All of you people are over-complicating this discussion!. JEEPERS! Open your eyes and taste buds people! - Great ice cream contains CREAM, cheap ice cream contains "milk solids". - Great ice cream contains natural flavors, cheap ice cream contains artificial flavors. Great ice cream is sweetened with sugar or honey. cheap ice cream is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. All of this discussion about overrun is a side-show. There are great ice creams that have a very high overrun (i.e. Bassetts of Philadelphia) and there are great ice creams that have LOW overrun: Haagen-Daz, has the LOWEST overrrun... and you can tell. It is SO DENSE you can an use an unopened containers as a weapon! Finally, something no one has discussed and should: The overuse of guar gum as a thickener and emulsifier. There is absolutely NO NEED for guar gum in ice cream. It is a natural fiber that is used as the exclusively thickener in all frozen diet desserts (Tasti-De-Lite) and in all diet shakes. Because guar gum is a fiber, it also acts as a powerful laxative. Want proof? Go ahead and drink a few cans of diet shake or have a few scoops of frozen diet dessert and watch what happens!
Finally, the best way to learn about ice cream is to go ahead and make some ice cream! Buy one of those 50 dollar cuisinart thingies and make some ice cream. You will very quickly discover what makes good and bad ice cream!
irksomecushion: To add to Amy's pate suggestion, the most appropriate place to purchase the southeast asian pate is in the chinatown area of your city. ALSO, its the cheapest place to pick up pate and Sriracha sauce. Count on saving up to 50% on the Sriracha sauce sauce alone! In uptown gourmet stores Sriracha sauce is in the exotic, gourmet (i.e. EXPENSIVE) section. In chinatown, it's next to the Maggi and Ketchup. Also, in asian markets, pate is almost a staple item whereas in uptown stores it's a luxury often made with goose or duck ingredients..
You mean my Food Emporium toilet paper is NOT made by Food Emporium? My Pathmark canned tomatoes are NOT grown and canned by Pathmark? I'm absolutely shocked, SHOCKED I tell you! Someone talk me off the ledge!