When was the first time you had gelato? It seems like it would be a memorable occasion, considering how divine this frozen treat is.

For this writer, her first encounter with gelato was a few years ago in Boston, Massachusetts, with a friend. On that day, the two of us established an official gelato tradition. If there's a place that serves gelato near wherever we happen to be hanging out, you'd best be sure we're stopping by.

But what exactly is gelato and how is it different from ice cream?

According to the Food Network, the main category that distinguishes gelato from ice cream is its ingredients:

"While both gelato and ice cream contain cream, milk and sugar, there are differences, too. Authentic gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream and generally doesn’t use egg yolks, which are a common ingredient in ice cream...USDA regulations state that ice cream must contain at least 10 percent butterfat. Mot brands have between 14 and 25 percent. Meanwhile, Italian gelato includes only about 4 to 9 percent fat."

People who have tried both ice cream and gelato can vouch for the fact that even though both are delicious, gelato tastes more rich and dense than ice cream.

Gelato is also typically served in little cups with these tiny, cute little spoons. How can you go wrong with that?

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So, you might be asking yourself where you can enjoy some gelato in New Hampshire. We obviously have no shortage of ice cream places around, but which ones serve exclusively gelato, or at least offer it? Let's take a look at seven places in the Granite State where you can enjoy this special summer treat.

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