Healthy Choice "ice cream". Actually, my biggest fear right now is that caramel swirl. It's all over the place and who knows where the flavor will land (I guess I should have faith in a $6 pint of dessert though, shouldn't I?)
Oh I can't wait to second scoop this one.
I take my first bite and then a few more. Not sure what to make of it at first. I take a few more bites, and I am hooked! Oh yeah, wow, this is well done, well done indeed! Talenti has taken a fairly common idea and really spun it in a special way.
The base gelato is nice, it almost feels like a frozen milkshake. I know that probably sounds partially redundant, but if you take your time with each bite, the scoop of gelato will start to melt in your mouth and gives a really nice (but mild) milkshake vibe. I don't want to overstate it too much, and I definitely don't want you to think this is some melted mess of double churned ice cream either.
The caramel swirl? I wasn't sure what to think with my first few bites, I thought it might be too strong, but I was quickly roped in by a caramel that fit perfectly into the mix. Flavorful, but not to sweet. I did a taste test on a spot where the caramel had pooled a bit and it's really nice. Definitely no artificial vibe here.
Completing the mix are the crunchy bits. As you can see, most of them are tiny (the biggest one being in the top of the picture above). I wouldn't mind more of them, but at the same time, I really don't want them on the large size. I think it would distract too much from the overall smooth creation that is in front of me.
Honest opinion? I had trouble stopping on this one. I got about 1/3 down in the container before putting it away. I easily could have plopped down in the recliner and polished the whole pint off. I will admit to noticing something just a smidge off at first. I didnt know if the gelato had just a hint of a woodsy flavor too it, you know the old stick flavor that you might find in a fruit sorbet. Nothing awful, just a mild hint of something I couldn't quite place my spoon on... well, I checked the ingredient list and sure enough this flavor actually has a bit of sunflower oil in it. How's that for being different? Talenti is always trying to spice things up and this is no exception.
One more possibly unrelated thought: The aftertaste, while pleasant, almost seemed a little dry. Not parched, just, iunno, like I needed a sip of water.
On Second Scoop: Mmmmm, even better on the second try. This is easily one of my favorites of the last few months, it's just that good. The first few bites got the caramel flavor going and there was a bit of a subdued gritty texture to the whole thing. Maybe you are suppose to let gelato sit for a minute because a few scoops later and we quickly got back to that lovely partially melting texture that won me over the other day. Maybe it's the homage to cookies n' cream, maybe it's the well crafted caramel, but I really like this one and it's so very hard to stop eating it. Nice job Talenti.
Pint shot from the original review (circa 2010 design, notice the top has a sticker on it)
2014 nutrition facts and ingredients
(still one of my favorite Talenti flavors)