Talenti Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Gelato #36
vanilla bean gelato with chocolate chip cookie dough and swirls of dark butter fudge
Oh man.... it smells like cookie dough.
I take my first bite.... and then my second... and then my third. Yeah, somebody had fun when they built this flavor. It's definitely different.
Currently attempting to resist the urge to dig down deep in to that "dark butter fudge" swirl (since there is none at the top of my pint). Hmm, I did just find a tiny piece of cookie dough.... searching for another. Two more tiny bits but nothing huge. The tough thing right now is that I'm waiting for something to happen.... but it's not.
I get that it's cookie dough, but it's not bowling me over with flavor or chunks. Instead, it's trying to tease me. The base texture is fine as always, but I need a textural change to drive home the fact it's true chocolate chip cookie dough.
Before cracking this pint open, I had visions of it tasting like the super sweet swirl in Blue Bunny's cookie dough ice cream, but that's not happening. This is subdued... oh so subdued. Even the fudge swirl seems like some wispy dry cocoa mixed in.
Crud, I have psyched myself up way too much for this one. It's good, it's not bad, but I was sitting here ready for my brain to explode like it did with salted peanut caramel.... wait, wait, I finally found some cookie dough!
Ok, now as a disclaimer, I should admit that I probably just ate at least half the pint. There are moments when you take a bite and if you slow down you will get this neat cookie dough flavor coming across... but I need more. I hate to play the mix-in card, but considering how I much I ate, I should have gotten more than one cookie dough chunk and four tiny bits. You can't taunt people like that.
On Second Scoop: Since there is no point in endlessly digging for elusive cookie dough bits, I decided I would lightly snack on the rest of the pint. What that means is stealing 4 or 5 bites here and there to see how it hits me. Overall I do like this one. The smell and flavor remind me very much of (a quality) vanilla extract and brown sugar mixed together. I'd put this one with the likes of their Belgian milk chocolate flavor. It's nice and simple, but may not be something you want everyday, but hopefully you will enjoy it.... well, after you get over your frustration about the cookie dough chunks anyway.
Final Note: I finished this one and found TWO more cookie dough balls. That's it.
Verdict? still fine, but wanted epic
Buy Again? on occasion
Nick's Thoughts: Just got my hands on this and all I can say is wow, that was lackluster. I don't think I've ever had a cookie dough flavor I was so bored by. Everything tastes fine but nothing stands out or makes me want to buy this again. The problem here is the mix-ins. The cookie dough chunks are minimal and the fudge swirl does nothing for me. It's weird having such few cookie dough chunks without chocolate chips in the mix to add texture and flavor. The swirl adds flavor but lacks the added texture I want. Far too many bites of this gelato are mix-in less and that's not what I want from a cookie dough flavor at all.