Tutti Frutti Artisan Gelato has been open in Mornington for over 10 years, however current owners Michelle and Pete Rafelds bought the store four years ago.
Michelle says that the premise of Tutti Frutti was to provide great quality gelato, using traditional Italian methods with the best quality local ingredients.
Both Michelle and Pete make the gelato and while neither of them have a professional background in food; they both love good quality food and cooking.
“We make our gelato based on demand, we don’t make copious amounts for storage as the gelato is so much better fresh,” explains Michelle.
“In saying that, some flavours are better if they do mature for a few days, like Christmas Pudding, Rum & Raisin or Roasted Banana & Orange taste so much better after a few days, as the spices infuse into the gelato, making a more complex taste.
“To me, the perfect gelato is rich, not too sweet, creamy and dense in texture and melts in the mouth, but most of all, makes you happy as you eat it!”
The process of making gelato involves the combining of milk, cream and sugar with the chosen flavourings for Tutti Frutti’s milk based gelato or water, sugar, glucose and flavourings for our sorbets.
They are then churned in the Batch freezer, which is an industrial ice cream churn, extracted and blast frozen in the blast freezer (down to -25C) to ensure the gelato holds its shape.
Each gelato flavour has a slightly different recipe and Michelle says there is tweaking for each to ensure the right balance of taste and texture.
“We source as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible, as this is very important us,” says Michelle.
“We also try to promote local ingredients. We use espresso from Coffee Traders for our coffee gelato, Main Ridge goat’s milk for our Goats Milk & Honey Gelato and Frank’s Hot Cross Buns for our Hot Cross Bun Gelato.
“Plus, I love the Wednesday Mornington Market and often purchase local produce to use in our gelato. Strawberries, figs and honey have all found their way into our gelato. We believe strongly that if you source the best quality ingredients, you will have a quality product.
“We experiment often with new flavours, sometimes its from an idea from a recipe seen in a magazine, (Roasted Banana & Orange), a lolly eaten at the movies or at home (Malteaser gelato, Marvellous Creations, Peanut Butter Cup) or suggestions by our customers (Lemon, Lime & Bitters, Lime in da Coconut sorbets).
“We try to do a few new flavours each season, I am currently working on an Apple Crumble gelato that is gluten free.”
Tutti Frutti’s most popular flavours are:
- Sour Cherry & Yoghurt
- Cookies & Cream
- Salted Caramel with Choc Coated Pretzels
- Mango sorbet
- French Vanilla
5 Blake St, Mornington VIC 3931
(03) 5975 9597
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