Serious time over, I have one of the new Talenti Gelato flavors to review. If my memory is correct, all we'll have left to do is find and review Tiramisu and we'll have covered all 7 new flavors (8 if you count the new Target exclusive) for the year. But first things first...
Talenti Raspberry Cheesecake Gelato
Cheesecake Gelato with Cheesecake Chunks and a Sweet Raspberry Vinaigrette
To some of you living in the South East, this flavor isn't all that new but to everyone else in the country it is. Curse your Publix exclusives or whatever it was last year. I have a love hate experience with cheesy flavors but I feel like Talenti can be one of the brands that land in the love side.
Before we get into the gelato, can we just look at this ingredient list? Long lists don't bug me, I mean come on look at all the other things I eat for the site. I'm just taken back by how many there are on a Talenti pint and how ridiculous it looks. It takes up so much room and is just comical looking. I understand why there's a bunch of ingredients with all the mix-ins but I can't be the only one who looks at this pint and laughs at the look of the list. Okay, maybe I am but it's the marketing brain of mine controlling things. [Dubba Note: yeah, I totally laughed too]
Back to the task at hand. Removing the lid doesn't do much for the way of visuals but...
The star here are the cheesecake chunks. Not only are the prevalent, there's something special to them... they taste like they've been hit by a touch of lemon! Honestly, I was not prepared for this and felt like I was going crazy when I bit into one and tasted it. There's no mention of lemon anywhere but each cheesecake chunk has that undeniable citrus kick to it. It's honestly the perfect compliment to the rest of this flavor and brings everything together. What's missing is some tartness and the lemon adds it. Sure there's still some cheesiness to the chunks but it's on par with the base. When you get all three components on your spoon, this becomes one of the best fruity flavors I have ever had.
While not topping Hazelnut Chocolate Chip for my favorite new Talenti flavor, it sure is giving Salted Peanut Caramel a run for the second spot. Great job on this one Talenti!
Verdict? Sweet, tart, cheesy bliss in a pint
Buy Again? Oh yes