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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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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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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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

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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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23. Mandarin Sorbet

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24. Blackberry Cabernat Sorbet

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25. Plum & Red Wine Sorbet

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26. Strawberry Ginger Sorbet

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27. Dried Apricot Sorbet

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28. Bellini Sorbet

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29. Gin and Tonic Sorbet

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30. Grape (Green) Sorbet

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31. Pink Grapefruit Sorbet

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32. Pear Vanilla Sorbet

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33. Champagne Sorbet

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34. Mascarpone Sorbet

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35. Chocolate Peanut Butter Sorbet

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36. Cranberry Orange Sorbet

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37. Cherry Sorbet

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38. Mojito Sorbet

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39. Pomegranate Sorbet

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40. Raspberry Coconut Sorbet

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41. Sangria Sorbet

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42. Watermelon and Tomato Sorbet

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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!

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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!).

Best Ice Cream Maker – The Complete Guide for 2020

So, you’re looking to make some ice cream? Great idea! Making your own ice cream can be a great choice, whether you’re looking to be more health conscious or you’re just looking for a fun activity to do with the kids.

Ice cream has been the staple dessert within US households for over a century, with the majority of Americans (90% or more!) having some ice cream in their freezer.

And if you’re interested in getting yourself a decent ice cream maker, then you’re in the right place. Although the majority of my experience is with larger commercial ice cream machines, I do know what it takes to make a good ice cream maker, too. Here, I’ll impart some of my many years of wisdom onto you, so that you can get yourself an product at the most affordable possible price.

Best Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-21-R

Cuisinart ICE-21P1 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt Ice cream maker, Qt, White
  • New mixing paddle makes frozen desserts in 20 minutes or less
  • Large capacity makes up to 1-1/2-quarts
  • Double insulated freezer bowl eliminates the need for ice

If you are looking for the best maker available at a pretty reasonable price, then this is probably the best that you’re going to find.

For the majority of people, you don’t need a massive ice cream maker for your needs. That’s why I’d advise going for this one – it makes enough for a full family (though you won’t have much left over). Beware though that some recipes you’ll find online may be a little bit too big for this , so you might have to cut down on the amount of ingredients that you’re using.

If you prefer to have a totally removable bowl, then this is an ideal option. You do need to bare in mind two things however. Firstly, you’ll need to leave the bowl in the freezer the night before to prepare it. And secondly, this makes it much easier for washing up. I like ice cream makers without the removable bowl too, but this makes it easy to remove the bowl and wash it quickly and easily.

Make sure that you reduce the amount of ingredients that you’re using in this if you’re following recipes you’ve found online. A lot of the recipes you find online will be for two quart makers, which is a little bit too much for the size of this one.

Pros

 Cheap Price – There aren’t many better options available at the same price as this one – it’s definitely giving you good bang for your buck.

 Easy to Use – If you’re like me, you want to use this at your home with your kids. So, it’s important that kids can use it too! It’s really to use this one, even for young kids (though you should supervise them to make sure they don’t make a mess!).

 Quick at making ice cream – Compared to some other machines where you are waiting ages for your ice cream to be done, this works within a short period of ice. Great if you want ice cream fast!

Cons

 Not great for the dishwasher – Although it’s labelled as dishwasher safe, this isn’t actually ideal for dishwasher use due to the material it’s made from. It’s much better to hand wash this, like it is for the majority of stuff in your kitchen anyways.

 Must Freeze Beforehand – Like the majority of ice cream makers, you’ll have to pre freeze the bowl of this one in advance of using it. This can be a bit annoying if you want to make impromptu ice cream on the spot.

 The plastic casing is cheap – Okay, we’re not paying out big bucks for this. But, the plastic could be a bit better quality than it currently is.

Overall Verdict

This is my choice for the best ice cream maker for the majority of families – you’ll get just about the perfect amount of ice cream for a family of four. My top pick for easy ice cream at a pretty affordable price, too.

