Italian Gelato Flavors: What you need to know

Italian Gelato Flavors: What You Need to Know

Gelato Vs Ice Cream: What’s the Difference

Helena Lockey, Food Blogger, writes about Gelato Petrini

Blog from Helena Lockey December 2014

Gelato Petrini, Delray, Florida Ingredients

Delray, Fla.–Gelato Petrini makes gelato with Florida sourced ingredients. This family run business, since 1957, makes small artisans batches of over 800 flavors of frozen goodness in three different ways. They work closely with local producers, farmers and culinary artisans. I interviewed the family at the 18th Americas Food and Beverage Show in Miami Beach Convention Center earlier this year.

Koby Cohen, Jim Cohen, Kassi Lowenstein of Gelato Petrini,
18th Americas Food & Beverage Show, Miami, Fla.
Copyright 2014 by Helen A Lockey

They are an authentic Italian gelato manufacturing company that caters to the food industry.

“We like working with local chefs that have an idea but don’t have the time to create it,” said Kassie Lowenstein.

According to Koby Cohen, Chief Operating Officer of Gelato Petrini, they use Florida milk, Florida sugar, and Florida fruit in their frozen products that include Gelato, Gelato made with soy milk (certified organic and GMO-Free), and Sorbet (made with or without alcohol). Cohen said, “All our alcohol is kosher.”

They will be featured at the 2014-2015 growing season farm-to-table dinners at Swank Table in Loxahatchee, Fla.

You can buy their retail products at several South Florida Fresh Markets, and at some Winn Dixie stores.

To find out more about wholesale services and products of Gelato Petrini check out their webpage at


Great Article on Chef Mauro and his passion for gelato


Press Releases Gelato Petrini: Kosherfest 2013

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Gelato Petrini Press Release: Kosherfest 2013

GELATO PETRINI – 3 Years Strong at Kosherfest


Delray Beach, FL – Gelato Petrini  is back for its third year as an exhibitor at Kosherfest. So much has happened since they first exhibited their delicious gelati and sorbetti in 2011.

In 2011, Gelato Petrini, still operating under the name The Gelato Shoppe Petrini, made its first appearance at the show. The response was so positive that the decision was made to expand the business outside the South Florida kosher market, where the product was primarily sold in scoops shops, kosher restaurants and specialty shops. Thanks to the success at Kosherfest 2011, two months later, Chef Mauro Petrini joined forces with Koby and Jim Cohen, gelato passionistas, to build the brand and increase production capacity. 

At Kosherfest 2012, Gelato Petrini’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Soy gelato won Best Dessert and Best in Show. This was an exciting time for the company as they were in the process of building a new manufacturing facility and gearing up to launch their product nationally.

In February 2013, in time for Passover, Gelato Petrini’s new F.D.A. approved, state-of-the- art manufacturing facility with close to a 1 million gallon capacity was completed. With separate two production lines, Gelato Petrini is capable of producing small and large batches of gelato and sorbets for the retail and food service industries.

 “Gelato Petrini” brand gelati and sorbetti are now available in retail outlets such as Winn Dixie, Epicure Supermarkets, Kosher Marketplace as well as co-packs for stores like Winston’s and Bassett’s Markets in Ohio as well as food service sizes to caterers, country clubs, restaurants, casinos, resorts and scoops shops throughout the United States.

Coming January 2014, Gelato Petrini’s pareve, dairy and cholov yisroel gelati and sorbetti will be available for purchase online through Gelato Petrini’s online store

Come visit Gelato Petrini at Booth # 652.




Gelato Petrini is a manufacturer, wholesaler and co-packer of gelato, sorbets and similar frozen desserts. With a state of the art kosher and F.D.A. certified facility in South Florida, Gelato Petrini is well positioned to offer a wide range of desserts to the mass market.

Gelato Petrini uses only natural and fresh ingredients in its gelato and sorbets. The emphasis on traditional gelato production techniques and natural ingredients (no bases and premade, mass produced mixes) guarantees dessert lovers a healthy and nutritional dessert.

