Gelato vs. Ice Cream: What’s the real difference?

By Yanelis Colón, Intern

On a hot day, we don’t really mind the difference between a gelato or ice cream. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between these two? The ingredients might be similar. They have heavy cream, milk, and air but the difference lies in how they are churned together.

Today we want you to understand the differences between ice cream and gelato. We know people like to try new things particularly when it comes to food.

First, did you know that Gelato means “frozen” in Italian? Gelato is a traditional dessert that is often referred to as the Italian version of ice cream with ​an artisanal aesthetic. The first difference is that gelato contains less air and fat that gives it a denser texture and is rich in flavor.

The second is the temperature. Gelato has to be served at a higher temperature for you to be able to experience a more intense flavor while in ice cream, temperature is lower, giving it a firmer mouthfeel.

On the other hand, ice cream includes a big proportion of cream and egg yolk, which gives a higher fat content and distinct custardy richness that comes from the yolk.

We sent out an online survey completed by 20 respondents in Puerto Rico about gelato and ice cream knowledge. According to the survey, 95 percent knew that gelato is a dessert. However, 52.17 percent thought that the main characteristics that make ice cream and gelato difference is because one is healthier than the other.

According to experts, the main characteristic and the biggest difference of both is the air that gets whipped into the base as you’re freezing it. In brief, we can say both products are delicious, but the differences are the air, fat content, and serving temperatures.

We recommend visiting a Grocery Store and try Pinta, which is gelato made in Puerto Rico. Also don’t miss Annita- La mamma del Gelato 100% hand- made from fresh local ingredients. You can enjoy different kinds of frozen yogurt, sorbets, and organic sugar- free, fat-free and,soy-based.

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