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Difference between Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert

These days, many of the products in the ice cream aisle at any given grocery store are ‘frozen desserts’ that are often made with edible oil products and do not contain the nutrients naturally found in milk. Consumers must read the nutrition facts on the label to know better. After all, if it does not say ice cream on the package, it is not ice cream.

What really is the difference between ice creams and frozen desserts? Isn’t ice cream frozen dessert after all? Well, ice cream is made of milk and milk products, while in frozen desserts milk and milk products are replaced by vegetable oils/fats and protein, partially or fully. (If vegetable fat is added, its melting point should not be more than 37 degrees Centigrade.)

Every package of frozen dessert should bear this detail on the label: ‘Frozen dessert contains milk fat*/edible vegetable oil*/ vegetable fat*’. (*Strike out whatever is not applicable.) Yet, how many of us consumers know about this small but significant detail? 

What is Ice Cream?

Ice  cream,  kulfi, chocolate  ice cream or softy  ice cream means the product  obtained by freezing a pasteurised mix prepared from milk and/or other products derived from milk with or without the addition of nutritive sweetening agents, fruit and fruit products, eggs and egg products, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, condiments, spices, ginger and nuts. It may also contain bakery products such as cake or cookies as a separate layer or coating. The said product may be frozen hard or frozen to a soft consistency; it shall have a pleasant taste and be free from off-flavour and rancidity.

What is Frozen Dessert?

Frozen dessert/frozen confection means the product obtained by freezing a pasteurised mix prepared with milk fat and/or edible vegetable oils and fat having a melting point of not more than 37 degrees Centigrade, and milk protein alone or in combination/or vegetable protein products singly or in combination with the addition of nutritive sweetening agents, fruit and fruit products, eggs and egg products, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, condiments, spices, ginger and nuts. The said product may also contain bakery products such as cake or cookies as a separate layer or coating, and it may be frozen hard or frozen to a soft consistency. It shall have a pleasant taste and be free from off-flavour and rancidity.

Divya Patwal

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