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Get the inside scoop on ice cream chemistry

The Science Museum of Virginia is dishing out the secrets behind the sweet frozen treat on Tuesday, April 23.

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Three scoops of ice cream side-by-side in ice cream scoopers.

In 2023, Gelati Celesti made nearly 150 different flavors, producing 10,300+ gallons of its top flavor alone.

Photo courtesy of Science Museum of Virginia / Gelati Celesti

Ever wondered how ice cream is made? Find out during Chemistry in a Cone: The Science of Ice Cream, happening on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 a.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Head to Sunrise Science — a free morning lecture series unlocking the mysteries of every day life — inside The Dome to hear Gelati Celesti Ice Cream President Steve Rosser dish out the secrets of crafting creamy and delicious ice cream. Hint: It’s more complicated than you think.

During the interactive 45-minute presentation, attendees will get the inside scoop on:

  • Complex chemical reactions that occur during production
  • The art of aeration and how it affects the churning process
  • Methods used to create exotic flavor profiles
  • Unexpected ingredients in your favorite flavors
  • Specialized equipment

Bonus: Enjoy ice cream for breakfast with a sample that will awaken your taste buds and start your morning right.

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