Is Ice Cream Food?

It’s a pretty popular question to ask yourself; does ice cream technically count as a food or a drink? Well, we’ll answer that pretty definitively today.

Firstly, let’s look at this from a technical perspective. Ice cream is by definition a solid. This is because of it’s form; it is not a liquid. It’s a solid, which makes ice cream technically a food.

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However, there’s more to this question that just; is ice cream food? This is because it really depends on the temperature that your ice cream is. Is there a certain low temperature that your ice cream goes to, that it transforms from a food to a drink?

If you’ve ever had an ice cream and left it on the side for a half hour, you’ll probably notice that after a while, it will undoubtedly be more like a milkshake than an ice cream. This is because as the temperature  of your ice cream gets lower and lower, it really transforms from a food to a drink. So much so, that you could say that ‘ice cream’ is a food, but ‘melted ice cream’ is actually a drink. So, you can’t definitively say that all ice cream is a food (I know, we’re getting quite deep into this!).

Now, what’s the magic temperature that your ice cream will transform into a drink?

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Ice cream is stored best at minus temperatures for long periods of time. If you want to store ice cream for a shorter period of time, then you can store it at 0 temperature just fine.

And if we say that the sweet spot for scooping ice cream is around 10 degrees (some people may argue that it’s higher or lower than that, but not by too much) then we can say that as the temperature gets to around 15-20 degrees, your ice cream will in fact transform from a food to a drink.

To take things a little further, we actually decided to ask 100 people whether they thought ice cream was a food or a drink. Although we already know technically that ice cream is a food, we wanted to see what the public opinion was on whether this delicious dessert was classed as a food or a drink.

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Out of the 100 people that we asked, 96 of those people confirmed that they thought ice cream was a food and not a drink. That’s an astonishing percentage, and far more than we had originally anticipated! That means that only 6 people out of 100 people thought that ice cream was a drink and not a food.

Now, this is where it gets interesting.. We also asked the same 100 people whether they thought melted ice cream was a food or a drink… are you ready for the results?

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It was 50/50. Dead on. 50 people thought that melted ice cream was a food, and 50 people thought that melted ice cream was a drink. Crazy, huh?

Ice Cream Variations that are definitely Foods

Now, there are several different variations of ice cream which we’d definitely consider as a food. Here are a few of the variations of ice cream that are definitely considered a food.

Ice Cream Cake – There’s no denying it, an ice cream cake is undoubtedly a food that you should consider trying if you haven’t already. There are some awesome ice cream cake recipes around if you haven’t seen them already, so be sure to scour the website if you want to try.

Ice Cream Sundae – Is a sundae more of a food than a traditional ice cream because of the syrups and cherries that are on it? Well, that’s really up to you to decide, but I like to think so.

Ice Cream Rolls – A Thai favorite, ice cream rolls are one of the better options you can choose if you’re looking to stick to ice cream but want it presented differently. They’re also pretty conclusive evidence that ice cream is a food – I mean, can you really roll a liquid? Didn’t think so.

Conclusion

To conclude, it really doesn’t matter too much whether you think that ice cream is a food or a drink. Technically in our eyes, it’s undoubtedly a food – but this is up for debate! Let us know in the comment section whether you think ice cream is classed as a food or a drink!

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