The most popular gelato flavours of summer
Gelato is a symbol of summer, especially artisan gelato, which is always preferable to packaged ice cream. According to a study carried out by the Italian Institute of Gelato, 95% of the population likes ice cream. The range of flavours available is always very wide, and the attention given to the quality and variety of gelato by master gelato makers is constantly growing – especially due to the fact that gelato is often chosen as a substitute for one of the main meals of the day.
But what are the most popular gelato flavours among Italians?
When to enjoy a good gelato during the day
More than half of the participants in the survey said that they consume gelato at least once a week during summer: usually as a snack or after dinner, but some people choose melted gelato to treat themselves to a more refreshing and decadent lunch or breakfast. Indeed, gelato can be nutritious, and, if you choose a fruit-based flavour consisting of natural ingredients, also has fewer calories and is healthier. Enjoying an gelatois also an opportunity to socialise and put yourself in a good mood: 70% of those interviewed confirmed that they prefer to consume gelato slowly, enjoying its creaminess for as long as possible in the company of friends.
What are the most popular gelato flavours?
Alongside the timeless flavours of chocolate and hazelnut, the most well-liked flavours among Italians during summer are lemon and strawberry: two seasonal fruits that quench the thirst, satisfy the palate, and – thanks to their nutritional properties – help to keep the body healthy. Strawberry gelato is a favourite among children, who are attracted by its sweetness and bright colour. To encourage them to try new flavours and consistencies, suggest a watermelon granita, which is red and cheerful looking. Citrus fruits also combine well with ice: lemon hydrates and purifies, but if you want to try a less bitter flavour, red grapefruit sorbet combines flavour and lightness. If you don’t mind a few extra calories, try almond granita: the energy provided by nuts can be useful outside the winter months, too!
Artisan gelato, exceptionally fresh excellence
If gelato is an indulgence, let’s not satisfy ourselves with the first one we come across: the origin of the ingredients of fruit-based gelato determines the quality of sorbets, frappès and granitas. The laboratory of Italian gelato RivaReno uses a fruit content of 55% in its recipes, adding only water and cane sugar: strawberries arrive from Spain (by late winter) and Italy (during spring), while the flavour of lemon granita, consisting of Sicilian lemon juice, is enhanced by the addition of essential oil obtained from the rind of lemons from Calabria. The RivaReno gelato creamery also offers unique gelato flavours, such as crunchy caramel gelato, an exclusive speciality with ground Italian hazelnuts, an original combination that is fresh every day.