Monument, Colorado’s locally-owned Pike’s Peak Ice Cream & Gelato Shop is now offering customers a chance to make authentic Italian gelato in the legendary artisan style and then enjoy it to their hearts’ content.
Pikes Peak Ice Cream & Gelato is no ordinary ice cream parlor. The handmade ice creams and gelatos are made by experts who were personally trained under some of the finest gelato masters from the various culinary regions of Italy. But now customers can learn this fascinating and fun-filled art while making their own gelato the old-fashioned European way. Best of all, they get to eat the fruits of their endeavors for an instant taste of success.
“The ‘Ice Cream Maker for a Day’ party program is one of our most popular,” explains Richard Hauf, Co-Owner and Gelato Master at the shop. Participants come away with a basic understanding of the various gelato ingredients, they learn how to properly measure and mix all of the ingredients, and they even get to operate the real Italian gelato machine.
“Everyone gets a hands-on experience of the entire gelato-making process,” Hauf adds. “But most importantly, they get to eat the gelato they just made at their birthday party, right here in our store!” Plus they can enjoy it 7300 feet up in the Rockies, instead of having to travel all the way to Italy like other would-be gelato makers must do. “We make the very best handmade ice cream and gelato,” says Hauf, “and all of our gelato ingredients – and the authentic gelato making machine – were imported directly from Italy.”
According to customers of the shop the authenticity and attention to Old World craft is evident in every delightful item on the menu. Pikes Peak Ice Cream & Gelato has quickly set the “gold standard” for the highest quality ice cream and gelato throughout the whole Rocky Mountain region. “We have had amazing reviews from all of the participants,” says Hauf, “including four-year-old kids all the way up to people who are 60 years young. We tailor the parties to any age range and they especially appeal to Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, birthday party planners, various civic groups, and others who want a unique and different way to celebrate.”
Available treats served up at the shop include such tantalizing and exotic gelato flavors as Pistachio Sicilia, Gran Straciatella, and Chocolate-Kissed Cherry – in addition to yummy sorbettos like Wild Strawberry and Red Raspberry.