Types of Ice Cream

When talking about the different ice cream types, this can usually be answered pretty simply. There aren’t an abundance of different types of ice cream; more so, that there are many different variations of ice cream.

So whether you’re looking to understand the different types of ice cream there are in terms of ingredients, or you’re looking to see what variations of ice cream there are around the world, this list has everything you need.

Firstly, let’s have a look at what the ‘big four’ that are usually considered as a variation of ice cream.

Types of Ice Cream

Usually, you can divide ice cream into four different types. Now, I understand that some people won’t refer to these as proper ice cream – and I’d agree, they’re slightly different. Though they do all come from the same original concept. The four main types of ice cream are;

Regular Ice Cream

Foe me, a stereotypical ice cream is made primarily cream, with a little milk. Different recipes will use different quantities of each ingredient, and you might find that some recipes will use for milk. But to be defined as ice cream, it must have a 10% milkfat content.

In addition to cream and milk, a traditional ice cream will have sugar and things like vanilla extract. If you’re making your own ice cream, then you have a significant amount of control over the other ingredients. But if you’re buying other brands, then you lose control of this and you’ll likely find other ingredients in store bought ice cream that help to extend it’s shelf life.

Gelato

Essentially, gelato is just the same as ice cream but it has a slightly higher milk percentage. This makes it have a slightly lower fat content than ice cream, and will results in a creamier experience.

Whilst it might not be a big deal to mislabel an ice cream in the United States, I’d better warn you; don’t go to Italy and mislabel their ice creams. Trust me, they’ll take it personally!

Sorbet

A traditional sorbet is pretty easy to understand; it only has three ingredients! Sorbet is made from fruit puree, sugar and water – that’s it! Sorbet is usually a great option if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dessert, as it lacks many different ingredients that may upset your stomach. In reality, the Sorbet is really where the roots of ice cream began back many years ago, where the term sorbet came from the Arabic “Sharabt“.

Sherbet

Sherbet is to sorbet, as gelato is to ice cream. It is essentially the same as sorbet in the context that it’s based primarily on fruit puree/juices. But with sherbet, you’ll have a little milk added to the fruit. Not much; the milk fat content should between 1 and 2% of the dessert.

So to recap;

  • Ice Cream – 10%+ Milk Fat
  • Gelato – 5-9% Milk Fat
  • Sherbet – 1-2% Milk Fat
  • Sorbet – 0% Milk Fat

Simple, right? Well, we can dig a little deeper into this. If we then consider ice cream our ice cream, there are various different things that you can do to alter the ingredients in your dessert.

Different Ingredients Used in Ice Cream

Lactose Free

Lactose free ice cream is increasingly popular amongst those who have milk allergies. Not just for adults, but it’s important to know whether your child is lactose intolerant. To do this, the recommended way is usually to cut out dairy foods for a period of time – lactose free ice cream can be a great way to give your kids an alternative.

Plus, I’ll admit; I’m not lactose intolerant, but sometimes I’ll opt for lactose free options anyway! There are some excellent coconut and soy milk variations of ice cream that I absolutely adore.

Gluten Free

Gluten free ice cream… does ice cream even contain gluten anyway?

Well yes, actually. If you look at the brand Bluebell – who make some delicious ice creams, by the way – then the majority of their ice cream recipes use wheat. So if you’re celiac, you should avoid this brand entirely.

Whereas, you’ll also have to consider that the gluten elements of the ice cream may not be in the ice cream itself. They are more often found in the other parts of the dessert e.g. the cookies or the strawberry pieces that are in your dessert.

Sugar Free/No Added Sugar

Sugar free ice cream isn’t as commonly found as the others, but you can still find some sugar free ice creams around. You have to remember that these ice creams will usually have a sugar substitute in their ice creams, which may not agree with your system. Examples of sugar substitutes are monk fruit extract and stevia, which are good options if you’re trying to avoid normal sugar.

Soft Ice Cream

The production of soft ice cream is entirely different than that of regular ice cream. This makes a huge difference in the way that the ice cream’s texture is built up, ending up in a softer ice cream. If you like soft pistachio ice cream then you could try Talenti.

13 Popular Ice Cream Variations Around the World

Neapolitan

Neapolitan ice cream has been popular in the United States since the late 1800s, when the Italians brought over this delicious dessert. It’s stereotypically strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream together – but split separately from each other.

There are different variations of a Neapolitan Ice cream where the flavors are adapted. Sometimes, you might see the strawberry switched out for cherry ice cream, or the chocolate switched out for another flavor – but a traditional Neopolitan is the S,C and V combo. Vanilla gets some bad pretty as the worst flavor, but it’s actually still the most popular ice cream flavor that there is!

Spumoni

The most popular adaption of a Neapolitan Ice Cream is Spumoni. Actually, it’s pretty clear that Neapolitan ice cream is actually a Naples variation of Spumoni that became extremely popular in the United States in the late 1800s.

This is because Spumoni represents the colors of the Italian flag; it’s traditionally cherry (red), vanilla (white) and pistachio (green). Sometimes, you might see the vanilla section using chocolate instead (or as well as), but this is only for taste purposes. Anyway, this dessert was a favorite in the mid-to-late 1800s and it became popular, though it’s far lesser known than the Neapolitan is nowadays.

Sorbetto

Commonly thought of as being the exact same as sorbet, sorbetto is actually slightly different. This is because it’s typically made to be slightly creamier than normal sorbet by using a higher percentage of fruits, which results in a creamier texture.

Of course, to the average man you’re unlikely to notice the difference between a sorbet and a sorbetto. But ask any Italian and I’m sure they can tell you the difference pretty easily.

French Ice Cream

French Ice Cream deserves it’s own section as it’s pretty different in taste and texture than what you’d get from a typical ice cream. This type of ice cream actually has a texture more similar to custard. This is because it uses eggs instead of cream, which gives it a completely different texture than what you’d get with traditional/American ice cream.

Interestingly enough, it’s commonly debated whether the Italians or the French really created who made the ice cream that we call ice cream today. There’s many ‘myths’ which we aren’t entirely sure of – Charles the I having his own personal ice cream maker assistant is probably my favorite.

