Gelato geography: Take a tour of ice cream around the world

Ice Cream Around The World
Ice Cream Around The World

While ice cream is a quintessential American summer treat, the world is chock-full of different variations of it. From Croatia's Fig Gelato to Korea's Jipangyi, take a look at the world's most exceptional frozen treats:

Turkey - Dondurma

Dondurma is commonly sold from both street vendor's carts and store fronts. The frozen mixture is churned regularly with long-handled paddles to keep it workable. Street vendors often tease the customer by serving the ice cream cone on a stick, and then taking away the dondurma with the stick by rotating it around, before finally giving it to the customer.

Thailand - Ice Cream Rolls

Ice cream roll vendors in Thailand pour fresh creme with whatever filling you want onto a frozen plate. The plate quickly freezes it and the vendor works it into a roll and serves it. The possibilities are legitimately endless.

Japan - Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve

Matcha fans rejoice! Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve is available in vanilla, matcha and mixed vanilla-matcha flavors. Made with premium Japanese matcha powder imported from Kyoto Japan, the matcha soft serve has a natural delicate taste and goodness of green tea with incredibly smooth texture.

Czech Republic - Míša

Míša is a popular Czech brand of frozen confection. Míšas have been made continuously since 1961, and sell over 12 million ice pops per year, making it the most successful ice cream brand in the Czech Republic.

Indonesia - Es Campur

In Indonesia, es campur is sold from humble traveling street vendors to upscale restaurants. For Indonesian Muslims, es campur is a popular treat during Ramadan. Its ingredients consists of coconut, seaweed, milk, syrup, jackfruit, and many others.

Croatia - Fig Gelato

In case you were wondering, the difference between gelato and ice cream comes down to three factors: fat, air, and serving temperature.

Pakistan - Gola Ganda

Pakistanis refer to snow cones dripped in colored sugary syrup, and sweetened milk as "gola ganda." This treat is usually seen on the streets of Pakistan served in "Thailas" (or push carts) during summertime for kids to enjoy.

Mexico - Queso Helado

Queso helado or "frozen cheese" was made with almonds, but later on was changed to coconut or "coquitos chilenos", and because of how cheap and delicious the dessert was. Traditionally, queso helado is sold by street vendors in the form of shaved ice, but anyone can make it at home.

USA - Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry ice cream is made with strawberry or strawberry flavoring. It is made by blending in the strawberries or strawberry flavoring with the eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar. It is ranked amongst the top ice cream flavors in the U.S.

Philippines - Halo-Halo and Sorbetes

Halo-halo (meaning "mixed together") is a popular Filipino dessert composed of shaved ice and evaporated milk. After that, a variety of colorful sweet beans, jello and fruits are added. It is typically served in a tall glass or bowl. Unlike most ice creams, Sorbetes is made from coconut milk. It comes in different flavors – mango, cheese, chocolate, ube (purple yam), and strawberry.

Singapore - Ice Cream Sandwich

Also known as potong (cut) ice cream, Singapore ice cream sandwiches consists of two wafers holding together a block of ice cream. Vendors are commonly found along Orchard Road and outside schools. Common flavors include ripple, red bean, yam, sweet corn, durian, honeydew, peppermint, chocolate, and chocolate chip.

India - Mango Kulfi

Kulfi has similarities to ice cream in appearance and taste; however it is denser and creamier. It comes in various flavors including malai, rose, mango, cardamom (elaichi), saffron, and pistachio. Unlike Western ice creams, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert.

Korea - Jipangyi

Jipangyi is a traditional Korean snack that is very popular in Insadong, Korea. It is a "J' shaped corn snack that is made of corn injected with soft ice cream gelato. With the various cone shapes of Jipangyi, ice cream can be enjoyed without any spills or mess.

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