Hamilton Beach Automatic

Hamilton Beach 68330N Automatic Ice Cream Maker, 4 quart, White
  • Delicious versatility - make ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, sorbet, gelato and sherbet all with one ice cream machine
  • Fully automatic - no stirring needed. Just add ingredients, ice & rock salt - it does all the work, then stops when ready
  • Over 20 recipes included - try the recipes inside or create your own unique taste by mixing in candy, cookies, or fresh fruit

The Hamilton Beach Automatic is a better choice for those looking to make a large quantity of ice cream in a short period of time. In about half an hour, you can have around 4 quarts of ice cream – which means this is faster than the majority of it’s competitors.

If you like to make healthier ice cream, then it can be a wise decision to opt for a large automatic ice cream machine like this one. It works well with both regular ingredients and ketogenic ingredients, so if you’re trying to cut carbs out of your diet then making your own ice cream can be a great way to still enjoy a dessert.

Some people like fancy buttons and flashing lights on their kitchen appliances. If like me, you like simplicity, then you’ll appreciate this automatic ice cream maker. There’s no fancy buttons that I don’t understand. No flashing lights telling me things I don’t need to know. Just a simple machine, to make simple ice cream.

From a negative perspective, don’t expect this to last you forever. It’s made from relatively inexpensive aluminium, so it’s not going to have the shelf life of one that costs you hundreds of dollars. But for it’s price, it’s one of the best options around.

Pros

 Works quickly – This ice cream maker only takes about half an hour to make you some delicious ice cream. If you have young kids, you’ll appreciate the need for speed!

 4 quarts is more than enough – One thing that I like to do it make ice cream on a weekend, and save it for the whole week. This is perfect if you want to make some ice cream and freeze it for dessert during the weekdays.

 Relatively cheap for it’s size – Usually larger ice cream makers run at a higher price than their competitors, but this isn’t the case with this Hamilton Beach one.

Cons

 No slide latch – Unfortunately with this one, there’s no sliding latch to open it up whilst it’s mixing. This makes it a bit annoying if you wanted to make a nut ice cream, as you’ll have to add it after and stir it in yourself.

 Takes up a ton of room – I know it sounds kind of silly, but this is a beast of a machine. If you only want an ice cream maker to make ice cream occasionally, you’ll like want to opt for something else that you can fit more easily into your kitchen.

 Works best with plain flavours – As with most ice cream makers, this one works best with plain flavors like vanilla and strawberry.

Overall Verdict

If you’re feeding the whole family, then it can make sense to opt for a large machine like this one. For it’s price, it’s arguably one of the top ice cream makers for the money.

Cuisinart ICE-30R

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Cuisinart ICE-30R Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker, 2 quart, Brushed Metal/Red
  • Double insulated freezer bowl holds up to 2 quarts of frozen dessert
  • Brushed metal housing with embossed logo
  • Heavy-duty motor makes frozen desserts or drinks in as little as 25 minutes

The ICE-30R is the daddy of the Cuisinart family and is one of their better options if you’re looking for something larger than the ICE-21. It makes 2 quarts of ice cream, which is enough for the family (and you’ll probably have a little extra left over, too).

One of the better things about this one if you compare it to similar machines is that it can make ice cream in as little as 20 minutes. With some machines, you’ll have to wait hours for your ice cream to be ready – fortunately, that isn’t the case here.

Another good thing that you may prefer about this ice cream maker is that it has a relatively large mix in spout. This is perfect for those looking to make high quality ice cream and add in some of their favorite ingredients – it can very boring sticking to plain old vanilla.

If you prefer a heavy duty product – one that you’ll use every week – as opposed to a smaller one that you just use for the odd occasion, then this may be the perfect option for you.

Pros

 If you want to make luxury ice cream – If you’re not interested in sticking to just vanilla and you want to try other recipes, this is a good option for you. Generally, if you want to make flavors like you see in the stores – think Ben & Jerry’s – then ultimately this type of ice cream maker is a better choice. Sure, it might run you a few extra bucks but it’s necessary if you to make premium flavors.

