By Mary Kennedy
It's delectable, it's tantalizing and it's seriously addictive! Summer seems to be the perfect time to indulge in our favorite frozen treat. An occasional treat is okay (in fact, I think it's GOOD for us to splurge once in a while), but here are some facts you should know.
Whether you like your ice cream in a dish or a cone, size matters. Did you know that a standard serving of ice cream is one-half cup. Yes, a measly half cup. Think about it. When have you had just half a cup of ice cream? That's the size of a tennis ball.
Is ice cream fattening? Well, yes, but everything in moderation, right. It's hard to give a calorie count for ice cream without knowing what kind of ice cream you're talking about. Most premium ice creams use 14% milk fat. The higher the fat content, the higher the calories.
Haagen-Dazs can contain as much as 250 calories per half cup serving. And if you add sauces and sprinkles, the number can go ever higher.
There are also "reduced fat" and "sugar free" ice creams available. Some are pretty good! You might want to give them a try, and add fresh berries or fruit instead of high calorie sauces.
If you feel you absolutely must indulge in a high calorie dish like a banana split, think about sharing it with a friend. And make sure it's not a regular occurrence. The calorie count could soar to over 1000 calories.
Frozen yogurt is lower in fat an weighs between 100 and 120 calories for a half cup serving. You might try this in a sugar cone and find it satisfying. (waffle cones are good but they pack a lot of calories.)
One strategy is to eat your delicious treat slowly, take tiny bites and savor each one!
What's your favorite kind of ice cream? When I was a kid, I loved Neapolitan.
Now I'm a big fan of ice cream pie with a chocolate-Rice Krispie crust.
It's incredibly easy, just melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, add a chunk of butter and then stir in Rice Krispies until it holds together. Place in a pie pan sprayed with Pam and freeze for an hour or so. Then remove from the freezer, fill with your favorite ice cream (mint chocolate chip is really good! And so is Chunky Monkey) and freeze again. Your guests will love it. Hopefully there won't be any leftovers, because it is so tempting to have a piece as a midnight snack.
Another favorite "adult" ice cream treat is coffee ice cream, topped with a little fudge sauce, some Kahlua and toasted almonds. Delish!
Be sure to enjoy some ice cream this summer--Fall is almost here!