Italian Desserts

Stracciatella Gelato (No Churn)

June 29, 2020 by Emily

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How to make ultra smooth and creamy Stracciatella Gelato without an ice cream machine. This no-churn Italian gelato is made with just four simple ingredients and takes no more than 5 minutes to prepare, insanely easy, and delicious!

An overhead shot of a tub of ice cream with a scoop inside

Stracciatella gelato is such a classic and traditional Italian flavour with a beautiful smooth and creamy texture, lightly scented with vanilla and speckled with dark chocolate shards.

Traditionally Stracciatella is made by pouring melted chocolate into the churning vanilla gelato which freezes as it hits the super cold ice cream.

Since this recipe is a no-churn version it’s been simplified to take no more than 5 minutes to prepare and using the simplest of ingredients.

It’s super smooth and creamy and has such a beautiful luxurious flavour, it’s just so much more than your average chocolate chip ice cream and it couldn’t be easier to make.

Ingredients you need

All you need is four basic ingredients; heavy cream, condensed milk, dark chocolate, and vanilla extract or bean paste. See the photo below that shows all the ingredients you need.

An overhead shot of all the ingredients you need to make Stracciatella gelato

How to make Stracciatella Gelato – step by step

Put the heavy cream, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until really thick, smooth, and resembles soft peaks (photos 1-3).

Step by step photos showing how to make Stracciatella gelato

Roughly chop the dark chocolate, you want there to be tiny pieces and some larger chunks and fold it through the gelato mixture (photo 4).

Transfer the stracciatella gelato to a freezer-proof container, cover with a lid and freeze for 6 hours to overnight. Remove the gelato for the freezer around 10 minutes before serving (photos 5-8).

Step by step photos what gelato looks like before and after freezing

Serving suggestions

You can serve this gelato as it is or alongside other desserts like with a slice of strawberry Crostata (jam tart). Another delicious and easy serving option is to use it to make an Affogato which is ice cream with a shot of espresso coffee, it’s the perfect way to end a meal!

A close up of three scoops of ice cream in a rustic dish

Top tips and recipe FAQs

  • Cream – Make sure to use heavy cream so it whips up nice and thick.
  • Chocolate – Use high-quality dark chocolate if possible for the best flavour.
  • Vanilla – I love to use vanilla bean paste which gives you a beautiful vanilla favour and tiny black speckles throughout the gelato but you can also use vanilla extract just don’t use vanilla essence which is artificial flavouring.
What does Stracciatella mean?

Stracciatella comes from the verb Stracciare which literally means to tear or rip up. The name Stracciatella refers to the little rough shards of chocolate sprinkled throughout the ice cream.

What does it taste like?

This gelato has a classic vanilla and chocolate flavour but what makes it so incredible is its ultra smooth and creamy texture. It’s super luxurious and delicious!

A close up of a scoop of stracciatella gelato

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Stracciatella Gelato

How to make ultra smooth and creamy Straciatella Gelato without an ice cream machine. This no-churn Italian gelato is made with just four simple ingredients and takes no more than 5 minutes to prepare, insanely easy, and delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
freezing time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 365kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 14 oz condensed milk (397g)
  • 2.5 cups heavy cream double cream (600ml)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Put the heavy cream, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until really thick, smooth and resembles soft peaks.
  • Roughly chop the dark chocolate, you want there to be tiny pieces and some larger chunks and fold it through the gelato mixture.
  • Transfer the stracciatella gelato to a freezer proof container, cover with a lid and freeze for 6 hours to overnight. Remove the gelato for the freezer around 10 minutes before serving!

Notes

  • Cream – Make sure to use heavy cream so it whips up nice and thick.
  • Chocolate – Use high-quality dark chocolate if possible for the best flavour.
  • Vanilla – I love to use vanilla bean paste which gives you a beautiful vanilla favour and tiny black speckles throughout the gelato but you can also use vanilla extract just don’t use vanilla essence which is artificial flavouring.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 823IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg
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2 Comments

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    Angela
    July 14, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Mmm stracciatella is one of my favourite ice cream flavours! This looks dangerously simple! I might be making it a lot!! Looks so delicious!5 stars

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