Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

From Japanese Mochi to British clotted cream: the world's favourite ice creams

ice cream.JPG

When it comes to summer, even if the rain is drizzling and the clouds are here to stay, there’s simply no better food than ice cream. The jingle of the ice cream van incites so much joy in children and adults alike, that we simply can’t resist regressing to childhood and getting as many scoops as will fit into a cone.

But did you ever think that, perhaps, your favourite ice cream might translate completely differently elsewhere? That the Japanese or the Mexicans have a different idea of what makes the best frozen treat?

Well, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have created an infographic to reveal just that.

The infographic explores some of the most famous and favourite ice creams from around the world, from India’s Julfi to Turkey’s Dondurma and, of course, Italy’s Gelato.

Each beautifully illustrated image tells the story of the history of each recipe, and what makes them unique.

So if you’d like to know the story behind your scoop of glory, look no further.

The Germans love Spaghetti-eis - a dish that tricks you into thinking you're getting a spag bol, but is actually ice cream that has been pushed through a potato press. While the classic vanilla/strawberry combo is the most popular, you can opt for other options that resemble other pasta dishes. Ice cream Carbonara, anyone?

ice cream

In India, Kulfi is the ice cream of choice. A popular street food, Kulfi is made from milk that has been simmered for hours and is then flavoured with pistachios, saffron or cardamon. Apparently the consistency is something akin to frozen custard.

ice cream

You've only got to head to head to Itsu or Snog to see how popular frozen yoghurt has become. But, it turns out, when it was first launched (as Froghurt) in the US in the 1970s, it was a flop. Relaunching in the 1980s when the aerobics trend was in full swing, 'Fro-Yo' finally had it's time and is now wildly popular. 

ice cream

If you've ever been to Italy, chances are you've had a taste of their world-famous gelato. The creamiest ice cream you'll ever taste, Italian schoops are served at a lower temperature to prevent that dastardly brain freeze. 

ice cream

Japanese Mochi (sticky rice cakes) are a favourite here in the West - but we've only been given a slither of the wide range of foods the country offers. Case in point: mochi ice cream. Just like the normal, squishy treats you can hold in your hand, but with an ice cream centre instead of the usual bean. We've booked our flights to Japan just to get our hands on one...

ice cream

If you head down to Cornwall this summer, chances are you'll be tucking in to some oh so silky clotted cream ice cream. Afternoon tea with scones and strawberries simply isn't complete without it. The recipe is so key to our British summers, that it's even been protected. 

ice cream

In Malaysia and Singapore, Ais Kacang is the star of the show. Translating literally to 'ice beans', the dish is made of shaved ice and cooked red beans, then topped with creamed sweet corn, Durian fruit or nuts. 

ice cream

When it comes to the hot hot heat of Mexico, only an ice lolly will quench you. Made with fresh fruit, Paletas can either be juice or milk based. These treats are so ingrained in Mexican culture that there's even a statue of one in the city of Tocumbo. Now that's dedication.

ice cream

Don't be fooled, this is no sorbet, it's sorbetes. Sold by street vendors and provided in a wafer cone or bun, sorbetes is made from caracao or coconut milk. The most popular flavour is cheese (we know), and vendors often mix it with salt to slow down the melt. 

ice cream

The Turks are all about Dondurma, a chewy ice cream made from sweetened goat's milk, that must be eaten with a knife and fork. it also contains wild orchid bulbs, so it's like nothing you've ever tasted, and a real must for any Turkish visitors. 

ice cream



What a scoop: this summer's best ice cream-inspired beauty buys

Mr Fogg's gin slider safari cocktails london bar Purple Lady.jpg

All the best ways to indulge your love of gin around the UK


Pimm’s popsicles are now a thing, and summer is saved


The London restaurant where you can order your food with an emoji

baldwin street 7.PNG

Could you handle life on the world’s steepest street?

gin market mn.JPG

It’s official: there’s a pop-up gin market in Covent Garden


Dine at the UK’s best French restaurants


The 15 best places to pick your own fruit and veg in the UK


Experts reveal best breakfast to help people fighting depression


Colin the Caterpillar has been given a cute Christmas makeover

We only just got over Halloween Colin – now Santa Colin is in town

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Nutella's newest product sounds like all kinds of deliciousness

Nutella feasting can now happen any time, any place

by Megan Murray
20 Sep 2017

Cookie dough fans, your perfect store is coming to London

We HAVE to try the cookie dough clouds

by Megan Murray
19 Sep 2017

Unicorn cereal has arrived and breakfast will never be the same again

And here’s where you can buy it

by Susan Devaney
18 Sep 2017

These are our favourite gluten-free cakes, snacks and ingredients

From cakes to biscuits to beer and sausages

18 Sep 2017

Vegan Baileys will finally arrive in the UK this week

Here’s everything you need to know

by Megan Murray
18 Sep 2017

How to make your own sloe gin, in 3 easy steps

Just imagine the deliciousness...

by Magda Knight
15 Sep 2017

Aldi's wine advent calendar is the only Christmas countdown we need

It works out to be just £2 per bottle of vino - cheers to that!

by Megan Murray
15 Sep 2017

These beautiful doughnuts will completely blow your mind

Like glorious, edible works of art

by Charlotte Duck
14 Sep 2017

Aldi is releasing their biggest bottle of prosecco ever

All the bubbles

by Susan Devaney
14 Sep 2017