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7 Types of Ice Cream & What Makes Them Unique

Learn about various types of ice cream and what defines each kind. There are so many varieties of ice cream, and each one is made with unique ingredients, methods, and flavors.

1. Custard Base

French-style custard base ice cream is known for its high percentage of egg yolks and cream. Custard ice creams have a rich flavor and super smooth texture.

2. Philadelphia Style:

Philadelphia style ice cream is made without eggs. Meaning, the ice cream doesn't necessarily have to be heated/cooked (because there are no eggs) before churning.

3. Frozen Yogurt:

You may have guessed that frozen yogurt is made using yogurt as the base. Although, be aware that oftentimes whole milk or cream is added in to help with the richness and smooth texture.

4. Gelato:

Gelato is an Italian style ice cream that is classified by its low milkfat content, usually 4-9%. Typically, gelato is made only with milk. Despite the lack of cream in gelato, it's still denser than American-style ice cream. That's because less air is incorporated during the churning process.

5. Sorbet:

Technically, sorbet would not be classified as ice cream since there is no milkfat present. Sorbet is a churned mixture of sugar, water, and either fruit juice, wine, or liqueur. Savory sorbets are usually served as a first course or a palate refresher in between courses.

6. Sherbet:

Sherbet is the Americanized version of sorbet. In addition to the sugar and fruit juice, sherbet contains milk that's added to the mixture prior to churning.

7. Ice Cream Around the World:

We can't forget that almost every country has its own unique version of ice cream. Rolled ice cream from Thailand/Malaysia, kulfi from India, dondurma from Turkey, and mochi from Japan.

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