The 12 Best Types of Ice Cream Around the World

Ice cream may be the most universally loved dessert, but it can also come in a variety of different styles and tastes. So, in honor of National Ice Cream Month, Babbel staffers decided to take a look at the best types of ice cream around the world.

Vanilla reigns supreme as the world’s most popular ice cream flavor. But there are plenty of other flavors that have found their way onto the list, too.

1. Thai Ice Cream

With typical Thai weather in the mid 90s, it’s no surprise that people turn to ice cream when the sun starts beating down. But what’s not common knowledge is that Thais have a crazy and unique style of ice cream they call stir-fried ice cream, or “i-tim-pad”.

This is a pan ice cream that is poured onto an ice grill, fruit or different ingredients added, then scraped into rolls for serving. It’s an icy cold treat unlike anything you’ll find in the US.

2. Kulfi

Kulfi is a type of Indian ice cream. It’s made with milk that’s been boiled and cooled until thick.

It’s flavored with cardamom, rosewater and pistachio. It’s a denser version of ice cream and is served in conical molds.

It doesn’t contain air like ice cream or gelato, so it’s more dense and heavier on the tongue. It’s often topped with nuts or fruit purees.

3. Dondurma

Dondurma, which literally means “freezing,” is a traditional Turkish ice cream made with milk, sugar and a special ingredient called salep. This powder comes from the roots of wild orchids and imparts elasticity to the cream.

Vendors often wear Ottoman-era costumes and put on a show when they serve the dondurma. They playfully tease customers by rotating and taking the ice cream away from them before they can catch it.

4. Mochi

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake that is traditionally stuffed with something. It can be found in a variety of different forms, from soups to sweet treats.

However, what’s making it one of the most popular desserts around the world right now is mochi ice cream. And for good reason.

5. Gelato

Gelato, which means “ice cream” in Italian, is arguably the best type of ice cream around the world. Known for its intense flavors, soft texture, and clean taste, it’s also incredibly healthy.

Gelato is made from a custard base of milk, sugar, and cream (or no eggs) that’s churned slowly. This allows less air to be incorporated into the product, leaving it denser than ice cream.

6. Frozen Custard

Frozen custard is a frozen dessert that uses milk, cream, sugar, and egg yolks. It is similar to ice cream but has less air than ice cream and is more dense.

It is often churned at a slower pace than ice cream, which pushes out the air and allows it to develop its creamy texture. It is also lower in fat than ice cream because of the use of milk instead of heavy cream.

7. Sorbet

Sorbet is a light, refreshing frozen dessert made from fruit and sugar. It’s also dairy-free, making it a great option for anyone following a vegan diet.

Restaurants often serve sorbet as a palate cleanser during multi-course meals. This helps wake up your taste buds and allow you to fully enjoy the flavor of your dish.

8. Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy is the perfect type of ice cream to eat on a hot summer day. It has a delicious, classic taste and beautiful pink and blue color that is reminiscent of the summer carnivals you remember from your childhood.

This homemade recipe is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. It’s a budget-friendly recipe that the kids can help you make!

9. Watermelon

Watermelon is a sweet, low-calorie snack with essential nutrients that can help you stay hydrated during hot summer months. It also helps satisfy your sweet tooth!

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family is a source of potassium, vitamin C, and lycopene. These nutrients help regulate body temperature, hydrate cells, and keep organs functioning properly.

10. Rompope

Rompope is a Mexican version of eggnog made with milk, eggs, and rum or other alcohol. It’s a delicious drink that can be consumed warm or cold and is perfect for winter celebrations.

It’s a popular drink in Mexico and is traditionally enjoyed at Christmas and New Year’s. The recipe includes milk, sugar, egg yolks, cinnamon, baking soda, and rum or other alcohol.

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