla with have more calories than strawberry. This isn’t a hard rule, but if you look at the majority of basic ice creams, this is what you’ll find. Usually because the chcolate and vanilla ice creams have a higher fat content than what you’d get in a strawberry ice cream.

How to make Neapolitan ice cream yourself

If you want to make a Neapolitan ice cream yourself, then be my guest! Be warned that you probably won’t be able to separate the flavors as easily as they do in store bought ice cream. Check here if you want to find out how to make ice cream from scratch.

What is the best Neapolitan ice cream brand?

Of course this is subjective to each individual, but I can talk about some of the Neapolitan ice cream brands that I’ve tried and let you know if they were good or not!

Turkey Hill Neapolitan Ice Cream – One of my favorite brands of Neapolitan is made by Turkey Hill. Their option is fantastic if you’re looking for a gluten free neapolitan ice cream, as there are many ont he market that aren’t gluten free.

Walmart Neapolitan Ice Cream – Whilst it’s not my favorite, I was pretty surprised at the quality of the Walmart Ice cream in comparison to some of the other ice creams I’ve tried from them. If you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful, then look no further than something from Walmart!

Edy’s Neapolitan Ice Cream – Edy’s Neapolitan is one of the best around. I like the Edy’s brand in general, and they make some of the best ice creams around. My favorite from them is probably their Orange Sherbet, which is one of the best orange sherbets around.

Is Neapolitan ice cream gluten free?

It really depends on the recipe or brand that you’re going to opt for when you’re choosing your ice cream. There are really some great gluten free ice creams around – I’ve mentioned a good example above in the Turkey Hill Neapolitan Ice Cream.

Is Neapolitan ice cream healthy?

Whilst it might not be the healthiest ice cream around, you can find variations of Neapolitan ice cream that are lower in calories than some others.

When you’re looking for a healthy option, it’s a good idea to opt for ice creams that are lower in fat. This is mainly because it’s really hard to find low sugar ice creams – it’s one of the most important ingredients of a good ice cream! However with fat, you can tend to find ice creams that have a lower fat content, though that may be considered technically as a gelato.

How to eat Neapolitan ice cream

This really depends on you! Many people say that you’re not really eating a Neapolitan ice cream unless you’re combining a bit of each flavor together, but I say each to their own. Stick with whatever you prefer and you can’t go wrong!

Facts about Neapolitan ice cream

  1. In Australia, the Neapolitan Cake is far more popular than the Neapolitan Ice Cream.
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Check here for the awesome recipe to make this cake!

Although around the world it’s commonly known as Neapolitan Ice Cream, if you’re talking about a Neapolitan over in Sydney, it’s likely that people will understand you’re talking about the cake.

2. It’s sometimes referred to as Harlequin Ice Cream.

The reason for this? Well as you might expect, it’s likely that people referred to this ice cream as Harlequin because of the multi colored clothing that Harlequin Jokers/Jesters wore when they were performing in Italian theatre. Yes, that is where the name Harley Quinn comes from.

3. It’s generally accepted the first recorded Neapolitan Ice Cream recipe was made in 1839.

Although there’s little more than anecdotal evidence on the origins of Neapolitan ice cream, the first recipe was likely recorded in 1839 and dedicated to German Nobleman Furst Hermann by another Prussian household. We’re still sure that the Neapolitan was around long before this, though!

Conclusion

Hopefully now, you have a slightly better idea on about Neapolitan ice cream and where it really started from. I also hope I’ve given you a bit of a better idea about where you can find the best Neapolitan Ice Creams around – to me it seems like it’s dying out! This is probably due to the abundance of new ice creams being offered by Ben & Jerry’s – there’s likely less demand with all the new flavors coming out. Though if you’re like me, you’ll always want the occasional Neapolitan ice cream to get the best of all three worlds.

What’s the Healthiest Fast Food Ice Cream? Mcflurry vs Blizzard

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Have you ever wondered what ice cream you can pick up on the go that won’t destroy your diet? Well, you’ll likely want to know what the healthiest fast food ice cream is. With less and less restaurants serving ice cream in favour of milkshakes and thickshakes, it’s harder and harder to find a decent ice cream. But don’t despair; I’m here to help.

