Gelato (plural: gelati) is the italian word for Ice Cream and Sorbet. Italians use the word gelato to mean a sweet treat that is served frozen. Gelato, just like ice cream, is made with milk, cream, sugar and flavoring including fresh fruit and nut purees.
The history of Gelato dates back to frozen desserts served in ancient Rome and Egypt made from ice and snow brought down from mountaintops and preserved below ground.
High quality Artisan Gelato is made with many of the same ingredients as North American style Ice Cream, although Gelato has a tendency toward finer, more natural ingredients and less artificial flavors and colors.
Gelato is frozen very quickly in individual small batches in a batch freezer. Compared with Ice Cream, Gelato has less air whipped into it because of lower churning speeds. This results in a denser product with more intense flavor.
Gelato made with fresh fruit, sugar, and water and without dairy ingredients is Sorbet.
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