What does gelato mean?
Gelato is the common word in Italian for all kinds of ice cream. It translates as “frozen, from the verb gelare “to freeze."
What's the difference between gelato and ice cream?
to ice cream, gelato is made from a custard base of milk, cream, and sugar. The difference lies in the proportions of each with gelato having a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). It is churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato denser than ice cream. (Gelato contains about 25 to 30 percent air, while ice cream can contain as much as 50 percent air.)
Is gelato better for you than ice cream?
Gelato typically offers fewer calories, less sugar and lower fat content per serving than ice cream. Traditional ice cream contains 15 to 25 percent butterfat, while gelato is in the 6 to 8 percent range.