Real Ice Cream vs. Frozen Dessert: The cold, hard truth

When you choose Chapman’s ice cream, you know you are choosing real ice cream made with 100% Canadian milk and cream.

When it comes to ice cream, it’s buyer beware. That’s because many of the products for sale in the ice cream section of your grocery store are actually frozen desserts. Even though these products may look like ice cream, that’s where the similarity ends.
Real ice cream is made from 100% dairy – milk, and products made from milk (including cream, skim milk powder, and whey powder).

Frozen desserts are made with vegetable oils, like palm, kernel, or coconut oil.
Prior to 2005, when the government of Canada repealed the edible oils act, vegetable oils were not allowed to be used in food products to replace butterfat. And while the debate continues over which oils we should avoid in our diet, one thing is certain – edible oils don’t offer the nutritional value of 100% Canadian dairy.

We say Canadian dairy for a reason. Recent changes to NAFTA mean a certain amount of American dairy is now being imported to Canada. Why does this matter? Because unlike the Canadian dairy industry, the USA allows dairy farmers to give their cows artificial growth hormones like bovine somatotropin (bST) and antibiotics. Those are things we definitely don’t need in our milk!

Canadian dairy farmers have responded with the 100% Canadian Milk symbol – also called the Blue Cow Logo. It’s the only way Canadian consumers can know for sure they are enjoying products made with 100% Canadian dairy.

At Chapman’s, our support of Canadian dairy farmers is unwavering. We are the largest processor of butterfat in Canada, and we’re proud to manufacture products using only 100% Canadian dairy – real cream, real milk, from real Canadian cows.

So now you know the difference between ice cream and frozen desserts, how can you be sure you are serving your family the delicious, healthy goodness of real ice cream?

Read the label. If it says frozen dessert, it’s not ice cream. And that’s the cold, hard truth.