A new study from the University of Florida suggests the popular Mexican ice creams are actually made from a mix of different ingredients, which is why they can vary in taste and texture.
Professor Eric Mink, who led the study, said the ingredients included: eggs, dairy, flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, water and spices.
The researchers used a high-powered computer to analyze each ingredient in the product and came up with a list of “common ingredients” that were used.
These included egg whites, dairy protein, sugar and salt.
“In general, the most common ingredients are found in Mexican ice-cream, and are the same as the ingredients found in other types of ice-cubes,” Professor Mink told ABC News.
While there were some exceptions, Professor Minks said the main ingredients of Mexican icecream are mostly found in eggs.
It may seem a little odd, but if you are a vegetarian, you may be able to use the ingredients in Mexican food instead of eggs, he said.
However, the researchers say it is important to eat Mexican food with all its delicious flavours, as it contains more fat than most other foods, and this could be one of the main reasons people are drawn to Mexican food.
For instance, the Mexican ice cube is often topped with cheese and may contain more than the equivalent amount of sugar.
In the study published in the Journal of Food Science, Professor Eric Mankins and his colleagues looked at two types of Mexican-style ice crecks: one with a white base and one with red base.
They found the white base had a higher proportion of fat than the red base, with more than three quarters of the fat found in the red ice-cube.
Although the researchers said they found the red and white ice-crecks to have similar flavours, the red ones had higher concentrations of sugar and added sugar to the ice cream compared to the white ice creaks.
Dr Mink said the sugar content of Mexican food can make it more palatable, which may be why so many people enjoy Mexican ice curds.
But there are some ingredients that could be different in different Mexican ice flavors.
Among them, he told ABC news: salt, eggs, milk, eggs white, flour and sugar.