Ice cream flavors are all over the place, you will find that flavors are really up to the imagination of the producer. The classic flavors of vanilla and chocolate are the most common to find in stores but don’t be surprised to find others that stretch the taste buds beyond the normal of flavors. Ice Cream flavors such as pumpkin sound weird but really go pretty good together with the right brand. The famous marshmallow and chocolate is an acquired taste but nevertheless has a huge following.
But sometimes what really matters is how the brand adds the flavor to the ice cream. Are the ingredients artificial flavors or natural flavors? Are they fresh or are the ingredients older and cheaper?
To get a better idea of the ingredients next time you buy a quart of ice cream look at the ingredients on the container. Some will clearly indicate that there are “no artificial flavors” while other will let you know directly that there are artificial flavorings. Even if you pick up a brand that indicates “All Natural” be sure to look at that ingredient list to verify that indeed it is a natural product.
Mint is often used in cooking and in the kitchen for it’s aroma, mint is considered an herb! Many products are sold using mint flavoring or extracts, including and not limited to: Mint ice cream flavors, mint candy flavors, and often time even mint tooth past. The Mint gives the mouth a sense of “freshness” that some people would say gives a “cool” sensation. This freshness sensation of the mint helps it gain popularity in toothpastes and in mouthwashes.
“mint 1 |mint|
1 an aromatic plant native to temperate regions of the Old World, several kinds of which are used as culinary herbs. • Genus Mentha, family Labiatae (or Lamiaceae; the mint family): several species and hybrids, in particular the widely cultivated common mint or spearmint ( M. spicata) and peppermint ( M. × piperita). The mint family, the members of which have distinctive two-lobed flowers and square stems, includes numerous aromatic herbs, such as lavender, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
• the flavor of mint, esp. peppermint.
2 a peppermint candy”
Ref: Oxford American Dictionary
Picture of peppermint: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester.
But Mint flavoring is not limited to toiletry items, in fact mint is often used in cooking, baking, and in ingredients for drinks. This includes the popular drink the Mint Julep that is a southern traditional drink. One of the main ingredients in this drink aside from the bourbon is the Mint! Another very popular mint flavor food item is ice cream! Ice cream commonly uses the mint extract to infuse the flavor into the cream which give the cream a unique cool and fresh flavor…
Today’s flavor is white chocolate. White chocolate is a popular variation of the classic flavor chocolate. White chocolate flavor has been described as tasting like chocolate but with a milky and smoother flavor. The ingredients for white chocolate include sugar, cocoa butter (the fat from cocoa beans), milk solids, lecithin, sugar, and vanilla. One notable difference between chocolate and white chocolate is that white chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor or cocoa solids. Because it does not have any cocoa solids, white chocolate (unlike regular chocolate) does not have any caffeine. White chocolate should not be confused with milk chocolate. (Milk chocolate actually IS chocolate, and contains sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk, and vanilla.) Milk chocolate appears as a brown color like chocolate, while white chocolate appears as white.White chocolate is incredibly popular, and many people that do not care for regular chocolate like white chocolate as the flavor is quite different. Flavorings of white chocolate include white chocolate pepperment bark which is popular around Christmas. White chocolate fudge is a popular dessert and is described as being creamy, rich, and very sweet – you can find recipes easy online. White chocolate cheesecake is popular in the supermarkets – a very dense and decadent dessert. You’ll never find white chocolate popcorn in a movie theater, however if you find a gourmet popcorn bag, you might find this flavor. Other items which have been flavored successfully with white chocolate include white chocolate mocha (to drink), white chocolate cookies (you can add white chocolate chips to make them), white chocolate pretzels (very popular and easy to find), white chocolate syrup, white chocolate icing, white chocolate liquer, white chocolate m&ms (yes, they exist), and the list goes on and on.White chocolate – great flavor!!
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