Happy National Ice Cream Day! Situated squarely in the hottest part of summer, Ice Cream Day is a day to celebrate the icy and decadent dessert that helps us all to beat the heat. But, before you run to your freezer or to your local ice cream shop for a good ol’ scoop of chocolate or vanilla, check out our list below of ice cream treats from around the world that might just have you reaching for something new to try.
1. Mochi Ice Cream
Those looking for a twist on the traditional ice cream dish need look no further than Japan’s traditional favorite, Mochi ice cream. The sweet morsel is made with a cakey exterior of pounded sticky rice and filled with ice cream, which makes for a perfect, small bite that you can carry in your hands without any messy residue.
2. Halva Ice Cream
Halva ice cream is the Israeli spin on the traditional American ice cream. The tasty dish is comprised of sesame Halva, a dense confection made with tahini paste, eggs, cream, and sugar. Toppings include either a date-based syrup or whole pistachios, which make for a dessert that is rich and sweet.
Though some might not classify faloodeh as ice cream, this icy treat certainly packs a punch all its own. This Iranian desert combines thin vermicelli noodles with a semi-frozen syrup made up of rose water and sugar. Add a squeeze of lime juice and a few crushed pistachios, and you have a dessert that is as unique as it is refreshing.
4. Coconut Ice Cream
Traditional American ice cream flavors are popular in Thailand, but no flavor comes close to being as beloved and sought out as their traditional coconut ice cream. Prepared with condensed milk, coconut milk, and sugar, the dessert is light and refreshing. Plus, it’s often served in the shell of the used coconut!
At first glance, the uninformed ice cream eater might not be able to distinguish the Turkish Dondurma from its traditional American ice cream counterpart, but upon tasting, the differences become pretty obvious. Though the flavoring is similar, the texture of Dondurma is much thicker and melts at a much slower rate than its sloppy American cousin. The secret to keep Dondurma from melting quickly is salep, a flour made from the crushed roots of the purple orchid.
Also known as Eskimo ice cream, Akutaq is a favorite dish amongst Alaskans. The high-caloric dessert combines whipped fat with berries (usually cranberries and blueberries), sugar, milk, and, occasionally, fish. Recipes are flexible, though, and vary from village to village and from kitchen to kitchen
Regarded as the most popular frozen treat in India, Kulfi combines the sweetness and appearance of American ice cream with a denser and creamier finish. Favorite flavors include mango, rose, saffron, cardamom, and pistachio. The dessert is not whipped and is served in solid form which makes it resistant to melting—a perfect way to beat the Indian heat!