Caramel Sea Salt Gelato…now that’s a unique combination. On one hand you have one part caramel, a rich, creamy and decadent sweet. In the other hand is one part salt, a savory staple that you will find in every pantry and table from here to Italy. If you have ever enjoyed this flavor duo, you know we’re all in for a treat with the introduction of our Caramel Sea Salt gelato. But if you’ve never sampled this combination before and you’re saying to yourself, “Salt is supposed to go on my french fries, not my caramel gelato” sit tight. Before you reject the notion of this Odd Couple of culinary superstars, check out why this pairing works oh so well and by the end you’ll be craving a scoop of this indulgent goodness.
Why put salt in our gelato? Strap on your chemistry goggles and let’s take a look at salt as a mineral. Salt contains a special property that is especially important for making our cool treat–it lowers the freezing temperature of water. Making it a REALLY cool treat! Now, if you were to place milk (one of the ingredients of our Caramel Sea Salt gelato) in the freezer, it would take a long time to become frozen. 32°F (the freezing point of water) just isn’t cold enough to solidify milk. By adding salt, the temperature drops down to about 0°F allowing the milk and other ingredients to solidify faster and create a delicious, light and decadent Italian treat.
Now take off the chemistry goggles and let’s hop into the kitchen and look at salt as the little white stuff that sits on your table. Have you ever thought about why you put salt on your food? The generic answer is “it makes food taste better” and that answer is exactly right. Salt enhances the natural flavors of food. By adding Sea Salt to Caramel, a sweet favorite, the flavors of the Caramel are accentuated and brought out to form a full and rich dessert. Essentially, the Sea Salt acts as a magnet, pulling all of the flavors together and mixing them evenly throughout your dessert bowl.
At this point, our mouth is watering (salt does makes you thirsty after all) for a cup of our Caramel Sea Salt gelato, so we’re going to wrap this up and head into the kitchen for a cool treat. Caramel Sea Salt gelato will be debuting at your local Your Pie to help you beat the heat and stay cool this summer. And don’t forget, you can personalize your gelato, just like you customize your pizza by adding two flavors together to create your own sweet culinary masterpiece. Buon appetito!