We always run to ice cream when things are getting hot or when we need some quick comfort snack while in our pajamas. For some, a nice tub of ice cream is like that credit card we keep hidden in a block of ice; use only when needed. It is a source of guilt we keep at the back of the freezer, and probably the only thing that can bring comfort in times of heat and even darkness. But who says that the great, cold creamy treat only comes in a tub, a pint or on a cone?
If you watch Iron Chef America, the sound of the ice cream machine whirring perks up the ears of host Alton Brown; it is very much anticipated because apparently, making beef-flavored ice cream rarely reaches that dollop of pleasantness. But what if you make your ice cream using a pan that can immediately turn your own concoction of cream and flavors into ice cream?
Ice Pan’s popularity can be a mixture of factors. People may simply like watching how their ice cream is made because on the outside, it looks like the ice cream is being cooked instead of being churned and frozen. The ice cream mixture, which is your own choosing, is dumped into a very cold pan which slowly freezes the cream, and then — voila! — your own flavor ice cream.
But of course Ice Pan is not just a spectacle; in order to determine the success of the product, the product should be scrutinized first. Unlike other shops which let you choose your ice cream or frozen treat flavors, Ice Pan does not offer an ice cream base. So yes, basically they produce the ice cream from scratch.
The first thing a customer needs to do is choose from a selection of ingredients; there are the usual sweets like chocolates but you also have incredible options including fruit, red beans and even green tea. And then you choose your liquid or cream: options are whole milk, low-fat milk, skim milk or soy milk. Ice Pans ice cream masher — which is a person and not a machine — pours your choices into a blender, turn it up, and out comes your ice cream base. As your base is being made, you can let your eyes wander to the topping section where the possibilities are quite endless. Once the base is ready, the ice cream masher is then poured into that magic cold pan of wonder, and then you even at this point you can opt to add more mixture such as chopped fruit bits that you think goes well with your ice cream base. And then you wait for a minute or two until your cream mixture is now ice cream!
As you can see, it is not just about the magic that comes with the Ice Pan experience that has made this chain widely successful. The ice cream itself can be as healthy as you want as you can combine the liquid and natural flavoring base. This all-natural way of making ice cream has thereby cut down the things that have made ice cream gain a certain notoriety in the past years; Ice Pan ice cream does not have artificial flavors or preservatives, and it has lower sugar, fat and cholesterol content as compared to the regular ice cream. What’s also great is that you have a wide range of dairy and ingredients options.
With Ice Pan, there is no way you’re going to feel guilty about ordering a cup. And because this ice cream can be easily whipped up, there is no need to buy that tub of ice cream from the grocery store. Remember, there is no really good ice cream.