Top Three Ice-Cream Trends: Summer 2019
Food start-ups, supermarkets and restaurants are taking ice-cream innovation to unprecedented heights – from lab-grown, cow-free concoctions to meat-filled desserts. This development chimes with dairy innovations explored in The Post-Vegan Opportunity, demonstrating how this category is flexing its creative muscle.
- Hold the Cow: Californian agritech start-up Perfect Day has crafted ice cream made from lab-grown whey and casein protein. It's made by taking cow's milk DNA and adding it to a micro-organism like yeast to create protein via fermentation. Unlike many plant-based options, the resulting ice cream boasts the same creamy texture, rich taste and nutritional make-up of traditional dairy.
The limited-run, lactose-free frozen treat is available through Perfect Day's website in Vanilla Blackberry Toffee, Milky Chocolate and Vanilla Salted Fudge flavours. It retails at $20 per pot.
- Meat Lover's Mash-Up: As reported in Ice Cream's Chameleonic Update, savoury ice creams appeal to food-savvy consumers seeking unusual edible experiences. This summer has seen a wave of meat-based ice-cream creations.
US fast-casual chain Longhorn Steakhouse has launched a sundae-style dessert combining creamy vanilla ice cream with chunks of juicy steak, bourbon caramel sauce and savoury barbecue seasoning. Applying a similar approach, UK pub chain Fuller's celebrated National Ice-Cream Day with a pop-up ice-cream bar serving buffalo milk ice cream topped with crispy fried chicken, fries and hot sauce.
- Frozen & Pet-Friendly: Australian ice-cream brand Gelatissimo has created a vegan peanut butter gelato safe for both pets and owners. It's produced without milk or sugar – both of which can disrupt a dog's digestive system.
Meanwhile, to celebrate National Ice-Cream Month in July, US pet supplies chain PetSmart handed out free dog-friendly sundaes to pooches in-store containing no milk, sugar or chocolate.
Read Global Pet Expo 2019 for more pet food innovations.