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Your Shot: It’s Time To Scream For Ice Cream

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A giant cone looms atop a sweet shop sign near Route 66 in Arizona.

What’s the proper way to eat ice cream?

In the U.S., of course, there’s a long-standing debate between the bite and lick camps. But the real answer to this timeless question may depend on where in the world you live.

In Italy, where the colorful cases at the gelateria verge on works of art, you’ll be handed a shovel-like spoon with which to enjoy your gelato, often served up in a tulip-shaped cup. In Turkey, dondurma (literally, “freezing” in Turkish) has such a chewy texture, it’s sometimes eaten with a knife and fork. And in the Philippines, you could enjoy your sweet treat on a cone—but wouldn’t you rather eat it stuffed in a bread roll?

Naturally, there are countless ways to make ice cream, too. In parts of Asia, the cold concoction is often prepared with water buffalo or coconut milk. Indian kulfi, spiked with pistachios or saffron, gets its texture not from an egg-based custard, but from milk that’s been thickened by hours of simmering. And Italy’s gelato tastes richer than American ice cream, despite its lower butterfat content, thanks in part to a slower churning process.

However you’re accustomed to eating everyone’s favorite summertime indulgence, this gallery of ice cream around the world, brought to us by contributors to the Your Shot photo community, may inspire you to seek out something a different for your next frozen treat. And remember—it’s always nice to share.

April Fehling is a digital producer for National Geographic and a founder of  the food website WeTheEaters. Follow her on Twitter @aprilfehling.