 Latch to add goodies – Unlike the Hamilton Beach Automatic, this has a latch to add in your favorite extras. Pro tip – pecans make an awesome addition to most flavors!

 Works well with B&J – The Ben and Jerry’s Recipe Book is one of the most popular ice cream recipe books around, and it works exceptionally well with this ice cream maker.

Cons

 Not quite as big as it states – Whilst it’s advertised as a 2 quart ice cream maker, it’s actually slightly below that in size.

 Noisiest machine ever – Okay, so maybe it’s not the noisiest machine in the world, but it’s definitely up there in my opinion.

 Low quality materials – This one is made with relatively low quality materials, so you might notice some wear and tear after several uses. 

Overall Verdict

Not a bargain like the first two I mentioned, but still a good choice if you need something a bit bigger.

Nostalgia Retro

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Nostalgia ICMP400WD Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker, 4-Quart
  • This Unit makes 4-quarts of delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato
  • Works with Nostalgia ice cream kits
  • Plastic bucket that wipes away messes with ease

The Nostalgia is a retro option for anyone who wants something stylish that will fit into their kitchen easily. It’s been around for a good few years now, and has stood the test of time as one of the top ice cream makers on the market.

If you’re often having parties with friends, then this Nostalgia Retro can be the focal point of your party. It looks great, and can be fun for kids to dish out their own ice cream.

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There are a few different variations of the Nostalgia – this is the darker wood one, whereas there is lighter looking one, too.

If you want to make copious amounts of ice cream, then it’s essential that you have the right tools for the job. It’s a pretty quiet ice cream maker, which makes a difference if you compare it to the more expensive options that are available.

Along with this, it’s pretty sturdy. Often with the cheaper options available, you’ll find that they’re going to break easily after a few uses. But, this isn’t really the case with the Nostalgia. Due to it’s robust build, you’re probably going to have this in your cupboards for a long while to come.

Pros

 Easy mix latch – Not only is the mixing latch on this easy to use, but it’s also see-through (they should make them all see through!). This means that you can see how mixed your added ingredients are with ease. 

 Very easy to clean – Unlike some ice cream makers, this one is very easy to clean. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s cleaning my kitchenware, but you don’t have to worry about this with this.

 Wooden Outside, plastic inside – For appearance, the outside of the ice cream maker is made of wood. This gives it a great retro feel. But on the inside, it’s made from the same old plastic you’d find in any similar maker, which makes it perfect for easy clean ups.

Cons

 Works best with Nostalgia mixes – Some people may see this as a positive, but for me it’s a drawback. I like a maker that works well with all different recipes and mixes, but this one works best with Nostalgia ice cream mixes, which means you’re really stuck to one brand.

 Not the best quality – This isn’t a top of the range ice cream maker, so you may want to look elsewhere if you want the tip top brands.

 The paddle is flimsy – The paddle is one of the most essential parts of any ice cream maker. Unfortunately, the paddle that comes with the Nostalgia is pretty flimsy so you have to be careful when using it.

Overall Verdict

More of an attraction than a great ice cream maker, it still does the job. Overall, it’s a pretty ideal gift for anyone looking something run of the mill.

Cuisinart ICE-100

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker, Silver, 1-1/2-Quart
  • Fully automatic with a commercial quality compressor. 1-1/2-quart ice cream bowl capacity
  • LWH: 16.73 x 12.00 x 9.33,UC LWH: 13.75 x 17.50 x 13.50,MC LWH: 18.00 x 14.25 x 14.25 inches . Weight : 32lbs
  • 2 paddles - a gelato paddle for authentic gelato and an ice cream paddle for creamy ice cream

If you’d like to get an ice cream maker with a built in compressor, then the ICE-100 may be a better option for you than the aforementioned options. It’s significantly more expensive, but it’s creates ice cream much easier than a cheaper option.

