Italian Food: Gelato

Gelato is Italian ice cream, made with a base of milk, cream, and sugar, and flavored with fruit and nut purees and other flavourings.

Five interesting facts about gelato:

  • While ice cream is made with cream and must have at least a 10% fat content, gelato is made with mostly milk, so it’s lower (about 4-8%) in fat.
  • It has 20 to 30 percent air, while ice cream can contain 50 percent or more air churned into it.
  • It is served 10 to 15 degrees warmer than ice cream.
  • It is creamier, smoother and silkier, as well as denser and more elastic and fluid, than ice cream.
  • It isn’t scooped, it’s served with a spade.

Ice cream
Gelato, Mestre, Italy

Ice cream
Gelato, Rome, Italy

Italian ice cream
Gelato, Sora, Italy

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  1. We have enjoyed eating gelato before. It is extremely good but a little goes a long way. So rich and yummy

  2. I tried gelato once, but I was not too impressed. I am just an ice cream kind of girl.

  3. I far prefer gelato to ice cream. I was in Greece for 10 days and we had gelato every day!!

  4. These pictures look SO good. I want to go out and get some gelato, but honestly, I am not sure that there is a good gelato place in my home town. :/

  5. I love a good gelato. My favorites being the fruit flavors. I tend to like the texture better than regular ice cream.

  6. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I don't think I've ever actually had gelato but I want to try it now. :)

  7. I love how you laid out the five interesting facts about gelato. Now I know better! Great instagramable pictures, looks yummy!

  8. Love the pictures and I love Gelato. Their taste is amazing and mouth-watering. I wish I could have one now but have a bad throat.

  9. Wow! Those pictures of gelato are really mouth watering! Definitely make me want to go to nearest mall who are selling ice cream!! - Chuck