Whether this is your first bite or you have been enjoying gelato for years, you want to appreciate this sweet confection like a true Italian. The first step is to visit an authentic artisanal gelato shop. However, this is only the first step. To truly enjoy gelato’s rich, smooth, and creamy texture, you need to pair it with the perfect vessel.
Here are a few insider tips and tricks to help you discover or rediscover your love of gelato and how to pair this messy treat with the ideal edible utensil – from waffle cones to classic cones and even bubble waffles!
The Store’s Secret: Choosing the Right Vessel for Every Flavor
You’ve always been a tried and true believer that the plastic cup is the best way to enjoy fresh scoops of gelato. Are you ready to be shocked and change your mind? Choosing the right vessel can not only delight your taste buds but also beautifully complement the different flavors of gelato! Now all you need to do is visit your local gelato shop and start sampling!
How to Eat Gelato: It’s Not Just About the Scoop, but the Holder!
To understand the unique nature of gelato, you first need to appreciate how this sweet frozen treat differs from ice cream. Traditional ice cream is made from a custard base of heavy cream, milk, sugar, and in some cases, egg yolks.
The texture of eggs helps stabilize the ice cream and prevents it from tasting rubbery. On the other hand, gelato has the same fundamental base. Still, the big difference is that it is made from a larger ratio of milk than heavy cream, giving gelato its lighter texture and consistency.
Have you ever been served a vibrant cup of yellow gelato? This color is created by egg yolks, which also work to help stabilize the gelato. Customers will also notice that gelato is smoother and creamier than ice cream. This is not only because gelato is whipped at a much lower speed, but it is also stored at a lower temperature.
This lower temperature doesn’t mean the gelato will melt more quickly; it just means that it is easier to scoop, and you might be lucky enough to avoid that dreaded ice cream headache!
A Soft Serve Best Friend: The Classic Cone and Its Evolution
No gelato or ice cream experience would be complete without a classic cake coke. Unlike sugar and waffle cones, a cake cone has a more neutral flavor, meaning it will not clash or disrupt the taste of your ice cream or gelato. The original cake cone was first invented in 1896 by Italian Italo Marchiony. This first version of the ice cream cone was patented way back in 1903 and has been a favorite in ice cream shops across the globe ever since.
Waffle Cones: The Crispy Classic that Elevates Every Bite
You’ve scooped the perfect serving of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry gelato, or ice cream, and you are ready to enjoy it in a container that provides a little more punch and personality than a cake cone. Many of the unique flavors of gelato especially pair with the bite and crunch of waffle cones. These cones are made with a combination of pastry flour and cake flour, which gives the waffle cone its unique, crunchy texture.
The caramel color of many waffle cones is created with molasses or dark brown sugar, which is added to the mix also to strengthen the cone. A sturdy waffle cone is often necessary to support the weight of multiple scoops and all those fantastic toppings, from chopped nuts to decadent chocolate syrup!
Bubble Waffle Cones: A Playful Twist to the Traditional
Are you ready to enjoy frozen treats like never before and try a genuinely off-the-beaten-path dessert? Get ready to try the hugely popular bubble waffles. Although bubble waffles originated in Hong Kong during the 1950s, it has become popular throughout the United States over the last few years.
Otherwise known as egg puffs, egglets, and puffles, bubble waffles are traditionally made with more eggs than typical waffles and resemble a waffle, but in place of indents, there are large bubbles! This street food has made its way into the finest gelaterias across the country – including I Scream Gelato! If you want to experience bubble waffle cones for yourself, stop by and try one of our premium traditional or unique gelato flavors, from lemon and hazelnut to coffee or banana chocolate, or even Oreo!
Cup or Cone? The Age-Old Debate in the Ice Cream Experience
Are you on team cup, or are you a diehard believer that a cone is the best way to enjoy gelato or ice cream? Whether you prefer a small cup of ice cream or a massive waffle cone filled with several scoops of gelato made from high-quality ingredients, you can always rest assured that if you visit I Scream Gelato in Denver, our flavors can stand on their own – with or without a sweet cone!
When in Rome: How the Italians Serve Their Best Gelato
When you walk into a gelateria, which is the Italian term for a traditional ice cream parlor or store, you will first notice a freezer display filled with brightly-colored frozen treats. Gelato is appealing and brightly colored because it is made with natural ingredients rather than artificial ones, which are typically used in the production of ice cream.
Traditional gelato is stored at a slightly higher temperature than most ice cream and will be served with a spade rather than a scoop. When you stop into I Scream Gelato on a hot summer day, and can’t decide which flavor to try, don’t hesitate to ask to savor several different samples!
Whipped Cream Wonders: Is It the Perfect Topping for Every Vessel?
No sundaes, milkshakes, cups, or cones of ice cream and gelato would be complete with toppings – including the quintessential classic, whipped cream! There is something about the contrast of light whipped toppings with a creamy bowl or cone filled with gelato. If you are ready to explore any combination of gelato and toppings, the chefs at I Scream Gelato has several flavors in stock and ready to try!
The Quest for the Best Gelato: It’s Not Complete Without the Perfect Cone
Walk into any gelateria in Italy or across the world, and you will see a wide selection of cones – from classic cake cones to the newer bubble waffles. Whatever cone you choose, you can concoct your own unique combination of gelato and toppings. Do you already have an idea but still need a bit of help? At I Scream Gelato, if you enjoy gelato in one of our boutiques or gelato on the go, we can help you create the perfect combination that will be the perfect end to any meal, from breakfast to dinner!
Beyond the Flavor: How the Right Vessel Makes All the Difference
At I Scream Gelato, finding the perfect combination of cone and gelato is our business! From Rome to Denver, people throughout the Mile High City are in love with gelato! Gelato naturally pairs beautifully with several hot beverages, including a traditional or chai latte, hot chocolate, or Affogato – a perfect combination of vanilla gelato and espresso!
When you are ready to take out or dine in and enjoy the best Italian gelato in Denver, look no further than I Scream Gelato! Our many happy customers and five-star reviews speak for themselves! Remember, when you are in Lowry and search “gelato shop,” look for the crowds and satisfied customers enjoying a cone of gelato at I Scream Gelato!