Obviously Italy is great for food. But there’s one thing that I was actually really surprised to discover. Maybe I’ve just been stuck under a rock, but these little Italian popsicles are awesome.
Ashley pulled us aside while walking through Milan to venture to this small place that looked like a popsicle shop. Did I want one, she asked? No thanks, Ash, go on.
After trying hers, I immediately regretted not getting one and had to return.
Gelati e Sorbetti su Stecco
The above translates to Gelato and Sorbetto on a Stick. Basically these are gelato or sorbetto popsicles dipped in chocolate then covered with nuts. The gelato option is a creamier option while you can get sorbetto covered in chocolate for a fruitier dessert.
It’s the combination of freshly made gelato/sorbetto and dipping chocolate that thickens over the soft interior that really sets these apart. If you thought just having gelato in a cone or a cup was good, this somehow elevates it to a ridiculous level.
Stecchi (the plural of Stecco) have become increasingly popular in Italy over the years and I can definitely see why. Have I been living under a rock? My friend from Rome wasn’t even sure what the name of these were until he asked his friends, so I don’t feel that bad. Have you tried these? Does anybody have a recipe?
It’s available throughout Italy but we had it in Milan from Stecco Natura in the Navigli district.