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Gelato Recipes For When You're Feeling Extra Decadent

And now we want to move to Italy.
06/13/2014 07:00am ET | Updated July 28, 2014

Gelato, ice cream's Italian sister, is one of our favorite summer treats. It's rich, creamy, smooth and wonderful. If you've ever wondered what the difference is between gelato and ice cream, don't worry -- you're not alone.

Gelato is made with more milk and less cream than ice cream, which means it has a lower fat content. (American labeling law requires ice cream's fat content to be at least 10 percent.) It often contains fewer egg yolks as well, which also decreases its fat content. While ice cream is churned at a fast speed and incorporates a lot of air, gelato is churned at a slower speed and acquires less air, which accounts for its comparative density. With less fat and air, gelato can be served at a warmer temperature than ice cream.

While we love both ice cream and gelato, right now we're crushing on gelato. Its silky goodness makes us want to pick up and move to Italy, where we'd eat cones of gelato every night on picturesque cobblestone streets. Since we're not actually moving to Italy any time soon, however, we found some of our favorite gelato recipes to make at home instead.

Here are 22 gelato recipes to try out this summer:

1
Gelato di Gianduia
Canal House Cooking Volume No. 7
2
Blueberry Butter Cookie Gelato
Cooking for Keeps
Get the Blueberry Butter Cookie Gelato recipe from Cooking for Keeps
3
Meyer Lemon Gelato
The Winsome Girl
Get the Meyer Lemon Gelato recipe from The Winsome Girl
4
Stracciatella Gelato
Love and Olive Oil
Get the Stracciatella Gelato recipe from Love and Olive Oil
5
Caramel Hazelnut Gelato
Cafe Johnsonia
Get the Caramel Hazelnut Gelato recipe from Cafe Johnsonia
6
Pistachio Gelato
Bless This Mess
Get the Pistachio Gelato recipe from Bless This Mess
7
Vanilla Milk Gelato
Savory Simple
Get the Vanilla Milk Gelato recipe from Savory Simple
8
Amarena Gelato
Vikalinka
Get the Amarena Gelato recipe from Vikalinka
9
Gelato With Caramel Swirls And Chocolate Shavings
A Spicy Perspective
10
Banana Gelato
Dine and Dish
Get the Banana Gelato recipe from Dine and Dish
11
Strawberry Balsamic Gelato
bell'allimento
Get the Strawberry Balsamic Gelato recipe from bell'allimento
12
Blueberry Lemon Gelato
Epicurean Mom
Get the Blueberry Lemon Gelato recipe from Epicurean Mom
13
Toasted Coconut Gelato
Food52
Get the Toasted Coconut Gelato recipe by NicoleCLang from Food52
14
Chocolate, Cardamom and Stewed Fig Gelato
Food52
Get the Chocolate, Cardamom and Stewed Fig Gelato recipe by Emiko from Food52
15
Strawberry Basil Gelato
Macheesmo
Get the Strawberry Basil Gelato recipe from Macheesmo
16
Grilled Peaches And Cream Gelato
Ask Chef Dennis
Get the Grilled Peaches and Cream Gelato recipe from Ask Chef Dennis
17
Olive Oil Gelato
Food52
Get the Olive Oil Gelato recipe by Amanda Hesser from Food52
18
Key Lime Pie Gelato
Cookin' Canuck
Get the Key Lime Pie Gelato recipe from Cookin' Canuck
19
Melon-Orange Blossom Gelato
Food52
Get the Melon-Orange Blossom Gelato recipe by aliyaleekong from Food52
20
Nutella Gelato
The Girl Who Ate Everything
Get the Nutella Gelato recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything
21
Sour Cherry Gelato
Food52
Get the Sour Cherry Gelato recipe from Food52
22
Rosemary-Goat’s Milk Gelato
Alexandra Cooks
Get the Rosemary-Goat’s Milk Gelato recipe from Alexandra Cooks

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