Vanilla Caramel Gelato

Vanilla Caramel Gelato: Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat!

Vanilla Caramel Gelato | | Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat! | #IceCreamforOXO #gelato #recipe

This is a story all about how I eat Gelato the best way I know HOW!

Once upon a time I lived in the big city, worked as an executive, and paid a rent price that was double the mortgage that I pay now. I also wore Ann Taylor suits, had Starbucks lattes every day at noon, and ate a cup of Gelato on my way back home.

I lived steps from the awesomest Gelato place in Chicago. The owners were the best people, evvvver!  Very welcoming, and very, very proud of their work. AND they were straight off the boat, just like myself. Except their boat took off from Italy.

So. The first day I went to their place I asked for gelato in a waffle cone. Then they gave me the stare down. I thought, either they’re just being themselves, checking me out, orrrr I just said something totally wrong. Or I didn’t pronounce Jelato correctly???

Vanilla Caramel Gelato | | Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat!  | #IceCreamforOXO #gelato #recipe

Come to find out, they didn’t like the whole “waffle cone” request. BUT I like waffle cones, I said. And they were like, go to the ice cream shop! This is a gelato shop! All this with a very heavy Italian accent. And Italian attitude. :) I LOVED IT!

We started off on the wrong foot, but as soon as I agreed to eat gelato the way Italians eat it, we were good. No cone, in a cup, with a small plastic spoon and a conversation as long as 2 hours about the way things were back home. We were the best of friends from there on.

However, and obviously, I’m eating my gelato in a cone.

I’m huge into ice cream/gelato/soft serve/cold/creamy stuff. Like, obsessed. BUT my favorite flavor is Vanilla. No matter what icy and creamy thing is in front of me, if it’s Vanilla, I am happy! Then I add some caramel to it and I’m in 7th heaven. (Remember that show?!? YEAH!) Ahem. So.

My awesome friends over at OXO sent me a wonderful package that included ALL THE THINGS one needs to make ice cream!

Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

Small Silicone Spatula (Raspberry)

4 Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set

Medium Square LockTop Container

2 Cup Angled Measuring Cup

Sugar Dispenser

Mini Chopper

Before the goods arrived, I knew I was going to make this Vanilla Caramel Gelato. It is one of the super amazing things to come out of my kitchen, summer after summer.


Vanilla Caramel Gelato | | Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat! | #IceCreamforOXO #gelato #recipe

See how great it turned out?? IT’S creamy, soft, not icy, and gorgeous! That color is making my heart sing.

Umm, needless to say, I love my homemade gelato.

If you have an ice cream maker, do make THIS Vanilla Caramel Gelato!  It’s summery, it’s sweet, it’s creamy – Lord, I WISH there was more in that freezer!


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Vanilla Caramel Gelato
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Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat!
Serves: Makes 4 Cups
For the Gelato
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
For the Caramel Sauce
  • 1 (14 oz.) bag Caramel Candies, unwrapped
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Set a sieve over a mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine yolks and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk for 2 minutes, or until thick; set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine milk and cream and set over medium heat; cook until mixture begins to bubble on the sides; remove from burner.
  4. Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the egg yolks mixture; continue to whisk until combined.
  5. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture leaves a coating on the back of a spoon, about 5 to 7 minutes, or reaches a temperature of 170-degrees fahrenheit. (I almost always use a thermometer when making gelato).
  6. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through the previously prepared sieve.
  7. Stir in the vanilla.
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
In the meantime, prepare the caramel sauce.
  1. Combine caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly; about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; set aside and let cool
  4. Remove custard from fridge and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
  5. Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. In the last 3 minutes of freezing, and while the ice cream is churning, pour about 2-ounces of the caramel sauce into the ice cream machine. You can use less or more caramel sauce - that is up to you.
  7. When finished churning, transfer the gelato to an airtight container.
  8. Freeze for 5 hours, or until firm.
  9. Serve.

*The caramel recipe makes more than you will need, but how much you want to use of it in the gelato is up to you.*

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  1. says

    What a great story about your daily gelato indulgence! I bet this tasted at least as good as your favorite store. Love vanilla and agree the only thing that makes it better is caramel!

  2. says

    Friends who set you up for ice cream/gelato making are enablers … just kidding It’s a great thing and I love vanilla ice cream/gelato as well. And waffle cones. I got hooked on the cones the first time I went to a “pick you own fresh fruit combo” frozen yogurt when I went up north to visit a friend of mine in ‘cottage country’ north of Toronto, Ontario. Of course, I had to make sure I visited her during the summer when the shop opened.


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