Frozen Yogurt Vs. Ice Cream: What’s The Difference?

Here in America, we love our frozen treats. According to research, the U.S. leads the world in ice cream consumption, with the average person enjoying 26 liters of ice cream every year. Pop into any popsicle store or the best establishment for frozen yogurt Aventura Mall has to offer and you’ll probably see lines down the block. But although any frozen dessert has to be good, they aren’t all interchangeable. What exactly is the difference between the types of ice cream Aventura has to provide and the frozen yogurts you can find throughout Miami?

How do ice cream and frozen yogurt differ?

When you sample the types of frozen yogurt Aventura Mall shoppers love or get a cone of dulce de leche ice cream from your favorite shop, you might not be inclined to analyze the subtle differences between these two types of frozen desserts. Although they’re made using the same basic process, there are a few distinctions between them. They are…

  • The Ingredients: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration actually requires ice cream to contain at least 10% milk fat. In most cases, cream will be added in order to meet this requirement. Most ice creams contain a blend of dairy products (including cream and/or milk), sweeteners, and other flavors. In addition, ice cream must weigh at least 4.5 pounds per gallon. Fro-yo, on the other hand, has no minimum fat percentage requirement. That’s because, unlike the term ‘ice cream,’ the term ‘frozen yogurt’ isn’t regulated by the FDA and therefore doesn’t have those same kinds of federal standards. In most cases, frozen yogurt contains cultured milk (read: yogurt) instead of cream, along with sweeteners and other flavorings. There may also be more air churned into some frozen yogurts, since fro-yo has no weight requirement like ice cream does.
  • The Nutritional Value: When you compare regular frozen yogurt and regular ice cream, the frozen yogurt tends to be lower in fat with fewer calories. Therefore, it’s no surprise that frozen yogurt was once considered to be a bit of a health food. Nowadays, this isn’t always the case when you compare low-fat ice cream with frozen yogurt. Some fro-yos may contain higher calorie counts. However, it’s important to consider all of the ingredients when making a decision. Whether you’re getting a dish at the best place for frozen yogurt Aventura Mall can provide or you’re purchasing ice cream at the grocery store, you’ll want to learn a bit more about the quality of what goes into this product before determining which is ‘healthier.’ Ultimately, both do have nutritional value, especially when they’re made with all-natural ingredients.
  • The Taste: We tend to think of the best desserts in Miami as providing sweetness and coming in a variety of flavors. And that’s certainly true of both fro-yo and ice cream. One unique difference may be the tang that frozen yogurt provides. Because of the ingredients in frozen yogurt, this treat tends to take on a slightly sour flavor. This flavor may be mitigated by the other ingredients included in the recipe. For some people, the sour taste may be a real selling point. But if you’re strictly an ice cream fan, it can be off-putting in some cases.

The differences between these treats might be obvious only to a frozen dessert aficionado. For most people, either option will be a delicious one. 


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