Every season has elements that make it unique. The fall brings us the beautiful colours when trees change their leaves. Winter brings ice skating and hot cocoa. While spring brings budding flowers and renewal. The hottest season of the year is unique too. Summer brings us flip flops, beach days and long walks in the park. But it also brings us some of our favourite foods. Everyone has a go-to food they think of when they hear the word “summer”. One of the biggest summer favourites is ice cream.
There is no argument that ice cream is synonymous with summer. It is a low maintenance treat that cools us down and is super tasty. We all like the classic flavours like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. However, ice cream is extremely versatile. The most popular forms are hard-serve and soft-serve ice cream, but there are other options. Ice cream has endless flavours, many variations and can be served in numerous ways. Here are some of the many ways you can enjoy ice cream and its many forms all summer long.
Ice-Cream Cones – The most popular way to eat ice cream is by using the cone. Did you know the cone was invented by accident? Many sources site the invention of the ice-cream cone in 1904 at a St. Louis Fair. When an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes and teamed up with waffle vendor who shaped the pastry into a cone.
Of course, now there are many different types of cones including, chocolate dip, pretzel, sugar and cake.
Frozen Yogurt – Frozen yogurt, or Fro-Yo is another favourite. It might not technically be considered ice cream but it sure is made like it. Fro-Yo is frozen yogurt, which is churned like ice cream. It is made with most of the same ingredients as ice cream but has a lower fat percentage. Like ice cream, it comes in many different types of flavours.
Sorbet – Sorbet isn’t ice cream, but it tastes just as good. Sorbets are frozen treats that contain little to no dairy. Because it is made by using frozen berries and sweetened water, it is very light in texture and flavour. Popular flavours include: strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, apricot, honeydew and melon.
Gelato – Gelato is like the European cousin of ice cream. However, it has a few differences. Gelato is made with whole milk, without using added cream. This makes the milkfat percentage much lower than traditional ice cream. Also, gelato is often made without eggs and stabilizers. While it is being churned, there is little to no air whipped into it, leaving a dense, thick texture.
Non-Dairy Ice-Cream – Fortunately, even those of us with dairy restrictions can enjoy ice cream. Non-dairy ice cream uses dairy milk alternatives such as soy, cashew or almond milk. Some non-dairy options use mashed fruits like bananas.
Floats – If you haven’t had an ice cream float you don’t know what you are missing. Floats are delicious desserts that use carbonated drinks and a scoop of ice cream which floats to the top (hence the name float).