Monday, February 11, 2013

G.S. Tuscan Tiramisu Gelato Review

[By Nick] After seeing how well G.S. Gelato does sorbetto, I was more than excited to try out one of their gelato flavors. I mean come on; gelato is in their name so it has to be amazing at it as well. I've got two choices, but since I’m in more of a coffee mood, I decided to go with their Tuscan Tiramisu.

Being Italian, it shames me to say that my experience with tiramisu is limited. I have had it a few times and really liked it but I’m not sure why I haven’t actually had it all that much. I guess the opportunities have just been few and far between. Thankfully G.S. has me covered by turning the classic dessert into a gelato. One thing to note before we go any further is that G.S. does not use any mix-ins in their gelato. I was informed that they do use them in their private label products but this one is just a smooth base so there will be no lady fingers or a mascarpone swirl. Okay with that out of the way, let's open up this pint.

Ohhh, I was told to let this one sit out for 15 minutes before I tasted it ... so how about that snowstorm? ... Okay, end fake time lapse.

Removing the lid reveals a fluffy looking beige base which you’d associate with something involving coffee. The fluffiness is a bit odd but maybe that’s just the top layer. Digging my spoon in, this stuff cuts like butter yet remains very dense. Keeping with texture, this has a very velvety mouth feel, far superior to any other prepackaged gelato I have ever had. It’s really amazing how well G.S. has mastered the perfect consistency with their products. In a world of gummy ice creams and icy sorbets, companies could take a lesson or two from G.S. Gelato.

As for the taste, it is very subtle when it comes to the coffee flavor. This allows for a nice milky overtone to shine through with hints of the mascarpone cheese. This is definitely a coffee flavor for those who like their milk with a hint of coffee. There’s something eerily familiar with this flavor but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Actually the more I think about it, it kind of reminds me of the old coffee coolattas from Dunkin Donuts just with less of a coffee presence. I wouldn't say this one reminds me much of a tiramisu. That’s okay though because this is still a delicious flavor especially for someone like me who isn't a complete convert to coffee desserts. I do wish there was some sort of mix-ins to change up the texture or possibly some addition of cocoa to go with the tiramisu flavor profile. As a base alone though, this one is definitely remarkable.

Verdict?  A coffee flavor for just about anyone
Buy Again?  I would but next time I’d use it as a base for some sort of sundae

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Container   4

Amount Per Serving
Calories  180
from Fat  72

% Daily Value*
Total Fat  8g
- Sat Fat  6g
- Trans Fat  0g

Cholesterol  7mg
Sodium  38mg
Total Carbohydrate  23g
- Dietary Fiber   0g
- Sugars  22g

Protein  4g

Vitamin A   0%
Vitamin C   0%
Calcium   11%
Iron   0%

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