Ice cream is a frozen dessert made with milk or cream along with added flavors. Fresh fruits or artificial flavorings are added to impart particular flavor to this treat. Ice creams are served in cups, cones, as sundaes and with different topping such as chocolate syrup, nuts, wafers, caramel, fresh fruits and more. Frozen yogurt is also a dessert but is made from yogurt instead of cream, and hence more tart than ice cream.
Some of the popular flavors of ice cream include, vanilla, chocolate, pecan, strawberry, Neapolitan, chocolate chip, cherry, almond, coffee and others. Frozen yogurt is served in different flavors as well including, vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, berry, toffee, strawberry, and mango.
The history of ice cream can be traced back to Baghdad where a form of ice cream was a popular dessert. But due credit has to be given to the Chinese who devised a way of making ice and milk mixtures. Ice cream soon found its way from China to Europe and then to the Unites States. Since then different forms of ice dessert have been made and served all over the world.
Frozen yogurt was first introduced in 1970 but gained popularity in the 1980s. It is considered to be a healthier alternative to ice cream.
Ice cream is made from milk fat (10-16%), milk solids, sweeteners (sugar or artificial ones), flavorings, stabilizers and water.
Frozen yogurt usually contains yogurt culture, milk solids and milk fat, gelatin, corn syrup and other flavorings.
Method of Preparation
Ice cream is generally prepared in cooling vats, and the ingredients churned while it is being cooled, this prevents the formation of ice crystals and makes the ice cream creamier.
Frozen yogurt can also be prepared in an ice cream machine. The trick is to incorporate air into it after all the ingredients have been mixed, and then cool it rapidly to prevent formation of ice crystals.
Health benefits and Fat content
Although both ice cream and frozen yogurt provide calcium, protein and other vitamins and minerals, there are various other health benefit of frozen yogurt. One of the ingredients of frozen yogurt is live bacterial cultures, which are good for the body’s immune system. Besides that, frozen yogurt is easier to digest than ice cream, especially in people with lactose intolerance.
The fat content in ice cream is 10-18%, whereas in frozen yogurt it is lower. Non-fat and low fat flavors are available for both.