What is the Difference Between Gelato and Ice Cream?

I lived in Italy for almost 2 years. I was pregnant during the last months we were there. I would like to share with you a conversation I had with my OB/GYN:

Dr. Silver:  So Lea, how’s your calcium intake?

Me:  I don’t drink regular milk but Silk Chocolate Soymilk is a staple in my diet.

Dr. Silver:  How about gelato? You can eat more gelato, it’s rich in calcium.

Best advice ever!

I ate a lot of gelato (Italian for “frozen”) when we were in Italy. Now that we live in Germany, I’m glad that there is a gelateria near our place.

Venezia gelateria is just a few minutes away from home

A mix of chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, and caramel gelato

Regular ice cream

What is the difference between gelato and regular ice cream? There are 3 contributing factors -- fat content, air, and temperature. I made a table for you below:


Factor
American-Style Ice Cream
Gelato
Fat
·      Made with egg yolks, have a fat content of at least 10%

·      Heavy on cream (has a creamy texture)

·      Has fewer to no egg yolks

·      Uses more milk than cream (has a milky texture)
Air
·      Churned fast and hard to whip in air for a creamy base

·      Light, thin, and melts fast
·      Churned at a much slower speed, introducing less air to the mix

·      More dense

Temperature
Served at 10°F or -12°C
Set at a warmer temperature
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Given that gelato has less fat and less air than its regular ice cream counterparts, it doesn’t become brick-hard because of the temperature at which it is set. If you freeze gelato, it will become hard as it is expected to be, knowing its air and fat content. On the other hand, if you set your regular ice cream on gelato’s required temperature, the fat emulsion will melt fast and will get soupy.
I think all these factors put together contribute to the intense flavor gelato is also known for. Not that ice cream isn’t as flavorful, but gelato has a smooth and milky consistency that allows you to taste the flavor differently, if you know what I mean. Its intense flavor hits your taste buds hard without freezing your tongue, lingers, and then dissolves away nicely.


The many flavors of gelato at one of our favorite gelaterias in Italy. 
This time I ordered the flavors Florentino and Bacio.

What is your favorite gelato/ice cream flavor?

Happy Fickle Friday!

28 comments:

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  2. Se não tem seguidores eu não posso seguir,mas isso já sabia. Pois que ninguém é obrigado a seguir quem não quer, só não compreendo porque o fez.Lhe desejo muita saúde e paz. Peregrino E Servo.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Antonio!

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  3. I have never had gelato but have heard about it. I don't know if we have it but if I can find it I will try it.. All flavors look so good.

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    1. Give it a try if you get a chance, Lucy. Yes the flavors look good, you will want to taste each one of them. I hope you are doing well.

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  4. When I was living in Italy I used to eat gelato all the time, I love it.

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    1. Hi Bob, yes it's a must-try in Italy. Have a blessed weekend.

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  5. Hi Lea, what a wonderful post teaching the differences in gelato and ice cream. I am half Italian and gelato is a favorite for me in just about any flavor. There was a gelato parlor here in my area a few years ago but they have since closed for business. Sure miss it~
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments on my posts. Wishing you a wonderful day.
    Hugs from Texas~

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  6. Hi Lea:
    I love Gelato, but didn't know how it was made. Great Article!!! My favourite is Pistacchio!!! And thank you for your comment on my blog!!! :)

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    1. You're welcome, Suzanne! Pistacchio is a good choice. Thanks for the visit as well.

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  7. I do like gelato, but it's difficult to find where I am. I used to get it when I'd go to Las Vegas as there were some very good gelato stands there, but I haven't been to Vegas in a few years. I'm sure there is plenty available in the metro area where I live--there are just not any places that I know of in my immediate vicinity.

    Lee
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    1. Hello, Lee. Yes they are a rare find in some places. Good thing regular ice cream is everywhere.

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  8. Hi Lea.
    This looks delicious, and many different flavors.
    I would like to have some ice cream.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for dropping by, too!

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  9. Yum - I love them both! Really helpful explanation about the differences, I am partial to the creamy texture of ice cream!

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    1. And I love the texture of gelato but I agree, both are delicious!

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  10. Hello Lea,
    Wonderful shots of all these delicious ice creams. Hmmm..!!
    It must be tempting for you so close to home..!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. Hello Marco! Yes, very accessible and very tempting.

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  11. Hmmm ... or should I say Mmmm !

    Glad I saw this post - looks to me that gelato is a much wiser choice than ice cream; I will need to remember that the next time I'm in the mood (which unfortunately is right now after seeing your yummy photos; too bad it's late at night). btw - my favorite is 'all of the above'!

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    1. All of the above is a good answer, Rick!

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  12. I had gelato in Paris. It was so amazing. I don't know that you can get real gelato around where I live. I think there is some stuff they call gelato. I just don't think it is the real stuff.

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    1. It won't hurt to try. Have a great week, Betty!

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  13. Greetings, Lea, and thank you for your kind words. We celebrated our 57th anniversary on Amelia Island, Florida and had a great time. Thanks too, for this post, as I was not sure of the difference between gelato and ice cream. I shall now have to go buy some gelato and try it. Best wishes to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you so much Lowell. Regards to your family, too!

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  14. Gelato is better, imho.
    In the german Ruhrgebiet where I was born we have a lot of Italian Gelaterie.
    Oh, this is a hard one, I love more than one flavour... Pistacchio, Tartufo, Chocolate Chip Mint, Peach & Waldmeister(Sweet Woodruff) & Schlumpf(Smurf and too many more to darn them here.

    Follow the Royal Peach

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    1. All those are interesting flavors. I wanted to taste the Smurf!

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