Dondurma

Dondumra, which literally is translated as freezing in Turkish, is a variation of ice cream that isn’t much different from what you’re probably used to. The only difference really is the elasticity, which makes more solid and quite resistant to melting. This is done by adding salep, which is literally the ground up roots of orchid bulbs. This, along with some resin called Mastic, give this ice cream a chewier and more solid feel. If you’re the type of person to take an age eating your ice cream, then maybe this one would be a perfect option for you!

Mochi Ice Cream

If you want to try something totally different, then you could consider trying some mochi ice cream. Mochi is a glutinous rice that’s usually made into small ricecakes – think sushi rice, but much stickier.

This rice is then formed around an ice cream filling of your choice. Traditionally, you’ll see the plainer flavors like chocolate and vanilla being used, but you can experiment with this. You’ll find mochi ice cream in many stores around the US and globally, but surprisingly it’s actually relatively young in it’s inception.

Faloodeh

Faloodeh is one of the weirder variations of ice cream (or maybe sorbet) that you’ll find. And if you have the opportunity to try it, you simply must! If you go to Iran, you’ll find this in every ice cream store and the majority of restaurants as a dessert

Essentially, a thin batter is pressed through a sieve to produce these vermicelli like noodley strips that are made from starches. They’re then placed in ice water, before being topped with various fruit syrups of your choosing. This is much closer to the original sherbet concept which likely originated in the middle east hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

Spaghettieis

Spaghettieis, or spaghetti ice cream, is a German dessert which is pretty much exactly as it’s described. In reality, it’s more of a super cool preparation method than an actual difference in the way the ice cream is made.

The usual method for making spaghettieis is just pushing vanilla ice cream through a potato ricer to make it into a noodle appearance. From there, it’s usually layed onto a bed of whipped cream and topped with a straberry or cherry sauce (which is used to make it look like bolognese sauce!). Then, you’ll usually find that some sort of white chocolate is used to look like parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top, though you might find something else is used like desiccated coconut.

Fried Ice Cream

Whilst many think that fried ice cream is only popular in China, it’s actually pretty popular all over Asia (you can find it in Japan and most South East Asian countries too). Some say that it originated in the United States, though the likelihood is that it was first produced somewhere in Asia – perhaps by a tempura restaurant.

Essentially, it’s exactly as it says; it’s regular ice cream in a deep fried coating. If you’re wondering how this is even possible, you’re certainly not alone! The temperature of the ice cream must be significantly below what the usual temperature is for an ice cream to be able to put it into a fryer. Some restaurants usually like to coat the ice cream in other materials like cornflakes to help this process, too.

Sorbetes

It seems only fair to include some other variations of ice creams made in Asia. Sorbetes is a Filipino variation of ice cream, and though it’s named similar to sorbet, it’s not the same thing at all.

Nicknamed ‘dirty ice cream’ because it’s exposed to the elements in the air – though it’s not really that dirty. The main difference between sorbetes and regular ice cream is that it’s made with coconut cream (kakang gata), which gives it a much sweeter taste than your traditional ice cream.

J Cone (Jipangyi)

The J Cone is something you might have seen if you live in the United States, as it travelled there from Korea for the first time a fair few years ago now.

Essentially, a J Cone is just a J-shaped tube made from corn that’s filled with soft serve ice cream. It’s pretty similar to a churro, but whereas churros are served alone or with other accompaniments, you’re unlikely to find a J Cone without ice cream.

Ice Cream Cone vs Alternatives

Whilst the ice cream cone is the most common types of ice cream that you’ll see sold on the street, there are other versions. Personally, I like the cones after they were invented in the early 1900s, but to each their own.

Bars

If I’m not eating an ice cream cone, I’ve no hesitation to opt for a delicious ice cream stick. This is particularly because it’s relatively easy to find some healthy ice cream bars, which is perfect if you’re on a diet.

Sundae

Although they say the ice cream sundae was invented on a sundae, we’re not entirely sure if this is true. A traditional sundae is just vanilla ice cream topped with a bit of whipped cream, syrup and topped with a delicious maraschino cherry.

Cake

Whilst this isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, it’s surely one of the most delicious. Well, I think so anyway. You really can’t get much better than combining two of the best things in the world together – ice cream and cake. Mmmmm.

Cup/Bucket/Tub

Vendors will often just serve ice cream on it’s own in a little tub of bucket for you to enjoy. This can be a great ay to cut calories too, as you don’t need to worry about the excess calories in the cone.

Conclusion

Here’s just a few ideas on what you can do with ice cream – there are tons of possibilities for you to choose from that are all completely unique! It’s down to you to have a look at the different types of ice cream and see which ones suit you best.

Is it okay to eat ice cream when pregnant?

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One of the most common cravings to eat when you’re pregnant is undoubtedly ice cream. Don’t ask me why; no one really knows why such specific cravings occur, but they’re usually related to eating high carbohydrate and fatty foods like ice cream. But is it okay to eat ice cream when you’re pregnant?

It’s thought that the reason that women crave ice cream during pregnancy is that psychologically, the thought of the sweetness of the ice cream is what you’re actually craving more than the taste. During pregnancy, a woman’s body will need to increase more than 30% in it’s volume of blood. This is to help accommodate the new baby. Eating sweet and salty foods can help to increase the blood flow throughout your body, which is likely why your brain craves these sweet and salty foods.

But, what about the effects of eating ice cream whilst your pregnant? Will this have any long term impact on your child’s health?

Is it okay to eat ice cream when pregnant?

Generally, you should absolutely fine eating ice cream whilst you’re pregnant. This is because any milk and eggs that may be contained in your ice cream have been pasteurized by the time that you’re going to eat them. This means that you don’t run the risk of getting salmonella poisoning, which is something you definitely need to avoid whilst you’re pregnant.

I think that the reason the majority of people question whether it’s okay to eat ice cream whilst pregnant is that they assume that dairy products may cause an issue for a baby. This is probably because it’s known that some soft cheeses can cause issues during pregnancy. And of course, you need to be super careful when eating eggs during your pregnancy. This is because certain eggs you eat give you the risk of getting salmonella poisoning – make sure your eggs are cooked thoroughly!

Now, it’s completely up to you whether you decide to eat ice cream whilst you’re pregnant – or junk food in general, for that matter. Generally, you want to try and avoid eating junk foods during your pregnancy (easier said than done sometimes, I know!). This is because pregnancy is a fundamental time for your babies growth, and you want to ensure that they’re getting the nutrients that they need.

