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Paciugo Gelato gets minty with limited-edition holiday treats

Paciugo Gelato gets minty with limited-edition holiday treats

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Paciugo's limited-edition holiday items include peppermint chocolate chip gelato, candy cane hot chocolate and peppermint chocolate-chip "gelatte" with coffee. Photo courtesy of Paciugo

Though best known for selling melty frozen desserts, Paciugo Gelato has expanded with a line of festive peppermint-flavored seasonal items, including two beverages.

The first item is a gelato: peppermint chocolate chip gelato. It's a peppermint-flavored ice cream with crunchy peppermint sprinkles and chocolate shavings.

Beverages include candy cane hot chocolate and peppermint chocolate-chip "gelatte" with coffee. But how they make it is an interesting process: Both drinks are literally infused with gelato.

The release says that the warm beverages are steamed with peppermint chocolate chip gelato, and that's how they create the minty flavor. According to a staffer at the Lovers Lane store, they take the liquid base used to make the peppermint chocolate chip gelato, but instead of freezing it into gelato, they treat it as if it were milk for a beverage.

So both the hot chocolate and the latte are basically infused with gelato, making them minty all the way through.

"The best flavors in the world are always in season at Paciugo," said Diego Comparin, VP of research and development. "We've created seasonal masterpieces that are appealing and craveable."

The two drinks are available for a limited time, through January 5.

Paciugo makes its gelato with whole milk rather than cream, resulting in a flavorful frozen treat with up to 70 percent less fat and fewer calories than ice cream. Paciugo also offers water-based, fat-free sorbets; soy-based gelato; and sugar-free options.

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