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What is the difference between plant-based ice cream and regular ice cream

What is the difference between Plant-Based and Regular Ice Cream?

What is the difference between Plant-Based ice cream and regular old Ice Cream? It’s an important question, right?! In a world where dietary choices are as diverse as the flavors we crave, plant-based ice cream has emerged as a delectable alternative for those seeking a treat that aligns with their values and dietary preferences.

At Frozen Fruit Co., we take pride in crafting plant-based ice cream that transcends expectations, offering a guilt-free indulgence that delights the taste buds. In this blog, we delve into the essence of plant-based ice cream, exploring what sets it apart from traditional dairy ice cream and why it has become a cherished choice for the health-conscious and environmentally aware.

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What is Plant-Based Ice Cream?

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is plant-based ice cream?

At its core, plant-based ice cream is a frozen dessert that excludes traditional dairy ingredients, such as milk and cream, and instead relies on plant-derived alternatives. Instead, the primary bases for plant-based ice cream often include coconut, almond, soy, oat, or cashew, each lending its unique characteristics to the final product.

At Frozen Fruit Co., our preference is to use coconut cream. Why? Well, we think it gives the creamiest texture. It is also the most natural alternative to dairy. An alternative that matches the flavor and nutritional profile you need to create creamy tasty ice cream. You see when making nut-based milks the nuts themselves need to be soaked and blended with water to create the “nut milk”. The result can sometimes be less creamy textures in your final ice cream and lead to many ice cream makers adding gums and thickeners to their mixtures (which we don’t like doing).

The result is that after years of working on our ice cream recipes, we can create creamy, velvety textured plant-based ice cream that rivals its dairy counterparts.

If you want to learn more about all the different styles of ice cream and how they are exactly made then check out my post – Types of Frozen Desserts. In it, I detail the differences between Ice Cream, Gelato, Sherbet, Sorbet, Frozen Yogurt, and Non-Dairy Ice Cream.

Dairy-Free Goodness without Compromise

One of the defining features of plant-based ice cream is its commitment to being dairy-free. For individuals who are lactose intolerant, have dairy allergies, or choose to follow a vegan lifestyle, plant-based ice cream is a revelation. Gone are the days when indulging in a frozen treat meant compromising on dietary preferences. Our plant-based ice cream at Frozen Fruit Co. is a testament to the fact that you can have the best of both worlds – a decadent dessert experience without the need for dairy.

Most importantly, we chose to make our ice cream plant-based because we were fed up with always feeling so awful after eating “regular ice cream”. Why couldn’t ice cream be made from natural and simple ingredients – and still taste like “ice cream”? Still feel like “ice cream”. That is what we strive to create at Frozen Fruit Co.

Nutrient-Rich Ingredients

What sets plant-based ice cream apart goes beyond its dairy-free nature. It’s a celebration of nutrient-rich ingredients that contribute to both flavor and overall well-being. Take, for example, our coconut-based ice cream – a staple in our plant-based creations. Coconut cream not only imparts a luscious creaminess but also brings with it essential nutrients, including healthy fats and electrolytes. By choosing plant-based, you’re not just satisfying your sweet tooth; you’re nourishing your body with wholesome goodness.

Reduced Environmental Impact

The choice to go plant-based extends beyond personal health; it encompasses a commitment to environmental sustainability. Traditional dairy farming has been associated with significant environmental concerns, including deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Plant-based ice cream, on the other hand, often has a lower environmental footprint. By opting for ingredients like coconut, we contribute to a more sustainable food system that values both taste and environmental stewardship.

Mindful Sweetness without Refined Sugars

At Frozen Fruit Co., we believe in mindful sweetness. Plant-based ice cream allows us to explore alternatives to refined sugars without compromising on taste. Many of our creations are sweetened with natural alternatives like organic dates or agave offering a guilt-free indulgence for those mindful of their sugar intake. The result is a dessert experience that is as sweet for your taste buds as it is for your well-being.

Allergen-Friendly Delight

For individuals with allergies or dietary restrictions, plant-based ice cream provides a welcome solution. Our commitment to allergen-friendly options means that many of our creations are free from common allergens like dairy, nuts (although some flavors do contain nuts/peanuts such as our Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor), and soy. It’s a dessert that can be enjoyed by a broader audience, fostering inclusivity and ensuring that everyone can partake in the joy of a Frozen Fruit Co. treat.

A Diversity of Flavors

Plant-based ice cream opens the door to a world of flavor possibilities that extend beyond the confines of traditional vanilla and chocolate. At Frozen Fruit Co., our plant-based offerings span a spectrum of flavors, from exotic fruit medleys to indulgent chocolate delights. The versatility of plant-based ingredients allows us to experiment with innovative combinations, creating a symphony of flavors that captivates the palate and keeps our customers coming back for more.

The Science of Creaminess

One common misconception about plant-based ice cream is that it lacks the creaminess associated with traditional dairy varieties. However, at Frozen Fruit Co., we’ve mastered the science of creaminess in our plant-based creations. The richness of our coconut cream contributes to a luxurious texture that rivals any dairy ice cream. It is all about making ice cream fresh, daily, and from a simple ingredients list that does all the work for you.