There are several reasons that you might want to avoid junk food during your pregnancy. The main reasons are;

  • No nutritional benefits for your baby – Eating junk food doesn’t provide your baby with any of the crucial vitamins that they need to develop. Sugary foods with empty calories aren’t going to help your baby develop.
  • Weight Gain – Weight gain during your pregnancy is very normal. But too much weight gain can cause health complications like sleep apnea, so it’s important to try and stay eating a relatively balanced diet.
  • Allergies – Research has shown that your baby may develop allergies depending on the food that you’re eating. So, its important to restrict the amount of fats and sugars in your diet whilst you’re pregnant.
  • Fat – It’s also been heavily researched and proven that if you’re eating lots of fatty foods, you increase the chances of your child developing cravings for fatty foods too!

Of course, it’s important to remember that a certain amount of junk food is normal; you don’t need to stop eating anything bad completely! If you want to avoid chemicals, you can always use a maker and make the ice cream yourself.

What to eat instead?

If you really want to eat something sweet during your pregnancy, there are better options than opting for ice cream. Here’s a few that might help you fill those cravings.

Yoghurt

Protein is essential for your babies health. Calcium is also essential for your babies health. The best way to get a combination of both? Find yourself a relatively healthy yoghurt and consume that as opposed to an ice cream that’s based primarily on fats and sugars. A good idea for this is to opt for a greek yoghurt and add a little honey to help sweeten the deal.

Berries

Berries are one of the best options you can pick from if you’re looking for some healthy to give your baby. In fact, they’re one of the best options if you’re looking for something healthy to give yourself, too! They’re filled with lots of vitamin C, which is awesome for your babies health and will help you to absorb iron – also essential for your little one! They also have relatively low sugar, so they’re unlikely to cause any spikes in insulin.

Dark Chocolate

I’m sure you’re probably fully aware of the health benefits of dark chocolate by now. It’s filled with antioxidants, which are great for your body. This makes it a great choice for those who are looking something a little less sweet, but still ultimately super enjoyable.

Low fat cheese

Although it can be difficult to find, super low fat cheese can also be a good option. If you grate your cheese first, this can help infinitely with portion sizing.

Conclusion

To conclude, it’s easy to see that you can most certainly eat small amounts of soft serve ice cream whilst you’re pregnant without guilt. The main thing that you need to remember is to not to overdo it! I know, it’s much harder said than done, but it is possible.

When you’re thinking of gorging on junk food – and by gorging, I mean a tub of ice cream, two whole pizzas and a pack of cookies – then remember that none of those foods are benefitting your child. Things like salmon, sweet potatoes and leafy greens actually provide some nutrients for your child. Try to remember this when you’re reaching for another bag of doritos!

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.

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.

What is the best ice cream for diabetics?

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If you’re diabetic, then it’s important to know that ice cream isn’t completely off the menu for you. There are definitely some good diabetic ice cream options for you to choose from! Here, we’ll have a look through some of the best ice cream for diabetics that you can find.

The main thing that you need to consider when you’re looking for a diabetic ice cream is the sugar content, though there’s more to it than that. You certainly need to consider the fat content and overall calories in your dessert too.

Finding a suitable ice cream for diabetes is pretty simple; you need to look for ice creams that don’t have any added sugars primarily. Secondly, look for ice creams that are relatively low in calories. You can also make the ice cream yourself in a machine or ice cream maker.

Lets have a look at some of the best options that you can find if you are looking for a diabetic ice cream that’s suitable to eat.

What is the best ice cream for diabetics?

Enlightened Ice Cream

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Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 3g (Vanilla)

Although I’m not the biggest fan of the taste of Enlightened ice cream, I’ve definitely got to admit that it’s one of the healthiest options out there. Whether you’re a diabetic or not, Enlightened is a good choice if you’re looking to keep the calories and sugars low.

They have a pretty wide variety of quirky flavors, which makes them an ideal choice for diabetics who are fed up of having to dine on vanilla ice cream. Not that I have anything against vanilla ice cream – but sometimes you just need a change of pace. I listed their vanilla ice cream as it’s the lowest in sugar, but their other flavors aren’t many more grams in sugar than this.

Arctic Zero Ice Cream

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Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 7g (Vanilla Maple)

Another brand that produce some quirky options for us is Arctic Zero. The brand is generally directed at fitness and health enthusiasts, making them perfect for those os us who are looking to cut down on the sugar.

Arctic Zero have the widest variety of different options for their customers, with the regular brand being lower fat than regular ice cream. Personally I prefer the lactose free option, as it has a slightly different texture than using regular milk.

Halo Top Ice Cream

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Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 6g (Vanilla Bean)

Probably the best known ice cream on the list, Halo Top has really gone global in recent years with their brand. They’re a great option if you’re looking to cut calories and more importantly for us, to cut sugar out too.

Since Halo top were only founded in 2012, it’s almost incomprehensible that they’ve increased so much in popularity in such a short amount of time. They’re a prime example of why healthy ice creams are on the up – although there will always be a place for the unhealthy ones, too!

Breyers Ice Cream

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Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 4.2g (Vanilla)

Ah, ye olde faithful. Breyers are one of the safest options that you can go for if you’re looking for a delicious ice cream brand that won’t expand your waist or contains too much lactose.

Breyer’s have a wide variety of different options, but their specifically No Sugar Added section is perfect for those cutting the sugar out as much as possible.

Things you can do to combat the sugar spike

It’s common knowledge that for diabetics, you need to try and combat the sugar spike in some way. When glucose builds up in your bloodstream, you’re at risk of this. There are a few simple preventative measures that you can take to help combat the sugar spike that you’re likely going to experience when eating ice cream.

Take a walk post ice cream

So, there are 4 of the best ice creams for diabetics if you want a quick and easy option. Another great idea if you’re looking for a diabetic ice cream is.. to make it yourself! There are tons of great recipes and opportunities to find a delicious diabetic ice cream; here’s a couple of my favorites;

If you have diabetes, it’s important to keep your blood sugars low. Many diabetics opt to only eat ice cream on days that they have exercised extensively to help keep the blood sugars low. Whilst this isn’t a necessity, it is important to understand your own body and whether ice cream will make you ‘spike’. To combat this, it’s a great idea to take a short walk after eating your ice cream. Doing this can help to keep your blood sugars low.

