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Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert made from milk (or also soy milk) and sugar, combined with other flavorings. The gelato ingredients (after an optional pasteurization) are super-cooled while stirring to break up ice crystals as they form. Like high end ice cream, gelato generally has less than 35% air – resulting in a dense and extremely flavoursome product.
Gelato has become a generic Italian word for ice cream, though true gelato contains no cream. The same word is commonly used in English speaking countries to refer to “ice cream” that is prepared in the Italian way. “Gelato” comes from the Italian word gelare, meaning “to freeze.”