Ice Cream: Making and eating it in Florence!

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One of Florence’s most traditional treats is gelato, similar to ice cream. Gelaterias are located practically on every street in Florence. Italian gelato is very distinct and upon tasting, it is evident that gelato is not the same as ice cream. Gelato is creamier and more sugary than ice cream and for those reasons, it must be frozen differently. Gelato dates back centuries, to the Roman and Egyptian cultures, when the treat was frozen in the snow.  Most experts agree, it was Bernardo Buontalenti, a native of Florence, who delighted the court of Catherina dei Medici with the first Gelato. Now, gelato makers put the ingredients in a pasteurizer and then a machine which freezers the gelato. Artisan gelaterias pride themselves on their fresh, preservative-free gelato that comes in a variety of flavors.  The options for gelato flavors in Italy is endless, from the classic ‘crema’ to fruity flavors, even ‘black sesame’!

 

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