Gelato vs Ice Cream

Gelato is the favorite frozen dessert in Italy as ice cream is here in America.  My pap would always talk about the gelato stands around the town near his childhood home in Italy.  He claims it was one of his favorite things about living there.  I was always interested in whether gelato is the same as ice cream.  As it turns out there are three main differences that set the two apart.  Gelato is made with a greater proportion of whole milk making it about five to seven percent fat where as ice cream has a minimum of ten percent. Gelato is also more dense than ice cream.  It is denser because it is churned at a slower speed than ice cream.  This results in less air being whipped in, making the mixture denser.  Gelato is also served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream so it is not completely frozen.  Gelato also has a more intense flavor because there is less fat.  It does not coat the mouth in the same way, making the flavor richer.  It sounds to me like gelato is the better way to go.  It’s healthier and it taste better!  I’ll take that any day. 


One thought on “Gelato vs Ice Cream

  1. judithgarcia says:

    Buona sera Melissa,
    Grazie mille per il tuo blog. Yes, they are definitely different! Gelato is wonderful and I truly recommend it to you. As you rightly said, it is creamier and richer in flavor. Whenever I go to Spain, I visit one of the many “gelato shops” we have over there, ;0

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