'ice cream month' on Serious Eats

What's the Difference Between Gelato and Ice Cream?

After "what's your favorite ice cream?", the question I get asked the most as an ice cream maker is "what makes gelato different from ice cream?" How does gelato get that soft, elastic texture and slow-to-melt milkiness compared to ice cream's richer, creamier body? It comes down to three factors: fat, air, and serving temperature. The more complicated answer? Take a read. More

The Scoop: On Banana Milkshakes

Folks who grew up in Oregon may remember the days when Coffee People outposts dotted the landscape, staring down Starbucks from across the street. When I wasn't caffeinating at Rimsky's or The Pied Cow, I spent most of my teenage years in one Coffee People or another, almost always drinking a banana milkshake. More

The Scoop: On Chunks and Ice Cream Paleontology

If you can't have great ice cream, at least you can have chunky ice cream. One of my family favorites, Ben & Jerry's Phish Food, is a little light on the cocoa and heavy on the gummy stabilizers. But sending those dark, crunchy chocolate fish to their doom always made me smile. Quality ingredients and technique make great ice cream, but chunks make ice cream fun. More

The Scoop: Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk

I'm a fan of all cookie dough ice creams—the cookie dough-ier, the better. The only problem with that flavor, though, is that there's nothing cookie dough-like about the ice cream. It's just little blobs suspended in vanilla. Why do I love Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk? It tastes all cookie all the way through. More

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