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Talenti Gelato Review

By Laura |

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It’s okay, moms.  You can admit that one of your favorite times of the day is when you finally get the kids to go down for the night and you can sit on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and a DVR’d episode of Real Housewives.  I know I’m not alone here.  Even if the junk TV is an every-night thing, I try to limit the ice cream part to just a couple times a week.  However, if I had an endless supply of Talenti Gelato, this could become a constant habit.  With all-natural ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, and grown up flavors like Sea Salt Caramel, Talenti is the perfect end to a crazy day.

About Talenti

There are a lot of gourmet ice creams and gelatos on the market, but Talenti takes it a few steps further, sourcing only the best ingredients and making each batch with care:

We source the globe in order to find the most select ingredients, enhancing our recipes with only natural, raw elements.  Talenti Gelato is made with only freshly pasteurized milk, free of the growth hormones rBGH and rBST.  Talenti uses only extra fine pure sugar, fresh IQF fruit and nuts straight from the growers, real chocolate from Belgium, fresh whole tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea, select coconuts from the Philipines, and real Argentine dulce de leche.  Additionally, we roast and carmelize our own nuts, use fresh-squeezed lemons, and make our own nut pastes.  No detail is ignored and no shortcuts are taken.

All but one flavor is gluten free and even with all of these luxurious ingredients, the gelatos and sorbets have 30-100% less fat than most ice creams and the calorie counts per serving are on par with your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor.

Talenti Gelato and Sorbet Flavors

  • Argentine Dulce De Leche
  • Belgian Milk Chocolate
  • Caramel Cookie Crunch
  • Caribbean Coconut
  • Double Dark Chocolate
  • Cappuccino
  • Mediterranean Mint
  • Sicilian Pistachio
  • Tahitian Vanilla Bean
  • Toasted Almond
  • White Chocolate Raspberry
  • Black Cherry
  • Sea Salt Caramel
  • Lisbon Lemon
  • Roman Raspberry
  • Sonoma Strawberry
  • Hill Country Peach Champagne
  • Blood Orange

Rich Taste at a Middle Class Price

My first bite of the Sea Salt Caramel was wonderful.  The gelato is so rich and creamy that it’s hard to believe that its fat content is so low.  The little chunks of chocolate covered caramel truffles were a tasty surprise and they melted in my mouth.  The saltiness combined with the sweet was amazing.  I also tried the Double Dark Chocolate.  I was intrigued since the product description says that the gelato is made with a “splash of vermouth.”  I didn’t taste anything boozy, but I was again struck by the luxurious feel of the gelato compared to its reasonable fat content and calories.  It felt so sinful but wasn’t really at at all.

I’ll admit that I loved the Double Dark Chocolate so much that I actually searched out more Talenti at my local Wegman’s grocery store.  I wasn’t surprised to find it in the gourmet, all-natural section of the store, but I was surprised to see it at such a great price point! ($4.99/pint – comparable to even Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s)  I took home a pint of Double Dark Chocolate as well as one of the Roman Raspberry Sorbet.  Last night, I sat down for the premier of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with a scoop of each and it was a treat to remember.  (The TV show?  Not so much.)

Shop!  Talenti Gelato and Sorbet can be found at a variety of stores, including Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger, Big Y and Target. You can even order it online (although the grocery store prices seem to be much lower).

Thank you to Talenti Gelato and Sorbet for providing me with samples to review.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.
Laura

Laura

Laura is mommy to Charlie, who was born in April 2011. If you are in Philadelphia and spot a woman on the bus who is balancing an active toddler and the largest canvas tote that L.L. Bean makes, you've probably spotted her. Always up for a challenge, Laura enjoys her day job as a fundraiser, cooking healthy meals at home for her family, and her new workout hobby - running.

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    Jaime

    I swear, their blood orange sorbetto is the BEST. It’s like fruity, frozen crack. 🙂

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    TiTUS

    I’m usually a purist, no chunks or other bits to mar the flavor, and I usually go vanilla. However just to get a contrast I got their “Belgian Milk Chocolate”… oh… my… GOD! This stuff is hands down the best chocolate treat I’ve ever tasted! If you like ice cream you’ll love gelato. Go to the store.. now.. and get a pint! You won’t be disappointed!

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    dave

    I dunno … I picked up a pint of the Belgian Milk Chocolate and, although the texture was wonderfully silky, the chocolate flavor was desperately faint .. it was vague at best .. and it had a hazelnut-marzipan aftertaste that I found off-putting.

    I asked my wife her opinion, and surprise, she didn’t care for it either, though she stayed with it longer than I could …

    I miss Godiva Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. but I will give the Talenti Dark Choco a try

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    Molly Rose

    I normally don’t even like sweets but I was in the mood for ice cream…I was planning on having a couple bites of the Caramel Cookie Crunch flavor.

    ONE PINT LATER…. 🙂

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    PS

    BAD FLAVOR PROFILES: OVERKILL or WEAK.
    The texture of this gelato is superb but the flavors are either far too intense or way too weak. No happy medium.
    The milk chocolate is so weak it doesn’t even taste like chocolate and the double dark chocolate is ruined by the tons of unnecessary chocolate chips. The banana chocolate swirl has a fake and too intense banana flavor.

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    PS

    continued: the Caribbean Coconut and plain Vanilla are fabulous but all other flavors I tried are just overkill or weak. Too many additions (nuts, chips, etc.) and they lose the inherent velvety texture.
    This company needs a new crew of tasters. And new recipes.

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    Diana

    I’ve tried the double dark chocolate 3 times and I think it is hands down the absolute best ice cream I’ve had! Normally I only eat premium ice cream such as Haagen Daz Chocolate chocolate chip- also I’ve been known to throw my ice cream cone away if it doesn’t meet my taste standards- I just love this and next i am going to try the blood orange and caramel!!!

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    st

    Must mention the containers are a nice bonus!

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    Jody and Traci

    We happened upon this wonderful treat at the grocery store today. We each got a pint of the Medittaranian Mint. This wonderful treat is so creamy with the fresh mint flavor and the bits of chocolate was amazing. We hid our containers so no one else could find them. We look forward to trying other flavors. Very excited to try the Sea Salt Caramel!

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    Eyes

    The Sea Salt Caramel is like nothing I’ve ever had! NEVER. It is rich with salty (but not too salty) caramel flavor, and the texture lingers somewhere between soft-serve and buttercream. Truly magnificent.

    The Caramel Cookie Crunch, on the other hand, fell flat on nearly every level. It sure did look promising, but it was wholly unremarkable.

    And what a great price! I bought these for $3.99 on sale. Worth the $8 investment, I’d say. I’d easily pay ten bucks for the SSC alone. I’ve never had its equal…not even in Italy.

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    lisa sharring

    the sea salt caramel is nothing short of extrordinary. i’m completely hooked, and am on the prowl for argentine duce de leche.

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