The inside scoop
There may be locust bean gum in your ice cream. Enjoy.
Ever wondered what goes into ice cream? Some brands are basic: milk, cream, sugar, and natural vanilla flavor (Breyers Vanilla, for instance). Others have a lick more:
Sweeteners: Most manufacturers use corn-based sweeteners to lengthen shelf life and improve firmness.
Milk products: Besides whole milk and cream, other milk products are also used, such as nonfat dry milk.
Emulsifiers and stabilizers: Emulsifiers, which enhance smoothness, include egg yolks, mono- and diglycerides, polysorbate 80, and lecithin. Stabilizers prevent ice crystals from forming during fluctuating temperatures. Common stabilizers are locust bean gum, guar gum, and carrageenan.
Flavorings: Cocoa, natural vanilla, strawberries, etc.
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