Sure, I scream, you scream, everybody screams for ice cream and gelato, and maybe even sorbets. But, what is the difference between Ice Cream and Gelato? Well, one comes from Italy, the other does not, but is that it? We’ve listed down the three fundamental differences between Ice Cream and Gelato below.
1. Ice cream is more fattening.
It is required that ice cream contains 10% milk fat. In light of the recent Amul Vs. Kwality Walls tiff over the use of ‘real’ milk, this does not come as a surprise. US Federal Laws necessitate that all ice cream have a minimum of 10% milk fat. (Yes, ice cream is legally defined under the US Federal Law) Gelato, on the other hand, is bound by no such condition and is therefore made with whole milk and no cream. It has around 3.8% milk fat and is, therefore, the healthier choice. And yes, if you’re on a diet, pick gelato over ice cream, if you must.
2. Ice cream has more air churned into it.
Ice cream increases in volume when stirred in the air. The law states that it can be churned to contain a maximum of 50% of air. Gelato is churned more slowly, has less air in it, and is therefore denser.
3. Ice cream is served at lower temperatures.
Before being served, ice cream must be hardened in a blast freezer. Gelato, on the other hand, does not have to be. It is served at slightly warmer temperatures than ice cream and is softer. Ice cream is hard, and rock like. The silky texture of gelato that resembles that of a softy owes itself to this technicality.
Now, next time you go for a post-dinner dessert, you will know what to eat. Gelato or ice cream, take your pick!