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Gelato Toppings, Anyone?

You love gelato but want to take the experience to another level? Try out our selection of gelato toppings! Here at GIO, we offer an array of delicious additions both in store and with our GIO Club membership.

The Gelato Toppings Options

Our gelato chef Patrizia Pasqualetti, thought long and hard about the best series of combinations she should select to accentuate our gelato. Enriching your gelato experience was of the utmost importance and so an array of natural ingredients was hand-picked.

You can choose from an array of options to top-off your gelato starting with: chopped almonds, hazelnut and pistachio. Next up, a variety of high quality chocolate pearls in various flavors including: dark chocolate, white and hazelnut chocolate, chocolate with raspberry.

How to pair your gelato and toppings

You may think there’s nothing to choosing your gelato toppings, but it can make or break the experience. We recommend:

  • Chopped California almonds paired with gelato flavors such as salted caramel, vanilla and our fantastic pistachio ice cream.
  • Chopped Piedmont hazelnut paired with espresso, tiramisu and cappuccino gelato. In the Italian tradition, hazelnut binds very very well with all those ice creams that have espresso. Try it for yourself!
  • Chopped pistachio with maldon salt can be paired with dairy-free coconut or dairy-free chocolate gelato. Salty and sweet flavors blend well giving your taste buds more to enjoy.
  • Chocolate pearls are a fun addition to any cup or cone. Enjoy garnishing your favorite gelato flavor with GIO’s colorful chocolate pearls.

Any combination can be fantastic, fun and cheerful. The addition of the crunch factor can be a pleasing sensation that everyone can enjoy.

You can try these and other combinations to personalize your gelato and make it a pleasant moment in your daily life.

You can also try all these toppings at home thanks to GIO Club! wherever you are.

How to join GIO Club

First you need to ask yourself, do I want gelato delivered right to my door every two to four weeks? If yes, this is the perfect plan for you. Pick your flavor selection and let us worry about the rest! Visit us at GIO Club to sign up.

How to make an Affogato al caffe'

Learn About Gelato Toppings and How to Make Affogato al Caffè

Let’s start with GIO Toppings, so you don’t forget to garnish and personalize your gelato with tasty toppings! Let’s take a look at how and when to use GIO Toppings.

Curious about Gelato Toppings?

GIO Gelati is excited to offer you a series of delicious and high quality Italian gelato toppings to experiment with.

Combining Chocolate gelato with GIO Toppings Orange Chocolate. You can buy all GIO Toppings at our stores in San Francisco and San ramon. GIO Club members can order it from the GIO Club exclusive store.
Combining Chocolate gelato with GIO Toppings Orange Chocolate. You can buy all GIO Toppings at our stores in San Francisco and San ramon. GIO Club members can order it from the GIO Club exclusive store.

The king of all garnishes, of course, is chocolate. We at GIO Gelati crafted a variety of chocolate toppings, in many shapes and styles, chosen specifically to embellish each gelato flavor.

Our topping recommendations are driven by the perfect combination of texture and flavor. Our dairy free coconut gelato, for instance, pairs perfectly with pearls of dark chocolate and chopped pistachios. The sweet tropical taste of coconut, the bitterness of the chocolate and the light saltiness of the pistachios surprise the palate with an explosion of flavor and variety of consistency.

Taste is a principal component of GIO Gelati’s product philosophy but fragrance, texture, and even color are also of great importance. This is why we have combined our dairy-free chocolate gelato with our pearls of dark chocolate infused with orange extract. Uniting orange and chocolate is part of the Italian tradition, and not without good reason.

All of our toppings can be indulged in directly from jar to cup in any of our GIO Gelati stores, or online through our GIO Club membership. Come and taste for yourself! 

What is Italian coppa gelato?

Here’s another great suggestion on how to enjoy gelato: Coppa Gelato. A traditional way of eating gelato in Italy is to have a coppa gelato. The expression translates as gelato sundae, but in Italy, behind this simple word “coppa” which literally means “cup”, there is a whole history of this dessert that goes back a long time. Flavors are not mixed randomly in a coppa, but each combination of flavors reflects a specific tradition.

As you probably already know, GIO Gelati loves traditions and loves to keep them alive and for this reason we recommend that you visit our store to learn what they are and how replicate them at home.

Cups of GIO Gelati decorated with GIO Topping: Pistachio and Orange Chocolates. You can buy allo GIO Toppings at our stores in San Francisco and San ramon. GIO Club members can order it from the GIO Club exclusive store.
Cups of GIO Gelati decorated with GIO Topping: Pistachio and Orange Chocolates. You can buy allo GIO Toppings at our stores in San Francisco and San ramon. GIO Club members can order it from the GIO Club exclusive store.

How to make Affogato al Caffè?

Affogato al Caffè is the quintessential Italian coppa gelato. What a delightful combination of flavor and texture! And what fun to make this dessert at home and share it with friends. Here is the affogato al caffè ricetta.

  1. Place in a coppa (a large cup), 1 scoop of hazelnut gelato, 1 scoop of stracciatella and 1 scoop of cappuccino or tiramisù gelato.
  2. Pour on top of the gelato 1 shot of hot Italian espresso.
  3. Garnish your affogato with GIO’s chocolate pearls and 1 small cookie.
  4. Serve the Affogato to your family and friends.
  5. Enjoy!
GIO Gelati: How to make Affogato al Caffè. Simple. Quick. Delicious.
How to make Affogato al Caffè. Simple. Quick. Delicious.

That was the affogato al caffè recipe. Easy, quick and delicious. A great example of a traditional italian coppa gelato!

Where to experience GIO Gelati flavors

Come visit our stores in San Francisco and San Ramon to learn more about the authentic Italian gelato culture and to learn how to share sweet moments with family and friends, or make your affogato at home by ordering from our exclusive GIO Club.