Gelato vs. Ice Cream

How-To,In Season,Spring,Summer
April 27, 2011

Defining these deliciously different summertime treats


As long as our summer time treats are cold, creamy and sweet, we are happy and don’t think twice about the title. In fact, frozen favorites, gelato and ice cream, are often considered one and the same. But products that taste as good these two do, deserve to be adored for their defining attributes.

The differences start with the very bases of the desserts. In ice cream, there is a higher milk fat content because it is created from a cream base; in the milk-based gelato the content is much lower. Despite this, gelato often has a creamier and denser mouth feel because unlike ice cream, there is little air added during the production process. Air is used as an ingredient in ice cream and purposefully added during churning to create a lighter and more whipped taste.

So which is a better summertime snack? It’s hard to say. Try any or all of the following recipes and judge for yourself.

By Emily Arno

chocolate ice cream

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

Remember the chocolate malts of your youth? Turn them into an ice cream flavor.

Chocolate Walnut Gelato

Perfect for any summer soirée, this light dessert will leave you feeling both refreshed and satisfied. The not-too-sweet chocolate flavour with a hint of orange zest and crunch of California walnuts is a frozen treat that is sure to be a favourite for grown-up tastes.


Cardamom Ice Cream

Milk and cream steeped in cardamom and vanilla beans is whirled into a rich frozen dessert.


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