An ice cream maker with a compressor is also much likely to last you a lot longer due to the high quality of materials that are used to make it.

If you want to look at a more in depth review, check out this video;

Pros

 Instant ice cream – When you up the budget of your ice cream maker, you forego the necessity to pre freeze the bowl the day before. This means that you don’t need to worry about waiting, and you can make ice cream instantly.

 Quieter than others – Often, these kinds of machines can be noisy and kind of annoying. That isn’t the case with the ICE-100, which you’ll barely notice in comparison to your other kitchen appliances.

 Makes good quality ice cream – At the end ofthe day, all that we want from our machine is for it to make top quality ice cream – which this one does with ease.

Cons

 More effort to clean – I must admit, one thing that I prefer about smaller and cheaper ice cream makers is that you only need to wash to removable bowl. Sure, they might not be optimal, but you don’t have to worry about clean up. This one can be awkward to clean if you’re used to another one. Like, I’m pretty lazy – you’ll have to occasionally clean the gears and insides of this one if you regularly use it.

 Getting the ice cream out – Whilst it does come with two paddles, it can be a little difficult to actually get ice cream out!

 Does take a bit longer – After the pre freeze, other ice cream makers will take about 30 mins to make the ice cream. This one may take up to 50 minutes or an hour at a push.

Whynter ICM-200LS

Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart, Silver
  • Stainless steel housing , Voltage: 110/120V 60Hz , Power: 180 watts.
  • Self-contained frozen dessert maker that does not require pre-freezing
  • BPA-free aluminum removable mixing bowl and churn blade for easy storage and effortless cleaning

A direct competitor to the ICE-100, the Whynter is a good option if you want to avoid the Cuisinart brand.

In reality, the Whynter is far better than your regular option. The reasons? Well, it’s a top of the range appliance for a few. Primarily, the Whynter competely eliminates the need to pre freeze anything, which can be super annoying if you only have a cheaper ice cream maker.

Another thing that I particularly like about the Whynter is that it you have the option to leave your ice cream for 30 minutes after it’s finished making it. That means that you set the Whynter to start churning, then you can serve your dinner and eat it without having to worry about having to nip back out to the kitchen to check on it.

Pros

 Best option available – If money is of no issue to use, then the Whynter ICM is a fantastic option when it comes to a solid ice cream maker.

 Compressor – If you’ve never used a compressor ice cream maker before, then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. The difference between the two is pretty drastic, and getting one with a compressor is a complete step up in class. A compressor will help to make a smoother ice cream, in a faster amount of time.

 Great if you like thick, luxurious ice cream – If you don’t mind the high price, then it’s worth opting for this one if you want a top notch product.

Cons

 Expensive price – With higher quality machines usually comes a bigger price tag, and the Whynter is no different. This appliance is quite a bit more expensive than your run of the mill maker.

 Customer Service – Whilst I’ve personally never had a problem with any Whynter products, their are a few complaints that their customer service isn’t as good as some competitors on the market.

Overall Verdict

Undoubtedly one of the best ice cream makers around. If you’ve got the moolah, then it’s definitely worth your investment.

Sunsir Mini

A huge, pretty expensive ice cream maker with an in built compressor isn’t for everyone.

If you just want to have fun with the kids, then the Sunsir Mini may prove a better option. It’s small and compact, and at only 0.6 quarts, you won’t need to worry about lots of cleaning up afterwards.

Granted, this doesn’t have the technical ability of the other ice cream makers. But, it’s simplicity is what sets it apart from rest. This is ideal if you’re looking to whip up a quick delicious sorbet for the kids, or even an accompaniment to other desserts.

Another thing that I particularly like about the Sunsir Mini is that you can actually take the aluminium bowl out and serve the ice cream in it. It’s a massive time saver, and the bowl won’t look out of place amongst the rest of your plates and bowls either.

Pros

 Make within 10 minutes – If you’re impatient like me, you don’t want to be waiting an hour for your ice cream. With this mini maker, you can whip up some ice cream within 10 minutes.

