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Celebrating Ice Cream: Tips on Storing, Handling, and Serving

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM | Vivian Berni | Industry Trends

Although ice cream is not a Life Sciences and Healthcare product, we have a certain affinity toward this special delight. It may not be life-saving, but ice cream is certainly life-enriching.

For this reason, we at LifeConEx are celebrating National Ice Cream Month! 

Interesting fact: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2014, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 20.

Because of this special national holiday, we thought to share with you some tips on storing, handling and serving ice cream that will help everyone enjoy this favorite treat to the fullest. Remember, ice cream is a perishable product and should be treated as such to ensure product integrity. When it is exposed to fluctuating temperatures or excursions above -12°C, it becomes subject to adverse changes in body, texture and flavor characteristics. Although individual manufacturers' recipes yield ice cream of varying body, consistency and flavor, all are subject to similar changes under like conditions. 

With that in mind, here are some tips to keep ice cream in its most delectable form:

At home:

  • Never allow ice cream to repeatedly soften and refreeze. When ice cream's small ice crystals melt and refreeze, they can turn into large, unpalatable lumps. This can turn the tastiest treat into a bad taste bud experience.
  • Ice cream is best when stored between -20 and -18°C; it will be firm enough to hold its shape, but easy to dip between -14 and -12°C, the ideal serving temperature range. Store ice cream in the main part of the freezer, not in the door where it is subject to more fluctuating temperatures.
  • Don't store ice cream with other foods in the freezer that are uncovered; odors may penetrate ice cream and affect its flavor. 

In the store:

  • Make the ice cream aisle your last stop in the supermarket.
  •  If they are kept at their proper temperature, they will be thoroughly frozen and feel hard to the touch.
  • In an open top freezer case, always select ice cream and frozen dessert treats stored below the freezer line.
  • Put ice cream products in the separate basket of your grocery cart, or on top of other groceries. Insulate ice cream products for the ride home. When your groceries are packed, request a freezer bag or additional brown paper bag to insulate your ice cream.

By following these simple suggestions, you can help ensure that your ice cream will stay the way they left the manufacturer-attractive and delicious.

We asked our LifeConEx team, “What is your favorite ice cream flavor?” See what they responded:

  • Green Tea ~ Alfredo Salcedo, LifeTrack and Business Analysis Manager
  • Maracuya ~ Arlete Gago, Business Development Manager, Latin America
  • Coconut ~ Yajaira Hernandez, Sr. Design and Implementation Analyst
  • Chocolate ~ Victor Santana, Visibility Manager
  • Cookies N Cream ~ Kerry Ann Adams, Design and Implementation Manager

What’s your favorite ice cream treat? 

Vivian Berni


Vivian Berni, Senior Advisor, Optimisation

I am a science and technology explorer who is connecting the dots within the life sciences and health care sectors. Logistics and supply chain management are just some of the many variables that I consider daily. Within LifeConEx/DHL, I’m keeping tabs on industry trends while looking for ways to optimise my customers’ business. Prior to this, I was a driver of innovation who was responsible for project implementations affecting customer journey, branding and ideation. Email thoughts, tips and questions to vivian.berni@lifeconex.com or follow me on Twitter @vivianberni.

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