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** Gelato **

By Danilo Alfaro, Guide

*Definition: *Gelato is the Italian version of ice cream and it differs
from American ice cream in a few basic ways.

First, and primarily, gelato is much denser than American ice cream. Gelato
is denser for two reasons. One, gelato contains significantly less
butterfat than ordinary ice cream. Whereas ice cream might be 20 percent
butterfat or more, gelato typically contains more like four to eight
percent butterfat. Also, gelato is churned more slowly and has less air
whipped into it than ice cream, thus producing a denser product.

Gelato differs from ice cream in another respect, which has to do with how
much sugar it contains, with gelato having perhaps 10 percent higher sugar

Other than that, gelato and ice cream share the basic attributes of being
made from frozen milk, cream and other ingredients, sometimes including egg
yolks. But because gelato is more dense, its flavors can be more intense
than ordinary ice cream.

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