This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that we are ice cream fans around here. And if you follow my weekly What I Spent & Saved posts, you know that the last several years we’ve kind of become ice cream snobs and pretty much only buy Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream. Not only is it absolutely delicious (once you try it, you won’t be able to enjoy other ice cream very much!), we love that is it made with real, simple ingredients that we can feel good about eating.
So I was excited when I discovered that Turkey Hill Dairy recently became the first major ice cream brand to offer an all natural gelato as well! Like their All Natural Ice Cream, Turkey Hill All Natural Gelato is made with simple ingredients like milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. And because it’s gelato, it has less air than most ice cream which gives it a delightfully denser, richer texture too!
I had my first experience of enjoying gelato when we visited Rome 6 years ago. There were little gelato shops sprinkled here and there throughout the city, and of course we had to stop and indulge occasionally! I remember being intrigued by the difference in flavor and texture. It was definitely not the same as ice cream, but it was still very delicious and I discovered that I rather liked it!
Turkey Hill All Natural Chocolate Chocolate Chip Gelato
I recently tried two of the eight Turkey Hill All Natural Gelato flavors and they reminded me of the gelato that we enjoyed in Italy. The Purely Vanilla had a distinctly gelato taste that made it uniquely different than traditional ice cream. I’m a chocolate lover and the Chocolate Chocolate Chip was a definite treat, packed full of rich chocolate flavor! I wanted to eat the whole pint in one sitting! 🙂 Additional flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coffee Chip, Hazelnut, Sea Salted Caramel, Peach Mango and Mint Chocolate Chip. I don’t know about you, but I really want a pint of each!
When temperatures begin hitting a muggy 80 degrees as they did here this week, I start thinking about cold desserts like ice cream and gelato. It’s just the perfect thing to enjoy when it’s hot outside! And while we love ice cream and gelato plain, it’s always fun eating it with various toppings, too. One of our favorites is a simple chocolate syrup. While I can obviously buy it at the store, I much prefer making my own homemade chocolate syrup using simple, basic ingredients. It’s the perfect pairing for All Natural Ice Cream and Gelato!
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
- ¾ c. brown sugar
- ¾ c. white sugar
- 1 c. cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 c. cold water
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
1. Combine sugars, cocoa powder and salt. Add water; whisk until smooth.
2. Heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 5 min.*
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool. Store in fridge.
* Syrup will thicken as it cools, but if you like a really thick syrup, you may want to boil longer than 5 min.