Oh yeah, Stop & Shop is now carrying Talenti! Not only that, but instead of just carrying a few flavors, there are seven flavors in front of me. I'm pretty excited to see Belgian Milk Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Mediterranean Mint, and Black Cherry - Amarena. Had I been headed home, I probably would have went with the black cherry, but since I'm on my own, I can't resist the caramel.
--Cool, I just checked and Sea Salt Caramel is Talenti's newest flavor!
Check it out. I managed to pull the penny test off in the car. I can't prove it with a picture, but now that I think about it, these cubes very much remind me of the caramel cubes I found in Häagen-Dazs Reserve: Fleur de Sel caramel ice cream. Sounds like an excuse to buy some more H-D Reserve and compare hehehe.
Sorry, let's get back to the gelato, in particular, the taste. By making caramel the main ingredient, Talenti has managed to create a very uniform caramel flavor throughout the pint. You'll be happy to know it's not an overpowering caramel either, it's fairly restrained. Actually, I'm trying to think if I've ever had a quality caramel that wasn't well balanced. It's sweet but not too sweet, and it definitely wasn't too salty. To be honest, I can't think of one other treat that has put this much effort into creating this kind of caramel base. It's a shame that the texture is off... would it be wrong to add whip cream?
As I put away the gelato and headed back to work, I tried to sum up my experience and my aftertaste. After a little thought, I just needed one word: Werther's. That's right, this stuff is like eating Werther's Original hard candies. This isn't a bad thing, I like Werthers, it's just funny how much they remind me of each other at the moment.
So I don't love this one, and I can only give it a basic recommendation for caramel lovers, but have no fear, I will definitely being heading back to try more flavors... did I mention Talenti is only $4.49 at Stop & Shop?
Update: I did a match up between this and H-D in 2013, click here for more.