Portion Sizes

No matter what food it is that you’re eating, it’s important to monitor the portion sizes of your food. This is especially true with high carbohydrates foods, so just be sure not to overdo it when eating your dessert.

Consider Calories

It’s undoubtedly important to monitor the amount of calories that you’re consuming every day, and that doesn’t change if you’re eating ice cream. It can be difficult to know whether to opt for a high carbohydrate ice cream or a high fat ice cream; you’re likely not going to find an ice cream that has neither (you might have to look at having a yogurt, if that’s what you really want). Whilst a high fat ice cream may seem like a good option if you’re trying to minimize the amount of sugars you’re getting, this of course has it’s own issues. We want to limit the amount of sugars we’re getting in our diet, but the likelihood is that you won’t be able to eradicate them completely, especially if you like to eat ice cream!

Conclusion

By combining a low sugar ice cream with the methods above, you should have all you need to help avoid the risk of eating too much glucose. It’s strange; some diabetic friends can’t really eat ice cream at all, whilst others can and won’t notice the difference – it all depends on your body and how it works. Just make sure to treat your body with respect, and in turn it will take care of you, too.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Review

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If you are looking for a new ice cream maker, then usually Cuisinart is the most common brand that people look to. This is because the products they make are usually pretty cheap and pretty reliable, too.

There are several different Cuisinart Ice Cream Makers that you might want to look at depending on the size of your family. For this review, I’m going to be looking at the ICE-21, which is only 1.5 Quart and suitable for a few people. You may want to opt for a bigger ice cream maker like the ICE-70, which makes just over 2 quarts of ice cream and is more suited to a large family. Personally, my favorite large ice cream maker is this one by Nostalgia. It’s 4 quart, which means you can make enough for now and save some for later on in the week!

Anyway, back to the Cuisinart ICE-21, which is my favorite option if you’re after a small ice cream maker.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Review

Size

The Cuisinart makes ice cream for up to 1.5 quarts, which is about normal for an ice cream maker that you’ll just use at home. Personally, this isn’t enough for me to use it as I like to make larger amounts of ice cream, but it is perfect for smaller portions of ice cream. Plus, it’s not like it’s a massive hardship to use this ice cream maker repeatedly.

Electric

I still use manual ice cream makers sometimes, but I have to admit it’s much easier to use an electric one nowadays. For the majority of people, an electric ice cream maker is better as you don’t need to put any effort into making your ice cream.

Easy to Clean

It’s my pet peeve that people create ice cream maker that are difficult to clean. It’s so unnecessary to have loads of crevices for ice cream to get stuck.. why do it?! Well, at least you don’t need to worry about that with the Nostalgia, as it’s extremely easy to clean. All it takes is a quick soak and wipe down after use and it’ll be good to go again!

No Pre Freeze

Did I say that it’s my pet peeve when it’s difficult to clean an ice cream maker? Well, this is a close second. With many ice cream makers you have to pre freeze to ensure that it’s cold enough for your ice cream to be churned properly. You DON’T need to worry about this with the Nostalgia, as you can do this easily wiht pre freezing.

Salt & Ice

You will need to lays the edges of this ice cream maker with salt and ice, which isn’t the norm. With other ice cream makers, you can add the salt after, but it doesn’t really make much of a difference. Still, I thought that I had better mention this because it does affect the way that you will produce ice cream.

Old Fashioned

To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t really know why this “Nostalgia” ice cream maker is commended so much as being old fashioned. Sure, it looks vintage but it certainly doesn’t work in a vintage way – I mean come on, it’s electric! Anyway, I guess it’s old fashioned appearance does make it look good, so if this is something that concerns you then the Nostalgia will undoubtedly look good in your kitchen.

It’s faster

One of the main reasons that I like this ice cream maker is that it’s much faster at making ice cream than a regular ice cream maker. This is because the churning mechanism works faster, without affecting the quality of the ice cream in general. Mmm, delicious!

It’s safe for kids

The safety mechanisms in this ice cream maker make it suitable for children to use, too. This is one of the reasons that I’ve picked it as my favorite, because I can use it with my grandchildren without worrying about them hurting their fingers.

Different Options

Many ice cream makers only intend for you to use their ice cream mixes. This is pretty much the same with this one, as they advertise their own ice cream mixtures pretty vigorously.

This doesn’t mean to say you cannot use other ice cream mixes; you can! This ice cream maker will work well with a wide variety of different mixes, so don’t worry if you think you can only use it with Nostalgia products.

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The ICE-21 in action!

Pros

 It’s a great option to start with if you’re looking to get your first ice cream maker. Whilst there are many others on the market that are also good options, this is a great place to start because it’s very easy to use.

 Unlike many ice cream makers, you don’t have to use ice to make ice cream with this one. This is due to the insulated bowl that you’re going to use, which if you leave in the freezer beforehand, makes it cold enough that you don’t have the need for ice.

 Whilst I don’t like to emphasise on price too much in my posts, this one really is available at a cheap price. Hence why it’s so popular as one of the best ice cream makers within it’s price bracket.

Cons

 The size may be an issue you for if you’re looking to produce a substantial amount of ice cream.

 For best results, you really need to freeze the bowl a few hours before (preferably the night before, actually) you’re actually going to use it. Not too much of a big deal, but it might be inconvenient for some.

 Whilst I’ve ever experienced any bad customer service from Cuisinart, I have had some friends who have had a bad experience with them. Usually I prefer to go for big name brands because of their warranty, so this condescends that completely. Make your own choice!

Overall Verdict

Overall, I’d be happy to recommend this ice cream maker to a friend if they were looking for an easy ice cream maker to use with their family. Whilst it isn’t the highest quality in my opinion, it’ll definitely get the job done for you and your loved ones.

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? 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!

50 Ice Cream Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

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So, you find ice cream kinda interesting huh? Well, me too. So much so in fact that I’ve compiled this list of some of the best and weirdest ice cream facts that you’ll find on the entire internet! So, without further ado, let’s have a look at some super weird ice cream facts that you’ll undoubtedly find as interesting as I do.


