British Ice Cream Doesn’t Have To Contain Milk

I am in Morocco! Well, not really. I’m actually in Disney’s
version of Morocco, in EPCOT — — which is why this particular back street
has an emergency exit. And here is something you might not know,
and it’s about… ice cream. See, I’m in America. And in America, this
ice cream has to contain milk. Actual milk. Specifically, a certain percentage
of milk fat. But if I were in Britain, that’s not necessarily
the case. You see, British ice cream, unless it has
the phrase “dairy” on it, can actually be made of something called “bleached
deodorised, hydrogenated vegetable oil”. Which means that the stuff you get out of
ice cream vans and the cheap stuff you get in supermarkets might not have any milk in it at all. This, on the other hand, is American ice cream, which means I can be certain — or at least
reasonably certain — that it’s made with milk. And that’s something you might not have known. [Translating these subtitles? Add your name here!]

100 thoughts on “British Ice Cream Doesn’t Have To Contain Milk

  1. What about frozen yogurt?
    I've always had the impression that it's kind of "Imitation Ice Cream" …
    Is that because it's not actually made with milk?

  2. On the other hand, when we ('mericans) make a milk stout it has lactose but not milk, but when you make a milk stout you can't call it a milk stout because it doesn't contain milk.

    Many of our processed foods have to call themselves something tertiary to what they are like, like cheese product rather than cheese.

    Digestive biscuits can't be called digestive over here either. They don't help digestion.

  3. So I've been avoiding ice cream all these years because it contains lactose but I would have been fine? I guess they can't advertise it as lactose free if they're pretending it's ice "cream".

  4. Here in Mexico there is both kinds of ice cream…

    if you go to a convenience store, you can ask for vegetable oil ice cream or dairy ice cream, they most probably have both.

  5. Whenever there's a person in the background of the video, I tend to look at them instead of the thing I'm supposed to be focusing on

  6. Margaret Thatcher, our most polarising prime minister was on the research team that developed the process for that kind of ice cream (originally based on pork fat, I'm told, by my mother, who was working in an ice cream van at the time). I like to think of it as her legacy. Kind of like how supposedly, for a few months, you could have more meat in a sausage and still claim to be vegetarian, than the lower limit needed to claim to be "meat"

  7. And they make fun of our American cheese (which at least actually contains cheese and other dairy products)!

  8. Just realised I misspelled my own name in the German subtitles. Ah well, at least the other stuff is correct.

  9. man news is intense today! I can't figure out why, it just seems weird. gee, today is rather different

  10. Legally this is the case, however it's unlikely to contain no milk as milk is relatively cheap thanks to subsidy and surpluses.


  12. I had heard something similar about American chocolate milk – that it didn't have to contain real chocolate or actual milk.

  13. WOW that's disgusting! At least require firms to be honest and call it "non-dairy frozen dessert" or similar. Conning people into thinking it's "ice cream" is foul.

  14. Canada too. If it says "Ice creme" then it must contain dairy. If it says "Frozen Desert" u can be pretty sure it doesn't contain dairy

  15. British people appetite & taste in what good food is goes as high as a rat goes, when they fry mars bar and eat that with soaked fish in old beer and chips smell of vinegar and call it national dish! or when r memorised with uncooked rice just boiled for few minutes and added some chicken with lots of curry that u can't even taste the chicken no more but spices then wtf u expect? a bloody fine dinning?

  16. In Canada if it's not ice cream with actual cream it's called "soft serve" I don't know if that's a law but it seems to be common to not call it ice cream since soft serve is just semi-frozen sugary milk no cream. That reminds me of a a similar thing that Tom should look into and that's the margarine smuggling into Canada since margarine was banned from the late 1800s until 1950.

  17. There are actually quite a few states in the United States (unsurprisingly, many of them being ones with a dairy industry) that require ice cream to contain cream, and if the milk in it has had the cream skimmed, require that the resulting confection be called "ice milk." However, if it's a "frozen dessert," well, "son, you're on your own."

  18. In Russia you have to have a certain percentage of milk, and if you don't, you can't legally call it ice cream/quark etc. so companies instead call it "ice cream-like product" etc.

  19. He's in for a surprise because soft serve doesn't contain any milk unless they call it "Ice Cream" and then it does. The non-dairy, laxtose-free "Ice cream" or "soft serve" is artificaly sweetened and will give you diarrhea! Bon appitité"! 😀

  20. Okay, but then there is the issue of ice cream vs soft serve vs custard in the US. I have a vague idea of the difference but haven't found anything concrete.

  21. aaah I love to have me a refreshing cold glass of bleached deodorized hydrogenated vegetable oil in the morning!

  22. Tom, I was perfectly content just sitting here watching YouTube videos. Now I want ice cream. Thanks a lot!

  23. McDonald's "cones" are very carefully worded, they aren't actually allowed to call them ice cream cones

  24. I'm sure such a bleached, deodorized, sanitized, chemically altered vegetable product based dessert is legal to sell in America, you probably have to call it "frozen dessert" and not use the words "ice cream." Same reason for the word "dairy" in the UK, food packaging has to have legal standards so you can tell what the product is and what is in it based on the label. It's like the euphemistic grades of meat by the USDA, "Choice." "Prime." "Select." Which of those is the best? What do they actually mean?

  25. I moved from Italy to GB a couple years ago…was wondering what's wrong with British ice cream, thanks for clarifying.

  26. They have frozen dessert in America which doesn't have the requisite amount of milk solids in it either.

  27. Well here instead of calling it ice cream, products are called things like "frozen dairy dessert", "soft serve", or "iceDream". That usually applies to ice cream that lacks milk or has too much air in it.

  28. Margaret Thatcher with others help made a lot of money by entraining a lot of air in ice cream so you get less actual food per volume.

  29. If you're in America, be sure to read the label carefully. The label must list the contents as "ice cream". Our stores are overflowing with cheap "non-dairy frozen desserts" packaged like ice cream that I assume have the same ingredients as British non-dairy ice creams.

  30. Being from America’s dairlyland, I’m wholly disappointed that something like that even exists AT ALL in ANY country. It’s sacrilege.

  31. Another thing you might not know: Margret Thatcher (British Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990) helped invent the Mr. Wippy (a type of ice cream

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