Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Haagen-Dazs Stracciatella Gelato

[New for 2013, discontinued before 2016] Alright, it's been awhile since we've tried another of the new Haagen-Daz Gelato flavors. I think the next one that has my eye (and discounted price tag is)....

Haagen-Dazs Stracciatella Gelato
chocolaty shavings folded into sweet cream gelato

(the shiny surface of a freshly unsealed container)

It's so hot right now... but that means easy tempering. Talenti tends to temper in moments, but this thicker HD takes minutes... trying to be patient.... I'm hungry, let's dig in. The flavor of the chocolate chips is really shining through on these first bites. I'm digging the subtle sweetness of the base. I want to say there's more of a milky flavor than with the Talenti. Doh, hold on, need to take another picture.

Funny, as I eat more, the chocolate bits seem to be losing their effect. Overall, it just doesn't have that Talenti pop. It's still a fine gelato, it's just... iunno, too smooth? Again, that's kind of a reference to the milky vibe. Maybe it's the fact they use skim milk instead of whole milk (and yet the Talenti version is healthier!).

I think if you want to say that you've tried a stracciatella flavor then this will do in a pinch. It just doesn't have that fancy smancy feel to it, that gelato awesomeness that we go to Talenti for. I guess I also want you to understand that this isn't chocolate chip ice cream. It looks like it, has similar ingredients (minus the extra vanilla), but it's not. Oh well.

On Second Scoop: Now as a rule of thumb, I don't read the ingredient list until I've tried an ice cream, because, well, your brain can play tricks with you sometimes. Case in point, ever since I've read skim milk on this gelato, it's all I can think about it. It's not terrible, I just think they missed the mark on this one.

Verdict?  Not bad
Buy Again? Nah


Danielle said...

I made the mistake of trying this one first and it was so bad I wrote to HD about it! The cherry amaretto is by far the best!

Anonymous said...

Great timing on this review. I have been eyeing this in the store and thought it was chocolate chip. Thanks for the heads up!

Anonymous said...

I love and miss Vanilla Chocolate Chip!!!

so i thought i would try this

i was pretty bad--thick and gummy...

posted that to facebook.....

Nick Rovo said...

Anon, if you've looked at their facebook you know you're not alone on missing it. I've never tried it myself but I find the amount of people who miss it amusing. It seems like such a simple flavor to me. If you have a scoop shop near year, they have said it is still available there.