Talenti Mediterranean Mint Gelato
mint gelato with chocolate chips
Once again the packaging leaves little to the imagination because you can clearly see what you’re about to get yourself into (sorry, the picture came out a bit too white).
Talenti describes this one by saying “Fresh mint is blended with flecks of bittersweet chocolate, yielding an exotically smooth and refreshing finish”. That description alone has me sold to be honest. I think it’s a smart choice going with bittersweet chocolate over semisweet chocolate in this application. I do think dark chocolate works better paired with mint and seeing as bittersweet chocolate is technically the darker of the two baking chocolates I can see this one working nicely together.
Man, I had such high hopes for this one too. I guess that’s just the risk you take when it comes to mint flavored things. It’s either going to be really good or just plain awful. I would have much rather had this one taste like mouthwash than grass.
On Second Scoop (aka “I forced others to try it”): Everyone was very put off by the grassy-ness and one even went as far as spitting it right out. I didn't even mention anything about the lime smell I had originally encountered but one of them asked why it smelt citrus-y. Yeah, I’m sorry Talenti, but this one is not even close to a winner in my book.
Verdict? Grass wasn’t tasty when I was little and sure as heck isn’t now.
Buy Again? Never again
On Second Pint (2014): So I decided to give Talenti's Mediterranean Mint another try because of all of your comments basically saying I was crazy. (actually, I just wanted a container of it with the updated packaging) I'm glad I took the chance though. While there is a little bit of the "grassiness" to it, the flavor was a lot better this time around. I can see why so many of you, including Dubba, really like this flavor. While it's not my favorite, I can appreciate the craft that was put into making this flavor. I'm going to mark this one up as either a fluke or a change in recipe when they switched packaging. Either way, I'd have no problems recommending this to someone looking for a more natural mint flavor. This gelato is mint chip at its simplest form and should be enjoyed that way.
Dubba's Scoop: I've always been intrigued by Nick's grassy comment on this review. It's not that I don't believe him, it's just that my technical side needs to quantify it. So, with my final free Talenti coupon about to expire and no other viable options available, I picked this one up today. My treat was nice and soft by the time I got home, so I dug right in and.... cool, I like it. See, the thing is, I grew up on this flavor. My mom and grandmom used to make these neat little rose shaped mint candies (link?) and this tastes EXACTLY like them. It's uncanny, and for me, it's kind of awesome. It's a funky creamy mint flavor that I haven't tasted in a very long time. Obviously it's not for everyone, but it's another example of how Talenti consistently thinks outside the
Dubba's Verdict? a very old school flavor
Would Dubba Buy Again? yup