A Quick Guide to Our Favorite Summer Treats

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In times of need like battling the summer heat, a cold treat won’t let you down. Smoothies are great and all, but nothing beats the classic ice cream cone.

Meanwhile, people are also loving other ice cream-like products such as gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, et cetera. I say “ice cream-like” because they’re not all the same except for the fact that they’re frozen and sweet.

Let’s backtrack a bit and talk about how our favorite cold treats are really made. We even threw in the best places where you can enjoy these.

Ice Cream

Ice cream is made from eggs, milk, and cream. The ingredients are mixed and cooked together to make a custard, which is then churned at a fairly high speed once cooled. This will incorporate air into the mixture, making it light and fluffy. The Kitchn also notes that ice cream is fatty and rich because of the egg yolks.

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Enjoy it: Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream. Located at G/F North Tower, The Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City.

Gelato

Unlike ice cream, gelato is smoother and much lighter. Serious Eats explains that although it has the same ingredients, it uses more milk than cream and less egg yolks which reduces the fat content. The mixture is also churned at a slower speed during the freezing process so less air would be incorporated. This process gives gelato its dense appearance.

Enjoy it: Carte D’or Gelato in Pistachio and Salted Caramel. Available at select supermarkets and convenience stores starting May 23.

Sorbet

This is simply made with sugar and fruit—that’s it. Sorbet is usually eaten as a palate cleanser during multi-course meals because of the strong and refreshing fruit taste.

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Enjoy it: Rambla Passion Fruit Sorbet with Yogurt Foam. Located at G/F Joya Tower, 28 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

Frozen Yogurt

Taste-wise, you can easily tell if it’s ice cream or frozen yogurt. While the creation process is the same, this dessert is (obviously) made solely from yogurt. The best part is that it has less calories and provides you with probiotics. However, Shape also warns that some joints make the frozen yogurt’s temperature too high, which affects the probiotics’ effectivity.

Enjoy it: Llaollao Sanum. Available at Glorietta 1 and SM Megamall.

Sherbet

Don’t confuse this one with sorbet. Sherbet is made with fruit and water, and made creamier with milk or buttermilk. According to People, this treat ideally contains less than two percent of fat.

Photo courtesy of Rachelle's Sherbet and Ice Cream's Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Rachelle’s Sherbet and Ice Cream’s Facebook page.

Enjoy it: Rachelle’s Sherbet in Buko Lychee. For orders and inquiries, email at rachellessherbeticecream@gmail.com.

Soft Serve

You might’ve tried to swirl a soft serve in Family Mart at one point in your life. This is basically a fluffier version of ice cream made with less milkfat (around three to six percent) and incorporates more air for that soft texture.

Enjoy it: Le Petit Soufflé Salted Egg Caramel Parfait. Available at Century City Mall.

 

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