Gelato Petrini’s formulation team develops unique and trendy gelato flavors and frozen desserts for all palates and food tolerances, such as:

  • Gelato without sugar which is rich in fibers and has a low calorie content (30% less calories than ice cream)
  • Gluten Free Gelati and Sorbetti
  • Gelato alla Soia (Soy-based gelato) that has the creaminess of dairy based gelato, but is 100% natural and lactose free.
  • Gelato fortified with anti­oxidents such as natural pomegranate, blueberry and acai. 
  • Gelato that adheres to strict kosher requirements


Awards and Accolades

  • Best Dessert, Kosherfest 2012
  • Best Overall New Product, Kosherfest 2012
  • Best Dessert, New Times Pairings, 2012
  • Best Dessert, New Times Pairings, 2011
  • Best Gelato in South Florida, Boca Life Magazine, April 2009



Gelato Petrini and The Gelato Shoppe have been written up and reviewed in:

The Sun Sentinel,April 2013, May 2013

Specialty Food Magazine,May-June 2013, May-June 2010

The Parklander,March 2009

Boca Raton Observer,April 2008

Simply The Best Magazine,July/August 2008

Boca Raton News, March 2008, Oct. 2011, Oct. 2012

Dolce Salato, Sept. 2010 (An Italian Trade Mag.)

For more information, contact Dawn Petrini 561-716-0389 or



Press Release Gelato Petrini Kosherfest 2013

List of Available Flavors in Pints: Dairy Free

SORBETS Chocolate Noir,  Passion Fruit,  Mango,  Cantaloupe,  Fruit Medley, Pineapple Prosecco,  Lemon, Banana, Raspberry, Strawberryindex
SOY BASED, NON-DAIRY Vanilla,  Cappuccino,  Creamsicle,  Chocolate Peanut Butter

Flavor Highlight: Key Lime Pie

One of my favorite gelato flavors, Key Lime Pie, holds a special place in my heart. Maybe because its just downright AWESOME or maybe its because I’m from Florida.  What is the connection between Florida and Key Lime Pie?


The origin of key lime pie can be traced back to the late 19th century in the Key West, Florida area.  The first formal mention of Key lime pie as a recipe may have been made by William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire; his cook, “Aunt Sally”, made the pie for him. It is likely that Aunt Sally adapted the recipe  from one created by local sponge fishermen. As Sponge fishermen spent  days on their boats, they had to store nutritional food that wouldn’t spoil easily on their boats including basics such as canned milk, limes and eggs. With no ovens on the sponge boats, the original Key Lime Pie was actually mixed and consumed without cooking. 

Key lime pie is made with canned sweetened condensed milk, since fresh milk was not a common commodity in the Florida Keys before modern refrigerated distribution methods.


In 1965, Florida State Representative Bernie Papy, Jr., introduced legislation calling for a $100 fine to anyone advertising Key lime pie not made with Key limes. Needless to say, no matter how crazy FLorida is, the bill did not pass.

In 2006, both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed legislation making Key Lime Pie as the “Official Pie of the State of Florida”, as of July 1, 2006.



Key limes are also known as Mexican lime and West Indies lime. Cultivated for thousands of years in the Indo-Malayan region, the Key lime made its way to North Africa and the Near East via Arabian traders, and then carried on to Palestine and Mediterranean Europe by the Crusaders. Columbus is credited with bringing the Key lime to Hispaniola (now known as Haiti), where it was carried on by Spanish settlers to Florida.

Key Limes flourish in South Florida, particularly the Florida Keys, giving them their current name. Due to hurricane-depleted soils, locals switched from growing pineapples  to limes in 1906, and business boomed until a hurricane once again reared and wiped out the lime groves, never to be restored. Today, most Key limes come from Mexico.

Key limes are much smaller (ping-pong to golfball-sized) than Persian limes, nearly spherical, thin-skinned, and often contain a few seeds. Green key limes are actually immature fruits, prized for their acidity. As they ripen to a yellow color, the acid content diminishes greatly, resulting in a sweeter fruit.

