Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Ciao Bella Belgian Chocolate S'mores Gelato Squares

I think I brought this up in my first Ciao Bella review, but the whole idea of a frozen gelato sandwich is quite fun to me.  Also, as I mentioned previously, I picked up two boxes of these Ciao Bella gelato squares at snooty Fresh Market in a two-for-one sale that netted me two boxes of squares for $5.99.  This box of Ciao Bella Belgian Chocolate S'mores Gelato Squares has four 2.0 fluid ounce squares with each square coming in with 250 calories.  S'mores are not something that I particularly liked or disliked as a child, but as I've aged, I've had tons of s'more-flavored products that I've enjoyed and have eventually become addicted to the flavor combination.

So the basic construct of these squares are soft outer graham cracker-type sandwich pieces with the gelato intermingled inside.  What's fun about this box of squares is that the interior gelato is Belgian chocolate flavored along with some marshmallow swirl filling to emulate the campfire treat (you can barely see with white coloring of the marshmallow swirl of the treat at the very top edges near the cracker-type sandwich pieces.  That Belgian chocolate smell is very strong and that strong smell is definitely delightful and enticing.  So with that enticing smell, I was more than anxious to dive in.

As you can see from my photo above, I wasn't exactly shy about taking my first bite of these squares and all I can say is that they did a terrific job representing the campfire treat, although this had more chocolate than a typical s'more contains.  That creamy Belgian chocolate gelato was both rich and sweet and combined with the sweet taste of the marshmallow and the additional sweet taste of the graham cracker outside, this was a sweet tooth's (and also a dentist's) delight.  That outer graham cracker shell  was soft and chewy, which is a bit different than a s'more obviously, but that didn't bother me in the slightest as I chewed my way through this decadent treat.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I'll just come out and say quickly that I absolutely loved everything about this and give it a BUY IT rating.  It's a chocolate lover's delight AND a s'more lover's delight as well.  I honestly can't think of anything wrong with this at all and that's tough for me to do since I'm a world class cynic.  With that said, it would absolutely be in your best interest to grab these out of the freezer case of your local store if you see them.

Other Reviews:
*The Ice Cream Informant

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