Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato (#30)
Now Dubba and I were talking about the potential of this flavor when we first got word of it and to be honest I was a bit worried. You see, Talenti is known for making some very awesome stuff but sometimes things can be a little too natural for us. With the onslaught of pumpkin products each year from ice cream to cookies to drinks to pretty much anything else, so many companies cheat by using only spices and then leaving the actual pumpkin component to a minimum or not including it at all. I had a feel Talenti wouldn't go that route and I was correct when I looked over the ingredients. Pumpkin is listed fourth among everything else which is actually even higher than I was expecting. Also while I can see some sort of swirl, I don't see any graham flour or something to suggest of any sort of crust mix-in in the ingredients outside of the wheat flour. Not having an official description doesn't help things either. Enough with the dissection, let's open up flavor #30!
While the cinnamon is the most noticeable spice, there is a decent amount of nutmeg flavor to go around. As for the swirl, well it's not caramel nor is it all that prevalent. I really can't identify what exactly it is but it seemed to be almost like a pumpkin pie spice syrup of sorts. It's quite tasty and amplified the spice flavor profile.
I wish there was a bit more swirl in my pint though. I wasn't sure if there was any type of crust component to this gelato and to be honest, I'm still not sure. You can see those almost gingerbread colored chunks, right? Well I can't really describe what they are and if they're a crust, a cookie or some sort of crumble. While they do remind me of gingerbread in taste, there's no ginger listed in the ingredients. Their texture is a whole other story. Some of them are soft and crumbly like a soft baked cookie while others are more hard and crunchy almost like a dense graham cracker. Whatever they are, they're what really brings this flavor together.
With all the components brought together, I felt as if I was in trendie heaven. It was really that good. As some of my exs might say, "I can't even right now." Seriously though, this might just be my new favorite pumpkin product and up there for my product of the year. Once this pint starts showing up around you, grab it and a few others because who knows how long it'll be on shelves.
Verdict? Finally a pumpkin product that tastes like pumpkin!
Buy Again? I will be hoarding these with what little extra freezer space I have.
Dubba's Note: Wow, this one is good, really good. It's probably the most vibrant and natural pumpkin flavor I've ever had. In fact, as I sit here recovering from the urge to inhale the entire pint, I think I'll actually throw out a disclaimer. This isn't some sweet pumpkin pie. This isnt some half hearted mainstream ice cream. This is top notch gelato and the spices play a major role here. This one is crazy addictive, especially if you start scooping the half melted edges. Awesome job Talenti.