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Now that the hot days of summer are officially upon us, Caffe Gelato guests are eager to sample our many gelato flavors. From raspberry sorbetto to caramel cashew crunch, our chefs strive to ensure that guests beat the heat with a unique house-crafted Italian dessert. But what exactly is gelato? How is it made, and how is it different from regular ice cream?
Gelato is a traditional Italian ice cream that, believe it or not, dates all the way back to the 16th century in Florence. A Sicilian man named Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli helped spread gelato all around Europe, and eventually the treat made its way right here to Newark, Delaware. This time of year, it’s not uncommon to see local residents walking down Main Street with gelato cones in hand.
But what makes gelato unique? What makes it different from the ice cream you might buy at the store? Gelato is made using a milk and sugar base, typically with a fruit or nut puree added. Here at Caffe Gelato, we use non-GMO local milk from HyPoint Dairy and gelato machines imported all the way from Italy! Gelato is churned at a much slower speed – giving it that distinct rich and dense texture. It can be chocolate, vanilla, fruity, nutty, or anything in between. Its silkiness makes it a tad warmer than ice cream, but it’s still a great cold treat – after all, the word “gelato” in Italian literally means frozen!
Caffe Gelato’s gelato is always made on our premises, giving it a fresh taste every day. With a colorful array of gelato right at our entrance, guests are immediately introduced to our signature dessert. The most popular flavor is salted caramel, and July’s flavor of the month is mocha. Other crowd pleasers include stracciatella, dark chocolate, mint chocolate chip, vanilla bean, peanut butter, and crème brulee. Next time you find yourself on Main Street this summer, be sure to cool down with some dessert – Italian style!