Let’s Scream for Ice-cream

Get the scoop on the different ice-creams of the world and the wonderful frozen treats this ancient dessert has inspired

Issue: Apr 2013

The ice-cream began as food of the royals, enjoyed by the likes of Chinese emperors and Mughal rulers
The ice-cream began as food of the royals, enjoyed by the likes of Chinese emperors and Mughal rulers

There are few desserts that can elicit quite the same measure of child-like delight and glee like the ice-cream. Not surprisingly, this frozen treat began life as food for royalty. The emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD) are credited to have been the first to enjoy a milk and ice concoction that may well have been the predecessor of the ice-cream today. In the 16th century, Mughal emperors would send horsemen to Hindu Kush to collect ice for fruit sorbets.

Since then, the family of cool eats have expanded to include popsicles, soft ice-creams, gelato, sorbets, sherbets, and frozen yoghurts. INSIDE takes you on a sweet journey to discover the differences.

Ice-creams Around the World

Once the food of royalty, ice-creams such as those from Andersen’s of Denmark, have spawn arrange of frozen desserts that are as mouth-watering as they as inventive
Once the food of royalty, ice-creams such as those from Andersen’s of Denmark, have spawn arrange of frozen desserts that are as mouth-watering as they as inventive

Where the ice-creams come from often influences their taste. Andersen’s of Denmark, which has outlets at Funan DigitaLife Mall and Plaza Singapura, prides itself on natural tastes. Its award-winning creations are made daily with pure fresh cream and without artificial flavours or colours. Their flavours also reflect their origins – Danish Nougat and Belgian Chocolate.

Ben & Jerry’s ice-creams, like this New York Super Fudge Chunk, are known for being full of chunky goodness
Ben & Jerry’s ice-creams, like this New York Super Fudge Chunk, are known for being full of chunky goodness
Photo credit: www.blog.benjerry.fr

America’s Ben & Jerry’s comes from Vermont where the number one farm product is milk. This in no small way has contributed to the quality of their product. America is also where the ice-cream sundae was first created and, in many ways, Ben & Jerry’s ice-creams are like sundae creations in themselves because of their generous lashings of sauces, and chunky goodness.

Hokkaido ice-creams are made from milk from that region in Japan which has a higher percentage of cream, making for a richer, smoother taste. At Ministry of Food @ My Izakaya their ice-creams made with Hokkaido milk comes with a medley of accompaniments ranging from fruit to red bean, glutinous rice balls and even cereal. The result is a riot of colours, texture and tastes for ultimate Asian sundae.

Then, there is Middle Eastern ice-creams like Turkish ice-cream which is stickier and melts much slower than the usual ice-cream because of the use of a thickening agent called salep (a flour made from the root of the Early Purple Orchid) and mastic (a resin that creates the chewiness). Persian ice-cream is often flavoured with saffron, rosewater and includes chunks of heavy cream which gives it its distinctive aroma. Shiraz at Clarke Quay’s Persian ice-cream has a nutty flavour from the pistachio and is topped with saffron, nuts and jewels of pomegranate seeds to make for an exotic sundae.

Go with Gelato

(Left) Be spoilt for choice with over 60 flavours of gelatos from Gusttimo Gelateria at ION Orchard; (Right) Gelateria Venezia has gelato flavours reflect the Italian heritage of the frozen treats
(Left) Be spoilt for choice with over 60 flavours of gelatos from Gusttimo Gelateria at ION Orchard; (Right) Gelateria Venezia has gelato flavours reflect the Italian heritage of the frozen treats
Photo credit: www.flickr.com

The Italians have done such a fine job coming up with their version of the ice-cream that it requires special mention. Italian ice-cream, gelato, derives its name from the Latin "gelatus" meaning “frozen”. Compared to ice-cream which has a minimum of 10 per cent fat, gelato contains less fat (only has five to seven per cent) because it requires a greater proportion of whole milk to cream. Gelato also contains less air (about 25 per cent compared to as much as 50 per cent in ice-cream). The result is a more intense flavour and a denser texture which requires a higher serving temperature.

Gusttimo Gelateria at ION Orchard has over 60 flavours of gelatos, all freshly made. Some of their more interesting flavours include formaggio (cream cheese), which would appeal to those who like the interplay of sweet and savoury in their desserts; and white wine.