 Simple to use – If you want quick and simple ice cream, this is definitely the choice for you. It’s simple enough for kids to use on their own, which can be a useful and important technique to help them learn to do stuff themselves.

 Cheap as chips – If budget is an issue, you’ll want to make sure you’re buying something inexpensive – like this ice cream maker.

Cons

 Weak motor – You need to be sure you don’t overload the Sunsir Mini with ingredients, otherwise you’re going to have a struggling motor. It’s a small appliance and it doesn’t have the same power as a larger ice cream maker.

 Not enough for 4 – Although on the label it says that this makes enough ice cream for four, I don’t think it does. 4 hobbits maybe – but not 4 adults.

 Keep in freezer – Like many other ice cream makers, you have to pre freeze the removable bowl 24 hours beforehand, which can be kind of annoying.

Overall Verdict

The Sunsir is definitely fun to use, but it doesn’t hold it’s own as a long term contender. Just want to have fun with your little ones? Then by all means opt for the Sunsir.

iSiLER Dessert Maker

Another option for those looking for something more fun that practical, the iSiLER will have your kids screaming with joy when it produces delicious treats.

If you’re a health buff looking for an alternative to ice cream that’s lower on calories but still tastes great, then it could be worth considering the iSiLER. You can turn fruit into dessert pretty easily – that’s right, no need for thickening ice cream powder or anything! Of course what you’re going to get is a sorbet equivalent, but it’s still a good option for a delicious dessert.

This dessert maker comes with a free recipe book, which gives you an abundance of good ideas that you can use to help you decide on what to make. If you’d like a simple option, then this is a great option for you.

Pros

 Perfect for summer fun – No, it’s not going to make you the most awesome ice cream. But, it’s great fun to use with the kids.

 Great for healthy stuff – If you’re after making healthier stuff for your kids, then the iSiLER makes it extremely easy.

 Cheap – It’s not going to bankrupt you, so even if you only end up using it every now and then, it can be a fun investment.

Cons

 A little difficult to clean – Compared to some of the other options, this ice cream maker is a little difficult to clean properly and it’s not as easy as just removing the bowl.

 Not good for making real ice cream – Sure, the iSiLER is fantastic for making small quick sorbets to have fun with. But you’re not going to find it easy making real ice cream with the iSiLER, because it doesn’t use 

 Not well made – The iSiLER isn’t particularly well made, but what do you really expect for this price?

Overall Verdict

The iSiLER is a good option for anyone that just wants something fun to enjoy with their kids. It’s not going to last forever, and it’s not of the highest quality – but it’s a fun toy to use and can produce some awesome fruit sorbets.

Cuisinart ICE-45

Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White
  • Easy-lock Lid with Window - Lid is designed to remove and lock easily. An ingredient window allows you to pour ingredients directly through the top and watch the freezing process, Base - Contains heavy-duty motor strong enough to make and dispense ice cream. BPA Free
  • Mixing Arm (not shown) - Mixes and aerates ingredients in freezer bowl to create smooth soft ice cream, Dispensing Bracket with Handle - Dispenses the soft ice cream when handle is pulled down. Removable for easy cleaning, Rubber Feet - Nonslip feet keep base stationary during use
  • 1 1⁄2-Quart Freezer Bowl (not shown) - Contains cooling liquid within a double-insulated wall to create fast and even freezing. Double wall keeps the bowl cool and at an even temperature, Condiment Chute - Mix-ins are dispensed from the chute into your ice cream cone or bowl while you dispense ice cream. Removable for easy cleaning

I’m the first to admit; soft serve ice cream is my favorite type of ice cream. So, it only makes sense that I include an ice cream maker which is specifically designed to produce soft serve ice cream!

Whilst the machine does admittedly look a bit complex, it isn’t as difficult as you’d think to get the hang of using. If you’re okay with taking a while to prepare your ice cream, the the ICE-45 is a suitable option. It’s simple to use once you’ve prepared the ingredients and the maker itself.