This Week in Food History! Week of June 10th – 16th, 2013

MONDAY – JUNE 10, 2013


“We haven’t had any tea for a week…..The bottom is out of the Universe” Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


– National Black Cow Day
– National Iced Tea Day

– Men’s Health Week  (June 10-16, 2013)
– UK: Food Safety Week  (June 10-16, 2013)


On this day in:

1869 Frozen food was shipped long distance for the first time. Frozen Texas beef shipped by steamship to New Orleans.

1952 Mylar was registered as a DuPont trademark.  Mylar is a very strong polyester film that has gradually replaced cellophane.  It is used as a food wrap in addition to many other non-food uses.

1985 A ‘Most Embarrassing Moment’: Coca Cola announced it was bringing back the old formula Coke, to replace the New Coke nobody wanted.


R. Blechyden served tea with ice at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and supposedly invented iced tea.  Not true. He may have popularized iced tea at the World’s Fair, but he did not invent it.  Iced tea had been around since at least since 1890. It is mentioned in the ‘Nevada Noticer’, Sept 28, 1890


June 12, 2013  Virginia Pork Festival – Emporia, Virginia
June 12-15, 2013  Ice Cream Days – Le Mars, Iowa
June 14, 2013  Truckeroo Food Truck Festival – Washington D.C.
June 15, 2013  Chocolate, Shakespeare & Champagne – Winona, Minnesota
June 15, 2013  19th Annual RC & Moon Pie Festival – Bell Buckle, Tenn.
June 16, 2013  Big Bite Bacon Fest – San Diego, California

If the Theme is Tea, than why not some Chai Tea Gelato? Its awesome and comes in both soy and dairy based!



Music and Ice Cream – a great combination

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Can you name songs that have the word Ice Cream in it? We tried looking for songs with gelato,  but they are only in Italian!

But find below five songs that celebrate Ice Cream… of them might just be  your favorite song!


Jefferson Airplane–“Ice Cream Phoenix: I have no idea what an Ice Cream Phoenix is and I don’t see any connection whatsoever between the much loved dessert and this song, but before the group splintered into Jefferson Starship and eventually Starship, building cities on rock n’ roll, they played this annoyingly loud music that still sounds really good when you’re too tired to do anything else. And for this, they make this list. (So, aspiring bands, consider putting the words “Ice Cream” into your next masterpiece. It could pay off someday!)

Van Halen–“Ice Cream Man: Tom Waits and Jonathan Richman also have songs with the same name, but this old blues tune being played by the Van Halen brothers, Michael and Dave makes for a better photo opportunity, especially considering that ¾ of the group have decided to reunite for our benefit and are therefore in the news again. Besides, they don’t let ice cream hog all the glory. Props are given to lemonade. And David Lee Roth does manage to make the song more about him somehow. Imagine that!

Love–“The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This: Love were this group of misfits from Los Angeles who people in Cincinnati really like. Led by Arthur Lee, they recorded songs about snot caking against their pants, residential real estate being improperly classified as commercial property (“A House is NOT a Motel”) and this wonderful tribute to Ice Cream salesmen. All of which can be heard on their 1967 album Forever Changes, an album provably better than the collected works of Papa Roach, I assure you.

NRBQ–“I Love Air Conditioning: “And when I’m tired and HOT, I stop at the Ho-Jo’s and get some ice cream,” sings the very excited singer of this song, who also praises the virtues of air conditioning. I would’ve done an entire column on the five best songs about air conditioning, except after this one, I didn’t find any others. I’m not saying they aren’t out there. And if they are, by all means, let me know. The world has enough songs about “broken hearts” and how the world isn’t fair because SHE won’t talk to you, we need more about useful appliances.

Captain Beefheart–“Ice Cream For Crow: No one made better dance music in his prime than Captain Beefheart. Crowds the world over flocked to the dance floor to try out their latest moves to the great man’s tumultuous rhythms. However, while “Ice Cream For Crow” certainly made a massive impact on popular culture in 1982 alongside Michael Jackson’s Thriller, it wasn’t enough for the Captain to continue and he took his toys and went home, preferring to paint his pictures in the desert and never record another note of music. Michael Jackson, sadly, did not follow suit.