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”).
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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.