1. We still don’t know who invented ice cream

Although we know ice cream travelled over to Europe from the Middle East back in the 1600s, we aren’t entirely sure how the first ice cream was made. Ice cream was developed from sherbet (or Sharbat, as the Egyptians called it), which the Pharaohs used to enjoy to quench their thirst in the heat. After this, sherbet travelled to Europe (how this happened is unknown too, though some myths say Marco Polo brought ice cream back from China, to the Middle East and onto Europe).

2. The average ice cream cone takes around 50 licks to finish it completely

Now, this isn’t an exact science, but it’s estimated that your average one scoop ice cream that you get will take around 50 licks to finish it completely. But, who gets one scoop anyways, right?

3. Apparently, the Ice Cream Sundae was really invented on a Sunday

Though not definite, it’s said that the name Ice Cream Sundae actually originates because they were made specifically for a Sunday dessert.

Apparently, serving ice cream sodas was illegal on a Sunday many years ago (for religious reasons, respectively). A gentleman named Ed Berners decided to get around this law by inventing the ice cream Sundae and serving that instead. All I can say is; Thanks, Ed.

4. The Worlds Tallest Ice Cream Cone was over 2.7m tall until 2015

For a long time, the world’s tallest ice cream cone was only a measly 2.7m tall. I know, pathetic right? Well, that was until 2015, when Norwegian Hennig-Olsen IS As and Trond L Wøien created a behemoth that exceeded the 3 metre mark. A job well done, guys.

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5. The Most Popular Ice Cream Topping?

Is it sprinkles? Is it whipped cream? Well no, it’s chocolate syrup of course! Whilst my biased love for whipped cream on top of my ice cream almost prevent me from saying this, chocolate syrup is the top dog. Not that I have anything against a healthy dose of chocolate syrup..

6. The Waffle Cone was invented.. by accident!

Whilst the Waffle Cone is one of the most loved variations of ice cream to date, it was actually invented by accident!

One day in 1904 in Missouri, an ice cream seller realised that he had totally run out if ice cream cones. To deal with this and the demand of his customers, he spoke to a waffle vendor and decided to combine to two together.. they proved to be a massive hit!

7. Between 87-90% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer right now!

Although the exact amount is unknown, it’s estimated that more than 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at this very moment. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing looking at the obesity rate in the US, but hey – you can’t just blame ice cream for that, right?

8. Kiwis are the only Nation that consume for Ice Cream than America!

New Zealanders are the only country that consume more ice cream than Americans. In comparison to this, India are the country who consume the least ice cream.

9. It takes more than 3 Gallons of Milk for just 1 Gallon of Ice Cream

Whilst this does vary depending on the brand you buy or how you make your ice cream, it’s generally accepted that you need 3 times the amount of milk to make a gallon of ice cream. I’m sorry milk, but’s it’s a sacrifice we had to make. Let’s hope the ice cream doesn’t go off!

10. In the 1700s, only the wealthiest Americans enjoyed Ice Cream

Although it likely wasn’t ice cream as we know it to be today, only the wealthiest Americans spent their hard earned money making ice cream back in the 18th Century. Of course, this is before the invention of the modern refrigerator, so it makes sense that the majority weren’t able to enjoy the delicious treat.

11. Brain Freeze Occurs Most when it hits the top of your mouth

Every wondered what really makes brain freeze occur in your mouth? Well, we know that brain freeze occurs when something touches the roof of your mouth. This triggers your sinuses and irritates your nerves, giving you a brain freeze.

12. Over 20% of us are happy to share our ice cream with our dogs and other pets

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This will either make you smile because it’s cute, or wince with disgust. Over 20% of people are happy to let our dogs and cats have a little lick of our ice cream and carry on eating it ourselves. I mean, it’s no different than when your dog kisses you in the face is it?

13. Vanilla is still the top flavor in terms of popularity 

Boring vanilla, right? Wrong! Whilst you might think vanilla is kinda boring, it’s actually the most popular flavor in the United States and globally. It’s interesting to read just how these little vanilla pods spread throughout the world and become the most popular ice cream flavor.

14. 8 degrees is the optimal temperature for serving ice cream

Whilst your ice cream doesn’t have to be exactly 8 degrees to be an optimal temperature, it’s a good target. Most vendors will try to keep their ice cream somewhere between 6 and 10 degrees , so 8 degrees is a good target to ensure your ice cream is between these two levels.

15. Chocolate ice cream was actually invented before vanilla!

Believe it or not, chocolate ice cream was actually invented before vanilla ice cream. This is likely because it was much easier for ice cream maker to get hold of cocoa than get hold of vanilla beans.

16. If you get brain freeze, hold your tongue against the roof of your mouth to combat it

I already mentioned that the reason we get brain freeze is when ice cream touches the top of our mouths. But the best way to stop the brain freeze this? Well, the best way to combat this is to put your tongue on the roof of your mouth, which cools down the sinuses and allows your nerves to return to normal.

17. The average person in the United States consumes almost 50 pints of ice cream a year (that’s one per week!)

Do you consume a pint of ice cream a week? If you do, you’re just about average. And although ice cream consumption has decreased slightly, it’s still one of the most popular desserts in the World.

18. The largest ice cream sundae was 24 tons in weight!

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The largest ice cream sundae was made in Edmonton, Alberta and it weighed in at a whopping 24 tons. That’s the same as around 6 Asian elephants, or 20 small mini coopers.

19. Sunday is historically the best day for ice cream sales.

As you might expect, Sunday is usually the best day for ice cream sales throughout the world. This is likely because Sunday is the best times to sit back and relax with your favorite delicious frozen treat!

20. Did you know there was a hot dog ice cream?

Though you might be slightly disgusted by this, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Combining two of the most popular summer snacks to make the hot dog ice cream, Morgenstens made something unique that many people were queuing up to buy. I’ll let you decide whether it’s delicious or kinda weird.


21. July is still known an ‘National Ice Cream Month” in America

Although you might not know it, July is actually still known as National Ice Cream month in the US. The celebrations usually take place on the third Sunday of the month and originated in 1984.

22. We don’t know who developed ice cream more; the French or the Italians

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Image: disneyfoodblog.com

Though ice cream is openly thought to be an Italian thing, many people think that ice cream developed more in Paris. So much so, that you’ll find some of the most delicious ice cream shops in the French capital.

