The difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet


What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet? They look different, but are they made differently?

Best Answer

First of all, the names vary a bit from country to country, or the ingredients do. I'll explain the most common names/ingredients.

The main difference is in the ingredients used. Sorbet is basically water + sugar + fruit, while ice cream and gelato is milk/cream + sugar + fruit. So the last two are more 'creamy', while sorbet is more 'icy'.

You can say that ice cream is a type of gelato, but there still is a difference. More sugar in gelato, more butterfat (the percentage of fat in the milk/cream) in ice cream.

You can read quite a lot about ice cream on wikipedia.