Recipe Inspiration: Adding a Scoop of Indulgence to Ice Cream

June 2024

From classic nostalgic favorites to innovative clean-label creations, the ice cream industry is serving up something delicious for all consumers. In fact, 98% of global consumers purchased ice cream in 2023. With the various flavors, innovative toppings, and dietary inclusions, there is always a flavor to suit everyone. 

As more consumers gravitate towards clean-label ice cream, natural and authentic ingredients have become an expectation. With a growing focus on health and wellness, ice cream product developers are continually challenged to introduce novel flavors and products while also meeting consumer demand for a clean label. 

Leading brands continue to experiment with innovative inclusions and toppings to help meet consumer demand for more creative and better-for-you dessert options. Freeze-dried fruits are ideal ingredients for delivering natural flavors, vibrant colors, authentic textures, and functional benefits to ice cream and frozen treats – all with a clean label. 

Curious how these ingredients could fit into an existing recipe, or looking for some NPD inspiration? Check out these tips for creating premium, elevated desserts. 



1. Deliver new sensory experiences through melt-in-the-mouth inclusions 

Freeze-dried fruits add texture, crunch, and flavor to indulgent desserts. When ice cream melts slowly in the mouth, the addition of tasty freeze-dried fruit adds the crunch and flavor consumer’s desire. Freeze-dried fruit pairs well with sweet toppings, like chocolate morsels, for a rich and indulgent ice cream. 


2. Layer freeze-dried fruit for added texture and visual appeal 

Freeze-dried fruit can be incorporated directly into ice cream, or used as a decoration for milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, cheesecakes, and more. Layer seasonal fruits for a taste of indulgence to limited edition or seasonal dessert products.  

3. Use freeze-dried fruits to color, flavor and decorate 

Replace artificial flavors and colors in ice cream with natural freeze-dried fruit powders and toppings. Experiment with distinctive flavors like blackberry or blackcurrant, or create a rainbow effect using a trio of colors and flavors, such as mango, strawberry, and kiwi. The natural sweetness and flavor of our freeze-dried fruit powders can replace artificial flavorings and high sugar components. Some fruits also act as natural, clean label stabilizers in ice cream. 

Whether you are working on something new or reformulating to meet the latest trends, our R&D team can work with you to develop a high-quality, innovative product. Learn more about all of our freeze-dried and baked ingredient offerings, or contact us today at 




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