Haato is a brand of Gelato which is really not Italian but a fusion between a Japanese recipe and a Singapore manufacturer. I was introduced to it many years ago when it was simply sold at the then Daimaru Departmental Store's supermarket at Liang Court in Singapore under the brand name Gelato di Crema. It's still sold at Liang Court only now it's branded under Haato & belongs to Dessert Empire Pte Ltd.
The outlet at Liang Court is simple but the amount of Gelato sold each day is quite sizeable. Pictured below are some of my favorite gelato... Durina, Strawberry & Green Tea flavors, in that order. No artificial colorings and preservatives in these gelatos. That may be why Haato gelato tastes very different from other gelatos. I like it for not being too rich and neither is it too sweet!
Durian, Strawberry, Green Tea Gelato
My most favorite is Durian Gelato. It's almost as good as the real Durian. No, may be it's better because this one is available all year round, at all time and can be kept in my fridge! The only trouble is I really have to ration & control myself, it's not only rich but so smooth that licking it is simply the best experience! Bit by bit, tasting the durian flavor and hoping it'd last... oh, didn't I say, Durian is my most favorite fruit!!! ;-)
Durian & Hazelnut Gelato
BUT, if you don't fancy Durian, no worries................
Haato has many other flavors for your pick, some of which are truly unique!
Cookies & Cream
Rum & Raisin
Sweet Potato with Honey & Chestnut
In addition to the many unique flavors, Haato also carries sorbet for those who are on special diet! Fancy trying some Lychee, Watermelon or Yuzu (citrus) Sorbet, anyone?
I haven't tried any of its sorbets but I definitely will give it a try when I next visit Singapore again. I'd also love to visit its cafe where waffle, cakes & pastries are served. In the past, every single visit to Haato literally means Durian Gelato and with 2 scoops at a go, I had no room for more!
Gelato, or the plural gelati, is Italy's regional variant of ice cream. As such, gelato is made with some of the same ingredients as most ice-creams around the world; milk (and cream), sugar (and other sweeteners), flavorings (fruits, nuts, essences, etc.) and air are the main ingredients. Unlike many types of ice cream, gelato often does not contain eggs. Other ingredients that stabilize or emulsify may be used to improve the shelf life of the product. Gelato can be made using the hot process, which includes pasteurization, or the cold process, which doesn't require pasteurization. Both processes require a gelato batch freezer, which makes the end product by mixing the ingredients and incorporating air. Like high-end ice cream, gelato generally has less than 55% air, resulting in a denser product.