We wouldn’t have a problem matching Talenti-brand gelato against higher-priced gelatos ($7 to $10 a pint) in a taste test. At $5 to $6 a pint in mainstream supermarkets (depending on where you shop), it’s a relatively bargain-priced treat made from fresh, high-quality ingredients sourced from around the world. But beware: It melts fast.
The Minneapolis-based Talenti company recently introduced seven new gelato flavors, bringing the total number to 30. The twist is, they’re based on desserts and snacks. “The new flavors offer a modern twist on classic desserts, reimagined into pints of gelato,” said a company spokeswoman.
The flavors are chocolate chip cookie dough, coffee toffee, hazelnut chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin cookie, raspberry cheesecake, salted peanut caramel and tiramisu. More information: www.talentigelato.com.
We gathered our tasters and readied our spoons. We judged flavor/taste and texture, and had much discussion. When the last bowl had been scraped, the clear winner was hazelnut chocolate chip (”Love the chunks, and it’s not oversly sweet.” “Grab a spoonful at 10 p.m. and go to bed happy”).
Second place went to salted peanut caramel (”Fabulous flavor and perfect saltiness.” “These simple flavors made for the best gelato”).
Tiramisu placed third (”Tastes like really good coffee.” “Coffee-tasting and caramel-y, with a little zing”).
How about seconds?
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.