VEGAN ICE CREAM
Malt Products Corporation (MPC) sees growing demand for its all-natural sweeteners in the burgeoning vegan ice cream market. Finding the right sweetener for vegan ice cream has two main challenges. First, not all sweeteners are vegan certified. Another issue involves the market segment. Consumers seeking vegan food options largely intersect with those demanding all-natural, pantry-friendly ingredients. This proclivity often eliminates from consideration high-fructose corn syrups and other prominent sweeteners, even if they could technically be considered vegan. Once those factors are addressed, texture become another significant consideration. Here, all-natural sweeteners like MPC’s TapRite tapioca extract and RiceRite brown rice-based sweeteners offer a lower dextrose equivalent (DE). This provides bulking and controls ice crystal growth—bringing a creamy consis- tency to vegan ice cream that may otherwise be difficult to realize. Meanwhile, sweeteners such as MPC’s OatRite oat extract, as well as certain vegan-certified items in its CaneRite sugar cane molasses portfolio, help provide appropriate taste to popular flavors such as Mocha, Crème Brulee and Cookies & Cream.