In this hot season, gelatos, snows, popsicles, scrapes, skis, ice-made fruits, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, jellies and pens are part of the greedy cravings to refresh with frozen flavours (and cheer up) since we are children.
Let’s get to know more about ice creams!
- The researcher Martín González de la Vara tells in his book La Michoacana: History of the Tocumbo paleteros that ancient civilizations in China for 5,000 years already prepared them with snow from the mountains, fruits and honey.
- The traveller Marco Polo took the recipe to Europe, as he ate them in that eastern country during his many and prolific journeys.
- The Romans were also adept at this delight. It is said that the snow for them came from the Alps. A recipe that Emperor Nero liked was lemon ice cream with ground raspberries and rose water.
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Is eating ice cream bad for your health?
This food does not make you fat if eaten in moderation, because the calories provided by these foods are only 10% of total calories required daily. For those who are diabetic there are already places where they can buy ice cream without sugar, with Stevia or reduced in fat, in the case of those who have cream or milk base.
What should be said is that the ideal is to moderate its consumption, since, like any other dessert, it provides carbohydrates to the daily diet. Another tip would be to prefer those made with natural ingredients to avoid consuming so many preservatives.
Everything in moderation: even if you love ice cream, you have to eat it once in a while
Differences between ice cream, gelato and slushies
Although we usually call them the same, each type has its differences: the ice cream is made of cream and must have a minimum of 10% fat. The gelato is made almost entirely with milk and its technique is Italian.
Slushies do not contain dairy or fat and are possible thanks to the combination of water, fruit and sugar. And the milkshakes are prepared with ice cream balls mixed with milk to achieve a sparkling milkshake smoothie.
There are also scrapes or slushies that are obtained by scraping an ice block with a spatula and syrup of natural or artificial flavours is added, as well as dairy, and even diced fruits to flavour them.
Flavours for ice cream
Each country has its local flavours, but it must be said that in Mexico we are experts in this subject: we have so many fruits, flowers, spices and preparations that the list is endless.
While chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are the most common, you also find specialties that include liquors such as rum, wine or tequila; desserts like nougat and lemon pie; spices and flowers such as lavender and cardamom.
Natural before everything
The valuable thing is that a snow or ice cream retain its natural flavour: if it is mango it should taste like mango (although it sounds obvious). They must be fresh, their texture must be consistent, if they are cream or milk, they should not leave the palate full of fat, nor be too cloying or artificial.
Regarding those that include alcohol in the recipe, there are some who have it in excess and lose the essence of a good preparation. Although they can include that ingredient, the amount must be bearable, because we must not forget that it is a dessert and not a frozen stuffed with “picket”.
Slushy or ice cream, what is the difference?
Both slushies and ice creams have a great history in Mexico. In the case of snow, it is said that they were prepared by pre-Hispanic cultures with the ice produced on the slopes of the volcanoes.
They started as scrapes to which some flavour syrup was added.
Then the technique of putting ice with salt in a wooden tub was invented, then place a metal canister and add a smoothie. The snowmobile moves the smoothie with a wooden stick so that the ice is created and it goes up the walls of the boat, until it becomes snow.
The history of ice cream is also based on mountain ice mixed with honey and fruits; in Baghdad, they gave it the name of sharbets, which means drink. It was until a French chef mixed the ice with milk and created what we know today as ice cream.
However, it is made of concentrated whipped milk, which is sweetened and frozen; It can be made of various flavours and sizes. In 1660, the first Procope café was opened in Paris, where an Italian named Procopio sold ice cream. In 1700 they arrived in the United States to become famous, in the hands of Italian immigrants.
Unlike the snows, which are almost always prepared by hand, ice creams are prepared in a machine. In 1846, Nancy Johnson invented the automatic refrigerator; marked the beginning of industrial production.
Nutrition specialists agree that any food consumed in excess is harmful. Therefore, if consumed moderately and in the right proportion, snow and ice cream can be a nutritional supplement.
The slushies only use natural fruits, in some cases milk, sugar and water; Ice creams, in addition to these ingredients, generally have vegetable fats. In fact, both are considered an important source of different vitamins, caloric energy, proteins of high biological value and minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc.).
Its caloric value depends on its components, but is generally low.
Therefore, in this hot season there is no excuse for not enjoying snow or ice cream, as there are more than 60 flavours, from the classic, to the exotic.
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