If you’ve glanced at our kulfi bars page you’ll have noticed that amongst the luscious natural kulfi ingredients, there sits “tapioca starch” at the end of every list!
Doesn’t your heart go out to this less-alluring ingredient? It looks like the Cinderella of our kulfi story, sitting at the end, hardly noticed!
We’re going to give it pride of place today. So we’ll tell you
- why the prince chose it (no golden slippers involved) and
- why it contributes to the kulfi happy ending.
In case you haven’t heard (after all, you might be from outer space), let’s start with Cinderella.
In a faraway kingdom, beautiful Cinderella sees her world turn upside down when her beloved mother dies. Then her grieving father marries the wicked Lady Tremaine. Doomed to serve her evil stepmother forever, Cinderella doesn’t stand a chance.
But with a little bit of help, Cinderella escapes one night to a fabulous party where she meets Prince Charming. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. But Cinderella has to slip away at midnight.
The Prince has to go on a quest to find Cinderella, his one true love, and they live happily ever after.
In the same way that the Prince is instantly enchanted by Cinderella, kulfi bars NEED tapioca starch to create that love-at-first-taste effect, without which there would be no happy-ending lusciousness!
But What Exactly is Tapioca Starch?
Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root. It consists of almost pure carbs and contains very little protein, fiber, or other nutrients.
You can think of it like this: Tapioca is to the cassava root as processed flour is to wheat.
And, in fact, tapioca and flour perform very similarly; both are often used in baking desserts or as a thickening agent for sauces and gravies.
But what gives tapioca an added edge is the benefit of being gluten-free with an extremely smooth texture. This means kulfi bars are not like ice cream or gelato – which have eggs in!
This helps create that “love-at-first-taste” effect we were talking about – its starchy profile allows tapioca to become a blank canvas, ready to soak up any flavor, whether sweet, savory, or spicy. In short, kulfi and tapioca are a match made in heaven.
At Kaurina’s, We Understand the Importance of Flavor in Our Kulfi Bars
That’s why we let our tapioca starch enhance our kulfi bars with rich and creamy sensations.
Tapioca starch is a natural and accessible way of both thickening and stabilizing kulfi, which creates that classic caramelized milky base.
In addition, Kaurina’s story embraced natural ingredients from the start – thanks to our matriarch Mrs. Jas Singh’s passion, inspiration, and leadership.
And it’s down to her that Kaurina’s kulfi bar ingredients are natural.
She knew a thing or two about healthy food from her grandmother and never gave up on the dream of a delicious, guilt-free dessert for everyone to enjoy in the U.S.
In a way, these natural ingredients are the helpful sidekicks of this “Cinderella” story, bringing flavors like pure cocoa, pure Mexican vanilla, strawberries, mango pulp, cardamom spice, pistachios, and almonds to life.
In the end, thanks to the hero of our story, tapioca starch, kulfi bars prevail as a rich, creamy, and healthy frozen dessert you should take your time to savor and which will enchant you from the very first bite!
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