We Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For…Frozen Custard?

August 18, 2014

The many, and often subtle, differences between all those frozen desserts you’ve been eating all summer long.

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For a product to legally label itself “ice cream,” it has to consist of at least 20 percent milk proteins and 10 percent dairy fat, or “cream.” (Although the more expensive, tastier brands have as much as 18 percent fat.) Another 15 percent is sugar.

Frozen custard

A variety of ice cream historically most prevalent and popular in the northeastern U.S., frozen custard is basically ice cream with egg yolk added (at least 1.4 percent by total weight), which makes the end product richer and creamier.


Gelato is an Italian variation of ice cream—its name is the Italian word for “frozen.” It’s also traditionally made with milk instead of cream. Gelato is so thick, creamy, and rich because it’s churned in such a way that, unlike ice cream, very little air is added in along the way.


Contrary to popular belief, sherbet isn’t a non-dairy alternative to ice cream. It’s an ice cream-like dessert based on milk and cream and sweetened with fruit juice. (Another myth debunked: it’s sherbet, not sherbert.)


Sorbet is sherbet without the dairy—it’s flavored, frozen water, or frozen fruit juice.

Frozen yogurt

Is it healthier than ice cream? Yes, because of the intestinally-friendly cultures in the yogurt. But it’s not 100 percent better for you than ice cream—“froyo” is often a cream-and-milk ice cream base mixed with the lower-fat yogurt.

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August 20, 2014 4:38 am

Sasy who

August 20, 2014 5:35 am

The definition of gelato is not correct, pls check wikipedia 🙂

August 20, 2014 9:53 am


Sorbet is sherbet without the dairy—it’s flavored, frozen water, or frozen fruit juice.”

Scuse me ? Sorbet is: 2 parts fruit, 1 part sugar, 1 lemon juice. Mix, and stir while freezing

Art Shapiro
Art Shapiro
August 20, 2014 12:25 pm

So what about the term “frozen dairy dessert” that many brands of brands formerly labelled as “ice cream” have been forced to use.

Quite a few years ago, I encountered “genuine imitation ice milk” in a supermarket. It boggles the mind.


August 20, 2014 1:23 pm

@ Art – That reminds me of the time I bought a bottle of fat-free water.

August 20, 2014 1:48 pm

Not to be a punk, but freezing often kills the live active cultures in frozen yogurt – nullifying its health benefits. The National Yogurt Association has a voluntary program which labels frozen yogurt brands that are made in such a way that avoid killing off at least some of these cultures. Just a heads up!

August 20, 2014 3:07 pm

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August 20, 2014 6:28 pm

I remember ice milk from 50 years ago – like ice cream with the serious stuff missing. Was not a fan.

August 21, 2014 10:22 am

Cooper would be happy with even a soft-serve cone from McD.

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October 3, 2015 8:48 am

We love scream for frozone desserts. I loved this article too.

December 8, 2015 2:26 am

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