06/13/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Gelato Recipes For When You're Feeling Extra Decadent

Bless This Mess

Gelato, ice cream's Italian sister, is one of our favorite summer treats. It's rich, creamy, smooth and wonderful. If you've ever wondered what the difference is between gelato and ice cream, don't worry -- you're not alone.

Gelato is made with more milk and less cream than ice cream, which means it has a lower fat content. (American labeling law requires ice cream's fat content to be at least 10 percent.) It often contains fewer egg yolks as well, which also decreases its fat content. While ice cream is churned at a fast speed and incorporates a lot of air, gelato is churned at a slower speed and acquires less air, which accounts for its comparative density. With less fat and air, gelato can be served at a warmer temperature than ice cream.

While we love both ice cream and gelato, right now we're crushing on gelato. Its silky goodness makes us want to pick up and move to Italy, where we'd eat cones of gelato every night on picturesque cobblestone streets. Since we're not actually moving to Italy any time soon, however, we found some of our favorite gelato recipes to make at home instead.

Here are 22 gelato recipes to try out this summer:

  • 1 Gelato di Gianduia
    Canal House Cooking Volume No. 7
  • 2 Blueberry Butter Cookie Gelato
    Cooking for Keeps
    Get the Blueberry Butter Cookie Gelato recipe from Cooking for Keeps
  • 3 Meyer Lemon Gelato
    The Winsome Girl
    Get the Meyer Lemon Gelato recipe from The Winsome Girl
  • 4 Stracciatella Gelato
    Love and Olive Oil
    Get the Stracciatella Gelato recipe from Love and Olive Oil
  • 5 Caramel Hazelnut Gelato
    Cafe Johnsonia
    Get the Caramel Hazelnut Gelato recipe from Cafe Johnsonia
  • 6 Pistachio Gelato
    Bless This Mess
    Get the Pistachio Gelato recipe from Bless This Mess
  • 7 Vanilla Milk Gelato
    Savory Simple
    Get the Vanilla Milk Gelato recipe from Savory Simple
  • 8 Amarena Gelato
    Get the Amarena Gelato recipe from Vikalinka
  • 9 Gelato With Caramel Swirls And Chocolate Shavings
    A Spicy Perspective
  • 10 Banana Gelato
    Dine and Dish
    Get the Banana Gelato recipe from Dine and Dish
  • 11 Strawberry Balsamic Gelato
    Get the Strawberry Balsamic Gelato recipe from bell'allimento
  • 12 Blueberry Lemon Gelato
    Epicurean Mom
    Get the Blueberry Lemon Gelato recipe from Epicurean Mom
  • 13 Toasted Coconut Gelato
    Get the Toasted Coconut Gelato recipe by NicoleCLang from Food52
  • 14 Chocolate, Cardamom and Stewed Fig Gelato
    Get the Chocolate, Cardamom and Stewed Fig Gelato recipe by Emiko from Food52
  • 15 Strawberry Basil Gelato
    Get the Strawberry Basil Gelato recipe from Macheesmo
  • 16 Grilled Peaches And Cream Gelato
    Ask Chef Dennis
    Get the Grilled Peaches and Cream Gelato recipe from Ask Chef Dennis
  • 17 Olive Oil Gelato
    Get the Olive Oil Gelato recipe by Amanda Hesser from Food52
  • 18 Key Lime Pie Gelato
    Cookin' Canuck
    Get the Key Lime Pie Gelato recipe from Cookin' Canuck
  • 19 Melon-Orange Blossom Gelato
    Get the Melon-Orange Blossom Gelato recipe by aliyaleekong from Food52
  • 20 Nutella Gelato
    The Girl Who Ate Everything
    Get the Nutella Gelato recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything
  • 21 Sour Cherry Gelato
    Get the Sour Cherry Gelato recipe from Food52
  • 22 Rosemary-Goat’s Milk Gelato
    Alexandra Cooks
    Get the Rosemary-Goat’s Milk Gelato recipe from Alexandra Cooks

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