23. Here’s the first ice cream recipe ever recored in the US

Whilst the definite creator of ice cream is still unknown, we do know where the first ice cream recipe ever recorded is.

24. Pecans are the most popular nut addition in any ice cream

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Pecans.. really? That’s exactly what I thought when I read that pecans are the most popular nut addition to an ice cream. To me, this is almost a travesty. Hazelnut, anyone?

25. And fruit? You guessed it – strawberry chunks are the most popular fruit chunk

Whilst pecans surprised me, this one didn’t. Strawberry chunks are the most popular addition to an ice cream globally, which makes sense as strawberry ice cream is one of the top 3 flavors!

26. It’s a great source of phosphorous

I bet you thought ice cream was entirely bad for you. Well, there are some positives about ice cream. It’s a good source of phosphorous, which your body needs to function (it’s the second most abundant mineral after calcium).

27. Ice cream has a bad rep! It’s a great source of vitamin A and vitamin B, too

You’d actually be surprised by some of the good minerals and vitamins that you’ll find in a delicious ice cream. You’ll get some A, B, C and a variety of other goodies, which makes me feel a little less guilty about the high sugar and fat content.

28. The first commercial ice cream factory was set up in Baltimore

During the early 1800s, ice cream was only sold on a small scale – like your local shop or ice cream man. It wasn’t until the mid 1800s that ice cream started to be produced on a bigger scale. The man behind this was Jacob Fussell, a local Quaker. He was selling other dairy products, and using his leftover cream to make ice cream. As demand grew, Fussel decided to go all in on his ice cream production.

29. Ice cream is a $20 billion dollar industry

Yep, you heard that right. Although Ice cream sales have declined slightly, they are still worth well in excess of $20 billion a year, especially with all the new ice cream brands being introduced. Impressive right?

30. Air is actually one of the most important ingredients of ice cream

Air is underestimated, and without it we wouldn’t be able to enjoy ice cream the same way. Ever had a bowl of ice cream that melted, then you refroze it and it just didn’t taste as good? Well, this is because almost half of the volume of ice cream is made up of air (between 30-50%).

31. John Harrison, professional ice cream taster, had his tongue insured for a cool $1 million

Dreyer’s ice cream tester John Harrison tasted so much ice cream, that he had his tongue insured for a million dollars. He’s reported as tasting millions of gallons of ice cream in his long serving career at Dreyer’s.

32. Canadians like to eat their ice cream in winter

Canada is one of the only ‘cold’ countries that actually sell more ice cream through the winter months than in the summer. Weird, right?

33. Is this the weirdest ice cream ever?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJoimGBjgMY

And it’s available at only $220 a scoop.. bargain, right?

34. Ice cream should have a minimum 10% fat content unless stated

If you look at some of the more expensive brands, they’ll have a fat content of over 15%, but cheaper brands may only have a fat content of 10%. To be considered a true ice cream, it must have a minimum fat content of 10%.

35. Gelato should have a slightly lower fat content, at around 8%

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With a slightly lower fat content than ice cream is gelato, although the majority of people don’t know the difference between the two.

36. Sorbet has no milk whatsoever (and if it does, it’s sherbet!)

Sorbet is traditionally an excellent option for vegans eating at a restaurant. Why? Well, you don’t need to worry about milk or other ingredients as it only generally has three; fruit juice/puree, water and sugar! Sorbet is a fantastic choice if you’re suffering from allergies and want to stop getting colds and sore throats.

38. President George Washington spent $200 a year on ice cream

It’s no secret that George Washington loved his ice cream. He would often use it as a welcoming gift for guests and other leaders coming to visit the United States. As you can imagine, this means he racked up a pretty substantial bill.

39. Deep fried ice cream is extremely popular in South East Asian Countries

If you’ve never tried deep fried ice cream, then you simply have to! It’s one of the most unique things that you can try, and many South East Asian countries enjoy deep fried ice cream as a dessert.

40. Almost 20% of Americans like to eat ice cream in bed (me too!)

Where do you like to eat your ice cream? Well, over 20% of American’s like to enjoy their ice cream in their bed, which sounds pretty darn good to me!

41. Back in the day, they used mashed potato instead of ice cream on TV shows

Wondering why? Well, ice cream would actually melt way too fast for the television shows because the lights were too hot. This would leave them with runny ice cream; not good for demonstrating how to make ice cream!

42. Ron Weasley loves ice cream more than you

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If you thought that you loved ice cream, then you’re probably right; but not as much as Harry potter star Rupert Grint. Rupert loves ice cream so much that after starring in the multi billion dollar franchise, he bought his own ice cream van.

43. The Frozen Haute is still the most expensive ice cream ever at $25,000

If you’ve never heard of the Frozen Haute, then there’s a chance that you probably don’t want to. It sold back in 2007 for a whopping $25,000, making it the most expensive ice cream of all time.

44. Ice cream is one of the most missed food by astronauts

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Ice cream is one of the top 3 missed foods by astronauts as they ascend into space for long periods of time. The others? Pizza and fizzy drinks.

45. In Glasgow, Ice Cream was a matter of life and death.. literally

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Okay, so the infamous Ice Cream Wars was about more than just ice cream – it was about drugs and guns too. And the likelihood is that the ice cream trucks were just a cover for some more dark and sinister stuff.

46. Which State produces the most ice cream in the United States?

California! It’s no surprise that the largest US state produces the most amount of ice cream. There’s an abundance of awesome ice creams shops there for you to try.

47. 1 in 30 people like to enjoy an ice cream in the.. bathtub?

Much like many of the mysteries in life, some things just cannot be explained. Around 3% of people like to enjoy their ice cream whilst they’re chilling in the tub.

48. Ben & Jerrys is so chunky because the founder has no sense of smell or taste

One of the more commonly known facts shared by Ben and Jerrys founders is that the reason they produce such chunky ice cream is that founder Ben actually has no sense of smell, and very little taste. He still likes the text of eating chunky ice cream, which is why their ice creams are filled with nuts and other chunks. Sorry Ben, but we can can we’re almost glad you have no sense of smell; we love some of your chunky ice creams!

