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To prefer English Ice Cream from Devon to Italian Gelati

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MrsMarigold Fri 29-Jan-16 10:08:13

I feel the stuff we get here is just so much yummier and when Italians talk about their ice cream, I just smile politely but inside I think it is over-rated.
Also I think the yogurt here is so much more delicious..

AdriftOnMemoryBliss Fri 29-Jan-16 10:15:28

i agree!

AnUtterIdiot Fri 29-Jan-16 10:30:18

I like both but I probably prefer gelato - it is milkier and less rich because it has less egg and cream so I find it more refreshing. That said, there's nothing like a lovely big dollop of clotted cream ice cream on your apple crumble smile

NantucketNightbird Fri 29-Jan-16 10:48:40

The best ice cream I ever had was in Cornwall a little parlour called Mr B's we went every day for a week smile

rosebiggs Fri 29-Jan-16 10:50:03

I prefer gelato. I love the fruity flavours.

rosebiggs Fri 29-Jan-16 10:51:04

Best ice cream I had in the UK was rose ice cream in Northumbria. Have never found rose ice cream since.

ComposHatComesBack Fri 29-Jan-16 10:53:43

Can't abide Cornish ice cream, horrible sickly tasting stuff.

EponasWildDaughter Fri 29-Jan-16 10:53:50

Oooooooh clotted cream ice cream ....

If you love creamy things you'll prefer British ice cream i recon. I love Italy and everything about it, but i was a teensy bit disappointed in the gelato.

rosebiggs Fri 29-Jan-16 10:55:53

Isn't gelato made with milk and ice- cream is made with cream? They melt differently. I agree that ice-cream can be sickly. I can eat gelato all day!

QuintessentialShadow Fri 29-Jan-16 10:59:18

Yes, there is good food in Britain.

There is nothing like chocolate fudge cake with fresh cream or carte dor vanilla ice cream. Sticky toffee pudding, with vanilla ice cream.

Youghurts are delish, and so the different types of bread. I miss Gails Bakery.
And I miss Waitrose and M&S. It is much easier to get good food, cook and put good meals on the table every day in the UK.

queenmools Fri 29-Jan-16 11:22:50

I agree. I find Italian gelato too soft. I like a good clotted cream ice cream with fruity pieces in it.

BarbarianMum Fri 29-Jan-16 11:29:01

Each to their own but I have never tasted better ice cream than in Italy. I make my own ice creams using Italian recipes.

ComposHatComesBack Fri 29-Jan-16 11:34:14

There is nothing like chocolate fudge cake with fresh cream or carte dor vanilla ice cream.

An American desert topped by an ice cream using cheap powdered milk (no actual cream) and manufactured by a multinational company who specialise in cleaning products is hardly a ringing endorsement for the best in British cuisine.

Dollymixtureyumyum Fri 29-Jan-16 12:03:46

English lakes Ice Cream- all flavours but especially Thunder and Lightning Flavour which is vanilla streaked with Chocolate and pieces of Cinder Toffee. Heaven smile

sotiredofthis1 Fri 29-Jan-16 12:13:06

You are so being unreasonable grin. There is nothing to compare with the range or flavours and quality of Italian ice cream IMO and nothing to do with the fact that I half Italian. I find the British version too heavy and fattening tasting!

Dollymixtureyumyum Fri 29-Jan-16 12:19:13

We are so not being unreasonable. The next thing you will tells us sotireofthis1 is that Italian pizza is better then English pizza grin

StillDrSethHazlittMD Fri 29-Jan-16 12:22:33

I find gelato and ice cream to be very different. I much prefer a Cornish vanilla ice cream to an Italian vanilla gelato but give me an Italian orange gelato over absolutely anything else. When I was at Lake Garda in 2012, I had at least one every day. My friend had a different flavour every day but the orange - not matter from which parlour - was always just exceptional to my taste buds.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Fri 29-Jan-16 12:24:15

There's good ice cream in Italy and there's bad, mass produced ice cream which has milk powder in it or fake milk or whatever. Same as the UK I suppose.

The easy way to tell if an ice cream has been done properly is to check for the tell tale coconutty backtaste when it's not coconut ice cream. Palm oil.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Fri 29-Jan-16 12:25:09

Why are people saying "gelato" and "ice cream" as if they are two different things?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Fri 29-Jan-16 12:27:13

"gelato" can be made with cream, milk, powdered milk, soya milk, palm oil, probably mechanically recovered pigs' toenails anything. Like ice cream.

Neither are a registered doc/dop name AFAIK.

IsabellaofFrance Fri 29-Jan-16 12:29:48

YANBU - We go to Woolacombe quite often and one of the main reasons we keep going back is the ice cream!

PrimalLass Fri 29-Jan-16 12:33:51

minifingerz Fri 29-Jan-16 12:36:03

Ingredients in Carte D'or vanilla ice cream:

Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Coconut Oil, Whey Solids (Milk), Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Vanilla Bean Pieces, Natural Vanilla Extract from Madagascar, Colour (Carotenes)


Ingredients in Haagen Daz vanilla:

Fresh Cream, Condensed Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolk, Natural Vanilla Flavouring

I think it's depressing that it's so hard to find English/Cornish ice cream that's not full of shite.

StillDrSethHazlittMD Fri 29-Jan-16 12:36:33

ThenLater They are regarded as different things, legally. The Food Labelling Regulations of 1996 that state that food must have a fat content of five per cent or higher to qualify as ice cream. Otherwise it must be termed gelato.

MrsMarigold Fri 29-Jan-16 13:25:49

I think I have issues with dairy - I just can't get enough, I agree gelato is refreshing but that silky fattening deliciousness you get here is amazing in my opinion. (I can drink cream).

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