Ice-Cream vs. Gelato vs. Fro-Yo vs. Sorbet vs. Frozen Custard- so many options. Here’s what’s the difference, how to choose the best & my fave frozen treat! Ah, so glad the season to talk about frozen desserts is here. And while I take my sweet time to decide which one I wanna eat today, let’s do this Frozen Dessert War – Ice-Cream vs. Gelato vs. Fro-Yo vs. well, you know!! Yay 🙂 Best war ever!!
How to Tell the Good from the Bad & How I Eat Them!
Ice-Cream vs. Gelato vs. Fro-Yo vs. Sorbet vs. Frozen Custard: Table of Differences
Milk, cream, sugar, everything, may contain eggs.
Milk with little or no cream. Dense and rich flavors.
Uses yogurt instead of milk/cream, but higher calories, especially with those toppings.
Lactose-free/ Vegan, but high in sugar
Same as ice-cream, but contains egg yolk.
Good ice-cream should be of consistent density, fattiness, and neither too soft nor rock solid.
Good gelato should have no added fruit flavors or colors, so it should taste naturally fruity, not overly sugary or look too bright.
Most Fro-Yos are comparable, with a mix of artificial and natural ingredients. Any decent brand will provide consistent fro-yo with a good variety of toppings.
Good sorbet should not be too melty or too frozen. It should be full-bodied and fresh.
Good frozen Custard, just like a good ice-cream, should be consistent in its density, and frozen-ness. It should not be too hard or contain ice-chunks.
I like Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Haagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate the best, I store their tiny cups in my fridge sometimes, and a few local stores in each city I’ve lived, such as Toscanini’s and Christina’s in Cambridge, MA
The best gelato I’ve ever eaten has to be dark chocolate with strawberry in Grom, Rome and dark chocolate with mango in Gelateria Vivaldi, Florence. It’s to die for!! Can I go back there? Like, now?
I love PinkBerry’s fro-yo, no surprises there, because who doesn’t?! I like their watermelon the best with lots of toppings- crunchy chocolate balls, mangoes, watermelon, brownies… Om nom nom!
I love Haagen-Dazs sorbet, all the awesome fruity berry flavors! Their peach, lemon and mango combos are the best!
I haven’t eaten frozen custard much outside, because my mom makes the best one ever!! 🙂
267 calories in 1 cup of vanilla ice-cream
204 calories in half-cup (recommended serving) of vanilla gelato
214 calories in 1 cup of plain frozen yogurt
184 calories in 1 cup of sorbet
200 calories in 1 cup of frozen-custard
Ice-Cream vs. Gelato vs. Fro-Yo vs. Sorbet vs. Frozen Custard: The Winner (According to Me!)
So after much careful consideration, I’ve reached the decision for what I like the best amongst all frozen sweet treats – and the winner of this yummy war is – drum-rolls please – GELATO! Woo-hoo! It just seems that gelato is fresh and tasty, and evokes Italian music in my mind.
I was confused between ice-cream vs. gelato vs. sorbet. But gelato is not overdone like ice-cream and not overly sweet like sorbet, and simpler than fro-yo (which was a close contender) or frozen custard. And that’s what I want to have today!!! Let’s go! 😀