5 Kinds of Ice Cream from Around the World
Ice cream is enjoyed far and wide. But across different countries - as the landscapes change, and different languages and cultures proudly bloom - the cold dessert is created in many ways. The Farquhar's ice cream we serve at 3 Cows and a Cone is definitely one of a kind, but let's take a journey around the world and learn about some beautiful versions of the delicious treat we call ice cream.
1. Gelato (Italy)
Gelato was invented in Florence, Italy during the Renaissance period. Though it has a higher sugar content, it is made with less air and fat than other types of ice cream, creating a substance that is dense, sweet, and creamy. Italians sure do love their gelato - the average Italian eats almost 9 pounds a year!
2. Mochi Ice Cream (Japan)
Invented by a woman named Frances Hashimoto in the 1990s, mochi ice cream is a Japanese dessert where a sweet, soft rice dumpling is folded around an ice cream filling. The resulting product is a doughy, colourful ball that fits in the palm of your hand. This is a popular dessert due to its unique blend of textures and flavour.
3. Dondurma (Turkey)
Dondurma is a Turkish "mastic" ice cream, meaning that the substance is made from resin, forming a harder texture that is resistant to melting. This treat is commonly sold by Turkish street vendors, who twist and stretch the mixture with paddles and put on a show with the long, taffy-like pulls of ice cream.
4. Halva (Israel)
Although the origin of halva has been debated, it is nonetheless recognized as a quintessential Israeli dessert. It is made with a base of flour or nut butter, creating a sweet, flaky confection. Many countries have their own version of halva, but in Israel it is often made with nuts, fruit extracts, and sometimes even vegetables.
5. Kulfi (India)
Kulfi is believed to have originated in the 16th century in India, and its popularity soon spread across South Asia. The dessert is not whipped during production, so it is much denser and creamier than the ice cream we are used to. Served on a stick or leaf, it is usually decorated with cardamom, nuts, and saffron.
Let us know in the comments below which one you'd like to try!