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Gelato Shop Makes Their Frozen Treats Adorable Animals (Photos)

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How do you eat food that’s this stinking adorable?

Head over to Eiswelt Gelato, order your favorite flavor of the sweet, milky dessert and find out! From chickens to unicorns, you can get your gelato crafted as just about any animal you want.

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“Nowadays with Instagram and Facebook, everyone takes pictures of their food,” owner and manager Vyvy Hoang told The Los Angeles Times in a December 2016 piece. “I think food always has to be presentable now.”

At the time, the 22-year-old German native, who moved to the U.S. in 2008, was studying business full-time at UC Irvine and running her gelato shop in Westminster, California. She was going to class in the morning and running the shop and studying in the afternoon and evening.

All while selling adorable gelato animals.

Pretty dang impressive, if you ask me.

“I hear people tell me they drove two hours or five hours to be here,” Hoang said. “I just think that’s crazy. I never expected that.”

Hoang, whose family is of Vietnamese descent, said that she picked the name “Eiswelt” because it means “ice world” in German.

“[In Germany] gelato is about a [dollar] per scoop, so around here, I thought ice cream was pretty expensive at $5 or $6 a scoop,” said Hoang, the entrepreneur, whose family helps run the shop. “I wanted to bring something cheaper over to my new home but still hold onto that tradition.”

Beyond price, she wanted her shop to be a little different than all the other ones around. So she did things her way.

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“I wanted to do something new and create somewhere cute, where girls can hang out,” she said. “Other ice cream shops, guys meet up on their motorcycles. But the guys get pretty excited over our gelato too. It’s pretty funny to watch.”

And people love it — Yelpers rave about the shop, saying that it offers flavors that taste just as good as other shops for much cheaper, plus what’s not to like about the fun decor and adorned scoops?

Pretty cool, right?

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Yelp / Featured Image: Alex Gorzen/Flickr

Tags: Eiswelt Gelato, gelato, ice cream animals, Instagram dessert, Vyvy Hoang
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Could This Gelato Improve Your Sports Performance?

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Currently, there are countless sports drinks and protein-packed power bars that claim to help consumers up their athleticism. You can eat an electrolyte-filled gel; mix a scoop of protein powder into your smoothie; down a shot of a fizzy energy drink to get you moving.

But did you ever think that there would be a gelato to help you work out better?

Apparently, an Italian cardiologist and researcher named Valerio Sanguigni has patented a remarkable new ice cream recipe that he claims has proven health benefits, and also could help improve sports performance in young people.

Per The Local, Sanguigni told Repubblica that he was hoping to “shed some light on the jungle of substances which contain antioxidants.”

Sanguigni’s ice cream is chock full of antioxidant properties, which have indeed been shown to improve heart health and help counteract certain diseases. Sanguigni, who is a professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, believes that unfortunately, certain superfoods actually lose their antioxidant properties by the time consumers pick them up from the grocery store and get around to eating them.

Low temperature foods, however, conserve the properties well; so do cocoa beans, green tea, and dried fruits.

Therefore, Sanguigni combined his knowledge of antioxidants with his lifelong love of ice cream, and created three different gelato flavors: chocolate, hazelnut, and green tea. Then, The Local reports that he hopped on his moped and zoomed off to the university with his ice cream in tow, ready to share his secret recipe with the world.

His taste-testers had their blood tested first, and then sampled the gelato. Some ate Sanguigni’s gelato; others ate a standard chocolate ice cream. Then, they pedaled as fast as they could on exercise bikes to determine whether the gelato actually improved vascular function and physical performance.

The answer? A resounding yes for Sanguigni’s gelato; not for the standard chocolate ice cream.

“Who says that health foods have to taste bad?”

Hear, hear, professor Sanguigni!

Source: The Local / Photo credit: Gelato al naturale/Instagram

Tags: antioxidants, gelato, ice cream, italy, sports performance
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Treat Yo Self: Affogato-Style Frappuccinos Are Now Available At Starbucks

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Picture yourself in the summer — in Italy — finishing up a fresh, light dinner with the sun still out but slowly sinking. To cap off the meal, and give yourself that extra boost of energy to continue your night, you do as the Italians do: order a gelato affogato (a scoop of creamy gelato drowned in an espresso shot).

Sound good? Starbucks seems to think so — and the coffee giant wants to bring the affogato experience stateside and up, because starting July 7, customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will be able to order Affogato-style Frappuccinos.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Apparently, when the barista pours the shot of espresso over the finished frap, the hot espresso combines with the cool base, creating creamy, sweet pockets of coffee throughout the beverage.

The Affogato-style Frappuccinos are available in three classic flavors: Vanilla Bean, Caramel, and Mocha, although the press release reminds us all that technically, any frappuccino can be affogato’d — you just have to ask.

Check out the photos of your new summer indulgence below:

Vanilla Bean

Caramel

Mocha

Source: Starbucks / Photo credits: Starbucks, Starbucks Coffee/Instagram

Tags: affogato, espresso, frappuccino, gelato, Starbucks
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