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The battle: ice cream vs. gelato

Truthfully, most people eat every ice cream no matter what name they go by. But do you know the difference between ice cream and gelato? Or is gelato just a fancier name for regular ice cream?

Ice cream
Ice cream is a frozen dairy dessert made of milk, cream, sugar and egg yolks. The ingredients in ice cream are first cooked together into a rich custard. After the custard base is cooled, it’s churned at a fairly high speed to incorporate air and increase its volume. The result? A smooth, light-textured, and creamy ice cream – and a bit high in fat. American ice creams have a fat content, by American labelling law, of at least 10%.

If you ever said “Posso avere un gelato?”, than you know gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. Well, to be precise: the translation is ‘frozen’. The key ingredients might be similar – think milk, cream, and air – but the difference lies in the proportions of them all and how they are churned together. Gelato has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). It is churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato denser than ice cream. The texture is silkier and softer. And because it has a lower percentage of fat than ice cream, the main flavour ingredient really shines through.

Ice cream: colder than your ex
Also the temperatures at which the two are served are different: ice cream is served at about -12 degrees Celsius, while gelato is best served at -9 degrees, warmer than ice cream. If ice cream were served at the same temperature as gelato, it would melt and become way too soupy.

Gelato by Gigi
However, gelato by Gigi is something special. Gigi’s are 100% plant-based. So no milk. No eggs. No cream. Gigi’s are filled with real fruits and vegetables and some other natural ingredients. Although it contains no milk or cream, this gelato is still creamy. Oh and did we mention our gelato is also gluten free, low-fat, raw and low in calories?

Eating fruits & vegetables has just become more FUN!