Gelato-- The Perfect Party Treat
If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional ice cream for your next birthday party or small gathering, try creating gelato at home with either a gelato machine or by hand. This delectable Italian ice cream naturally contains a lower fat content than ice cream, tastes great and kids and adults both approve of this wholesome snack.
What is Gelato?
You may have heard the term before, but don’t know the exact difference between traditional ice cream versus gelato. Gelato literally means ‘ice cream’ in Italian, but it’s much healthier than the ice cream you typically purchase from the store. Unlike ice cream, which is created with cream, gelato is made with whole milk or even two percent milk. Due to the lower fat content, an average 3.5 ounce scoop of gelato is approximately 90 calories with 3 grams of fat while the same size scoop in ice cream is 125 calories including a hefty 7 grams of fat.
The texture between ice cream and gelato is also considerably different. This is due to the lower air content in gelato. Gelato is mixed in airtight containers and should have approximately 20-30% air within its content. Ice cream may have up to 50% air in its mixture.
How Do You Make Gelato at Home?
There are multiple options when it comes to making gelato in your home. You may use an ice cream machine and modify the recipes to create gelato or you may use an actual designated gelato making machine. Yet even without expensive machinery in the home, you can still make gelato for small parties and gatherings.
The basis of a simple chocolate gelato recipe involves milk, sugar, honey, skim milk powder, cocoa powder, chocolate, ice and rock salt. You will start by simmering everything except the chocolate for about eight minutes. Then you will add the chocolate and once it melts, you can set this mixture aside for at least three hours in your refrigerator. Once the mixture is set, you will place it in a smaller bowl nestled inside a larger bowl containing your ice with your rock salt mixed in. With a whisk, you will beat your mixture for about 10 minutes and then place the gelato base into your freezer for about 2 hours. When it’s done, you can pull out and enjoy your easy homemade gelato.
How Can You Jazz Up Gelato?
If you’re planning on serving your gelato for a party as recommended, you may be wondering about ways to jazz up your snack. Try different flavorings such as mint or sprinkling chocolate chips into the batch. You may also stick with a basic flavoring such as the chocolate which was previously discussed but add a few fresh berries to the bowl. Another way to create a beautiful serving of gelato involves purchasing gelato cups and spoons made specifically for this creamy treat. Gelato Products can even create custom labeled cups which are ideal for parties and small gatherings and you can also choose tiny gelato spoons to match.
Gelato is a delicious, healthy snack perfect for any size gathering. Whether it’s your family around the table at dessert time or a birthday party, this Italian treat is creamy, low calorie and ideal to eat at home.