Posts Tagged ‘Ice Cream’

You Scream, I scream

May 11, 2011

Spring for me doesn’t just mean warmer weather and days spent enjoying the outdoors.  It also means ice cream.  This is going to sound crazy, but there’s something about sunny days that makes me want ice cream.  Doesn’t matter the flavor or whether it’s hard or soft serve, full fat or low-fat, I just desire a big bowl of it everyday.   Yes, folks, ice cream is my Achilles heel.

Sure I could buy the low-fat or sugar-free kind and eat a 1/2 cup serving each day, but the problem is, if there’s a container of it in my freezer, I rarely ever can stop after one scoop.  It draws me back one spoonful at a time and before I know it, it’s all gone.  And this cycle happens every time I buy it.  I try to convince myself that “This time I make it last,” but it never does.  And there’s no way I’m quitting it, so here’s the solution I’ve come up with that seems to work.

Instead of buying a pint or half-gallon, I buy single serving products.  I find I can more easily turn down a second or third serving if things are packaged separately.  Must be some kind of weird mental thing, but it works.  It also doesn’t hurt that those single servings cost more and so I’m more inclined to make them last.

You know what?  I think it’s time for some ice cream!  Right now I’m loving the Starbucks Ice Cream Bars…mmmmmm!

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Snack Wars: Battle Ice Cream

May 12, 2010

The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means…it’s time for ice cream!  In this week’s frozen confection face-off we pit the old-time favorite against it’s higher class cousin, gelato.  Get out those spoons–it’s time to battle!

Round One: Calories

For consistency’s sake we’re comparing chocolate ice cream and chocolate gelato.  (The superior flavor, if you ask me).  The average half-cup serving of gelato has about 220 calories.  Full fat ice cream (like the Haagen Daz kind) will set you back 270 calories.  So gelato is the “better” choice if you’re crunching those calorie numbers.

Round Two: Fat

We often hear that gelato is better for us cause it has less fat.  And guess what, it does.  A half cup of chocolate gelator contains 8 grams of fat.  Compare that to the whopping 18 grams in the regular ice cream.  The reason?  Gelato contains less cream than ice cream and more milk.

Round Three: Taste

Gelato wins this round, hands down.  The flavors are more intense than ice cream and its consistency is denser.  (That’s because it’s mixed at a slower speed resulting in less air in the final product.) 

Winner:

Gelato.  Although I have to tell yah, if there’s no gelato around, you better not stand between me and the chocolate peanut butter ice cream!