Cream of the crop

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Food - Roz Crow­ley

ICE-CREAM has come a long way since the days of HB’s al­most mo­nop­oly in Ire­land. Now we are spoilt for choice. Fig­ures from Unilever show that New Zealand has the high­est per capita con­sump­tion of ice-cream, fol­lowed by USA, Aus­tralia, Fin­land, Swe­den, Canada, Den­mark and Ire­land ahead of Italy, the home of good ice­cream. Bri­tain follows Ire­land.

Ice-cream has to be put in the lux­ury treat col­umn of our weekly diet plan. Laden with fats and dif­fer­ent forms of su­gars and sub­sti­tutes, sci­ence has shown that their com­bi­na­tion can be ad­dic­tive, ap­peal­ing to the plea­sure parts of our brain and lead­ing to over-con­sump­tion. We must watch quan­ti­ties and en­joy ev­ery spoon­ful when we do in­dulge. Think about small por­tions — no more than a cou­ple of dessert­spoons.

Serve a scoop of ice­cream in a wafer cone (most su­per­mar­kets stock a few brands) for a sat­is­fy­ing crunch. Top­pings add fur­ther sweet­ness, so are best avoided.

To add vi­ta­mins and zing, serve with fresh fruit which can also be puréed with­out sugar to driz­zle over.

To­day we are in­clud­ing ice-creams cater­ing for health con­di­tions or pref­er­ences which im­pressed us enough to make the Top 8. For our sur­vey we fo­cused on vanilla ice­cream.

To avoid the ad­di­tives which keep ice­cream stable and help speedy de­frost­ing, we can, of course, make our own. There are plenty of recipes on­line. To see my favourites, fol­low me on Twit­ter @RozCrow­ley1.

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