Ice cream or iced cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products such as milk and cream and is often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavors. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavors and colorings are used in addition to (or in replacement of) the natural ingredients. This mixture is stirred slowly while cooling to prevent large ice crystals from forming; the result is a smoothly textured ice cream.
The meaning of the term ice cream varies from one country to another. Terms like frozen yogurt, sorbet ,gelato, and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles. In some countries, like the US, the term ice cream applies only to a specific variety, and their governments regulate the commercial use of all these terms based on quantities of ingredients. In others, like Italy and Argentina, one word is used for all the variants. Alternatives made from soy milk, rice milk, and goat milk are available for those who are lactose intolerant or have an allergy to dairy protein, or in the case of soy milk for those who want to avoid animal products.
How to Make an Ice Cream Cone
Learn how to make a basic ice cream cone.
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, or as needed
- Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until frothy.
- Whisk in the butter, milk and vanilla. Gradually whisk in the flour until smooth. The batter should be thin; you can stir in more milk if needed.
- Heat a small skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush the pan with oil.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and tun to spread out the butter into a thin circle.
- When the underside is golden brown, flip over and cook until golden on the other side.
- Remove from the pan and form until a cone while its hot, squeezing the end to seal.
- Place on a wire rack to cool and harden completely. Repeat with the remaining batter. Now you have made your own homemade ice cream cone! Buy some ice cream to put in it, and you're done.