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Difference Between Ice Cream and Custard


Ice cream is a sweetened frozen food that is normally taken as a dessert or snack. It is usually made from cream or milk and often combined with other ingredients like fruits and flavors. On the other hand, custard is based on a cooked mixture of egg yolk and cream or milk. Although ice cream and custard have a lot of things in common, here some differences between the two:

  • While ice cream does not often contain egg, custard contains at least 1.4% egg yolk.
  • Ice cream is made out of milk or cream and sugar using a traditional ice cream maker. Custard is mostly made of sugar and can also be savory.
  • Most ice cream comes in flavors like nuts, fruit, chocolate, and vanilla while custard comes in chocolate, savory or fruit flavor.
  • Ice cream has more calories (207 for 100 grams of vanilla ice cream) than custard (122 for 100 grams of custard)
  • The main ingredient used in making ice cream are cream or milk, additives, and sugar while main the ingredient used in making custard are cream or milk, sugar, and egg yolks.
  • Ice cream contains more saturated fat (depending on the type of milk) than custard. A standard custard contains 2 grams of saturated fat.
  • Ice cream is produced using a traditional ice cream maker or a soft-serve ice cream maker while custard can be made using a soft-serve ice cream maker or a double boiler.
  • Ice cream is served in 10°F while custard is served in 18°F
  • Ice cream is a good source of calcium because it contains about 13% to 15% of recommended daily calcium intake. Custard is also a good source of calcium because it contains 140mg of calcium
  • Ice cream contains about 3 grams of protein while custard contains 4 grams of protein because of the egg present in it.
  • Ice cream contains 11 grams of fat per cup while custard contains 4 grams of fat per cup.
  • A standard ice cream is dense and creamy when made with a traditional ice cream maker but smooth and fluffy when made with a soft-serve ice cream maker. On the other hand, custard ranges from a thin pouring sauce (crème anglaise) to a thick pastry cream (crème patissière).
  • Unlike ice cream, custard can be used for a variety of desserts as the filler or main ingredient.
  • Ice cream can be served in stands and can be packaged while custard is mostly served at custard stands and in restaurants

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