The folks over at Graeter's offered to send me samples of their new gelato flavors and I don't know anyone who could say no to free gelato. When they arrived, I was happy to see I got two of the non-standard flavors: Hazelnut Truffle and Caramel Truffle. Seeing as there's been a hazelnut boom as of late, let's start there.
Graeter's Hazelnut Truffle Gelato
Hazelnut Gelato with Hazelnut truffles
My word is this stuff dense. While the nutritional info says it’s not as dense as their standard ice cream, I’d argue and say it’s thicker which is a feat among itself. Next to G.S. Gelato, this is the most authentic gelato texture I’ve experienced coming from my freezer.
Unlike their limited edition Strawberry Chocolate Chip ice cream, they nailed the hazelnut base here. They might have done it a little too well though. I'm indifferent when it comes to the flavor of hazelnuts but this base is very strong and almost overpowering. It's definitely stronger than Ben & Jerry's version though I can't comment on Talenti's version just yet.
Thankfully this is Graeter's and they don't skimp on the mix-ins. While the truffles aren’t massive like their chocolate "chips", their flavor is. There are only two words I can use to best describe these little gems of perfection: Nutella Truffles. You read that right. These babies taste as if they were filled with nutella and I wouldn't mind if Graeter's were to send me a whole box of just them *cough* please *cough*.
The truffles' high quality chocolate shell also helps in alleviating the intense hazelnut flavor from the base which is very much appreciated. Sadly though, there just isn't enough room for the truffles to take over flavor control and infact the base tends to drown them out on occasion. My recommendation is to let the ice cream melt away in your mouth first and then bite into the truffles for the best experience.
If I was to change this flavor, I would've incorporated a chocolate swirl so the base would also have that nutella vibe like the truffles. However, this flavor is called Hazelnut Truffle and I believe Graeter's has achieved on that front. I'm now even more excited to break into the other gelato they sent me.
Verdict? For hazelnut lovers but yeah, Nutella. Truffles.
Buy Again? I'd rather just have the truffles.