FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – We all scream for ice cream, but how much do you know about everyone's favorite frozen treat?
Kowalski's Culinary Director, Rachael Perron, joined us at the KARE Barn with an ice cream quiz to see just how much you know. She also shared her favorite Kowalski's cookie pairings for creating DIY ice cream sandwiches.
KOWALSKI'S ICE CREAM QUIZ (answers are at the bottom of the page)
1. What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?
a. Ice cream is made with a higher proportion of cream to milk.
b. True gelato must be made in Italy.
c. Ice cream contains less air than gelato.
d. Gelato does not contain cream.
2. What is the difference between sorbet and sherbet?
a. Sorbet is made with real fruit.
b. Sherbet typically contains dairy.
c. Sherbet has less sugar.
d. Sorbet is all natural.
3. It's best to let ice cream sit out at room temperature (a process called tempering) before eating it. What is considered the ideal temperature for enjoying ice cream?
4. What is the most popular flavor of ice cream in 2014?
c. Salted Caramel
d. Mint Chip
5. Aside from the U.S., who consumes the most ice cream?
a. New Zealand
6. Rocky Road ice cream was named after what historical event?
a. World War I
b. Korean War
c. Stock market crash of 1929
d. California Gold Rush
7. Who proclaimed July National Ice Cream Month in the U.S.?
a. Ronald Reagan
b. Richard Nixon
c. Barbara Bush
d. Jimmy Carter
8. Which rock band had an ice cream named after it?
a. The Ramones
b. Van Halen
9. Where was Häagen-Dazs invented?
a. United States
#1 ANSWER: a. gelato contains a lower ratio of cream to milk. Additionally it is usually denser and is served slightly warmer than ice cream.
#2 ANSWER: b. Sherbet contains dairy.
#3 ANSWER: b. 6-10°. It takes about 10 minutes for a full pint left at room temperature to reach this ideal serving temperature. Not only does it soften the ice cream, it allows the flavors to bloom and be more appreciable on the palate.
#4 ANSWER: a. Vanilla still accounts for about 30% of total ice cream sales. Chocolate is second.
#5 ANSWER: a. New Zealand consumes the most, followed closely by Australia and Denmark.
#6 ANSWER: c. This chocolate ice cream with almonds and marshmallows was created after the 1929 crash "to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression." Interestingly, the creators of the flavor, William Dryer and Joseph Edy, used walnuts instead of almonds.
#7 ANSWER: a. He loved jellybeans and apparently, ice cream. Ronald Regan proclaimed the day in 1984.
#8 ANSWER: d. Baskin Robbins created Beatle Nut in 1964. It was a pistachio ice cream with a chocolate ribbon and walnuts.
#9 ANSWER: a. The über-popular brand with the Danish-sounding name was created by Reuben and Rose Mattus in Bronx, New York.