The Key Ingredient To Great Ice Cream

November 17th, 2015

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! But have you ever wondered what makes this delicious dessert icy yet creamy? The answer may not sound too appealing, but in reality ice cream wouldn’t really be ice cream without it. The key ingredient is butterfat.

What is butterfat?


Great question. Butterfat is one of the most important ingredients that distinguish good ice creams from bad ice creams. It is composed of a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. To put it simply, butterfat is the fatty portion of milk, or in this case the fatty portion of ice cream. Different dairy products, such as creams and milks, have different contents of butterfat produced. Cream makes butterfat content higher in ice cream as opposed to milk, but there are many different recipes that incorporate milk as well. For example, when making a sherbet or a sorbet, low butterfat is necessary to create the appropriate texture and flavor. The same goes for ice cream. Depending on the type of ice cream you want to make, butterfat content varies.

How Much Is In A Butterfat Serving?

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Today we are all worried about calories, gluten, sugar, fat intake, and many other factors that play a role in our overall health and nutrition. Therefor we are under the assumption that less fat is better. This could not be more false for ice cream! Butterfat is a key ingredient to making really, really good ice cream. It may not be the healthiest option, but ice cream isn’t meant to be. Ice cream is a dessert that should be enjoyed in moderation. So in this case, FAT is GOOD! However, there is still a fine line in the amount of butterfat that is used.

Not enough butterfat can result in unsatisfying ice cream. The texture won’t be as creamy and smooth. It will actually result in little pieces and flakes of ice making the ice cream truly icy. But don’t go dumping in too much butterfat at the same time. Unless you like your ice cream greasy and sticky with a lard-like texture, too much is too bad. It is important to use the right amount of butterfat content to make a rich, creamy, delicious ice cream

Mitchell’s Premium Ice Cream

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Calling our ice cream premium is an understatement. All of our ice cream is homemade and contains 18% butterfat. This is how we create our delicious ice cream that is rich in flavor, creamy in texture, and fulfilling in consumption. Mitchell’s was created on high quality products as opposed to high quantity. Since 1931, we have made sure to use only the finest and freshest ingredients possible for our loyal followers. We use just the right amount of butterfat to make our ice cream super premium.

So if you are looking for homemade deliciously rich, creamy flavored high quality ice cream, Mitchell’s Premium Ice Cream and Candies is the place for you. For more information you can stop by our location at 18211 Dixie Highway, Homewood IL, or call us at 708-799-3835. We hope to hear from you soon!

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