Ciao Bella Chocolate Mascarpone Gelato
(chocolate gelato swirled with mascarpone gelato)
Getting past the crunchy stuff, I dig in and it tastes like every other vanilla chocolate combo I have ever had. The mascapone vibe is super weak so let's try just it by itself. Yeah, whoa, that's mild. Super mild. There is a pleasant sweetness to it, but the flavor is very mild.
I really didn't expect this one to be so subtle. Add in that bit of weirdness from the chocolate and I can't say I would recommend this one, at least not at the usual $5.69 price tag. It's not bad, but the flavor should be way more distinct for a high end product like this.
On Second Scoop: After three servings the faux pint is finally gone and I can't say I will miss it. Even letting the texture slide because I may have gotten an iffy pint, the flavor isn't there and it really needs to be. You are selling this on chocolate mascarpone with no mix-ins, and neither chocolate or mascarpone brings what it should. The chocolate is of higher quality, but it leans in to a bit of weirdness. The mascarpone is just so immensely mild that it's not really there. It's more of an anti-chocolate than anything. Maybe you dig that, but I wanted to think canolli, not hoodsie cup.
**Note: ofcourse, after finally spying this on sale at Whole Foods, my local Market Basket just started to carry Ciao Bella... for $3.99. It's a single shelf and they don't have a ton of flavors, but I will keep an eye on it and pick something up from time to time
Verdict? nothing special
Buy Again? nope