Many people mistakenly think that gelato and ice cream are the same thing. You can’t blame them, though, as the word “ice cream” is the direct English translation of the Italian word, “gelato”. Plus, they look similar! But here’s the real scoop on this Italian dessert: it isn’t exactly like ice cream.
Let’s Look at the Ingredients
Both ice cream and gelato have similar base ingredients: water, sugar, and fat (cream and milk). Gelato, however, has a higher proportion of milk than cream compared to ice cream, thus, it has less amount of fat.
Now, We Move On To the Making Process
The making of gelato and ice cream both involve mixing and churning the ingredients. With gelato, the churning process is much slower; as such, less air is whipped into the mixture. This results in a denser, milkier, and more flavorful mix. On the other hand, ice cream ingredients require a faster mixing and churning process. In turn, it is creamier and may consist of between 25% and 90% air. Also, gelato is usually served at a somewhat warmer temperature than ice cream.
Let’s Clear Things Up—What Does Gelato Actually Mean?
Now that we are clear about the difference between gelato and ice cream, recipe-wise, let’s look further into this matter. As mentioned, the confusion between gelato and ice cream could be due to the direct translation of the Italian word to English. But for comparison, let’s look at where the word “gelato” comes from.
The “word” gelato derives from the Latin phrase “gelare”, which means “to freeze”. We see this as a root term for English words like “gelatin” and “jelly”. To put it simply, the word “gelato” means “frozen” in English — not ice cream. Perhaps, in this case, something has been lost in translation.
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