There are tons of different types of frozen desserts and ice cream. Do you know what they all are, and what makes them special? Check out this quick list for basic definitions of each of the frozen desserts.
Expanded definitions are available for many of these items. Click through the links to read more about the history and making of the desserts, and to find some great examples of recipes for each one.
Frozen Custard – Frozen custard is a type of ice cream that uses eggs or egg yolks to give it a richer and creamier texture.
Gelato – Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert that is similar to ice cream, but it has a lower fat content and less air churned into than ice cream. This gives it a rich, dense texture.
Granita – Granitas are a shaved ice frozen dessert. They have the consistency of coarse sand and are easy to make. Lemon and coffee are both popular flavors.
Ice Cream – Ice cream is one of the most basic frozen desserts. It is made with milk, cream, sugar, and flavorings that are churned to freeze the mixture and incorporate air.
Ice Cream Bombe – An ice cream bombe is made of three or more layers of ice cream or sorbet, molded into a dome shape. The bombe is sliced like a pie to serve, so that you can see all the different layers.
Ice Pops – Most people know ice pops because of their experience with Popsicles® as a child. These treats are typically made with fruit juice that is frozen onto a stick. You can also purchase reusable plastic ice pop molds, so you can make great treats on a regular basis.
Molded Desserts – Molded desserts are frozen desserts that use a pan or mold to shape them into a particular form. Many molded desserts are common treats, like ice cream cakes and pies.
Semifreddo – Semifreddo means “half-frozen” and is a frozen dessert that you can make without any special equipment.
It uses a custard base mixed with whipped cream to create a mousse that is frozen and sliced.
Sherbet – Sherbet is similar to sorbet, but it has an element of dairy to give it a creamier finished texture. It is made with fruit juice, sugar, and either milk or cream as the basic ingredients.
Sorbet – Sorbet is a fruit-based frozen dessert. It is typically made with fruit juice or puree, water and sugar that are churned like ice cream.