Remembering The Ice Cream Diet

She stopped and asked me if I wanted some ice cream. I said, I want a cone. Ohh! It was a wrong call, she was asking our son, not me. I revised my words, I want a cone too.

scoopery ice cream logo

The cold, sweet and creamy ice cream. Who am I to resist?

a hand serving ice cream

The cone filled with ice cream made me remember when I was in college working as student assistant. I often went to mall every payday. I was buying any of the following; maong pants, T-shirt, shorts, shoes and any other useful stuff for my study. My monthly salary for 100 hours work was 1,000 pesos. I could only afford one stuff per stroll.

I was trying to save every peso as much as possible. And because I was saving, the ice cream in cone was my favorite buy. I was treating myself with it during lunch. A 32 pesos buy versus over 100 pesos if I chose a full pledge restaurant instead.

I almost forgot, I was filling my tummy with home-cooked foods before going to department store.

It seems he likes it very much!

our son eating ice cream

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.

The Delicious and Affordable Dan Eric's Ice Cream

We have switched to Dan Eric’s Ice cream ever since a single and secluded outlet existed near the town plaza. It is the one and only outlet in our area. No other outlet came to existence. Anyone who want to buy need a half kilometer walk and shed sweats, ride a tricycle and pay an extra 20 pesos or burn extra car fuel.

The store sells nothing but Dan Eric’s Ice Cream. Pays no rent because the store is just in front of his own home. No competitors of its own kind. The store owner told me, the manufacturer only allows only one outlet in a specific area. Any succeeding retailer wannabe should coordinate with the first.

Birthdays, birthdays and birthdays. Our relatives always request ice cream during these occasions. The first thing in our mind was either Selecta or Nestle. They have vast number of delicious flavors and mix. However, they are also pretty expensive.

dan eric's ice cream containersReasons why we switched to…

1) It is less sweet. It is significantly less sweet based from our observation. I prefer less sweet products and dishes from the start so I prefer it too. Other flavors are more pronounced when it is less sweet. My family and relatives never liked it at first but they got used to it eventually.

2) Way cheaper. Recently, I bought a gallon of mango fiesta for 359 pesos. The Nestle and Selecta I bought several years ago cost more than 450 pesos. Not sure about the average current price since I am not interested.

3) Reusable container. The gallon, half-gallon and one liter ice cream are pack in thick durable and reusable plastic. Nestle packaging is a thin brittle plastic while Selecta’s is a lacquered metal that is prone to rusting after short to long term reuse.

What I don’t like with Dan Eric’s Ice Cream? Limited flavor selections and few outlets.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.

Nestle Zero Fat and No Added Sugar Mango Ice Cream

Craving for ice cream but dying to loose fat? Oil is one of ice cream ingredients so gaining fat from eating such is likely. The non-fat or the zero fat alternative might be right for you, like this one!

nestle zero fat ice cream

How true? The nutrition facts clearly states that it really contains no fat. As added bonus, it has no added sugar either. The 14 grams of carbohydrates might came from the flavor itself (mango and milk). Ignore the value and eat the ice cream. Do not expect the manufacturer to remove those carbs – it cost a lot.

ice cream nutrition facts

Carbohydrates are source of energy. Avoiding too much is bad. Doing daily routine might be hard if you do.

Instead of using table sugar or aspartame, the product has inulin and sucralose as sweetener. Inulin. Can be 10% as sweet as sugar. Helps increase calcium and magnesium absorption. Can replace sugar, fat or flour. Contains 25-35% less energy than carbohydrates. Sucralose. It is 600 times as sweet as sugar. Could be a healthier alternative cause health issues regarding this sweetener is rare. Popular brand is Splenda.

Time to eat.

scooping ice cream

This ice cream is awesome. I feel like eating real mangoes.

Like other foods, some ingredients are declared in their generic names. Is it hard to list the specific names of the following? 1) bulking agents, 2) stabilizer, 3) emulsifier, 4) food colors, 6) food acids, and 7) nature identical flavors.

ice cream ingredient list

The product is exclusively available at Mercury Drug for 153 pesos per 450 ml cup.

approximate downward measurement

 

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.

Taking Ice Cream as Cough Remedy

Have a cough? What will you do in case you really have? Rest is the least priority – need to work to earn some. Perhaps taking cough medicine is the first action.

Which medicine will you choose? Dahon (leaf) or the One?

