3 of America's Favorite Frozen Treats and the Dessert Supplies They NeedWhen the warm summer nights come around, there’s nothing people love more than a frozen treat. Whether it be taking the kids out after sports or just making an occasion of it with friends or loved ones, ice cream can be a great outing for everyone.

As many as 90% of households in the United States regularly consume sweet, frozen treats. But which kind do people prefer? Each kind is unique and is usually made with different dessert supplies. Here are just a few of America’s favorites:

  1. Frozen yogurt: This type of ice cream has been sweeping the country in recent years, in part due to the popularity of “make your own” yogurt parlors. These establishments will provide customers with frozen yogurt cups, with a large variety of different flavors of yogurt and toppings to add. Just by the end of 2013, there were an estimated 2,582 frozen yogurt shops in operation.

  2. Gelato: This frozen treated originated from Italy. Gelato is usually lighter than other forms of ice cream. While it is made up of about 3% to 8% milkfat, what sets it apart from other ice creams is that it also contains 25% to 30% air. Special dessert supplies are required to process gelato in order to incorporate the air into the mixture.

  3. Sorbet: Sorbet is typically much denser than other ice cream because it is made without dairy or air. It mostly consists of fruit juices and what could loosely be compared to shaved ice. Both gelato and sorbet are often served in smaller portions using small ice cream cups and spoons. Because it is not made with dairy, sorbet can be a great choice for those who are lactose intolerant.

There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to different types of ice cream. With the right dessert supplies and environment, ice cream can be the perfect treat for any occasion.