Category Archives: Gelato Life

Kiwi Gelato: A sweet and tangy January flavor

Did you know kiwis are originally from China? First introduced to California in the 1960s, they have quickly adapted and been used in a variety of dishes and desserts. They are enjoyed raw, juiced, baked, or used as a garnish.

It seems strange, doesn’t it? It hasn’t actually been that long since kiwis were introduced to the states. We love making this delicious flavor and thinking just how far this little fruit has come.

What are the health benefits of Kiwi Gelato?

Kiwis have an interesting history and are a very unique fruit to work with. Raw kiwis contain actinidain an enzyme that digests milk proteins and thus is useful as a meat tenderizer and a digestive aid. In China, the kiwi was used medicinally. It was known to help new mothers recover after birth and also to help children grow.

Studies also suggest kiwis may help treat asthma, boosts the immune system, help prevent sickness, manage blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, and protect against vision loss. Let’s look at what an average kiwi contains.

Kiwis are rich in:

It certainly seems kiwis are good for you. At least we can prove they’re delicious!

Where to try Kiwi Gelato

Stop by one of our stores!

We believe the seasonality of an ingredient plays a huge part in the taste and deliciousness of a fruit. That’s why we introduce new flavors each month to take advantage of this. We take pride in bringing the best of the best to the table!

Pumpkin Gelato: Autumn Goodness

Everyone’s favorite autumn squash is here to play! Did you know pumpkins are full of nutrients perfect for that immune system boost as the weather cools down? This unique flavor brings all the goodness of autumn into a sweet and delicious scoop of gelato. Come grab a scoop or just try a sample by the 15th of November!

What are the health benefits of Pumpkin gelato?

Being packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, pumpkin gelato is an incredibly nutritious dessert choice. With high fiber and low sugar, it has many health benefits including: boosted eye, skin, heart and metabolic health as well as higher immunity due to having 209% of the daily value of Vitamin A (in 1 cup).

Pumpkins are also a source of:

  • Vitamin K
  • Copper
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

You don’t need to feel sorry after eating this delicious seasonal flavor!

Where to try Pumpkin Gelato

Stop by GIO Gelati in San Francisco or San Ramon for a cup or cone to keep your immune system healthy this winter season. 

You can find us at either of our locations as well as on most delivery apps. We hope to see you soon!

Williams Pear with Chocolate Gelato: The Ultimate Combo

It’s peak pear season and you know what that means! Get your fill of pear gelato sprinkled with chocolate shavings this November. This melt-in-your-mouth flavor is fresh and light with the occasional chocolate crunch that pairs perfectly with pear.

Did someone say Pear Health Benefits?

Pears are full of nutritional goodness. They are known to offer certain nutrients that help to improve gut health, fight inflammation and boost heart health. 

Pears are also a good source of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Niacin
  • Folate

This Autumn, enjoy this pear flavor with hints of chocolate. We’re sure it will lift your spirits! It’ dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free!

Where to find us

Shop at GIO Gelati in either of our locations or check us out on most delivery apps!

You can also order gelato pints on our online store:

Vanilla Orange with Almonds: A Seasonal Experience

This November, be blown away with the taste of autumn! This delicate combination brings the best of both worlds with a base of orangey zest, a hint of nuts and a dash of vanilla to wrap it all together.

Some of our fondest memories are associated with the autumn and winter months, from the adventures and romance to the tastes and colors that only come as the weather cools down. Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves on the trees or the sweet sensation of the warmth of a fire on our hands and faces, this time of year always brings great cheer and a need for delicious goods.

Our November flavor of vanilla orange with almonds is a reminder of good things to come, a cozy flavor that embodies the taste of home. Stop by to give it a taste and tell us what you think!

Where to get a Scoop

You can find us at either of our locations as well as on most delivery apps. We hope to see you soon!

Dark Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

We’ve been searching for the best recipes to pair with gelato to give you fun and delicious experiences at home. This week, we paired up with The Chubby Italian to bring you this new recipe! Dark Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies paired with a scoop of gelato will leave you wanting more.

The Best Cookie Recipe to pair with Orange Vanilla Cream Gelato

You’re just a couple steps away from heaven!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (coarsely chopped)

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Make the brown butter: In a medium skillet, melt ½ cup of the butter over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the browned butter cool slightly. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and stick in the freezer to cool off completely (15 minutes).

Step 3

Make the dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the browned butter, the remaining ½ cup of butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and beat until combined. Fold in the dark chocolate chips and nuts.

Step 4

Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown on the edges

Step 5

Top with GIO’s Orange Vanilla Cream gelato!

Gelato Sandwiches

For extra fun, assemble your cookies and gelato into a sandwich!

For more recipes from The Chubby Italian follow them on Instagram at @thechubbyital!

GIO Club

Join our Italian gelato club to be the first to try new flavors and receive exclusive gelato based recipes you can try at home! Choose between the three available plans, pick your favorite flavors and leave the rest to us.

Watermelon Gelato: Refresh & Rehydrate

Is it even summer without Watermelon Gelato? Break out your picnic baskets and red & white checked blankets because this flavor will make you want to grab your closest friends and chill in the park.

Watermelons are in season from July through August. At GIO we believe that eating fruit at their peak seasonality is one of the most important things. That’s why our fruit flavors are constantly on being changed. We want to give you the best and working hand in hand with mother nature makes that possible.

Watermelon Gelato health benefits you ask?

Watermelons are high in essential nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. A perfect sweet source of hydration that refreshes you. Watermelons are 90% water and are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth with natural sugars.

