John B. writes:
On some of your ice cream boxes it says “Philadelphia Style Ice Cream.” What is “Philadelphia Style” and what are the other “styles?”
Good question, John. Philadelphia is an influential city in ice cream history, so it’s no surprise that they have a “style” of ice cream named after them.
Traditionally, Philadelphia style ice creams are milk and cream-based mixtures which contain no eggs. This means the ice cream is less rich, but it has a more intense flavor. The style is also known for using pure, natural ingredients and some Philadelphia Style ice cream mixtures are also cooked before they are frozen. Of course, all of this is in contrast to “French Style” ice cream which uses eggs and is sometimes also referred to as a custard.
The popular Philadelphia Style vanilla version is known for having real specks of vanilla bean distributed throughout the ice cream. Even though vanilla is the style’s most common variety, Turkey Hill actually makes an entire line of flavors under our All Natural Recipe line which are made in the traditional Philadelphia style.
Thanks for your question!
RELATED SIDENOTE: It’s said that Thomas Jefferson himself was such a fan of vanilla ice cream, that while living in Philadelphia in 1791 he became alarmed at the city’s lack of vanilla flavoring. In response, he wrote to an American envoy of troops in France and asked them to ship vanilla beans back to the city so that he could continue to indulge in his favorite treat.