Ever wondered about gelato vs. ice cream vs. frozen yogurt? How about all three? Yes please! Here at FYI Delray, we carry all three varieties of heaven. Have you ever wondered about the difference between the three? If you didn’t know, ‘Gelato’ is the Italian word for ice cream! So, just ask for ice cream if you ever find yourself in Italy. Both ice cream and gelato are made out of similar ingredients, which usually include water, fat, and sugar. The difference is usually in the churning and mixing process. Typically, gelato has more milk compared to cream, whereas ice cream usually has more cream than milk. Another difference between the two is the churning speed. Gelato has a much slower churning speed than ice cream. As a result of the churning speed, gelato is milkier and denser with less air, while ice cream is mixed at a much faster pace. This causes the ice cream to consist of more air (usually between (25%-80%). Ice cream also tends to be milkier while gelato is more dense.
ENTER FROZEN YOGURT
Fro-yo is different than gelato and ice cream. Cream isn’t usually found in frozen yogurt. Cultured milk is generally used instead. However, the cultured milk used in frozen yogurt doesn’t possess the same pro-biotic properties as regular yogurt in the refrigerator due to the freezing process. When frozen, most of the healthy bacteria cultures die. As far as calories are concerned, gelato ranks the highest, with ice cream and frozen yogurt following close behind. Based on data from the USDA, gelato, ice cream and fro-yo consist of 240, 137, and 115 calories per serving.
How About Fat?
Gelato ranks in at 9 grams of fat per serving, which accounts for it’s high calorie content. Keep in mind that gelato is also the densest of the three, making it the most filling. Ice cream comes in a close second at 7 grams per serving, while fro-yo finishes at a modest 4 grams of fat per serving. The same can be said for saturated fats. From a calorie standpoint, it’s easy to vilify gelato. Ounce for ounce, gelato actually has 90 calories per serving, while ice cream has 125. This is because the USDA’s way of counting a serving size is by the half-cup. This is a flawed way of counting the energy potential of these foods because there is much more air in ice cream than gelato. If you get a scoop of gelato and a scoop of ice cream at the same size, than the ice cream will probably have less calories due to the gelato being denser. Ounce for ounce, gelato will be less calories.
Sugar Sugar Sugar
Toppings, mix-ins and the way these three dessert options are made can drastically affect the calories. Gelato may have less calories ounce for ounce than ice cream, but not if you add three peanut butter cups on top of it. Pay attention to how the ice cream is made, and don’t be afraid to ask one of our staff at the Delray location about how the ice cream is made! If you don’t care about the sugar content of your food, then this paragraph is not for you:
If you do care about the sugar content, then that is fine too! Try opting for healthier toppings such as real fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries etc.) or avoiding toppings in general. We promise, our ice cream, gelato, and frozen yogurt are rich and flavorful enough to enjoy without sugary toppings. However, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself and adding a few chocolate chips to your dessert. We think the key to everything is moderation.
Delray Beach Frozen Yogurt
If you are in the Delray Beach, Boca Raton or Boynton Beach areas, we think that our ice cream is well worth your time. We are located in the heart of downtown Delray Beach and offer the most delicious frozen desserts in town! We have authentic Italian gelato, over 20 flavors of ice cream and sorbet, and have a hefty dose of frozen yogurt that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, all frozen yogurts and gelato are certified kosher by ORB!
If you’re vegan, don’t sweat it! We have a ton of non-dairy and vegan flavors for you to sample. You can enjoy all these desserts in our breezy and cool, covered cafe while watching flat screen TV’s either indoors or outdoors. What are you waiting for? Come visit FYI Delray today and try Delray Beach’s favorite ice cream, gelato and fro-yo location!