Gelato vs. Ice Cream

What exactly makes gelato different from ice cream? I first had gelato in Italy, a pale green pistachio scoop, and couldn’t believe how powerful the flavor was. You really only need one small scoop, and a small spoon to slowly savor the sweet, cold treat. As I travelled throughout Italy, I always made one, sometimes two stops per day to cool off and try out a new flavor. Nutella, pistachio and coffee were my favorite. NPR came out with an article today describing in detail the differences between the two. Here is a summary:

Gelato:

Tastes more dense and creamy

Made with milk, cream and sugar

Uses more milk than cream

4%-9% fat

20%-30% air

Served at 7-12 degrees F

Ice Cream:

Tastes less dense and creamy

Made with milk, cream, sugar and egg yolks

Uses more cream than milk

14% – 25% fat

50% air

Served at 10-14 degrees F

iStockphoto/The Art of Making Gelato, Race Point Publishing
iStockphoto/The Art of Making Gelato, Race Point Publishing

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