I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream For “Frozen Desserts?”

Updated: August 9, 2017

So, I went to the grocery store to buy ice cream and they were out of the ice cream we like.  There are lots of name brands that are terrific and some “Generic” that are just as good.  The difference in most cases is artificial flavors.  I can tell you, for the most part 98% of the public have no idea the flavor differences between them.  Some swear they do and truly are clueless.   With that said, in the same freezers there are “imposters” everywhere.   Beware, because there is a difference.

I am a huge fan of Ice Cream and have been forever.  My kids are no different.  We go through a couple of gallons each week.  Yes I know, not very healthy.  I am trying to fatten one kid up and the other is transitioning from a Gluten diet to a gluten free diet and keeping food in her that won’t upset her digestive track is tough.

So, when I go to the store and look through the freezer and see the 5 quart container that I am used to buying is not there and next to it is a named brand in a similar container I reach  for it.  Then I see it… “Frozen Dessert.”   What an absolute sham.   For those that don’t know the difference, Ice Cream is made from Real Milk and Cream where as a frozen desserts include those but are part of a mix that It includes things like vegetable oil, coconut oil or palm oil.   I have to say, when I think of Ice Cream, the last thing I think of is Vegetable Oil.

Now if you look at the label above, you don’t see it say vegetable oils of any sorts. But if you do your research, this is what Mono and Diglycerides are defined as:

When manufactured, mono and diglycerides may use animal fats or vegetable oils (soybean, canola or rapeseed, sunflower, cottonseed, coconut or palm oil) as the starting material. An alkaline catalyst is used with high temperatures to create a blend of mono-, di-, and triglycerides, and a small amount of glycerol.

Here is an interesting definition of Frozen Desserts. (This comes from the Food and Drug admin of India)

Frozen dessert means the product obtained by freezing a pasteurized mix prepared with milk fat and/or edible vegetable oils and fat having a melting point of not more than 37.0 degree C in combination and milk protein alone or in combination/or vegetable protein products singly or in combination with the addition of nutritive sweetening agents.

So, it’s bad enough they make this crap… what is worse is how much they charge for this garbage.   As I mentioned, I am not such an ice cream snob that I have to buy natural everything.  I can sacrifice a little for price sake.  Artificial flavoring is not always awful depending on what it is.  Most companies have Vanilla down to a science, although there are some really bad ones out there.

Also, if you have a local dairy don’t blame Them for not having Ice Cream.  Most do not have the capabilities to make ice cream in mass. For instance,  We prefer United Dairy Milk in our house and that includes the Chocolate Milk.  With that said, they outsource their desserts and I can tell you they are “Frozen Desserts” so if you think you’re getting quality stuff, think twice.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible and it is no different then that stuff they used to give us in those planet killing mini styrofoam cups back in the 70’s and 80’s for school lunch.

When you go into the freezer section, There are so many high quality ice creams out there right now its just about as tough to pick as it has every been.  Obviously It is all about taste though, so taste away.   But do yourself a favor.  If your local dairy outsources their stuff and your stuck with “Frozen Dessert”, email them.  Call them, write them.   Complain!!   I promise you they don’t care, but they do listen.  They need to know that not serving real ice cream and being a dairy is about as backwards as it gets.

But if you are not the complaining type… just buy something else.   Look at the ingredients though, if you see those oils or those mystery ingredients that hide those oils they are not serving you real ice cream.  Real ice cream or custard even, has milk or eggs in the case of custard as the main ingredient and then flavorings… not oils or mono-blahblahblah.

Ice Cream is such a great treat for anyone of any age and not something that should be substituted.  There are inexpensive ice creams so you do not have to break the bank and buy Ben and Jerry’s to get the good stuff.   So, look through your freezer section, read the labels.  Take an extra few moments and make sure you get Ice Cream.   I scream, you scream, we all scream for “Ice Cream!”

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