questionswhen did ice cream turn into "frozen dairy…

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@kamikazeken: True... Now we're told that all the real foods are bad for you, and that we should switch to "healthy" foods. How can it be really healthy if it's not real?

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you can thank the food police. REAL ice cream, the good stuff, is being vilified, hence the switch to "frozen dairy product".

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Ben and Jerry's is about as real as you can get. It beats the he## out of "frozen dairy dessert".

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Yeah, I just noticed that not too long ago as well. All the "fun flavors" seem to be a dairy dessert instead of ice cream. And the long list of ingredients is rather scary. What happened to the days of ice cream being, milk, cream, and sugar?

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@inkycatz: Word. Nothing going on this weekend. Totally on this.

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@zuiquan: I absolutely understand. But maybe fun for the weekend! :)

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@inkycatz: I've actually got a copy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream that I really ought to use more often. Salty caramel is ridiculously good. But it's just so much easier to get a box of crap at the store. Laziness is often my downfall. :(

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@cengland0: Watch out for things that say "natural flavor" That's just a ploy to make it sound healthier. Remember, "cat pee" is technically a "natural flavor."

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@zuiquan: I think you need to upgrade your ice cream experience and make your own! :)

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@narfcake: So this stuff really is crap and I should probably stop eating it at my earliest convenience? That's going to be my takeaway.

@ohcheri: Puppies! I am easily distracted.

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@ryanwb: Not referring to natural ingredients but natural flavoring instead. I answered my own question (but cannot understand it fully) by a simple google search:

Title 21, Section 101, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:

"The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional."

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@cengland0: It's a catch all phrase basically to describe genetically modified ingredients. For example, autolyzed yeast extract is basically MSG - yet since it's derived from naturally occuring yeast, they can claim "natural ingredient"

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This reminds me of something. Whenever you see an ingredient called "Natural Flavor," is that something they added? Or, are they just saying this is they way it tastes naturally?

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You will notice this on a lot of products as the USDA cracks down. Land O Lakes turned into a "cheese product" a little while ago because they started using a ton of powdered milk.

Whatever ingredient the product contains the most of is listed first. So when you're in the market for ice cream the first ingredient should be milk (not carrageenan)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrageenan/

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For posterity:
tags: was-ice-cream-but-is-now-constantinople

Just in case the Tag Ninja starts attacking again. :-)

EDIT: Remember, it tastes better when it has a long contrived name.
American Cheese - Processed pasteurized cheese product

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There was a time they got around that by calling it "ice milk" but I don't think that particular marketing ploy worked very well. Now they just put a yummy photo and creative name on the container....it's the old "Look! A puppy!" strategy.

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USDA standards. Ice cream must be at least 10% milk fat. Less than that, it can't be called ice cream.