For Better Flavor, Lick Your Ice Cream

Does ice cream taste better licked from a cone or eaten with a spoon?

Ice_cream_coneAn expert in food technology at Massey University in New Zealand recently weighed in on this critical issue: "Flavor in ice cream is only released when the fat content – which carries the flavor – is warmed in the mouth to at least body temperature," said Kay McMath. "During licking, the tongue is coated with a thin layer of ice-cream which is more quickly warmed and the flavor is detected by the large surface area of the taste buds present on the tongue."

In comparison, a spoon provides some insulation to keep the sample colder when the ice cream enters the mouth. Once inside, the tongue pushes the ice cream to the roof of the mouth to melt before swallowing. This results in a smaller surface area on the tongue involved in warming the ice cream and releasing flavor.

No word yet on how biting into an ice cream cone, our preferred method, affects flavor



I heard about this concept recently...licking ice cream produces a better I had to try it out! I agree. Having the ice cream warmed by your mouth does give the ice cream more of a full flavor - so if you're spooning the ice cream - you can just hold it in your mouth a little longer!!


Thanks for the nice read, keep up the interesting posts…..


Very interesting way to look at eating ice cream. It makes sense though that it would work that way because the ice cream will be sitting on your taste buds instead of you just eating with a spoon and swallowing it right away.


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