Both gelato and ice cream are delicious, flawless treats that we can’t help but love, but many people don’t know the difference between the two. Gelato is soft, with an elastic texture and usually melts slowly. Ice cream, on the other hand, has a heavier and richer texture.
The difference between the two is more than an Italian name. In fact, there are 3 factors that set the products apart — fat, air, and serving temperature.
1. Fat: Both ice cream and gelato contain cream, milk, and sugar, but ice cream is heavier on the cream. Gelato uses more milk than ice cream and less cream.
2. Air: Ice cream is churned faster and harder than gelato. This typically increases the volume of ice cream and makes it fluffier. Gelato is churned at a slower pace, introducing less air into the base, and keeping it dense.
3. Serving Temperature: For the most part, gleato and ice cream are served at different temperatures. Gelato is served at slightly higher temperature to keep the consistency soft, which is why it is best eaten fresh on location. If ice cream was served at the same temperature, it would likely melt quickly.
Of course, not all of the differences are so cut and dry, but why can complain when both foods are so perfect?