Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ciao Bella Baileys Sea Salt Caramel Gelato

[New for 2017] I was trying to scope out something to show the new 2017 Ciao Bella pint designs when I came across a new flavor. Let's dig in to...

Ciao Bella Baileys Sea Salt Caramel Gelato
gelato with the taste of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liquer & sea salt caramel

It took me several minutes of pondering but then I realized that the best thing to say about this flavor is that it's boring. It just doesn't pop and it has a so-so texture. Why would I want this when we have a product like Talenti that has a better texture and a much wider assortment of flavors at the same price point.

The most obvious retort to that would be "well doesn't the sea salt in the caramel help it pop?" and the answer is no. I actually wound up having a few chips when I was done so to liven up the aftertaste.

The Bailey's flavoring does add some complexity and so this does not taste like a regular caramel flavor. It's also not actual Bailey's Irish Cream, so there's no alcoholic burn or bite to it.

Did I want this one sweeter? Yes. Did I want it more pronounced? Yes. Do I want a less gummy texture? YES. The Ciao Bella texture was better when they were a younger company.

On Second Scoop: Ok, this has been in the back of my freezer for over a month now, time to finally do a second scoop. WOW. That first bite was really potent. Apparently I forgot how this one tastes. You know what I hate? When you go to scoop ice cream but it squirms around because it's all gummy. It's disconcerting (and distracting). I really don't like the flavor on this one. I think there is sweetness to it after all but it's just such an odd flavor with nothing to play against. Maybe it would be better on a waffle... or a warm blondie brownie! Or maybe that's just the way Bailey's is supposed to taste. Whatever it is, I regret buying this. Somebody who likes Baileys try this and let me know what you think.

Verdict?  odd flavor... but maybe you'll like it?
Buy Again?  no chance


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I didn't like this either. I definitely detected a permanent ink aroma to it; and there was no swirl!

Dubba Scoops said...

HAHAHAHA! Now there's a description for everyone!

Anonymous said...

I have tried this brand (not this flavor) a few times, and have never been that impressed with it. I don't think I would ever be tempted to buy it again.