Artisanal ice cream that is just industrial garbage
Got this ice cream in the middle of the Swiss alps, I was told it is artisanal and made by the owner’s sister (Lucerne area)
MILCH, Zucker, RAHM, Dunkle Schokolade, Kakaopuiver, Dextrose, Pflanzenfett, Maltodextrine, Emulsatoren: E472a, E427b, E471, E473,
Verdickungsmittel: E410, E466, E412, E401,
Nothing illegal, but this is not artisanal ice cream for me: probably mixing powder and milk and pressing a button
Let’s analyse the content
E numbers for sweeteners
Table 4. Sweeteners (E400s and E900s)
|E427||Cassia gum||Emulsifier, stabiliser, thickener, and gelling agent|
|E472a||Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids||Emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners, and gelling agents|
|E471||Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids||Normal products of fat digestion but are prepared synthetically||Frequently added to powdered milk, packet soup, cake, crisps, potato snacks, bread, baked products, and margarine|
|E473||Sucrose esters of fatty acids||Emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners, and gelling agents|
E numbers for emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners, and gelling agents
Table 5. Emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners, and gelling agents (mainly E400s)
|E410||Locust bean gum; carob gum||Natural extract from the Carob tree seedSimilar to E407||Added to ice cream, and soupsCarob is a non-caffeine containing substitute for cocoa and chocolateUsed in beverages, confectionery, and baked products|
|E466||Carboxymethyl cellulose||Derived from cellulose with similar properties||Used in ice cream, cream products, and cheesecake mix|
|E412||Guar gum (cluster bean gum)||Naturally occurring seed gum from a tree of the pea familyUsed as a thickener and stabiliser||Added to bottled sauces, soup, ice cream, and frozen desserts|
|E401||Sodium alginate||Salt of alginic acid with similar functions (see E400)||See E400 (alginic acid)|
Why so many emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners, and gelling agents?
To put it more simply, the main benefits of emulsifiers in ice cream are:
- Improved fat emulsification in the mix
- Controlled fat agglomeration and coalescence
- Facilitated air incorporation: up to 50&, the more the better profit and volume.
- Improved dryness on extrusion
- Improved melting resistance
- Improved heat-shock stability
- Improved smoothness and creaminess
What it really is?
This has way too much ingredients, this is a kind of ice cream powder + milk or even WATER! cool down in a ice machine to get the desired consistency.
Good ice cream
An example of artisanal ice cream while still at small industrial scale: for example I love the Erhard Ice cream https://www.erhard-desserts.com/boutique/chocolat
Farm-fresh pasteurized whole MILK 54%, fresh pasteurized CREAM 15%, sugar, chocolate 10% (cocoa mass, sugar, low-fat cocoa powder), cocoa powder, skimmed MILK powder, EGG yolk from free-range hens, flax fiber.
May contain traces of shelled fruits, soy, peanuts and sesame.