It’s a testament to our dedication to providing a premium dessert experience that leaves no room for compromise.

Joining the Plant-Based Movement

As more individuals embrace plant-based living, the demand for high-quality plant-based options continues to rise. At Frozen Fruit Co., we are proud to be at the forefront of this movement, offering a delectable range of plant-based ice cream that satisfies cravings while aligning with diverse dietary choices. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan, someone exploring dairy alternatives, or simply a flavor enthusiast, our plant-based creations invite you to join the movement toward a more sustainable, compassionate, and delicious future.

Final Thoughts

In the world of Frozen Fruit Co., plant-based ice cream is not just a dessert; it’s a celebration of mindful indulgence, environmental consciousness, and flavor innovation. As you savor each spoonful of our plant-based delights, know that you’re not just treating yourself – you’re choosing for a healthier you and a healthier planet. Join us on this journey of delightful discovery, where plant-based goodness takes center stage, and every bite is a testament to the vibrant, feel-good joy.

Big Love

Michael and Victoria

Everything you need to know about Passion Fruit

Everything You Need To Know About Passion Fruit

Ah Passion Fruit! How do we adore you. Tart, tangy and sour. It is THE tropical fruit. But, how much do we know about these little yellow (or is it purple) fruits? To mark the return of Passion Fruit to the store this February we thought we go a little further.

So, without further ado here is…everything you need to know about Passion Fruit.

Is it One Word or Two Words? 

First, the elephant in the room. Is it spelled “Passionfruit” or “Passion Fruit”?

Well, it seems like it depends.  “Webster’s New World Dictionary of American Language, spells it as two words – “passion fruit”, but defines the word as: “the fruit of a passionflower”. Speak to an Australian or New Zealander and they will quickly tell you that it is one word – “Passionfruit”. If you want to get technical you could spell it three different ways “Passion-Fruit”, “Passionfruit” or “Passion Fruit”. Personally, we tend to go with whatever is mostly commonly used locally – which in mainland USA tends to the “Passion Fruit” (two words).

If you want to get even more technical on the topic then Passion Fruit isn’t even called Passion Fruit everywhere you go. For example, visiting Hawaii then you have probably had Liliko’i (yep, that’s passion fruit). In Brazil it’s called Maracuya and in South Africa they call it Granadilla.

While we are on the topic we might as well give you all the different names for Passion Fruit in the world least you should be in desperate need for it anywhere you go:

  • mburucuyá – Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay
  • maracujá – Brazil and Portugal
  • maracuyá (yellow variety) or gulupa (purple variety) – Columbia
  • maracuyá – Bolivia,Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras and Peru
  • chinola – Dominican Republic
  • lilikoi – Hawaii
  • markisa – Indonesia
  • sweet cup – Jamaica
  • calala – Nicaragua (a sweet-tasting juice is made when the fruit is cut in half and boiled in water)
  • parcha – Puerto Rico
  • granadilla (purple variety)or granadilla (yellow variety) – South Africa
  • parchita – Venezuela

What is it?

The fruit of the Passiflora, aka Passion Flower. It is a small edible fruit which is extreme tart and tropical in taste. Its name stems from around 1700 when missionaries to Brazil used the fruit to try and educate indigenous locals to Christianity. The plants components were named after an emblem in the Passion of Jesus – hence Passionflower and Passion Fruit. The fruits themselves have hard outer casings and contain sweet, tart and juicy yellow interiors with black seeds

Passion Fruit comes in two different varieties: Purple and Yellow.

Purple: originating from South America, the purple passion fruit is rich in flavor and juicy

Yellow: originates from much more tropical regions. It is usually bigger than the purple variety and less flavorsome.

What does it taste like?

A strong sour, tropical and tart flavor.

Nutritional Information

100g Passion Fruit contain:

Energy                      97 Kcal

Carbohydrates         23.83 g

Protein                     2.20 g

Total Fat                   0.70 g

Cholesterol              0 mg

Fiber                        10.40 g

Source – USDA National Nutrition Database

What we do with Passion Fruit?

We truly believe that Passion Fruit is something heavenly to taste and enjoy. For us, it is best when it is left to show off its signature tart and tropical flavor profiles. We don’t want any creaminess messing with it, so we mix it with pineapple and sweeten it naturally with some natural fruit extracts of apple, pear and peach (this helps take off the edge off of that signature tartness). The result is something which is not creamy, but is busting with flavor – tropical, tart and refreshing.

Final Thoughts 

If you love tart things then Passion Fruit is a tart-lovers dream. If you have learnt anything from this blog we hope that it is the ability to find these amazing little fruits anywhere in the world on your travels. Even if those travel only lead you our little vegan plant based ice cream store for some Passion Fruit (two words) goodness.

Let the Passion see the Fruit.

Big Love

P.S. our Passion Fruit flavor will be at our Montana Ave store for the month of February 2020 if you wanted to try it.