It’s Ice Cream Vs Soft Serve, Foodies!
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In today’s food fight, we pit two similar yet different delicacies Head to Head to see which would emerge the Victor!
Ice Cream (Hard Serve) Vs Soft Serve
Introducing our contenders:
In the Red Corner: Ice Cream
Everybody knows Ice Cream. Everyone loves Ice Cream, I’d bet.
Often called “Hard Serve”, It’s frozen, sweet and delicious as crazy.
It’s cones are edible like wafers and you want to run your tongue up and down that length to scoop up any melting Ice Cream drizzle running down your elbow.
But little is known about its Cousin, Soft Serve.
In the Blue Corner: Soft Serve
Many ask what the word “Soft Serve” means and if it’s even real Ice Cream.
Yes it’s real Ice Cream alright…but unlike regular Hard Serve, it’s a smooth semisolid ice cream that contains less milk fat than regular ice cream.
One other thing that makes it different is that it’s made in and dispensed from a special freezer made specifically for this purpose.
How bad is Soft Serve Ice Cream for you?
When compared to regular Ice Cream, it’s not quite bad for you. In fact, it’s the healthier choice.
However, according to reports, bad hygiene practices while dealing with Soft Serve can lead to severe food poisoning, especially among young children, pregnant women, the elderly and the sick.
Now let the 5 Round fight begin!
Round 1: Which is more popular?
We did a deep dive into the Google Keyword Planner tool to get to the bottom of this. I can already imagine which Dessert will emerge as the most searched for.
Here’s what we discovered:
- Ice Cream: As predicted, this keyword is searched for 1 million to 10 million times on average per month (Worldwide)
- Soft Serve: This keyword is searched for 10k to 100k times on average per month (Worldwide)
Furthermore, we used the Google Trends tool to dig deeper into the search behaviours of people searching for these two.
Our findings were again, as expected. It turns out that most Foodies aren’t familiar with the word “Soft Serve” as they are with Ice Cream:
Round 2: Why is Soft Serve not called Ice Cream?
So if Soft Serve is in fact Ice Cream, then why isn’t it called as such?
In a bid to differentiate the two, it’s necessary to call them by two different names.
Nevertheless, in the broader sense, Soft Serve is a type of Ice Cream.
It’s just a bit different because it’s made without eggs and cooled a bit warmer than regular Hard Serve Ice Cream so that it’s special machine can serve it, well…soft!
Round 3: Soft Serve vs Ice cream – Which is healthier
People would argue that the former is more healthy considering that it has way less fat content from milk unlike it’s rival.
Soft Serve is said to contain between 3 and 6 percent of fat while Hard Serve typically comes in at 10 to 18 percent fat.
Round 4: Which has less calories? Soft-Serve or Hard Ice cream?
Due to the presence of smaller fat content, Soft Serve has the lesser calories of the two.
Also, this isn’t always the case because different Chefs would make their recipe to different degrees.
A Vegan perhaps may decide to make a no-fat Ice Cream and there lies the dilemma of this question.
Round 5: Soft Serve vs Ice Cream vs Gelato
Ice Cream is otherwise known as Hard Serve because it’s thick and solid by default. You’d typically need a spoon to scoop it out.
Soft Serve, we’ve come to understand is Ice Cream without eggs and that much fat that differentiates itself by being served via a special freezer that cools it a bit warmer than regular Hard Serve.
Gelato is more or less the Italian name for Ice Cream. Unlike its two predecessors, Gelato usually tends to be thicker, milkier, and have more flavor with less fat.
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