When summer rolls around and the heat really sets in, many people in the United States (particularly those who are living in traditionally warmer climates) get a craving for ice cream. Even if ice cream isn’t your favorite, options like a frozen yogurt cup or a gelato cup have become plentiful. But no matter what the frozen treat of your choosing it, there’s no denying that frozen treats like a gelato cup or an ice cream cone have become widely and wildly popular in all parts of the United States, especially during the summer. in fact, more ice cream is produced and sold during the month of June than in any other part of the year.
Ice cream is still the most popular frozen dessert in the United States, loved for its creaminess and for its sweetness and for the wide variety of flavors that are now offered – though vanilla still reigns supreme as the most popular ice cream flavor for nearly thirty percent of all Americans. Ice cream can be enjoyed in an ice cream parlor, at a more expansive restaurant, or even in the typical home. Bringing home ice cream from the grocery store of corner store is far from uncommon, as nearly one hundred percent (ninety percent, to be exact) of all households enjoy some type of frozen treat at least once a week – and the average person living in the United States will eat ice cream a total of twenty eight times over the course of just one year. Ice cream can be enjoyed in a cup or a cone, with an ice cream spoon or simply by licking it (as is the popular form of consumption when in a cone). No matter how you enjoy your ice cream, you are among many peers.
But ice cream is not the only popular type of frozen treat in the United States. The gelato cup has risen in popularity as well. A gelato cup – or cone – is very similar to an ice cream cone. However, the contents of a gelato cup are likely to be denser and even richer in composition and flavor than ice cream. This is because ice cream has a much higher air content after the churning process. After ice cream is churned, it is more than half air. Gelato, on the other hand, is much more dense and will often contain as little as twenty five percent air – and no more than thirty percent air. The milk fat content of gelato is also higher than in ice cream. The typical gelato cup has as much as eight percent milk fat and no less than three percent.
If you’re looking for a healthier option though, it is likely that you will want to steer away from a gelato cup or even an ice cream cone. For those watching their weight but still craving a sweet frozen treat, frozen yogurt cups can fill the hole left by ice cream and gelato. Frozen yogurt shops have risen in popularity in the last few years. In the United States alone there are now more than two thousand and five hundred frozen yogurt places in total, and this number is likely to grow even more in the next few coming years. Frozen yogurt flavors are often just as versatile as ice cream or gelato flavors, and many frozen yogurts shops allow customers to pick and put on their own toppings at a toppings bar. Frozen yogurt is the perfect light treat – all of the taste but considerably less of the fat.
No matter what your preferred frozen treat is, a gelato cup or a bowl of frozen yogurt, you are not alone in your love for it. The summer months of the United States often lead people to indulge more than they usually would in such confections, as it satiates a sweet tooth and helps to beat the heat at the same time. From a gelato cup to a cone of ice cream, your options for frozen desserts in the United States are nearly limitless.