Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tasting Talenti Gelato and Sorbetto

(***UPDATE***Commenter Kristen, you won! Contact us in order for us to snail mail you a coupon for your free pint. See comments section below for a few options. Congratulations! Thanks to all who participated in the fun.)

Recently, while late-night ice cream hunting, I came across the Talenti gelato and sorbetto section. I had seen the little pints and their striking design before, but had never tried any. Now that I have, I'm really inspired to learn how to make proper gelato and have been researching the basic ratios for it and the details of how it differs from ice cream. In the meantime, here are my notes: 

Caramel Cookie Crunch Gelato: the best, most surprising flavor of all; vanilla swirled with caramel and crunchy chocolate cookies.
Mediterannean Mint Gelato: tastes just like real live mint from the garden -- and colored green with alfalfa sprout extract!
Sea Salt Caramel Gelato: fleur de sel and chocolate-carmel truffles are in it; a little on the too-sweet side overall.
Toasted Almond Gelato: tiny bits of almond in a vanilla base that's like snow cream.
Raspberry Sorbetto: zero fat and super-concentrated berry flavor; good with chocolate syrup. 

All in all, this company uses good ingredients and knows gelato well. I am looking forward to trying more Talenti flavors this summer. It runs about $4.99 at Whole Foods, Target, and Kroger here in Memphis, and it's so rich that you'll get about 4 servings per pint. 

*I contacted the company, and they kindly allowed me coupons for review purposes. For one lucky TCV reader in the U.S., we reserved one coupon for a pint of Talenti, any flavor. To enter, all you have to do is comment below this post about your favorite icy treat now and/or your favorite one when you were a kid. Winner will be chosen by random number generator this Friday, 7/27.