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Vanilla Caramel Gelato

Vanilla Caramel Gelato – Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat! This Vanilla Caramel Gelato is a wonderful classic with fresh caramel sauce swirled in. Decadent, yet light, this will have you coming back for more and more!

A hand holding a waffle cone filled with Vanilla Caramel Gelato

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???

Overhead view of Vanilla Caramel Gelato in a container with several waffle cones nearby

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.

An ice cream scoop in a container of Vanilla Caramel Gelato

We are making two things from scratch:

  1. Custard – Eggs, sugar, milk, and heavy whipping cream.
  2. Caramel – caramel candies, butter, and sweetened condensed milk.

Those two things will be added to your ice cream machine and blended together until combined. Freeze for about 5 hours and serve.

See how great it turned out?? It is 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

Katerina | Diethood
Creamy, cold, sweet and delicious, this Gelato is the perfect Summer treat! This Vanilla Caramel Gelato is a wonderful classic with fresh caramel sauce swirled in. Decadent, yet light, this will have you coming back for more and more!
4 from 3 votes
Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Gelato
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 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


  • Set a sieve over a mixing bowl; set aside.
  • Combine yolks and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk for 2 minutes, or until thick; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the egg yolks mixture; continue to whisk until combined.
  • 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).
  • Remove from heat and pour the mixture through the previously prepared sieve.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
In the meantime, prepare the caramel sauce.
  • Combine caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly; about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; set aside and let cool completely.
  • Remove custard from fridge and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
  • Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • 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.
  • When finished churning, transfer the gelato to an airtight container.
  • Freeze for 5 hours, or until firm.
  • 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.


Serving: 0.5 cup | Calories: 205 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Cholesterol: 141 mg | Sodium: 33 mg | Potassium: 72 mg | Sugar: 15 g | Vitamin A: 615 IU | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 67 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caramel, gelato, ice cream
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32 comments on “Vanilla Caramel Gelato”

  1. Katerina,
    I know I’m late to the Gelato party but I just found your recipe and tried it…

    How do you get the caramel sauce to blend into gelato? My sauce is completely cool and 1) it’s difficult to “pour” into the IC Maker while the gelato is churning. And, 2) once I get sauce into IC Maker, it hardens and tends to blocks churning. I end up with large clumps of caramel in the gelato. While it tastes good, it’s not the consistency desired, HELP!

    Is it possible/acceptable to pour sauce onto gelato after putting it into a container (before freezing)? Then swirling around to mix it?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Yep, you can definitely pour/mix it in after the ice cream is done churning. I think what might have happened is that the caramel overcooked, sort of speak, and that’s why it hardened as much as it did. Caramel is very sensitive and just a few seconds of extra cooking time can make allll the (unfortunate) difference. To be honest, last time I made this gelato, which was just this past summer, I used store bought caramel sauce. 😀

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    Etienne MATTEI

    I allways prepare my vanilla ice cream like you do with “crème anglaise”.
    I cook it until 84/85°C that is 183/185°F and it coats very well the spoon. I’ve never overcooked it.
    I’ve never added caramel in it, next time (summer), I’ll try it.

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