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Real Ice Cream is made from milk

Beware of frozen desserts!

Ice cream is made from milk, which is a source of nutrients like calcium and vitamin A. But in freezer aisles across Canada, “frozen desserts” are masquerading as ice cream, fooling unsuspecting customers every day.

Look for the 100% Canadian Milk symbol, and the words Ice Cream on the label, to make sure you indulge in the real thing!

  • Get creative with Ice Cream!

    • Cold fruit soups are refreshing on warm summer days. For an extra treat, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    • Add nutritious fruit to your ice cream. Let vanilla ice cream soften slightly and fold in: rhubarb sauce, strawberry sauce, mango sauce, raspberry sauce, etc., then freeze until firm.

    • For easy serving when entertaining, pre-scoop ice cream: place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for about 2 hours or until firm. For longer storage, transfer to an airtight container until you’re ready to serve.

    • Get creative with your presentation for ice cream: use a frozen peach half, hollowed orange half, papaya half, coconut half or cream puff. For a crowd, use a hollowed pineapple half or large meringue shell.

    • Serve ice cream with Mexican flair – butter a small flour tortilla and sprinkle it with cinnamon, mold over the bottom of a bowl and toast it in the oven until crisp. Let it cool then fill it with ice cream.

    • Make a quick Praline Ice Cream Sundae: Toast chopped pecans in a skillet until fragrant and stir in corn syrup and brown sugar. Spoon over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

    • Create your own Iced Café Latte at home: Combine coffee- or vanilla-flavoured ice cream, cold strong-brewed coffee and ice cubes in a blender and blend until slushy.

    • This variation on Macaroon balls makes a terrific accompaniment to a slice of cake. Simply roll small scoops of ice cream in toasted shredded coconut and freeze on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet until ready to serve.

    • Need a smashing dessert fast? Fill store-bought crepes with chocolate ice cream, drizzle with Kahlua or chocolate sauce and dust with icing sugar

    • Applesauce Parfaits can be an ‘any day’ dessert: Layer vanilla ice cream with applesauce, chopped toasted pecans or walnuts and top with whipped cream scented with cinnamon

    • For a comforting treat, top vanilla ice cream with apples sautéed in butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans.

    • Quick Tortoni Delight makes a fabulous dessert: For each serving, combine 1 scoop of softened rum-raisin ice cream with 1 small coconut macaroon cookie, crumbled, and fold in 2 tbsp (30 mL) whipped cream. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans and sprinkle with walnut crumbs. Freeze until firm.

    • Short-cut eggnog for the festive season: combine high-quality French vanilla ice cream, milk or light cream, rum extract or rum and refrigerate until ice cream is melted. Whisk or whiz in a blender, pour into chilled glasses and garnish with a pinch of grated nutmeg

    • Classic ice cream sodas get a new twist: Combine fruit juice and sparkling water (or use sparkling fruit juice) and add a scoop of ice cream. Serve in a chilled tall glass with a straw, of course.

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