Articles by Bruce Tharp
September 14, 2013
Stabilizers limit the mobility of water in the unfrozen
aqueous portion and control the growth of ice crystals.Read More
Do you formulate with whole algalin flour or use the water control index to evaluate the potential for ice crystal formation? These are two new ingredients and tools to use in formulating and manufacturing ice cream and frozen desserts.
May 11, 2013
The history of frozen desserts is marked by many significant scientific and technical innovations and advancements that make the products we produce more appealing, more convenient, nutritionally more efficacious and less costly.Read More
Tharp & Young On Ice Cream
There is more than one route to reducing calories in frozen desserts. The choice of dairy ingredients, sweeteners and processing techniques all play a role.
April 13, 2013
For years, processors have reduced the fat and total sugars in a wide variety of frozen dessert formats with varying degrees of technical, nutritional, sensory and economic success.Read More
Handle with care. A properly formulated mix has the right mouth feel, tastes great and delivers the nutrient content consumers seek.
February 16, 2013
Greek-style frozen yogurt is a product that emulates the properties associated with the success of cultured Greek yogurt. Those properties involve primarily protein and acidity (tartness) levels higher than those of conventional yogurt.Read More
Processors can introduce these healthy bacteria into frozen desserts by using syrups, sauces and inclusions.
May 14, 2012
In our February column we discussed the importance of digestive health as the basis of all good nutrition and the role ice cream products could play in terms of providing probiotic (consumption of “live and active beneficial” bacteria) and/or probiotic friendly (that is, prebiotic) mix ingredients. We reviewed delivery of probiotics via active culturing and/or cold inoculation.Read More
Now is a good time to take a new look at low-viscosity polysaccharides such as gum acacia to stabilize ice cream.
April 12, 2012
Virtually all frozen desserts have a need for stabilization. Stabilizers extend the shelf life of products subjected to heat shock during distribution, sale and home storage. This functionality is related to the limitation of water mobility, which, unchecked, can negatively affect the growth of ice and other crystals in the product.Read More
February 16, 2012
Digestive health is the basis of all good nutrition. Many foods promote digestive health through the consumption of live and active bacteria (that is, “pro-biotics”) in conjunction with pro-biotic-friendly (meaning “pre-biotic”) ingredients. This allows for secondary beneficial effects related to blood sugar control, reduced serum lipids, increases in intestinal microflora and other healthful benefits.Read More
September 9, 2011
What considerations are necessary when formulating “better-for-you” frozen desserts? In many respects, the answers are much the same as for formulating standard ice creams verses general dietary guidelines. These includeRead More
May 1, 2011
What needs to be considered when coloring ice cream? Color is almost always added to frozen desserts to enhance the visual appeal of the finished product.Read More
April 27, 2011
Sherbet, water ices and sorbets can very well be forgotten or misunderstood.Read More