Need to cool off? Taste the world with our list of popular ice cream treats from around the globe. Due to the growing popularity of some of these treats, you may already find some of them in a restaurant or café near you. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the countries you need to visit as ice cream lovers.
1. Malaysia- Cendol
This sweet, icy, popular dessert is made with coconut milk, palm sugar syrup, crushed ice, and rice noodles. The noodles get their green colour from a food colouring made from the leaves of the pandan, a common plant in the country. In Malaysia, sweetened red beans are sometimes added to the cendol. Cendol is usually served in a bowl, while in Indonesia and Thailand, it is served in a large glass. Whatever the container, it’s a great way to escape the summer heat for a while.
2. Philippines- Halo-halo
Halo-halo is one of the most iconic desserts in the Philippines. It is made of crushed ice, condensed milk and a variety of other ingredients, including sweet beans, macapuno coconut, seaweed gelatin, tapioca balls, ube jam (purple potato jam), sliced fruit, mashed rice and a scoop of ice cream. Halo-halo, which means “mix-mix” in Tagalog, is so tasty that it now appears on menus in cities around the world, from London to Toronto.
3. Italy- semifreddo
Yes, you can enjoy other delicious frozen treats in Italy, such as gelato or granita. But nothing beats a semifreddo on a hot day. This creamy yet light dessert is made by gently mixing egg yolks, sugar and cream until a frosty mousse texture is achieved. Chilled until it sets, the dessert is served semi-cold: this is the origin of its name. It is available in various flavours. We recommend chocolate, nut, fruit or nougat.
4. India- Kulfi
This traditional dairy-based ice cream delicacy dates back to the 16th century in India. It is now popular all over the world: you can probably find it near you, no matter where you live. Kulfi is even denser and creamier than North American or European ice cream (which means it melts more slowly). With classic flavours like mango, saffron, cardamom, rose, and pistachio, the hardest part of all is choosing the first one you try.
5. Mexico- Raspado
Opt for this crushed ice drink to cool you down when the temperature rises. Taking its name from the Spanish word “raspar,” which means “to scrape”, raspado can be sweet, spicy and sometimes a bit of both. Raspado is available in shops and street stalls throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States. Try one of the traditional flavours, such as leche (sweet milk and cinnamon), tamarind, pistachio, picosito (lemon and chilli) or chamoyada (a fruit, usually mango, with a chilli sauce called chamoy). The best part? You can make your own raspado at home with just a few ingredients.
6. Germany- Spaghettieis
Created in the 1960s by Dario Fontanella, this fancy dessert really does look like a small bowl of spaghetti. To achieve this effect, vanilla ice cream is pressed into a device that gives it the appearance of spaghetti noodles. It is then layered with whipped cream and topped with strawberry sauce (to imitate tomato sauce) and grated almonds, coconut or white chocolate (to imitate Parmesan cheese).
7. Thailand- I-Tim-Pad
An ice cream roll? That’s right! Also known as ice cream stir fry, the I-Tim-Pad was first popularised as street food. It has since become a major ice cream trend around the world. Made by pouring an ice cream base and your choice of flavours onto a frozen plate, the mixture quickly freezes into a thin layer which is then scraped into rolls served vertically in a bowl. An Instagram-worthy dish and, most importantly, delicious.
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