Does Gelato Have Dairy?

As the variety of frozen desserts has increased, trying to figure out what contains dairy can create a headache. There is ice cream, sorbet, sherbet, frozen yogurt, and many more frozen desserts with varying ingredients. But, what about gelato? Does it contain dairy? Let’s take a closer look at what is gelato.

Gelato is an Italian-style ice cream. It is made with very minimal air incorporated into it, which creates a dense product with intense flavors. Generally, gelato contains approximately 50%  less fat than ice cream because of the type of milk and cream that is used. Ice cream uses a higher butterfat milk and cream mixer than gelato. Yes, gelato does have dairy because it is derived from milk. It also contains lactose (milk sugar) because it is made from milk.

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