Synonymous with summer and sun, the world’s favorite dessert comes in variety of shapes and forms. From the UK to the US, from Italy to India, we have looks at some of the most delicious and different frozen treats around the world.

FROZEN YOGURT (UNITED STATE)

WHAT?

With a refreshing and tangy flavor, frozen yogurt typically contains less fat than other types of ice cream. It can be enjoyed on its own or with toppings such as fruit, syrups, nuts or candy bites.

HISTORY

It was launched under the name Frogurt on the US east coast in the 1970s with limited success.

Popularity comes during the health craze in the 1980s.

INGREDIENTS

It gets its unique flavor from yogurt culture and also contains milk and sugar.

DID YOU KNOW?

It also commonly goes under the name froyo.

It is not always the healthiest ice cream choice as it often contains chemical additives and high amounts of sugar to complement the low fat content.

KULFI (INDIA)

WHAT?

Often molded into conical shapes and tends to be denser than other ice creams.

In India, it is a common street food and sellers often keep the treat in special post filled with ice and salt called matka.

HISTORY

It is believed to have first been made during the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century.

Back then, kulfi was only available to royals and was made of ice sourced from the mountains of the Himalayas.

INGREDIENTS

Traditionally made from milk that has been simmered for hours and typically flavored with pistachios, saffron or cardamom.

DID YOU KNOW?

The name derivers from the Persian term qulfi, meaning “a covered cup”  As it is not churned like most other ice creams.

It contains less air and has a consistency similar to frozen custard.

GELATO (ITALY)

WHAT?

Creamy smooth and silky gelato is an important part of Italian food culture.

Meaning “frozen” in Italian, gelato is different from regular ice cream ice cream in teams of ingredients, serving style and creaminess.

INGREDIENTS

Milk and sugar it typically contains more milk and less cream and eggs (if any) Compared with regular ice cream.

HISTORY

Gelato was born when milk was added to frozen sorbet-like desserts.

The origins of gelato are uncertain but one name that almost always pops up as one of the first makers is Florence-born Bernardo Buontalentl whose creations date back to 16th century.

DID YOU KNOW?

It’s higher serving temperature results in a smother texture and less numbing of the mouth, allowing for a fuller experience of this flavors. Gelato has a lower fat content than regular ice cream.

MOCHI ICE CREAM (JAPAN)

WHAT?

Mochi can conveniently be held in your hands as the sticky, chewy dough outside will stop the ice cream inside from melting.

INGREDIENTS

Balls of ice cream wrappers in colorful sheets rice flour dough dusted in corn starch.

HISTORY

Mochi, the traditional sticky rice cake has a long log history, but the concept of mochi ice cream is a fairly new phenomenon and first developed by the company Lottie in the 1980s.

DID YOU KNOW?

Mochi means “rice cake” and is traditionally eaten at “New Year’s”. A serving often contains a selection office creams in different flavors as each is typically eaten in a bite or two.

PALETAS (MEXICO)

WHAT?

Similar to the popsicle and mead with fresh fruit. There are two types: paletas de aguss (water and juice based) and paletas de leche/de cream (milk or cream based).

INGREDIENTS

Fresh fruit or vegetables sugar and water or milk.

HISTORY

The first frozen Mexican treats were made with snow collected from the top of local volcanoes.

During the Spanish colonial government, the Mexican ice trade was monopolized. It was not until independent in 1821 that paletas become available to the masses.

DID YOU KNOW?

Paletas are so ingrained in Mexican culture that there is even a statue of a huge paleta greeting visitor at the entrance of the city Tocumbo. Salty or spicy flavorings are common, which can come as a surprise when trying paletas for the first time.

CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM (UNITED KINGDOM)

WHAT?

Golden-Yellow colored clotted cream is a staple in a traditional British afternoon tea and the frozen version is often enjoyed with fresh strawberries.

INGREDIENTS

Clotted cream mixed with egg, sugar and milk.

HISTORY

It is thought that clotted cream was introduced to the UK around 500 BC by Phoenicians who traded it with the locals in return for tin.

In 1998, Cornish clotted cream became classified as a protected designation of origin (PDO) product, which means it needs to be produced in Cornwall with milk from local cows and a minimum fat content of 55%

DID YOU KNOW?

The unique, pale buttercup color of clotted cream comes from the high levels of carotene in the Cornish grass.

AIS KACANG (MALAYSIA - SINGAPORE)

WHAT?

A colorful dessert that translates to “Ice beans”, the toppings vary but the main ingredients always remain the same: Ice and beans.

INGREDIENTS

Shaved Ice and cooked red beans covered in brightly colored topping such as creamed sweet corn, jelly syrup, seeds, nuts and milk.

HISTORY

The early version of Ais Kaccang was created on 1950s in the shape of ice balls. In the early days, ice blocks were shaved by hand, but nowadays the ice tends to be shaved using a machine.

DID YOU KNOW?

It is also commonly known as ABC (Air Batu Campur, meaning “mixed ice”) or Ice Kacang. Durian fruit, with its notoriously acquired taste, is a common topping for locals.

SPAGHETTI-EIS (GERMANY)

WHAT?

A sundae dish that resembles spaghetti with tomato sauce and cheese.

INGREDIENTS

Pressed vanilla ice cream to resemble the past strawberry jam to look like tomato sauce and coconut flakes or white chocolate in place of Parmesan cheese.

HISTORY

Created in the German city of Mannheim in 1969 when Dario Fontanella wanted to create an ice cream dish that represented his Italian heritage.

Before the dish became famous, it caused a number of children to city when they thought they were given spaghetti for dessert.

DID YOU KNOW?

The distinctive, spaghetti-shaped base is made by passing ice cream through a potato press.

The vanilla and strawberry flavored version the most common, but the dish also comes in a range of flavors resembling other pasta dishes.