Once scooped, it reminds me of my beloved Caramel Cookie Crunch
So I hand a bowl over to my wife first since deep down this pint is for her. She starts eating but doesn't really say much. I get myself a single scoop but decide to offer it to my daughter instead. She gets a whole ONE bite into it and makes the BLECK face. Wow, she's usually a trooper but she's going with the one and done here. My wife chimes in that it takes a little getting used to. Well, it's Talenti, so it can't be that bad right?
I take a whiff and it's a bit disconcerting. Rather than smelling banana (i.e. the inside), it smells more like a banana peel. I take my first bite and WOW is that totally not what I expected. On the one hand, the mature part of me is trying to tell me it tastes like a nice banana bread. On the other hand, the immature side of me almost spit it out into the sink.
My wife chimes in again to say that the chocolate chips help, and I agree that they are a nice thin crunch, but that's not enough for me. There's also a nice looking swirl but the caramel flavor is totally buried. I try to press on but I'm having trouble. I decide to bury mine in nesquik and while it does help, the banana peel funk is still riding high.
As always, Talenti has delivered a unique treat with a fine texture, but there is very little of me enjoying this treat. My wife offers to finish it so it doesn't go to waste, but I think we'll make this the only banana review of the year.
On Second Thought: So you know how a green banana is flavorless, a yellow banana is nice and sweet, and than a really spotted banana kinda has this twist to it? I think that's what I taste in this pint, it's that very ripe flavor twist. As always, they've nailed the banana taste, it's just not the way I prefer my bananas.
Nick’s Note: Okay, so I just tried this flavor and I have to agree with Dubba. I’m normally a fan of banana flavored dessert but this one is a bit too ripe for my liking. The caramel and chocolate bits are tasty but unless you get a good amount of them, the base just takes over. I wonder if the ripeness varies from batch to batch because others have said that they love this flavor. I’m not saying it’s a bad flavor by any means but with the banana flavor being so ripe I can’t say I’d be picking this one up ever again.
Verdict? (well made but) too ripe
Buy Again? nope