49. Immigrants to Ellis Island were given Ice Cream on their arrival

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Back in the late 1800s, immigrants that landed at Ellis Island were often greeted with.. you guessed it, ice cream!

50. 1776 was the year the first ice cream parlour was opened in the United States!

Whilst the first ice cream parlour was opened in 1686 in Paris, it was 90 years later that the first ice cream parlour was opened in the United States in NYC.

A Comprehensive Guide to Sorbet and Sorbetto

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If you’ve ever wondered what’s in your sorbet (or sorbetto), where it comes from and what the best flavors are, then boy have I got a treat for you!

I love sorbet. It’s my second love, closely behind regular ice cream – in fact, there’s many sorbets that beat ice cream hands down! Sorbet can be a great alternative to ice cream if you’re looking for something a little different than ice cream. There are a few reasons for this, which I’ll touch on a little later. Let’s have a look at where sorbet originates first, then a few other questions which I think need resolving.

A Comprehensive Guide to Sorbet and Sorbetto

Sorbet Meaning

Sorbet literally means “a water ice”, though the common perception of what a sorbet is is that it mans a fruit puree, sugar and ice (water).

It has taken on several different meanings throughout the years, but the common perception is what we’ll be considering today. Of course, first we will have a look at the history of sorbet and where the name derives from.

Sorbet History

Both Sorbet and Ice cream are thousands of years old and have been traced back to Asian cultures who used to crush their ice, then pour flavourings on them to taste. This is the original sorbet. You’ll notice several different eras in history where they made a variation of sorbet, which is essentially ice or water with fruit juices or puree. You can see examples of this back in ancient times, with the pharaohs offering their guests a variation of this through to the bible, where there are many examples of people enjoying ice with fruit.

The name sorbet undoubtedly derives from Arabic, where over a thousand years ago they would drink ‘sharabt’ – which eventually became sherbet. Sharabt is essentially just an icy drink mad with fruits – it was not long before European and Western cultures ended up adapting their own versions of this recipe.

Depending on who you speak to – and what you want to truly believe – there are many different ways that sorbet travelled from the Middle East through to Europe. If we want to really trace back where sorbet comes from and how it got to France and Italy, then we can go back to the 1500s.

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An Example of a Sorbet Seller in Italy.

Many people trace the first genuine sorbet back to Antonio Latini in the 1600s, where he is traced as writing the first recipes in his cookbooks for Sorbetti. From there, sorbet developed into ice cream and spread throughout Europe and eventually into America.

What is sorbetto vs sorbet

This is another common question, as it seems some companies prefer to use the term “sorbetto” as opposed to “sorbet”. It there a valid reason for this, or is it just very clever marketing?

Well, there is actually. Whilst in America the terms tend to mean the same thing and someone referring to a sorbetto will generally be referring to a sorbet, in Italy they mean slightly different things. In the South of Italy, a sorbetto will refer to a slightly creamier version of a sorbet that uses a higher ratio or fruit. This may be different in different regions, but this is what I know to be a sorbet.

Or course, the words sorbet and sorbetto are different in origin; sorbetto is Italian, whereas sorbet is French.

Does sorbet have dairy?

A traditional sorbet most definitely does NOT have any dairy in it! Remember that generally, sorbet is only the 3 ingredients of fruit puree, sugar and water. Nothing else!

If you’re adding milk to your sorbet, then you’re not making a sorbet any more – you’re making a sherbet! The general rules are that an ice cream is heavily based on cream, whereas a gelato has more milk than an ice cream. A sorbet and a sherbet are more fruit puree based desserts than ice cream and gelato.

Is sorbet ice cream?

Some people like to consider sorbet as a subsection of ice cream, it really depends on how you view things. Technically though, they aren’t similar at all – I guess they are churned pretty similarly, but that really doesn’t make sorbet and ice cream the same thing in my opinion.

Is sorbet Vegan?

Yes, one of the best things about sorbet opposed to ice cream is that sorbet is suitable for vegans. This means that you don’t need to worry about upsetting your vegan friends by serving sorbet at your dinner party.

Ever wonder why so many restaurants always have a sorbet on the menu? It’s the go to vegan option for many, as so many other desserts are usually not vegan friendly.

Sorbet Calories

The calories in sorbet are relatively low if you compare them with other frozen desserts. One of the reasons that I’ll opt for a sorbet over an ice cream is that I can polish off a whole tub without feeling too guilty about it!

Remember though that although the calories may be slightly lower, you’re usually going to get a bit more sugar in a sorbet. So, if this is something that concerns you then you could look at other options.

So is Sorbet Healthy?

This depends on the brand and variation of sorbet that you buy, as well as your definition of what “healthy” is. Many people associate the high sugars in sorbet with unhealthiness, so it does depend on what you mean by healthy.

The good thing about sorbet is that it can be made entirely from natural ingredient pretty easily. This means that you don’t really need to worry about lots of additives in sorbet – though you should always check the label first. This makes sorbet pretty healthy in this aspect, if you’re trying to avoid lots of additives in your food.

Is a Sorbet Maker different to an Ice Cream Maker?

No! No no no! One of the biggest marketing schemes I’ve seen in this industry is people trying to sell a ‘sorbet maker’ because it’s more classy and dignified than an ice cream maker. Well, I’ve got news for you.. they do exactly the same thing! If you can make ice cream, then you can also make sorbet in the same appliance. Get yourself a good ice cream maker that can do both.

Can you make sorbet without ice cream maker?

Yes, you can! Although it might not be as creamy as what you can get with an ice cream maker, you can still make a good quality sorbet without using an ice cream maker.

Can you make sorbet in a blender?

Yes! This is the best way to make sorbet if you aren’t using an ice cream maker. If you want to learn a bit more about how to make sorbet in a blender, check out this handy video that goes through the processes that you need to take to make a good sorbet without churning.

Sorbet brands

I’m often asked what my opinion on what the best brands that make sorbet and ice cream are. It’s not easy to say, because I’m extremely pick when it comes to this kind of stuff. I’m hesitant to recommend any brands of sorbet, you should go and try them out yourself! Okay, okay.. here’s some brands that I particularly like;

Talenti Sorbetto – The first brand that I’d recommend if you’re looking to try a delicious sorbetto is undoubtedly Talenti. They make some really high quality frozen desserts, even if their prices are a bit expensive.

