Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cone or Cup?

True or False? Licking ice cream is more satisfying than eating it with a spoon.
True, according to Kay McMath, a food technologist for New Zealand's Massey University. "Flavor in ice cream is released when the fat-which carries the flavor-is warmed to at least body temperature," says McMath. When you lick ice cream it coats the tongue and fully warms the frozen treat. A spoon, on the other hand, insulates the ice cream. And then there's the psychological aspect of savoring the treat more slowly: you just cannot lick ice cream as fast as you can spoon it.
Now I know why my dad loves to eat his ice cream in a cone! For those of us who want to cut calories a bit, cone eating is get maximum taste and enjoyment with less actual ice cream...sometimes when I eat ice cream in a bowl or cup, I want a second (or even third) bowl. Not good. Too greedy. Puts on weight.
So choice is...cone!


Unknown said...

My favorite way to eat ice cream is with the teeny tiny tester spoons, that way it lasts so much longer and it seems like you are eating more than you actually are!