11 Frozen Treats From Around the World
August 10, 2015
While not every kid in the world is chomping down on a Klondike bar, the love of frozen treats is universal
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The superfruit açaí is celebrated in a delicious dessert in Brazil. It’s mashed and frozen into a sorbet-like dessert that can be transformed into a refreshing smoothie or served in a bowl (the name literally means "açaí in a bowl") with more fresh fruit and granola. Now we know why supermodels are born here.
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If you find yourself in the India, Pakistan, or Nepal, you will certainly be offered a cup of kulfi. A frozen creamy custard, kulfi is a milk-based frozen dessert that is thickened with a cornstarch-water paste. It is traditionally flavored with regional ingredients like saffron, cardamom, mango, rose, and even pistachio. Contemporary versions include avocado, Nutella, orange, and apple, but purists prefer to stick to the tried-and-true for this dense and rich dessert.
Anyone who has been on vacation in Puerto Rico knows how hard the piragua cart vendors work. They push their carts over the city selling frozen sweet treats that are made to order. First, a paper cone is filled with soft shaved ice. The ice, which resembles a pyramid, is topped with your choice of flavored syrup. There are tropical flavors, naturally, like coconut, mango, and pineapple. There are also options for strawberry, cherry, grape, and more.
Semifreddo is an Italian dessert made of a thick base, like custard or gelato, that’s been lightened with egg whites to make a meringue-like dessert, which is served frozen. It is usually enhanced with regional specialties like pistachios or amaretti. It is easy to slice and serve, and has dense flavors but a light, irresistible texture.