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What Is Italian Ice? The Origins of Gulu

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What is Italian Ice?   Italian ice is a frozen dessert that lives within the same culinary realm as ice cream. In other words, it’s a cold, sweet treat with fruit and other sweet flavorings.    The big question, then, is how is it different from ice cream or sorbet? The answer is simple. Italian…

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Gelü Gives Back!

At Gelü, we are proud of our community and make it a priority to support the local organizations that strive to make an impact in the lives of others. We desire to be involved and invested in the people of our town and engage in the lives of those we meet every day. We want…

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Back in the Lab

Gelü is back in the lab, working on new flavors of ice for all the connoisseurs out there. In addition to the already amazing bundle of pure decadence produced locally by Gelu, they are adding four new tantalizing tastes. Please welcome: Margarita, Red Raspberry, Sugar-Free Lemon, and Sugar-Free Cherry. First, let’s talk about Red Raspberry.…

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2016 Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley Winners

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Two dozen local restaurants, caterers and food purveyors worked hard to compete at the 14th annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley. This year, United Way of Mesa County is recognizing both first and second place winners with cash prizes! Gelü Italian Ice received the award for Best Sweet Creation.…

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Fresh Italian Ice Carts in Grand Junction and Beyond

Ronn and Karin Gookin are not new to the entrepreneur world. They bought their first business, a flooring store years ago. With no food service background, it was an idea presented to them by their partner, John Nelson, to start producing and selling Italian Ice in the Grand Valley. In New York and New Jersey,…

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Gelü Italian Ice Opens Its First Store Nicknamed the “Ice Shack”

Most folks know Gelü Italian Ice for its bright-colored, mobile push-carts spotted at most local farmers’ markets, fairs and festivals. Now, folks have another option to easily get their Gelü fix. The locally-owned business recently opened the Gelu Italian “Ice Shack” – a standalone location – May 29 in Sutherland’s parking lot by Mesa Mall.…

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Gelü Creates One of the Grand Valley’s Favorite Treats

Gelü — a unique name for a unique frozen treat. Gelü Italian Ice started in August 2013 with two pushcarts filled with several flavors of Italian ice. Today, there are more than 20 flavors, six pushcarts, and one large mobile trailer called the “ice shack.” Contrary to many popular beliefs, Italian ice isn’t ice cream,…

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Winners and Highlights From 2015 Taste of Grand Valley

The 2015 Taste of the Grand Valley at Two Rivers Convention Center was a popular place to be Monday evening. Live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and sampling of food and beverages were enjoyed by attendees with all proceeds benefiting United Way of Mesa County. Gelü Italian Ice took Best Sweet Creation. Read More: Winners and Highlights…

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Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley: Gelü Italian Ice

Gelü Italian Ice joins us in the studio to discuss their upcoming appearance in the Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley! Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley is a food festival featuring a wide array of local restaurants, catering companies, and food products. Exhibitors provide samples of their food and/or beverage, and participants…

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Grand Junction’s Gelü Italian Ice Celebrates First Anniversary

Gelü Italian Ice is proud to announce its first birthday. Aug. 1, 2014, will mark the official one-year anniversary for Gelü. The idea for Gelü came in early 2013 from co-founder John Nelson, who comes from New York where Italian Ices, sometimes called water ices, are a popular daily summer treat. Nelson, together with co-founders…

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