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The Travel Experts Guide to Ice-cream

The Travel Experts Guide to Ice-cream around the world. It’s Friday, let’s keep this post light and fun.   Ice Cream is synonymous with summer and fun, the world’s favorite dessert comes in a variety of shapes and forms.  From the UK to the US, from Italy to India The Travel Experts at Luggage Factory have tasted them all. We have asked them to look at some of the most delicious and different frozen treats from around the world. United States – Frozen yogurt. It was launched under the name Frogurt on the US east coast in the 1970s with limited success. Popularity came during the health-craze in the 1980s. With a refreshing and tangy flavor, frozen yogurt typically contains less fat than other types of ice cream. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a ridiculous amount of toppings such as fruit, syrup, nuts, candy or my all-time favorite 5% yogurt 95% condensed milk. India – Kulfi often molded into conical shapes and tends to be denser than other ice creams. In India, it is a common street food and sellers often keep the treat in special pots filled with ice and salt called matka. Kulfi is traditionally made from milk that has been shimmed for hours and is typically flavored with pistachios, saffron or cardamom. It is believed to have first been made during the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century. Back then, Kulfi was only available to royals and was made of ice sourced from the mountains of the Himalayas. Paletas – Mexico and Cuba – like popsicles and made with fresh fruits, spicy ingredients, spiders and other fun novelties, but mostly fruits. There are two types of Paletas, Paletas De Agua (water and juice based filled with candy and fruits) and Paletas De Leche (made with milk or cream).  Paletas are so ingrained in Mexican culture that there is even a huge statue of Paleta greeting visitors at the entrance of the city Tocumbo.  Salty or spicy flavoring are common, which can come as surprise when trying Paletas for the first time. United Kingdom – Clotted Cream Ice Cream – Golden-Yellow colored clotted cream is a staple in a traditional British afternoon tea and the frozen version is often enjoyed with fresh strawberries. The unique pale buttercup color of clotted cream comes from the high level of carotene in the Cornish grass. Fresh clotted cream’s short shelf life makes exporting difficult and it can be hard to find this product outside the UK.  It is thought that clotted cream was introduced to the UK around 500 BC by Phoenician who traded it with the locals in return for tin. In 1998 Cornish clotted cream became classified as a protected designation of origin product which means it needs to be produced in Cornwall with milk from local cows and minimum fat content of 55%. Philippines – Sorbetes – Despite the similar name, Sorbetes is very different from sorbet. The popular ice cream is sold by street vendors and typically served in a bun or wafer cone. The cheese flavored Sorbetes is among the most popular.  To stop it from melting,  vendors mix ice with salt to lower the melting point. Sorbetes contain coconut or carabao milk and cassava flour. Germany – Spaghetti-eis– A sundae dish that resembles spaghetti with tomato sauce and cheese BUT it’s pressed vanilla ice cream to resemble the pasta, strawberry jam to look like tomato sauce and coconut flakes or white chocolate in place of parmesan cheese. The distinctive spaghetti shaped base is made by passing ice cream thru a potato press. The vanilla and straw berry flavored version is the most common, there is also white sauce version using white chocolate and condensed milk. Malaysia– Airs Kukang – A colorful desert that translates into “ice beans”. The topping vary but the main ingredient is always ice and beans. They come with Shaved ice and cooked red beans covered in bigly colored topics such as cream sweet corn, jelly syrup, seeds, nuts and milk, it is also commonly known as ABC or Air Batu Campur, Duran fruit with its notably acquaint taste is a common toping for locals. Turkey – Dondurma – Dondurma is an ice cream so chewy and thick that it is sometimes eaten with a fork and knife. In turkey, it is common to see sellers in traditional clothing perform tricks to prove how stretchy the ice cream is. Dondurma contains sweetened goat milk, flavored with the aromatic resin mastic. It also contains sale, which is a flour made from wild orchid bulbs. Italy – Gelato – Creamy, Smooth and Silky, gelato is an important part of Italian food culture. Meaning “frozen” in Italian, gelato is different from regular ice cream in terms of ingredients, service style and cleanliness. Gelato contains milk, sugar and eggs, but more eggs than milk. It has a higher serving temperature than ice cream and results in a smoother texture and less numbing of the mouth. Japan – Mochi Ice Cream – Mochi can conveniently be held in your hands as the sticky chewy doughy outside will stop the ice cream inside from melting. Contains balls of ice cream wrapped in colorful sheets of rice flour dough dusted in corn starch, Mochi means rice cake and is traditionally eaten on new years. A serving often contains a selection of three different bites of ice cream.

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