Torrone gelato, Turruni gelatu

Torrone gelato, also known as Turruni gelatu, is a traditional Italian ice cream that originated in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is a popular dessert that can be found in various towns and communes in Calabria, including Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, and Catanzaro. This delicious treat can be found in local gelaterias and specialty dessert shops throughout the region, such as Gelateria Cesare in Reggio Calabria and Gelateria Dei Gracchi in Cosenza.

Torrone gelato is made with a base of creamy gelato that is infused with pieces of torrone, a type of nougat made with honey, sugar, and almonds. The torrone adds a sweet and nutty flavor to the gelato, creating a delightful combination of textures and tastes. One popular recipe for Torrone gelato involves mixing together milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract, then folding in chopped torrone pieces before freezing the mixture until it reaches the perfect creamy consistency.

Torrone gelato has been recognized with the PAT (Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali) designation, which signifies its status as a traditional Italian food product with specific characteristics and production methods. According to the PAT specifications, Torrone gelato must contain at least 20% torrone by weight and must be made with high-quality ingredients, such as locally sourced honey and almonds. This designation helps to preserve the authenticity and heritage of this beloved Italian dessert.