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How Much is inside Dreyer's Slow Churned Ice Cream? No one knows.

This super sexy-sounding ice cream purports to have 1/3rd fewer calories and 1/2 the fat of regular ice cream... how could this be? Does the slow churning burn off some oil, leaving only fresh strawberries behind?


No, of course not. The low calorie ice cream is made by using a lower fat combination of milks... Less actual fat.

But, if you've ever picked up a carton of Slow Churned ice cream, you'll notice something. The carton weighs less.

Now, it seemed a little counter-intuative, but I learned from a milk-truck driver that a milk truck full of non-fat weighs more than a milk truck full of regular.


The fat weighs less than water (making it bouyant), and if you replace that fat with water, you end up with a heavier product. Weighing the two products (in their containers), I found:

1.5 quart container of neopolitan Rich & Creamy ice cream: 845 grams.
1.5 quart container of neopolitan Slow Churned ice cream: 720 grams.

The slow churned, despite being made with heavier materials, weighed only 85% as much as regular ice cream. What could make up this difference in weight?

I had two theories. Either the regular ice cream contains depleted uranium, or the Slow Churned version contains more air. But how much air is in there? On Monday night, we decided to find out.


All ice creams are pretty solid, expecially when you try to scoop some out of a frozen block. So to find out how much of the frozen treat was actually air, we needed to melt the ice cream back into its liquid components.

I'm an ace at melting things, but in this case, using hair-dryers and tubs of warm water was overkill. We just set them outside and let the sun do its work.


Well, actually, it was night, when we started this project so we first had to let the moon do its work. Ten hours later, the volume of ice cream had hardly budged. Both containers were almost overflowing with creamy foam.

Even when I mixed them, breaking some of the bubbles, the volume didn't drop much, just an inch or so below their previous height. This wasn't very impressive. I put the containers back outside for another visit with their arch-nemesis, the sun.

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