[New for 2013] There's one more free pint from Talenti that I still haven't reviewed.
Talenti Southern Butter Pecan Gelato #25
a thick, delicious, buttery background with butter roasted pecans,
and a ribbon of Talenti’s signature dulce de leche
Secrets lay beneath this shy exterior!
Now Talenti has made yet another excellent flavor here, and while Nick is our resident Butter Pecan expert, I'm going to take a crack at this one anyway. Hold tight.
Now my biggest fear was that this would be another overly salty butter pecan flavor but it wasn't! Yes, there is still that bit of saltiness, but it's doing it's best to play nice with the other flavors.
The pecans? Plentiful and fresh of course. No monster ones here, they're all just average sized. Knowing Talenti, they probably come from specific region at their peak of freshness and flavor, and then sort them out so they are all a similar size. They're meticulous like that. Sure I half expected praline pecans or at least salted pecans, but these are just plain pecans. Nothing crazy here, just quality.
The base? pecan-y? Hehehehe. Sorry. It's Talenti excellent and smooth gelato as always, the kind that makes it oh so easy to eat half a pint on the first scooping. This gelato really has a complete flavor profile. It's a bit of saltiness, a bit of caramel, we've got brown sugar and molasses in here, there's eggs, and there's the pecans. It's not hills and valleys of flavors, it's surprisingly consistent. Sure the description says buttery background, but let's be clear that it's that high end, subtle kind of background that Talenti does unlike some other flavors I've tried.
So, nice job Talenti. Butter pecans isn't my thing, but like I said, I ate half the pint on my first serving, so that's a pretty ringing endorsement as far as I'm concerned. Yes, this shares characteristics with other butter pecan flavors, but it's the top notch version.
On Second Scoop: I managed to make my second scoop a single serving which will leave me with a nice third scooping snack at some point. See, the reason I love Talenti so much is that they can take something that I don't really understand (like butter pecan) and turn it in to something I don't want to stop eating. It's just such a nice complex flavor. I don't adore it like I a chocolate and peanut butter combo, but it fascinates me immensely. There's the butter, there is the caramel, there are these pecans that must be dry roasted in some way, and they are all tied together in this wonderful gelato. Nice job.
Nutrition: 1/2 cup (100g) serving: 210 cals (100 from fat), 12g fat (6 sat),
60mg chol, 24g carbs (1g fiber, 23g sugar), 4g protein, 15% Calcium
Verdict? well done
Buy Again? I see people repeat purchasing this one