Ice cream is a delicious dessert or snack, even more so when the temperatures are hovering consistently around 35C with that mucky humidity like it has been in Toronto for the past week. However, there is also something called gelato, which is Italian style ice cream. In Europe, gelaterias or gelato stores are found in many areas. I can safely recall the first time I ever had gelato was years ago when I was in France for the first time. There was this little cute gelato boutique on the corner of our residence and we would frequently make pit stops to enjoy “un boule” of gelato. However, Italy was also full of gelaterias.
What I love about gelato is the fact it is always displayed beautifully behind the display glass. It is decorated with different fruits, biscuits or nuts and it always looks tempting to the eye. Although I do like ice cream and gelato, what’s the difference between the two?
Ice cream tends to be higher in fat because it uses lots of cream and has more air whipped into the mixture. On the other hand, gelato is lower in fat because it uses more milk and has a denser texture because of the lack of air incorporated into the mixing process. In fact, the flavours of gelato are supposed to be more potent than ice cream because of this. Either way, both are deliciously cold treats and you can eat either in a cup or cone (wafer, sugar or waffle) or have it added to another dessert like crêpes or waffles.
Recently, I went to a local gelateria with some friends. As expected, it was difficult to choose with the amount of variety we had displayed in front of our eyes but I ended up getting bacio gelato, which is a chocolate-hazelnut combo. KD got tiramisu (an Italian coffee cake flavour), LS got amaretto (almond) and MS got Irish coffee. While I haven’t had the Irish coffee, I can vouch that the other three flavours are delicious! 🙂
In the same gelateria, I saw a cute little poster on the wall that had some interesting facts about gelato. I thought it would be interesting to share with you guys. Enjoy!