The One refers to advertiser itself, the Solmux. It is being endorsed by Bossing Vic. The advantage of “The One” is fast acting cure – less waiting time. Fast acting cure is their claim.

On the other hand, dahon is none other than lagundi herbal cough medicine. This natural remedy is proven effective and recognized by the Department of Health (DOH). Some drug companies are commercializing it as syrup and capsule. Popular brands are Flemex and Ascof. They are true competitors.

Mom chose none of the above. She never take any cough syrup and any herbal medicine. She is taking a food that is not meant to be a cure. She is eating ice cream everytime she have a cough. I have not tried it but it really works for her every time.

ice cream on stick

I am looking for some explanations for this. I can’t find any on the net. Please help!

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.

Is Dirty Ice Cream Really Dirty? aka Sorbetes

A man pushing a large container is coming again. He is getting peoples’ attention by ringing his bell. Then children are rushing to side street to buy sorbetes or the so called dirty ice cream.

Sorbetes is a real hit for children. Around five pesos per apa. Add another five pesos and it will become bigger in a plastic cup.

In environmental point of view, the apa should be chosen over the plastic cup. Apa is edible while the latter become garbage after use. Not if all people are responsible enough to do recycling.

Sorbetes is under the umbrella of dirty ice cream. Others are ice buko and ice drop. Why people are calling it dirty. Is dirty ice cream really dirty?

According to my grandfather, it is indeed dirty. The sorbetes vendor walks from barrio to barrio. He still walks even if the sun is shining hot. He is sweating all over and adsorbing dust. He is peeing anywhere whenever he feels doing so – he gonna hold his ____ with bare hands and never wash hands after. Then he gonna scoop out ice cream and give it to his customer. The practice is against the law of food sanitation.

This is just a wild guest: During the invention of sorbetes. People are not aware of proper food hygiene. Sorbetes are being manufactured without the knowledge of food hygiene. Then here comes the large ice cream companies. It is obvious that small but many sorbetes producers are their competitors. The term “dirty ice cream” a form of smear campaign.

Well dirty ice cream are real dirty if a manufacturer process it in a dirty manner.

sorbetes in plastic cup

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.

The Dirty Factory of Dirty Ice Cream (Sorbetes And Ice Drop)

I love dirty ice cream when I was young and I am still buying as of date.

It is made in a double wall container. The outer wall has ice- use to harden the ice cream. The inner wall serve as container for ice cream. This is where the ingredients are mixed until they achieved the ice cream consistency.ice drop sketch

According to my ancestors, it is called dirty ice cream cause the sweats of the man mixing it is falling to product. The sweat is the secret ingredient but I don’t think it is still secret.

Eating cold food such as sorbetes and ice drop is very refreshing during hot days. It might be the reverse if you know that your favorite is coming from a dirty factory.

Arch Angel Ice Cream, 26B Masbate, Luzviminda Village, Batasan hills, Quezon City. Owned by Resty and Liza Alcantara is manufacturing sorbetes and ice drop. They already have a wide distribution channels like elementary schools.

However, A concerned citizen reported the to GMA7 Imbestigator due to following unsanitary practices:

1) Foul smelling odors, due to spoiled products.
2) Reprocessing products returned by customers.
3) Recycling spoiled raw materials.
4) Using hands as container for transferring and mixing ingredients.
5) Letting the raw materials uncovered on floors.Maybe they have no enough money to buy stainless ladle
6) As seen on camera, A group of cockroaches are aming for an attack.
7) Not just Cockroaches, a rodent was also caught running around.
8) Flooring is a rough cemented floors with soils, dirt and water.
9) Improper raw material storage.
10) No ventilation like exhaust fans.
11) Using of rusty mold and very old rusty and dirty freezer.
12) Workers are bare footed, wearing shorts, no t-shirts and bathing with sweats.

According to analysis of Chempro Analytical Services Laboratories Inc, the product failed the microbial standard and might cause food poisoning.

It was suggested for closure by Quezon city Sanitation Division. All the dangerous goods were confiscated in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 856 code on sanitation.

After few days, they were able to build a new factory, a new clean factory. They promised their customers that they will improve the product quality and cleanliness.

Those who want to start a food processing venture. Please be reminded that food is a very dangerous commodity. Unsanitary practices might convert it to a very potent poison. You may start it small, kitchen scale, but be sure to start it clean and maintain it clean.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.