This is Talenti's (fairly new) German Chocolate Cake Gelato. It's a (milk) chocolate base with coconut bits, candied pecans, and a caramel swirl. Talenti has an awesome track record and this one is no exception.
Quick rewind: I wrote to Talenti in hopes of tracking down some of their limited edition flavors. They couldn't really help, but they did send over a few free pint coupons. Big thanks to them because I probably wouldn't have tried this one on my own!
An employee was going through the freezer section cleaning everything up, so this pint came pre-softened which turned out to be both good and bad. Good because it was the perfect consistency and bad because I couldn't stop eating it. You see, within a few bites I was hooked. I always start slow with a flavor like and ask myself: How much am I tasting the chocolate? How easy is it to ignore the coconut? And then I hit the pecans...
Oh the pecans! Talenti always goes the extra mile and they've perfectly candied these pecans. They are fresh, plentiful and have this wonderful sugar crunch. There is so much coating that it has partially melted and created a puddle around the pecan. Some are small, some are large, and all are tasty. I totally recommend starting off a serving by scooping out a few pecans so that their sweet flavor can really shine through. Once your taste buds are dialed in, then you can dig into the rest of the pint with an open (and happy) mind.
Did I really manage to ignore the coconut? Why yes I did. Rather than adding coconut slivers or coconut oil, they've taken coconut shavings, chopped them into tiny bits, and blended them thoroughly throughout the base. This gives us a steady but not overpowering piece of the flavor puzzle. Bring in the very pleasant but not overpowering chocolate, mix in the sweetness of the pecans, and it really is a wonderful flavor profile as well as a very pleasant texture profile. Yes, there is the caramel too, but I was too distracted to really notice it in particular, it was just there quietly playing it's part in this wonderful treat.
Could it be better? Honestly? I wouldn't change this one. Oh sure I don't love coconut, but I'd be afraid of ruining the way these pieces come together. Someone took the time to get this one just right. Excellent job as always Talenti.
On Second Scoop: Ok, time to try this one when it's not half melted. See yesterday I was sucked in by how the melting gelato was speckled with coconut bits providing a wonderful melting blend of flavors, but how well will it hold up fresh from the freezer? Well, it's still soft actually. This is reminding me of something, but I can't remember what.... yes, I had Edy's caramel coconut cookie but that's not it... oh this stuff is so good. It's just got this neat soft gritty texture. It's funny how the texture can be a hindrance or a help, but here it's a help. Oh I love the pecans, love love love them. This is one of the flavors that you don't really review, you just try to keep the ranting semi-coherent. I just love everything about it, it's perfect just the way it is.
Buy Again? Yup