Ice Cream, Froyo, and Gelato: The Differences Between Your Favorite Frozen Treats

Whether you're enjoying your favorite frozen treat on a hot summer day or simply hoping to indulge during a cozy night in, it can be a hard decision to choose between ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato.

Without further ado, here are the primary differences and similarities between these three fan favorites!

Ice Cream

Traditional, hard ice cream leads the pack with nearly 23 pounds of creamy deliciousness being consumed by the average American each year. Whether you're eating your favorite flavor out of a disposable ice cream cup or taste testing with a mini tasting spoon, traditional ice cream has a stable standing as one of America's favorite frozen foods.

In fact, Baskin Robbins was able to make a name for itself thanks to its ample 31-flavor selection. Though it seemed enormous at the time, the brand has managed to expand this number thanks to innovations in technology, storage, and processing.

Ice cream is made with high levels of milk fat, preservatives, and plenty of sugar. Luckily, innovations have resulted in slightly healthier options, including low-fat versions. Regardless, it's recommended that you serve ice cream between zero and six degrees Fahrenheit for the best flavor.

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt typically has a lighter flavor thanks to its lower milk content and fat content. After all, it's made from yogurt as a base, not cream.

This also means that some frozen yogurt options contain plenty of gut-helping probiotics. Unfortunately, frozen yogurt will still have high levels of sugar to make up for the lack of cream. It's recommended that you serve froyo at a temperature ranging from 17 to 19 degrees Fahrenheit for best results.


Gelato is a delicious, dense treat that contains less air, less sugar, and less fat than your average ice cream cone. In fact, gelato contains only 3% and 8% milkfat which is almost half the amount in regular ice cream which typically contains between 14% and 18%. This Italian treat should be served around 10 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results.

These three top contenders have created animosity in the dessert-loving world as each side draws spoons against each other to claim their frozen flavor is best. But when it comes to determining how these sweet treats differ, they might actually have more in common than we once thought.

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About the Author: Tim Porter

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