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Published April 22nd 2015
Tempting treats to tantalise your tastebuds
Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word "gelātus" (meaning frozen). In the late 1500s, the Medici family commissioned famous artist and architect Bernardo Buontalenti to prepare a feast for the visiting King of Spain. Using his culinary skills, Buontalenti presented the King of Spain with a creamy frozen dessert that we now call gelato. Buontalenti is therefore considered to be the inventor of gelato.
A sweet treat - chocolate gelato from Gelato Mio (Coolum Beach).
Gelato is generally made with milk instead of cream, so it contains less fat than traditional ice-cream. Egg yolks, gluten, or guar gum can be used as the stabilizing agent. Gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream, so it's denser because not as much air is whipped into the mixture. Gelato is typically stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature, so it's not quite completely frozen.
Some Gelato shops on the Sunshine Coast buy their ingredients from local farmers including fruit and Guernsey milk. Although many now use natural ingredients, it is best to ask If a gelato or sorbet contains any artificial colours, flavours or chemicals (especially if you are sensitive to additives). Sorbets are also a fantastic alternative for people who are on a dairy-free and/or gluten-free diet.
With so many flavours, it's hard to choose just one! Not every shop lets you try before you buy. That's why it's a good idea to get your friends or family together and head to your nearest gelateria, so you can try a bit of everyone's, and know exactly which flavour you want to try next time!
3. Gelato Mio Element on Coolum Beach Shop 2
1806 David Low Way Coolum Beach QLD 4573
4. Massimo's Gelateria
75 Hastings St Noosa Heads QLD 4567
With 3 locations on the sunny coast:
a) Noosa Bay Village on Hastings
Shop A1a Hastings St Noosa Heads QLD 4567
b) Oceans Resort
Shop 108, 101-105 The Esplanade Mooloolaba QLD 4557
c) Shop 17, Kawana Shoppingworld
119 Point Cartwright Drive Buddina QLD 4701
Milano's chocolate is to die for,it is very dark chocolate. Amo Gelato is also a favourite of mine.They use local fruits in season- their lychee is divine and I am also a fan of their yummy shakes made with your choice of gelato (Mocha and choc/orange are both delicious!