Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Revelé Whipped Gelato

[seems to be discontinued, website & social media offline - 12/2020]

About two months ago, I came across a fascinating product. Fascinating because it was a new low calorie frozen treat that wasn't relying on Erythritol or any other sugar replacement. Instead, it was whipping in more air to reach that magical double digit calorie mark. I thought "great! I need to try this stuff" before quickly realizing that they are based in Orange County, CA. As luck would have it, they contacted me through instagram and offered to send free samples. How could I say no?

Revelé Whipped Gelato

There are currently six flavors of Revele available (website here): Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla Symphony, Seasonal Strawberries, and Cake Batter. Coffee Toffee Crunch contains almonds and so came to work with me. There is also a White Chocolate Raspberry flavor.

At this point, I would usually dig in the samples but unfortunately my samples did not handle their dry ice voyage very well. All five pints were left me with an odd velvety texture that will not go away no matter how long I waited for it to temper. And when I say velvet, I mean velvet velvet, like the fabric, but yet it was still hard. It kind of reminded me of astronaut ice cream actually.

That said, I did attempt to take bites of all of them and Cake Batter is probably my favorite of the bunch. It's got a great cake aroma to it and just seemed to be the most interesting of the bunch. The other flavors are all fairly standard, so nothing too strong and nothing too mild. As you might suspect with something this low cal, the mix-ins are all very tiny and not terribly frequent. This was probably most noticeable on the toffee flavor.

So that's it for now. I know it's not a true review, but I'm actually still excited by this product and I'm hoping a couple of you can find it and then hopefully get back to the rest of us with an official freezer aisle review (where to buy map). I had been waiting to hear back from them about whether or not they've had shipping issues before, but then I just decided to post this because it's not like there's anything else going on right now... so, what do you think of this idea?

Science Update: Not wanting to throw the samples away (but not really wanting to eat them either), I did a little science experiment by letting two of the pints temper for a good 40+ minutes. While I wound up reducing the volume to about 50% of it's original size, I believe I've gotten something that I guess is more akin to the intended texture. While the new vanilla still didn't impress, the chocolate was definitely more fun in this new state. It's now something more akin to chocolate cool whip. Ok, just wanted to share that since the company never got back to me.

Late 2018 Update: There are now ten flavors in all and they can all be found in updated packaging that includes blue lids. The new flavors are Candy Bar Crunch, Cookies & Cream, Dark Chocolate Mocha, and Peanut Butter Truffle.

 Revelé contains 0g of lactose 


Anonymous said...

It’s a step in the right direction as far as truly being a healthier product. And it could encourage some competition and eventually edge out some of the chemical laden options. Fingers crossed.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Others have reported the same texture issues, unfortunately.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon: agreed!

@Liz: did they buy in store or order online?

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

They received them for free, like you.

Rabbit Girl said...

Is the idea for it to be whipped liked those whipped yogurts? I wouldn't be keen on it personally because it lacks in calcium and protein--i suppose because it's just regular ice cream with air mixed in to up the volume.

Dubba Scoops said...

@liz: ahhh, ok, would definitely explain the similar issues then.

@rabbit: I think of it more like "double churned" or "slow churned" where you get a more air and therefore a less dense and lighter product, but technically yeah, whipped yogurt is basically the same think right? (I think I've only tried whipped yogurt once and that was several years ago). In general, yes, there will be less protein and calcium unless they specifically seek to compensate for their being more air.

Unknown said...

Huh! Shame. I remember seeing this company advertised on Insta I think but at the time they weren’t actually available yet. Sad to hear they don’t travel well as I imagine they’ll never make it to my area.

Anonymous said...

I bought mine at Safeway. Same texture issue and I needed a jack hammer to get it out of the container. The final straw was that there was a huge air bubble in the middle of the glop, making the amount half of what it should have been. Now I understand why it was on sale in Safeway.

Grace said...

The Peanut Butter Truffle one lacked any kind of peanut butter flavor. It was truly disappointing.The texture is weird. Seriously. I want my $3.99 back!

Unknown said...

The texture was terrible - ended up throwing them all out. They tasted like chalk.

Anonymous said...

Agree with last comment. Awful texture makes (for me the Dark Chocolate Mocha) inedible.

Anonymous said...

I am a real ice cream lover, and I've never had to throw away any kind of ice cream before. I bought the peanut butter truffle because of the lower calories, fat, etc.
Both the taste and texture are awful; I've never encountered anything like that before! I appreciate the attempt to provide a healthier ice cream treat, but this was so disappointing. Keep trying; the idea is good!