Question: What's the difference between gelato and ice cream?
Ice cream legally has a minimum of 10 % fat, while gelato is made with a greater proportion of whole milk to cream, so it contains more like five to seven % fat.
But don't expect to be able to get Italian gelateria-style results by making a gelato recipe in a home ice cream machine: gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream, so it's denser because not as much air is whipped into the mixture. (Gelato contains about 25 to 30 % air, while ice cream can contain as much as 50 % air).
Ice cream is typically served frozen, while gelato is typically stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature, so it's not quite completely frozen.
The flavours are so much more intense since there's not as much fat, it doesn't coat the mouth in the same way as ice cream.
We visited Frost Gelato SanTan Village a very popular gelato spot....it was so hard to choose, luckily there were samples so we got try a couple. Becki had salted caramael popcorn flavour and Maggie had Ferrero Rocher. It was so delicious we are thinking of introducing it for our guests in the summer. Researching gelato machines and recipes now in time for summer.