One main thing that many people don’t consider with their ice cream maker is that you’ll need to freeze the bowl or container beforehand. Of course, the larger the container, the more space in your freezer that you’ll need. This is the main reason that you should consider a more expensive ice cream maker; because it makes this much easier! If you don’t mind this, then the ICE-45 is a great option if you love soft serve ice cream (who doesn’t!).

Aside from this, there are some good things about the ICE-45. It’s quiet, and makes ice cream in a different way from the majority of competitors on the market. You just need to ensure that you’re freezing your ingredients properly beforehand to get the best soft serve ice cream that you can.

Pros

 Cone holder makes it easy – The cone holder makes it super easy to make ice cream cones, as opposed to ice cream in a bowl like the other options available.

 Great if you like toppings – Using a soft serve ice cream maker is awesome if you want to take advantage of the deliciousness of sprinkles and other toppings. 

 Delicious ice cream – Like I said, soft serve ice cream is my absolutely favorite (it reminds me of chasing the ice cream van when I was a kid!). This is the case for a lot of people, with soft serve ice cream bringing back an array of memories.

Cons

 There’s a knack to using it properly – To get the most out of the ICE-45, you really need to know how to utilise it properly. You MUST freeze the ingredients beforehand to make sure that your ice cream is soft enough. If you don’t do this, you’re going to get gushy ice cream.

 Confined to one type – If you’re using the soft serve maker, then you’re confined to one type of ice cream – you can’t really make sorbets and other delicious desserts.

 The topping dispensers aren’t great – The ICE-45 has three topping dispensers which sounds super cool, but they’re a bit flimsy. You’ll probably just end up using separate bowls, in all honesty.

Overall Verdict

Everyone loves soft serve ice cream don’t they? If you love soft serve ice cream too, then it only makes sense to find yourself a good soft serve ice cream maker.

How to Pick an Ice Cream Maker

When you’re picking an ice cream maker, you want to make sure that you’re getting the right one for you. To do this, there are a few things that you’ll want to take into consideration to ensure that you’re getting a good deal. Whilst an isn’t cream maker isn’t the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, it’s worth getting something that you’re definitely going to use.

With or without compressor

Machines with a compressor tend to be a little more expensive in price, so it’s worth thinking about whether you need an ice cream maker with a compressor built in. A compressor can help you to make smoother ice cream, primarily because they churn and freeze the ice cream much fast than those without. But, an ice cream maker with a compressor isn’t a must to make good ice cream.

Size

Although you might not think that the size of your ice cream maker is a big deal, it can prove to be an issue. If you’ve already got a packed out kitchen, then a big and bulky beast can be the last thing that you need. So, consider your situation. If you’re just looking to make the occasion bowl of ice cream with the kids, then get a more compact ice cream maker. But if you’re going to be doing it every weekend or you’re entertaining guests, then you may need something larger.

Price

Of course, the price is something you’re going to have to factor into any purchase. This is true for ice cream makers too. As you can see from my list, they can range from 25 bucks to 225 bucks! It’s worth setting yourself a budget before deciding on what one you’re going to get. If this is your first ice cream maker, then there’s no need to spend more than $50-100.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s really down to you to decide what the best ice cream maker for you is. In my experience, the ICE-21 is the perfect entry level maker if you’re looking to just get started making ice cream. If you’re looking for something a little bit more luxurious, then the Whynter ICM-200LS may prove to be a better choice for you (though it’s five times the price!). You might also want to consider an ice cream scoop if you’re planning to make ice cream often.

Making ice cream can be an awesome way to spend time with your family, or even a way to break the ice (cream) on a first date. So, make sure that you get one that’s good enough quality that it’s going to last you a good while.

Is Ice Cream Food? Or is it something else?

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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.

Is Ice Cream Food? Or is it something else?

Firstly, let’s look at this from a technical perspective. Ice cream is by definition a solid like cheese. 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!