Though many of us enjoy the sweet indulgence of both ice cream and gelato, we might not have taken a step back to consider the subtle differences between classic Italian gelato and all-American ice cream. Both delicious, creamy, available in a variety of flavors with a cornucopia of toppings, but special and unique in their own ways.
While ice cream contains at least 10% fat, gelato has a greater proportion of whole milk to cream and has more like 5-7% fat. Because gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream, it’s air content is usually around 25% compared to ice cream which can contain up to 50%. Finally, ice cream is usually served frozen, while gelato is served at a slightly warmer temperature.
Ice cream flavors have evolved into a long list to incorporate the vast preferences of the West, while authentic gelateria will offer more classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, etc. And, since gelato does not contain as much fat, it will not coat the inside of the mouth as much, which will make the flavors seem more intense. Regardless of your preference, make sure you enjoy the cold treat with eco-friendly supplies.