What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?
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Ice cream and gelato are both frozen desserts, but overall, gelato has a creamier, denser texture and a more intense flavor than ice cream, because of its lower fat content and slower churning process. Gelato is a traditional Italian frozen dessert that is similar to ice cream; “gelato” means “frozen” in Italian.
Ice cream typically contains more cream and sugar than gelato. Gelato has a higher proportion of milk and a lower amount of cream, making it a denser and creamier dessert.
Ice cream is churned at a higher speed than gelato, incorporating more air into the mixture and making it lighter and fluffier. Gelato is churned at a slower speed, resulting in a denser, creamier texture.
Ice cream is typically served at a higher temperature than gelato. Gelato is served at a slightly warmer temperature, giving it a softer, creamier texture.
Popular ice cream flavors include:
- Mint chocolate chip
- Cookies and cream
- Rocky road
- Butter pecan
- Chocolate chip cookie dough
- Peanut butter cup
- Birthday cake
Popular gelato flavors include:
- Stracciatella (chocolate chip)