How Are Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Different?

October 12, 2016

ice-cream-frozen-yogurtIf you are craving a cold dessert, you have many options. Two of the most popular are ice cream and frozen yogurt. You may be wondering what is the difference between them. Here are some details.

What Is in Ice Cream?

The USDA defines ice cream as a product that contains 10 to 18 percent milkfat and 12 to 16 percent sweeteners by weight. Air is blended into ice cream in a process called overrun that increases its volume. The higher the overrun, the lighter and fluffier the ice cream.

Types of Ice Cream

Ice cream can fall into several categories depending on its ingredients. Regular ice cream contains at least 10 percent milkfat. Reduced fat ice cream has at least 25 percent less total fat than a referenced product. Light ice cream has at least 50 percent less total fat or 33 percent fewer calories than a referenced product. Lowfat ice cream contains no more than 3 grams of total fat per serving. Nonfat ice cream has less than 0.5 grams of total fat per serving.

Premium ice cream has low overrun, a higher fat content, and better quality ingredients than regular ice cream. Superpremium ice cream has very low overrun, higher fat content, and the best ingredients.

What Makes Frozen Yogurt Different?

Frozen yogurt is made with yogurt instead of most of the cream that is used in ice cream. Frozen yogurt consists of only 0.5 to 6 percent milkfat. Sugar or sweeteners make up 15 to 17 percent of the weight. Some frozen yogurt tastes like soft-serve ice cream, and some has a sweet and tangy taste.

Come to Praline’s for Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

If you are craving something cold and delicious, come to your local Praline’s. We serve tasty ice cream and frozen yogurt in dozens of flavors. We can make you a sundae or cone in your choice of flavors with toppings such chocolate or caramel sauce, fruit, candy, and nuts. Bring your kids to your local Praline’s for dessert or a special treat while you are out running errands or spending a fun day together.

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