For more alcohol-laced gelatos, Bugis Junction’s Gelateria Venezia, offers Bailey’s and Amaretto & Whiskey. Their nod to their Italian roots comes in the creative mascarpone cheese flavoured gelato.

Sorbet Versus Sherbet

Sorbet on a stick – these and other popsicle delights are what Stickhouse offers
Sorbet on a stick – these and other popsicle delights are what Stickhouse offers
Photo credit: Stickhouse

Sorbets and sherbets are very similar but for the fact that sorbets contain no dairy products at all. Similarly, sherbets differ from ice-creams because of the milk fat or cream content. Sherbets only have one to two per cent milk fat or cream.

At Stickhouse at JCube, you can have the great fruit flavours of sorbets with the ease and fun that popsicles provide. There are 20 different flavours to choose from with many of them running into the exotic: Açaí (a sort of berry from the açaí palm), Acerola (a type of cherry), Cachi (persimmons), Maracujia (passion fruit), Orange with Cinnamon, Moringa (a plant thought to have many healing properties) with Lime, Mojito (an alcoholic cocktail), and Lemon with Vodka,

Frozen Yoghurt

As its name suggests, frozen yoghurt is made from yoghurt and is, therefore, lower in fats than ice-cream. Compared to the other frozen desserts, frozen yoghurt, which was introduced in the 1970s, is a relatively new kid on the block. But Singapore has embraced the FroYo to such a degree that several different stores have sprouted in recent years.

-18C also has frozen yoghurt cakes that let the health conscious have their cake and eat it
-18C also has frozen yoghurt cakes that let the health conscious have their cake and eat it

-18C at The Star Vista offers frozen yoghurts that are gluten-free with no artificial sweeteners, flavouring and preservatives. What gives them an edge is the fact that they also have frozen yoghurt ice-cream cakes.

American brand, Berrylite, has some 50 flavours which they rotate at their outlets
American brand, Berrylite, has some 50 flavours which they rotate at their outlets

Berrylite at Bugis+ plays up the nutritional benefits of frozen yoghurt, reminding patrons of the power of probiotics in their dessert to improve digestion and improve immunity. 100 per cent fat free and additive free, this American brand has 50 flavours which are rotated including some rather inspired ones like Orange Mint and Carrot Cake.

On a cone or a waffle bowl; in a cup or a tall glass; on its own or topped with a selection of fruits, sauces, nuts or cream – there can never be so exquisite a combination of ice, milk, cream and sugar than the ice-cream. This dessert has been enjoyed since ancient days and looks likely to outlive and outlast many other sweets for generations to come.

Andersen’s of Denmark
109 North Bridge Road
Funan DigitaLife Mall
#01-K11
Singapore 179097
Tel: (65) 9646 5969
www.andersensofdenmark.com
Andersen’s of Denmark
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#01-K11
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6238 9985
www.andersensofdenmark.com

Ben & Jerry’s
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
#B1-80
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6336 2143
www.benjerry.com.sg
Ministry of Food @ My Izakaya
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#02-45
Singapore 188021
Tel: (65) 6338 6466
www.ministryoffood.com.sg

Ministry of Food @ My Izakaya
21 Chua Chu Kang Ave 4
Lot One
#03-12
Singapore 689812
Tel: (65) 6466 0312
www.ministryoffood.com.sg
Shiraz
3A River Valley Road
Clarke Quay
#01-06
Singapore 179020
Tel: (65) 6334 2282
www.shirazfnb.com

Shiraz
1 Vista Exchange Green
The Star Vista
#02-20
Singapore 138617
Tel: (65) 6694 5927
www.shirazfnb.com
Stickhouse
2 Jurong East Central 1
JCube
#B15-K14
Singapore 609731
Tel: (65) 6694 5927
www.stickhousesrl.com

Gusttimo Gelateria
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#01-15
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 9380
Gelateria Venezia
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#01-60
Singapore 188021


-18C
1 Vista Exchange Green
The Star Vista
#B1-06
Singapore 138617
Tel: (65) 6684 0112
www.minus18c.com
Berrylite
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+
#05-03
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6686 0027
www.berrylite.com

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