When a company offers to send you a cooler full of gelato for taste-testing purposes, you don’t say no.
And when you arrive home at the end of a long day with said cooler waiting for you on your doorstep.
With more gelato than you could possibly eat.
Even if it was allowed on my program.
Which it’s not.
So that’s what I did.
With my kids. The neighborhood. And friends that were in the area.
Because the more opinions, the better. Amiright?
My kids had never heard of gelato before, so I am clearly negligent in my duties as a partially-Italian mom. Gelato, as I explained to them, is Italian ice cream that is made with less air than the traditional kind they’re used to. Gelato itself has been around forever, with the first Italian gelato selling carts popping up nearly 100 years ago.
Creamy, rich, but not overly so.
Creamy, rich, but in an oh so perfect, just a little is enough, kind of way.
I first saw the little containers of Talenti popping up in the store a year ago. And I made a mental note to get some. The small sizes are kind of perfect. You can totally, um, polish off an entire container by yourself, but since they’re on the personal side, maybe you won’t feel as guilty about it…?
It’s a line of reasoning I’m willing to help you with.
Talenti introduced a few new flavors that are ideal for celebrating the holiday season. Peppermint Bark. Old World Eggnog. Need I say more?
And along with their new flavors, they also sent their Toasted Almond, Sea Salt Caramel, Tahitian Vanilla Bean, and Double Dark Chocolate.
And so we got to tasting.
The biggest (and most frequent) comment I received back was how light it tasted. Like you almost weren’t even indulging (but, of course, you still were). The Sea Salt Caramel was reported as being “smooth and creamy, without the heavy fat-feel of some premium ice creams. Sweet, but not overly so (I like that… not a fan of too sweet), because the salt offsets some of the sweetness.” Reviewers loved that the gelato is made from all-natural ingredients and that it’s gluten-free. The Dark Chocolate was good, but tasted slightly more like milk chocolate, as opposed to dark.
The Toasted Almond, the Peppermint Bark, and the Old World Eggnog were definitely the crowd favorites of the group. Each person that tried the gelato independently loved how light it tasted. With these particular flavors, we loved how the flavoring was subtle, but very definitely there.
The Toasted Almond tasted divine with a little drizzle of honey over it.
The Talenti gelato has 30% less fat than traditional ice cream, so even though you’re indulging, you’re doing it in a slightly more healthy manner.
Which is totally exactly what we all need during the holiday season.
*This was NOT a sponsored post, although the kind folks at Talenti did send us the samples on the house. Go get yourself some. You won’t be disappointed.