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Amazing Ice Cream Facts

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  • …That ice cream (derived from earlier iced cream or cream ice) is a frozen food, typically eaten as a snack or dessert, usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavors.

  • …That it is typically sweetened with sucrose, corn syrup, cane sugar, beet sugar, and/or other sweeteners.

  • …That typically, flavorings and colorings are added in addition to stabilizers.

  • …That the mixture is stirred to incorporate air spaces and cooled below the freezing point of water to prevent detectable ice crystals from forming. The result is a smooth, semi-solid foam that is solid at very low temperatures (<35 °F / 2 °C). It becomes more malleable as its temperature increases.

  • …That the meaning of the phrase "ice cream" varies from one country to another. Phrases such as "frozen custard", "frozen yogurt", "sorbet", "gelato" and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles.

  • …That in some countries, such as the United States, the phrase "ice cream" applies only to a specific variety, and most governments regulate the commercial use of the various terms according to the relative quantities of the main ingredients.

  • …That products that do not meet the criteria to be called ice cream are labeled "frozen dairy dessert" instead.

  • …That in other countries, such as Italy and Argentina, one word is used for all variants.

  • …That analogues made from dairy alternatives, such as goat's or sheep's milk, or milk substitutes, are available for those who are lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy protein, or vegan.

  • …That the most popular flavors of ice cream in North America (based on consumer surveys) are vanilla and chocolate.

North America

  • …That an early reference to ice cream given by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1744, reprinted in a magazine in 1877. 1744 in Pennsylvania Mag. Hist. & Biogr. (1877) I. 126 Among the rarities..was some fine ice cream, which, with the strawberries and milk, eat most deliciously.

  • …That the 1751 edition of The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse features a recipe for ice cream. OED gives her recipe: H. GLASSE Art of Cookery (ed. 4) 333 (heading) To make Ice Cream..set it [sc. the cream] into the larger Bason. Fill it with Ice, and a Handful of Salt. The year 1768 saw the publication of L'Art de Bien Faire les Glaces d'Office by M. Emy, a cookbook devoted entirely to recipes for flavored ices and ice cream.

  • …That ice cream is introduced to the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them.

  • …That confectioners sold ice cream at their shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
    …That Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson are known to have regularly eaten and served ice cream.
    First Lady Dolley Madison is also closely associated with the early history of ice cream in the United States. One respected history of ice cream states that, as the wife of U.S. President James Madison, she serves ice cream at her husband's Inaugural Ball in 1813.

  • …That small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer were invented in England by Agnes Marshall and in Americas by Nancy Johnson in the 1840s.

Ingredients and standard quality definitions

  • In the USA, ice cream may have the following composition.

  • …That greater than 10% milk fat and usually between 10% and as high as 16% fat in some premium ice creams.

  • …That 9 to 12% milk solids-not-fat: this component, also known as the serum solids, contains the proteins (caseins and whey proteins) and carbohydrates (lactose) found in milk

  • …That 12 to 16% sweeteners: usually a combination of sucrose and glucose-based corn syrup sweeteners

  • …That 0.2 to 0.5% stabilizers and emulsifiers

  • …That 55% to 64% water, which comes from the milk or other ingredients.

  • …That these compositions are percentage by weight.

  • …That since ice cream can contain as much as half air by volume, these numbers may be reduced by as much as half if cited by volume. In terms of dietary considerations, the percentages by weight are more relevant.

  • …That even the low-fat products have high caloric content: Ben and Jerry's No-Fat Vanilla Fudge contains 150 calories per half-cup due to its high sugar content.

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