Sweet, soft and icy treats from around the world on National Ice Cream Day
Israel: Halva ice cream
Halva ice cream is an Israeli variation of frozen delights. Halva is usually made of mashed sesame seeds with honey and sugar but its fantastic transformation into ice cream is making waves. It is sprinkled with chocolate chips or sauce and salted pistachios when served.
Kulfi is known as India's traditional ice-cream, prepared with the mix of condensed milk, sugar and exotic flavors. It is garnished with ground cardamom, saffron, or pistachio nuts. Kulfi is also served with faloodeh. Also one can find Kulfi in the Indian restaurants based in other countries.
Thailand & Malaysia: Rolled ice cream
Rolled ice cream is a sensational Thai frozen dessert. Even more surprising is that the entire process ? pouring the ice cream mixture, chopping, mixing add-ins (like strawberries and Oreos), and perfectly making rolls of it -- only takes about two minutes. One can find it on the streets of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines and this rolling ice cream has now become popular in the US as well.
The US: Frozen yogurt
Frozen yogurt is a low-fat alternative to ice cream. The idea of frozen yogurt was originated in the US and it is very popular in there. It is based on the model of soft serve yet low in fat with tangy taste.
Gelato is an Italian ice cream, which is more denser and milkier from usual ice creams, so that the flavors are more intense and pure.
Japan: Mochi ice cream
This frozen treat is a Japanese desert. It consists of golf-ball-sized mochi with an ice-cream filling in flavors like green tea and red bean. This popular Asian-American fusion dessert can be found in grocery stores all over the world.
Italian ice is a sweetened frozen dessert made with fruit, natural and artificial food flavouring. Egg white is included in it because of which it gets more smooth texture.
Germany's Spaghetties ice cream is drawn through pasta maker which even looks like a plate of spaghetti. This was a playful creation in 1960 for adults and children.
Turkey: Dondurma ice cream
Dondurma is a Turkish ice cream. It is a mixture of salep flour and mastic, which make it thick and chewy with an elastic texture. This allows the Turkish ice cream street vendors to have a unique approach when serving your ice cream.
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island is where Granita ice cream originated from. This icy treat is a blend of sugar, water, and various flavorings from fruit, nuts, and herbs -- like strawberry, almond, and mint. Its crystallised texture makes it best for eating with a spoon from a cup or bowl.