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Dessert Lover's Guide to Frozen Treats

America is a country that loves its desserts. No meal is considered complete unless it's punctuated with a sweet treat. There is an endless variety of desserts out there, but one of America's favorites is definitely ice cream. In fact, about 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts are produced in the United States every year. But what's the difference between ice cream and gelato? Sure, they taste similar, but there are actually many distinct differences between ice cream and gelato.

Determining the difference between ice cream and gelato comes down to three main deciding factors: fat, air, and serving temperature. While ice cream has much more fat and air churned into it, gelato has less fat and not as much air churned into it during the freezing process, making for a stickier and almost elastic texture. Ice cream must have a fat ratio of at least 10% or it can't legally be labeled as ice cream. Gelato uses more milk than cream, so the fat content is much lower.

Additionally, gelato is much denser than ice cream because not as much air gets whipped into it during the churning process. When you take a bite of ice cream, it can melt almost instantly because of its excess air and subsequent lack of density. Gelato, however, is churned at a much slower rate to preserve its density.

Temperature is also important when discussing the differences between ice cream and gelato. While ice cream is generally served at around 10 degrees F, gelato is generally served a bit warmer to counteract its density. Serve it too cold and it'll be nothing but a hard brick.

Finally, there's a difference between ice cream and gelato spoons. Gelato spoons are smaller and more rounded than super dessert spoons. Since gelato is denser, many gelato eaters prefer the smaller bites gelato spoons provide.

All in all, ice cream and gelato both fall under the 'frozen dessert' category. Gelato provides a denser and milkier taste with less fat, but nothing beats ice cream if you're craving a smooth, light, and creamy taste. Don't forget the hot fudge and sprinkles!
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About the Author: Tim Porter

Tim is the CEO and people builder of In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


Our purpose at Frozen Dessert Supplies is "Build People and Deliver Joy." That means that everything we do, from manufacturing to packaging to delivery, is to build you and your business and deliver joy to you. We also strive to build our employees and help them to be better people.

Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.

Dessert Lover's Guide to Frozen Treats