Yes this ice cream is fake, but let’s dispel a myth right now – most food-styled food is real. So why is the ice cream fake? Well this scoop (shortening, corn syrup and icing sugar) was used for a tv segment and with all the hot lights it would have melted. The airtime kept changing and the freezer on set was not handy. It saves me lots of worry too. It looks so perfect even close up it’s hard to tell.