Watermelons also contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6

Brighten up your day and complexion with this summery flavor.

Our watermelon gelato recipe is made of three ingredients: watermelon, organic cane sugar, and water. It is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Come try it

Stop one of our GIO locations or order on a delivery app! You’ll want to try this sweet and creamy flavor!

Napa Fig Gelato: An Ode to Mediterranean Summers

Fig gelato! We source our figs directly from Napa County, where figs trees are aplenty and ripe for the picking. Enjoy this seasonal flavor at its peak!

Held in high regard since ancient times, figs bring a lot to the table. Long associated with health and prosperity, you can follow their mention back to the earliest written texts. Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this delicate fruit churned into gelato form is an ode to sun-kissed summers.

What are the Health Benefits of Napa Fig Gelato?

Figs offer soft, chewy bites paired with the perfect amount of crunch from the seeds within them. They provide a wonderful source of natural sugars, minerals and soluble fiber. Moreover, they are known to help reduce high blood pressure, improve digestion, and increase bone density. 

Figs are a good source of:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Copper
  • Potassium

Stop by for a scoop and enjoy the taste of figs enveloped in the summer sun. But, be warned this flavor might transport you to the Mediterranean!

This flavor is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free. However, most importantly we promise it’s delicious!

Stop by our store or order online

Shop at a GIO Gelati location or check us out on most delivery apps!

You can also order a pint of Napa Fig gelato on our online store:

Peppermint Chip Gelato: Jump into Summer

Peppermint Chip Gelato is our fresh new flavor for the season. Get ready to jump into summer with this new “gusto” as we say in Italian. After a taste of this, you’ll be on your way to hopping back into the swing of things!

“Refreshing and digestive, peppermint has an intense aroma that penetrates the palate. Because of this, the flavor can be enjoyed at any time of the day. And that allows for a truly sensorial experience.”

– Patrizia Pasqualetti

A blend of peppermint, organic mint essential oil, organic milk, organic cane sugar, water, and a mix of chocolate shavings make this the perfect in-between for a cream flavor that feels light on the tongue.

Peppermint has a special place in the heart as a cross between watermint and spearmint. As a hybrid, it took the best qualities of both and truly transcended its cousins in both taste and aroma. Native to Europe and the Middle East, peppermint has a rich background that we wanted to share with you.

Is Peppermint Good for You?

Known for its minty aroma and taste, peppermint is often found in breath mints and gum. But there’s more to this popular herb than meets the eye.

For example, did you know peppermint is said to have calming effects? It has been used to treat muscle and nerve pain, common colds and even indigestion. That’s pretty neat for an herb we mainly use as a breath mint!

Peppermint is known to help with:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Colds and flu
  • Nausea
  • Skin irritation and itchiness

Our Peppermint Chip Gelato is a great treat at any time of the day. If you’re a fan of mint and a touch of chocolate this flavor will rock your world! And don’t worry, because it’s gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Want to Try Peppermint Chip Gelato?

Stop by either of our GIO locations for a cup or cone of minty goodness!

You can also order a pint of Nectarine gelato on our online store:

Strawberries & Cream Gelato: A Light and Fresh Delight

Strawberries & Cream gelato is a light and fresh flavor that will leave you asking for more. Strawberries are widely know for their color, texture and sweet juicy goodness. That’s why we’re bringing a new take on this treasure to the table.

By blending cream and wild strawberries, we’ve created a delicate flavor soothing to the senses and pleasing to the palate.

Are Strawberries Good for You?

Strawberries are a very hydrating fruit. They consist mainly of water and some carbohydrates. Most of these carbs come in the form of simple sugars but have a low glycemic index score. This means that they shouldn’t spark your blood sugar! Because of this they are very refreshing and a great choice for almost any diet.

Strawberries also consists of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Small amounts of various other nutrients
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If you are a strawberry fan, you’ll love this new flavor! Strawberries & Cream gelato will leave you wanting more with a perfect fruity and creamy blend.

This gelato is made up of only three ingredients: strawberries, organic cane sugar, and organic whole milk. It is gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Want to try Strawberries & Cream gelato?

Stop by either of our GIO locations for a cup or cone to try this fruity flavor!

Nectarine Gelato: The Perfect Summer Flavor

Nectarine gelato are in season! You may know them as the less hairy cousin to peaches, although they have a nearly identical genetic makeup and nutrients. They are a perfect summer fruit with rich and sweet tones that please the tongue. Their sweet-tart flavor is a fun addition to your cup or cone and also a revitalizing one!

“Nectarines are a fantastic fruit of this season, all of their color is given by the spring sun. The scent is sweet, floral. The flavor is penetrating. They represent a total immersion in the summer season.”

Patrizia Pasqualetti, Gelato Chef

We make our Nectarine gelato with the freshest and healthiest ingredients available because we believe gelato is the dessert of the future. Sourced direct from nature and aimed at bringing out true flavor, our goal here at GIO is to give you an authentic gelato experience.

What are Nectarine Gelato Health Benefits?

Nectarines are full of antioxidants and are long known to be a part of traditional eastern medicine. They are known to offer certain nutrients that help to improve metabolism, digestion, and heart health. 

Nectarines are also a good source of:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B3
  • Potassium

We promise you’ll love this seasonal flavor! We look forward to seeing you in our stores.

This flavor is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Where to find us

Shop at GIO Gelati in either of our locations or check us out on most delivery apps!

You can also order a pint of Nectarine gelato on our online store: