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Hedy Goldsmith is executive pastry chef for The Genuine Hospitality Group, including Michael’s Genuine in Miami. Her first cookbook, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts With Big Flavors, came out last week, and she’s offering a preview with a few recipes on Food Republic.

I’ve given up meals for a tub of movie theater popcorn. I love the flavor so much, I had to create a gelato version. This gelato is so unique that I actually served it as a side dish for a hamburger at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s famous Burger Bash. My popcorn ice cream sandwich was the belle of the Burger Ball. Oh, and the popcorn must be freshly made – don’t even think about store-bought or the microwave variety. Sure, it might be faster, but the gelato will taste terrible!