With the majority of Starbucks getting rid of their introduction of ice cream, is this a sign that people don’t really want ice cream as their dessert any longer? Or is it just a sign that serving ice cream and coffee together doesn’t work the same as after a full meal?

For this question, we’re looking at the staples of the menu – not the occasional promotional ice cream that these fast food restaurants may features. We want reliability in our ice cream – you can’t offer me a limited edition peanut butter fudge deluxe uber delicious sundae one day, then take it away the next. It’s just not fair.

What’s the Healthiest Fast Food Ice Cream?

McDonalds – Oreo McFlurry

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The King. The ruler of them all. Undoubtedly the most popular dessert in the United States, the McFlurry commands respect by all those who choose to eat it.

No, but seriously, the McFlurry is an extremely popular option all around the world. Now, it’s difficult to fit into your dieting plans, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. If you’re in the United States, you can always opt for a snack size McFlurry to save yourself some cals, but if you’re in Europe or elsewhere you’re unlikely to have that option.

Calories (Snacksize) – 340

Wendys – Vanilla Frosty

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A vanilla frosty is one of the most popular desserts in the United States. They were instantly popular since their inception back in the 60’s; Wendy’s still serve hundreds of millions of delicious Frosty’s every year. Unfortunately, Frosty’s aren’t still 35 cents as they were when they were first released.

Calories (Junior) –  190

(Small) 340

Dairy Queen – Oreo Blizzard

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Whilst you might not think that the Blizzard is one of the better options on the menu, it’s actually much lower in calories than some of the other options you can choose. The Blizzard is quite a bit younger than the Frosty, having only been around since the mid 80’s. If you’re looking to try one of the various promotional offers that they create, be sure to check the calories first!

Calories (Mini) – 380

Chick Fil A – Icedream

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Whilst the icedream might not give you the same excitement as some of the other ice creams that I’ve listed, it’s pretty darn low in calories! This is mainly because it’s very plain, but it still hits the right spot if you’re after a healthy dessert option.

I don’t know about you, but where I’m located you get the option to ask for your icedream served in a cup as opposed to a cone. If you can, do this; you can save yourself 50 calories!

Calories – 170

KFC – Maltesers Krushem

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If you’re not in the UK, you might not be familiar with a KFC Krushem. They’re essentially like a thick shake, but they’re so thick that they’re basically an ice cream. The calories vary a lot between the different types, so opt for maltesers if you’re watching the calories.

If you’re interested in making one of these Krushem’s at home, check out this super easy to follow recipe!

Calories – 325

Burger King – Chocolate Sundae

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The Burger King Chocolate sundae is a must for those who loves a traditional ice cream. Whilst it lacks the complexity of a Mcflurry, it’s perfect if you just want a two flavor dessert to tingle the tastebuds.

Yes, the picture featured is an Oreo sundae, which they no longer serve at my local BK. Sad face.

Calories – 270

Sonic Drive In – Shake

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Honestly, I don’t really like putting Sonic in a list of ‘healthiest’ ice creams. If you go to Sonic, you should really treat yourself and take advantage of all the toppings they offer!

Now remember, the 250 calories refers to the plain ice cream cone. Any toppings you choose to add to that are your own responsibility, don’t blame me!

Calories – 250

Conclusion

Honourable mention goes out to Pizza Hut and Tim Hortons, who we couldn’t really include in the list. Why? Well, if you go to the majority of the fast food restaurants, they give you the opportunity to do it yourself. For this reason, it’s literally impossible to count calories!

One of the better ways to keep it healthy is to completely ignore fast food ice cream and make it yourself. This way, you know exactly what’s going into your stomach. Or, you can visit a ice cream shop and they will give you ice cream scooped into a cone or bowl. Check out Uncle Mike‘s guide to ice cream scoops.

I know it seems off to have a list of the healthiest fast food ice creams – in many ways, you’d probably be better of just forgetting about your diet for one day and getting back on the wagon tomorrow. Remember to allow yourself an (ice cream) break every now and then, otherwise you’ll end up getting burned out on your diet anyways!