When I arrived, I was met by their hiring manager, Rachel. If you looked up the term "southern belle" in the dictionary, her picture should be there. She was beyond friendly, knowledgeable and understanding when I was late due to an awesome truck painting the road >.<. My tour was a day before the official press tour so some things were still in the process of being set up but I felt it made the experience all the more informative for me. While stores normally cut a ribbon when they open a new location, The Fresh Market cuts the cheese. Literally. These wheels of parmigiano reggiano not only weighed more than me, they also were worth more than what Dubba pays me *cough* cheapskate *cough* that's definitely a unique touch though. While most of the prepared stuff was you know, in the process of being prepared, they did have some freshly baked Italian cookies being stocked that I might have been enticed by.
Now all that is nice and all but I was there for the frozen dessert section and I was not disappointed. Not only does this store have one more door filled with ice cream than the Latham store, but they also carry both Gelato Fiasco and Phin & Phebes. You have no idea just how excited I was when I saw them behind the freezer door. Rachel noticed this and informed me I'd be able to take some samples home with me after the tour. This not only led to excitement but also some anxiety trying to figure out just what flavors to take with me. While I did grab a few Gelato Fiasco flavors and one of the Phin & Phebes, this whole situation sparked from my lackluster experience with the Gingerbread gelato so I knew I had to give them another shot.
The Fresh Market Sea Salt Caramel Gelato
Looking over my options, I saw a few flavors that the Latham store didn’t carry when I went. I opted to go with their Sea Salt Caramel because I’m still looking for a SSC flavor to blow me away like G.S. Gelato did. Looking at the ingredients informed me that this was in fact a base only flavor so if anything it has that in common with G.S.
There's really nothing bad I can say about this one except for the lack of mix-ins. I felt the same way about G.S. but that's a personal preference. As far as base flavors go, this is right up there with Jeni's Dark Chocolate for me and at half the price to boot. For those of you who wanted to try G.S. Gelato's version after I raved about it, if you have a Fresh Market, go there now and thank me later. Heck, if any of you have one within an hour drive and like caramel, there's no reason why you don't give this flavor a try. The Fresh Market has definitely redeemed themselves with this one and now I won't be so hesitant to try some of the other gelatos out.
I'd just like to thank everyone from The Fresh Market that made all of this happen and I can't wait to go back to the store. But first, I need to crack into those other pints I received asap!
Verdict? Best Salted Caramel on the market
Buy Again? Without a question