Gelato vs. Ice Cream, Which One Is the Best?

Well, there is no exact season to have an ice cream or gelato, and you have to agree to this statement! With summer soon settling in the Southern hemisphere, the season of frozen treats will be back. Every year, Australians find a new gelato shop or ice cream shop opened around the corner of where they live. Well, there are many people who love gelato but have no idea what it is and what is the difference between it and ice cream. So here is a blog about it and where you can taste the best gelato and ice cream.

What is Gelato?

An Italian word for ice cream, gelato starts with a similar custard-based cream that has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs or no eggs at all. It is churned to a slower rate as less air is incorporated while leaving the gelato denser than ice cream. You might be thinking, “aren’t they the same?”, well, it has some distinguishing features between the two. A throwback to history, gelato was first created then ice cream came into existence. Gelato has roots in Italy that date back to the 16th century Florence. However, there are evidences that suggest that China might be the true place from where this frozen dessert comes from. It was later introduced to Italy in the 11th century by Marco Polo.

Nevertheless, sherbet or sorbet was created in Sicily, and the ancient Moors were credited for this. Gelato, unlike ice cream, does not contain a lot of fats and it’s not as fluffy as ice cream because of its making process. Gelato is usually served cold and not iced at a temperature of 7-9º F (-12-13ºC).

What is Ice Cream?

A frozen dairy dessert that is made of milk, cream, sugar, and egg yolks. Traditional French ice cream contained egg yolks that were richer than the American-style ice cream which didn’t initially have eggs. Cooked in a rich custard, it is cooled off and churned at a fairly high speed to incorporate air and increase its volume. Ice creams are served at a cold temperature to ensure that the scoops hold up. Ice cream was invented in China with a concoction of overcooked rice, spices, and milk. Ice cream is higher in air content that makes its texture soft and light. It also has a higher content of fat that allows the ice cream to be shaped into a firm and round balls.

Where to get the best ice cream and gelato?

If you are visiting Australia or you live in Victoria, then do drop by Aurora Foods. A reputable ice cream parlour that provides a wide range of delicacies, including gelati and smoothies.