Ice cream (derived from previous ice creams or ice cream) is a frozen sweetened food that is commonly eaten as an appetizer or dessert. It can be made from milk or dairy cream and is flavoring with a sweetener, sugar or an alternative, and any seasoning, such as cocoa or vanilla. The gives are commonly added in addition to stabilizers. The mixture is stirred to incorporate the air spaces and cooled below the freezing point of the water to prevent detectable ice crystals from forming. The result is a soft, semi-solid foam that sounds at very low temperatures (below 2 oC or 35 oF). It becomes more malleable as your temperature increases.
The meaning of the name “Ice Cream” varies from country to country. Terms such as “Frozen Cream”, “Frozen Yogurt”, “Sorbet”, “Gelato” and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles. In some countries, such as the United States, “Ice Cream” applies only to a specific variety, and most governments regulate the commercial use of the various terms according to the relative quantities of the main ingredients, namely the amount of Cream. Products that don’t meet the criteria called ice cream are occasionally labeled “Frozen Dessert” instead. In other countries, such as Italy and Argentina, a word is used for all variants. Analogs made from milk alternatives, such as goat or sheep’s milk, or milk substitutes (e.g. soy, bone, coconut almond milk or tofu), are available to those who are lactose intolerant, allergic to milk protein or Vegan.
Ice cream can be served on plates, eaten with a spoon, or licking edible cones. Ice cream can be served with other desserts like apple pie or as an ingredient in ice cream floats, ice cream, smoothies, ice cream cakes and even baked items like baked Alaska.