We love summer for all the ice cream we get to eat. Chocolate, vanilla, or toasted marshmallow, we'll take any flavor. Gelato, frozen custard or even soft serve, we're not picky. We'll enjoy any of these without abandon.
And while we're not really one to question our favorite things, we have been wondering about the difference between gelato vs ice cream. We know they taste different, and yet sometimes the same, so what makes one gelato and the other ice cream? Gelato is normally denser, and milkier in texture yet has a soft elastic texture, while ice cream feels richer and creamier.
Since we know we're not alone in pondering important life questions such as this one, we decided to get to the bottom of this. Here's what we found:
- Gelato has less fat than ice cream. While ice cream is normally heavy on the cream and has a fat content of at least 10 percent, gelato uses more milk than cream, and generally also uses less egg yolks -- if any.
Of course, the guidelines that differentiates one from the other is often blurred. As gelato simply means ice cream in Italian, we're happy to just enjoy the two indiscriminately.
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