Ciao Bella montebianco gelato
Delicate chestnut cream laced with organic dark chocolate
Ok, I get chestnuts (roasting on a open fire) as part of the holiday season, but what is up with the name? I'm thinking montebianco = Mont Blanc, but what does that have to do with anything? Oh wait, according to wikipedia, Mont Blanc is a dessert made of pureed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whip cream. And now you know.
I dig right in since it's already softened from the ride back from the store. This is definitely not one of my usual flavor. It kind of tastes like I'm eating the forest... where's the dark chocolate? Seriously, I need a little chocolate to break things up.
Now this isn't the smoothest or milkiest gelato I've had. Is has that fine grain icyness that pervades some gelatos. I'm trying to let it melt rather than chewing so as to extra that bit of sweetness from the flavor combo. Hmmm. My brain is debating if it's better to chow down or savor this one, I'm just not sure.
The dark chocolate chunks are small and fairly prevalent. I was hoping that they would have been strong enough to balance out the chestnut flavor, but again, that goes back to my unfamiliarity with chestnuts in general. The overall flavor profile isn't so weird as to make me stop, but I think part of my continued scooping is my own curiosity of trying to settle in to this one.
...and I think I've eaten over half the pint, so take all the proceeding comments for just that, comments. Or in other words, this is a well made product that you shouldn't be afraid to try. I wouldn't want this every night, but now I can happily cross chestnut gelato off my frozen bucket list.
On Second Scoop: Ok, I'm starved and it's snowy, so it's time to down my afternoon snack. As I let it temper, I check out the ingredients and notice it says "Chestnut Flavor" way at the bottom of the list as opposed to some kind of puree or extract. Part of me thinks I don't like it flavorwise, part of me might be having a mission to marzipan flashback, but then the rest of me is enjoying this chilly treat. It's definitely not one you take giant bites of, but it's a interesting, slow flavor, that's for sure. (Ha, there are lots of chips at the bottom, shame it wasn't like this the whole way.)
Verdict? well done and different
Buy Again? nah