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4 Interesting Facts About the Dessert Known as Gelato


Many households in the United States love indulging in a nice dessert. In fact, statistics show that 90% of homes throughout the United States regularly consume a sweet treat. Gelato is a treat that gained popularity in Italy but has increasingly become more common to find across the United States. With that in mind, here are four interesting things you might not have known about gelato.

  1. Lower in Fat Than Ice Cream

    Gelato is a product that contains a relatively small amount of milkfat. In fact, statistics show that the average serving of gelato is made of 3-8% milkfat and 25-30% air. With that in mind, you’ll find that gelato has a different consistency when compared to ice cream. However, many people looking for a dessert that is low in fat will prefer gelato over ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  2. You’ll Typically Order by Flavor, Not Amount of Scoops

    It’s typical to walk into most ice cream shops and be asked how many scoops you would like. Following that, you would select the flavors you would like to have scooped into your cone or cup. However, most people order gelato in a slightly different manner from other frozen treats. Gelato is typically ordered by the number of flavors you want to try within a singular gelato cup. However, you can offer multiple gelato cups to customers that prefer to have full sizes of these delicious treats.
  3. Often Served With Whipped Cream

    Statistics show that the average person in the United States will eat ice cream nearly 30 times per year. With that in mind, many people choose to enjoy a serving of ice cream with the addition of a few select toppings. Like ice cream, one of the most popular topping choices for gelato is whipped cream. Whipped cream pairs extremely well with a majority of gelato flavors. If you want to give customers the choice, whipped cream can be added in separate gelato cups for them in order to add this topping as they choose to.
  4. Gelato Needs Closer Monitoring Than Ice Cream

    When purchasing gelato supplies and flavors, it’s important to keep the shelf life of this dessert in mind. Traditional gelato is made without any preservatives which makes it a popular dessert choice for those who want to make healthy eating choices. Considering that, a lack of preservatives does mean that you’ll need to make gelato fresh more frequently than you will if making only ice cream. That being said, it’s likely that customer will enjoy this freshness as they continue to eat out of their gelato cups.

To summarize, there are several interesting facts about gelato. This dessert is made with a lower amount of fat than other types of frozen desserts including ice cream. Most people ordering gelato will order by flavor instead of doing so on a per scoop basis. This dessert is often served with a dollop of whipped cream on top. With that in mind, gelato needs to be made fresh often since this dessert is made without any preservatives.