Normally I’d like to judge a new company on how well they make their butter pecan but seeing as they don’t make that, vanilla will have to do. Simply described as “fresh whole organic Tahitian vanilla beans imported from Papua New Guinea produce a classic clean and fresh vanilla flavor”, Talenti still manages to make this sound very enticing.
The very minimal list of ingredients is also a plus, I mean, when was the last time you saw something contain only 7 ingredients?
Like all Talenti products, their containers are see-though so you have a good sense on what you’re getting into before you unscrew the lid (I love this design so much). Removing it though, I’m greeted with a little bit of ice crystals. No big deal, I can just scrape those off. Taking a bite, I think I’ve found the greatest vanilla in existence. It’s just so clean and pure. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a vanilla quite this intense and that’s a good thing. I’m dumbfounded trying to find the words to properly describe this flavor though. Just think of the greatest vanilla you’ve ever had and multiply it by 100, easily. I actually had to pause after my first bite to register all that was happening.
The texture is equally as amazing. It’s remarkably creamy and very dense in a good way. If I didn’t have any willpower I could’ve easily ate the whole thing. It’s ridiculous how silky smooth it is. It goes down so easily that you’re already through a serving before you know it. The best way to put it is that it is velvet in gelato form. My word, why haven’t I tried this stuff sooner?
On Second Scoop: Okay I’m just going to be honest; I went back for more about an hour after I first tried this one. I just couldn’t control my cravings, it truly is that amazing. Man, I feel bad that my taste buds haven’t been acquainted with Talenti before this. I definitely need to try more of their flavors as soon as possible. Why are you still even reading this? Go get your keys and pick up a pint for yourself. You’ll be thanking me later.
2013 Update: After a few comments suggesting that Talenti's Tahitian Vanilla Bean had changed for the worse when they switched packaging, I knew I had to go grab a new pint to investigate. Besides the change in which gum they used, the ingredient list is exactly the same as the old packaging. That doesn't mean much since they could have tweaked quantities without it rearranging the ingredient list. As for flavor, I can't say I could taste a change at all either. I'm guessing those who experienced a difference must have gotten a bad batch. I was worried that Talenti did change the recipe but I'm beyond relieved that it wasn't the case. This still remains by far my favorite vanilla on the market.
Verdict? BEST. VANILLA. EVER.
Buy Again? Do you even have to ask? Hands down without a single doubt.
Dubba's Thoughts: Yeah, this one really is wonderful, it's right up there with Graeter's vanilla ice cream. It's a rich, clean, pure vanilla flavor with great Talenti gelato texture. There's even a bit of sugar cookie or soft server flavor vibe to it. Yeah, I just ate half a pint in about 3 minutes. Nice job Talenti.
|Serving Size 1/2 cup (100g)|
Servings Per Container 4
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 200||from Fat 80|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||14%|
|- Sat Fat 6g||30%|
|- Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 25g||8%|
|- Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|- Sugars 24g|
|Vitamin A 6%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 15%||Iron 0%|