Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Talenti Argentine Caramel Gelato

I've mentioned previously that a Fresh Market store has recently opened in my neighborhood and where these Fresh Market stores differ from my typical grocery store is that they carry more gelato products than the typical store does.  On my opening weekend visit, they had several gelato products on sale and that included this pint of Talenti Argentine Caramel Gelato that I was able to pick up in a two-for-one sale.  Typical price was $5.99, but obviously I got this pint for half of that since I picked up two so that I'd have some new flavors to add to my review catalog.  This pint itself is is four half-cup servings and each of those servings comes in at 200 calories.

As you can see, there's not a whole lot to look at here as this is just a caramel gelato.  It's got brown coloring and smells like caramel, although that smell is somewhere between a burnt caramel and a sweet caramel.  I guess that what makes it Argentine.  As with all Talenti gelatos, this gelato in this pint is particularly smooth and light which is a nice change of pace from a container of ice cream.  After that, there is literally nothing left to observe.

The way I described the smell of this would also be a way to accurately describe the taste of this as well.  It was somewhere between a burnt caramel and a sweet caramel.  It had enough sweetness to be a treat, but the burntness of it was just enough that it made it a mild caramel treat.  Honestly, it reminded me of one of those square caramel candies that I used to eat all the time as a kid.  Since the gelato was so smooth, it was almost as if one of those caramels was softened up and then served cold.  I know that is a somewhat absurd way to describe it, but that's really the only comparison I can come up with.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I used to eat those caramel squares with such frequency when I was younger that they were like candy (ha, ha, get it?), so anything that reminds me of a pleasant memory is going to get a BUY IT rating from me.  While nothing about this would make me declare it the best Talenti flavor that I've had, it certainly is one of the strongest, despite the fact that it is pretty basic.  If you are just looking for a basic and smooth treat and also enjoy caramel, I think you'll find this one appealing.

Other Reviews:
*On Second Scoop
*The Ice Cream Informant

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