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The Scoop on Ice Cream

Most everyone loves ice cream -- but how well do you know the facts about this frosty treat? Take this quiz to find out!

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

In what part of the freezer should you store ice cream?

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The correct answer is: For best results, store ice cream in the main part of the freezer. Storing it in the freezer door will make it more likely to experience fluctuating temperatures -- and melt a bit -- every time the door opens.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

You should set your freezer at what temperature to keep ice cream from melting?

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The correct answer is: Brrr! To keep ice cream fresh and melt-free, your freezer should be set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is a serving size for ice cream?

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The correct answer is: A single serving of ice cream is 4 ounces, or a half cup.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these can you use as a healthy guideline for scooping ice cream?

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The correct answer is: Four ounces of ice cream is about the size of a tennis ball. Keep this in mind when scooping, or use a measuring scoop if you want to be precise.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sherbet contains less sugar than ice cream.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though it may have fewer calories, sherbet usually contains just as much sugar as ice cream—and sometimes more.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

If you add a topping to your ice cream but want to keep calories the same as a portion with no toppings, what size serving of ice cream should you scoop?

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The correct answer is: If you're adding an extra treat on top or having your scoop with a cookie or small slice of cake on the side, reduce the serving size to 1/4 cup. That should compensate for the calories added by most toppings, whether fresh fruit, nuts or candies.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Frozen yogurt contains as many probiotics as fresh yogurt.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The freezing process actually reduces the number of probiotics in yogurt. Fresh yogurt must contain a minimum of 100 million probiotic bacteria per gram. Frozen yogurt only has to contain 10 million bacteria per gram.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these frozen desserts is made without dairy?

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The correct answer is: Sherbet has some dairy in it, just not as much as you'll find in ice cream and gelato. Only sorbet is made with no dairy whatsoever.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How does gelato differ from ice cream?

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The correct answer is: Like ice cream, gelato is made with milk, sugar and flavorings. But unlike ice cream, it is not heavily whipped, which makes it much more dense.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which frozen treat should you choose if you're trying to lose weight?

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The correct answer is: Take your pick! A portion of sherbet usually has fewer calories than one of ice cream, which makes it seem like the healthier choice if you're watching your waistline. (Ice cream has about 200 calories in 100 grams; sherbet has about 135 in the same amount.) However, the calories in sherbet come mostly from simple sugars, while the calories in ice cream include protein and fat as well as carbohydrates. Since your body metabolizes ice cream's protein and fat into usable energy, both treats come out virtually equal.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How are slow-churned ice creams different from regular ice cream in terms of calories?

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The correct answer is: One serving of slow-churned ice cream has about 100 fewer calories than regular ice cream. That's because the slow churning process introduces more air into the mixture, while keeping it creamy.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Reduced-fat ice cream has how much less fat than full-fat ice cream?

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The correct answer is: Reduced-fat ice cream is usually made with 2 percent milk instead of whole milk. That means it has at least 25 percent less fat than the same brand's regular, full-fat ice cream. Light ice cream has at least 50 percent less fat than regular ice cream.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How many grams of fat are in a serving of low-fat ice cream?

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The correct answer is: Low-fat ice cream has 3 grams or less of fat. The difference comes from the milk: The low-fat version is made with 1 percent milk instead of whole or 2 percent milk.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Fat-free ice cream has 0 grams of fat per serving.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Fat-free ice cream does contain some fat. But it's a small amount -- usually less than a half gram per serving. Because the number is so low, manufacturers do not have to report it on the label.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these ice cream flavors is also heart-healthy?

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The correct answer is: Green tea ice cream contains real green tea, and green tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that are good for the heart. Bonus: It also contains caffeine, which boosts metabolism.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Frozen yogurt has twice the sugar of ice cream.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Frozen yogurt often has half the sugar of ice cream, and about a third of the calories.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cookie dough ice cream should be avoided because it contains raw eggs.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Store-bought cookie dough ice cream is made with a special pasteurized cookie dough, so it's safe to eat.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What's happening to your body when you experience "brain freeze"?

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The correct answer is: "Brain freeze," or an ice cream headache, is still somewhat of a mystery, but it's believed to be caused by one of two things: Either the ice cream causes air in the frontal sinuses to cool rapidly, which may trigger local pain receptors; or the ice cream causes the blood vessels in the roof and rear of the mouth to constrict and then relax after the cold rush passes, causing blood to rush into the area.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Homemade ice cream is responsible for many cases of what illness every year?

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The correct answer is: Raw or undercooked eggs in homemade ice cream cause many cases of Salmonella each year. To prevent making others ill with your cool treat, start with a cooked egg base for ice cream. This requires you to heat eggs and milk slowly until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help you keep your ice cream portions in check?

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The correct answer is: Serving up ice cream in a cereal bowl may encourage you to over-scoop. Instead, enjoy ice cream in a coffee cup, which will help you stick to a one-half cup portion.

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