Haagen Dazs – I know it’s an obvious recommendation, but Haagen Dazs sorbet is a pretty great option. They’re a good balance between quality and price, so if you see it on special in your local supermarket then you should definitely consider purchasing some!

Ciao Bella – Although not my very favorite brand, Ciao Bella sorbets are pretty delicious and you can often find them at good prices in your local supermarkets. Don’t forget to try and few different brands and see which one works best for you.

Best sorbet flavors

Again, the best sorbet flavors is a subjective question that isn’t particularly easy to answer. I’ll go with my personal preferences, though you need to make up your own mind!

Mango – Mango is a great sorbet flavor if you want somehting that isn’t too overwhelming for your taste. Some flavors just work better with sorbet than they do with ice cream, mango being a prime example of this. You can get a great mango ice cream too, but I much prefer a mango sorbet to avoid the milky texture.

Lemon – Any citrus fruit will work amazingly with sorbet, with lemon likely being the most popular. This is because the tangy taste will delight certain peoples tastebuds – though I have friends who hate lemon sorbet with a passion! Its definitely an acquired taste.

Chocolate – Chocolate sorbet is one of the most underrated flavors of sorbet, it’s truly delicious! It works well with sorbet, even though you don’t have the milky texture, you can still enjoy a nice chocolate sorbet.

There are many, many more sorbet flavors that you may end up loving if you give them the chance! Sorbet is really something that works well with all different kinds of flavors, especially flavors that are citrus or alcoholic!

Can you make sorbet without sugar

Not really. Some people like to use fake sugars to make their sorbet, or they’ll try and make it without any sugar at all – this isn’t really sorbet. To get a truly delicious sorbet, you need to have some sort of sugar ingredient there to make it a sorbet, otherwise it’s just fruit puree!

What else can I do with a sorbet?

Sorbet Balls – Sorbet Balls can be a great addition to your champagne or any drink, really. If you’re having a dinner party, sorbet balls can add a little extra to your menu.

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Sorbet Shake – Is a sorbet shake just a fruit juice? Well, no not really. A sorbet shake can be a delicious addition to any meal, giving you a thicker texture than a regular juice. Perfect for those summer months!

Sorbet Cake – Sorbet is an awesome ingredient and can be included as part of any cake, as it won’t melt too quickly and can give a certain kick to it.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Sorbet is one of the finer things in life. It’s a dessert that you can really enjoy, without being too concerned about the calorie content because they’re pretty low. The minimal fat content in sorbet makes it great for a diet if you’re trying to cut calories, which is why I sometimes even tend to prefer sorbet over ice cream (sacrilege!).

Cool Ice Cream Bars for Weddings

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Ice cream bars have become increasingly popular over recent years. This is probably because they’re not just fun for kids; they’re great for adults too! Depending on what you’re looking for, there’s likely going to be a perfect ice cream bar for your wedding. First, let’s through a few ideas on what some of the best ice cream bars around I’ve seen so far.

General Ice Cream Bar for Weddings

This one is a good example of an option you could take if you’re having a larger wedding (50 people +). The majority of wedding caterers will help you design this, but it can be fun to do it all yourself.

The benefit of using a big ice cream bar like this one is that for the most part, people can help themselves. This will give your friends and family the wow! factor, especially the kids (as you can see in the video!). The one negative about having a huge ice cream bars with lots of different toppings and ice cream types is that you’re likely to have a lot left over, which if you’re like me is a nightmare. I haaate waste, so there’s nothing worse than thinking about throwing away the rainbow sprinkles if no one decided to eat them.

Ultimately, this is a great choice if you’re looking for something to impress your friends and family.

Some other great ideas

If you like big scoops, then big bowls and big spoons are the way to go! This is a great idea much like the first video, giving your friends and family the opportunity to help themselves.

WARNING: This one will only work in the summer! If you’re having your wedding outdoors, then it can be a good option to go for sundae glasses for your ice cream. This is really just for aesthetics, but you can’t deny it looks great!

Another idea you could opt for is to invite your very own ice cream man to serve ice cream at your wedding! This is a great idea if you don’t feel like you’re going to use everything, as the majority of the time you can find an ice cream man in your area will to turn up and use his stock.

Another idea with can add to the cuteness factor of the whole thing is to let your kids – or other peoples kids – serve the ice cream! Here, you can see they got their kids to charge 5c and 10c an ice cream – super cute!

Now, an ice cream bar doesn’t always have to be a massive deal. If you want to downsize things, then you could just opt for a smaller table filled with different option for your guests.

Ideas for Cute Ice Cream Bars Signs

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This one is my favorite – it’s the cutest! Head over to Crafty Wedding for some other ideas that are almost as cute as this one.

If you don’t mind things getting a bit cheesy, then this could be a good one for you too. You’re the sprinkles on my ice cream? You’re not going to get much cheesier than that (and that’s just how we like it, too!).

The Rustic look just seems to work with ice cream, don’t ask me why. Going for a rustic look will likely suit the theme of any wedding, unless you’re going for something out of the box.

Styling your ice cream cups is one of the easier ways to help make your wedding unique to you. These ones are super cute!

If this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, then I don’t want to know you! Only kidding, but you’d be hard pressed to find something cuter than this spoon set.

Some tips for your first ice cream bar

Everything can be cute customized!

From the ice cream itself to the cones you’re using to eat, to the spoons you might be using to eat them! Everything can be customized in a cute way. A good option is to make this part of your wedding pack – include a personally customized spoon for all your guests!

Go for something different

If you want to liven things up a bit, you could opt for some really unique flavors that you might not have tried before. Check out a list of the best toppings and see if there’s anything that tickles your fancy.

Pre scoop your ice cream

If you want to make things super simple for your guests, then you could opt to pre scoop your ice cream in advance. Doing this will save a lot of time and make things much easier for your guests to get enough ice cream for them.

Chocolate Bowls!

If you can get the temperature right, then chocolate bowls can be a really great choice to give your guests something unique. This is a great idea for anyone looking for something a little different!

Conclusion

Overall, it’s really down to use to decide which of these may be best for your wedding. It’s a good idea to contact a local caterer or ice cream specialist to find out what may be the easiest option for you.

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.

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!