First Impression: Talenti Gelato Vanilla Bean

Hi Guys!

Today, I get to bring to you another first impression of the  Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto; specifically their Vanilla Bean! Initially, I had wanted to try the Tahitian Vanilla Bean but by the time I got back to the store, they only had the regular Vanilla Bean. Since I do not have a car and only Frys ( also known as Krogers) had the flavor for 3.49, I took the rail ( public transportation) to the store and then scurried my patootie home ( well, as fast as the rail could) in 100 + degree weather so that the whole thing did not become mush. Good News: it was softer but not milk so all is well. So, let’s get into this impression, shall we ?

 

Price: 3.49

What’s The Deal: The first thing I noticed was just how creamy & smooth this gelato ( as all gelato) was. Now before we get into taste, I just have to say now that I am the Vanilla Princess -ahem-…in other words I love Vanilla Ice Cream. I love it here, I love it there, I love it anywhere but nowhere *ha*. Okay okay, but really if I go to Dairy Queen, I have to get Vanilla. If I go to Baskins & Robbins, I get Cookies & Cream but the base is Vanilla, of course. If I go to Graeters Ice Cream, then I also get the Cookies & Cream. Even going to the store, make it a French Vanilla, a Homemade Vanilla, a Vanilla Bean…I am a happy individual. So, when I tried Talenti’s gelato, I also had some Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean in my freezer that I had collected on a previous grocery shopping excursion.

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Simply said, Talenti’s Vanilla Bean is quite a subtle treat; the taste of the vanilla base that is the ice cream with the beans is nice and simple. It’s a simple Vanilla Bean. I wouldn’t go to say that the gelato is exploding with exceptional flavor when looked at on a comparatively scale with all of the other makers of the Vanilla Bean flavor but the texture is exceptional.

Would I get it again ? Personally, I would not buy it again but only because Talenti has so many other unique flavors such as the Caramel Cookie Crunch & The Key Lime Pie that I would love to try next.

Until next time,

Bree

 

Sweet Finds: 3 Mail Home-Ice Cream Shops That Caught My Heart ♥

I can live without cake, I can live without doughnuts, I can live without candy but one thing that I must have is Ice Cream. Ice cream here, ice cream there, Ice cream everywhere because I care. No really, though; I think Ice cream is my favorite dessert of all times! So, the idea of buying ice cream online was quite exciting and when I found these three stores online, it became a goal to be able to purchase from each of these stores at least once in my life.

First, we have a popular ice cream brand known as Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

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Price per pint: 12.00 ( Minimum of three for delivery)

Jeni’s was founded in 2002 and is devoted to creating quality & delicious ice cream without the artificial flavors and additives that can be found in some ice cream products out there. Jeni’s has everything from a Cream Puff flavor to a Brambleberry Sorbet to a Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean. I think if I had to choose ( and it would be hard to), I would go with the Ndali estate Vanilla bean because I am crazy about Vanilla, the Cookies & Cream Pint and the Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. I just…can’t…wait!

Next, we have Graeter’s Ice Cream:

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Price per pack (6): 79.95 = about 13-14 dollars per pint

Graeter’s was actually an ice cream shop that was quite the treat when I lived in Ohio. I always used to stick with my one and only flavor: the Cookies & Cream ( oh my golly). Graeters was founded in 1870 in Ohio and they use a french pot method to make their ice cream ( and clearly, all these years later the methods works for them). The great thing about Graeter’s is that they can be found in select stores; for instance I have seen their brand in Fry’s/Krogers but only a few select flavors. As for me, if I could grab up a pint or a few from Graeter’s, it would have to be the Cookies & Cream and their Madagascar Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Last but certainly not least, there’s Salt & Straw, based out of Portland, LA & San Francisco.

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Price per pack (5): 65.00 ( about 13.00 per pint)

What I could immediately appreciate about Salt & Straw was it’s use of fresh ingredients to create such intriguing flavors such as their Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons or Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate. Founded in 2011 by the Malek cousins, the ice cream shop produces flavor combinations that are unique & fresh. While there are a few flavors that I can not see myself trying personally, I know that I would not mind trying the “Salted, Malted and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough”, the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, the Double Fold Vanilla and the Roasted Strawberry Tres Leches. This would be quite the place for a unique ice cream experience….Perhaps, a Sweetploration trip in the future ? I tell you, goals…GOALS!

♥ Bree♥

 

 

 

First Impression: Talenti Gelato Mediterranean Mint

Hello to you! It’s time for another –drum roll– first impression and today I am sooo excited to bring to you guys my first impression of the Talenti Gelato Mediterranean Mint.

Now, admittedly, I only wanted to try one flavor of their’s: specifically the Tahitian Vanilla Bean but when I saw that they did not have it at Wal-Mart, I figured that I would try something that I usually would not try. The flavor of choice ended up being the Mediterran after the longest pondering session I’ve ever had in the ice cream aisle. No, really an employee ended up stopping to ask me if I needed something because I probably had the most indecisive & perplexed expression. It was a close tie between grabbing up the Mint or the Raspberry Sorbetto but since they only had one Mint left, I figured I would go with that one. Now that I think about it, it might have been nice to try either the Caramel Apple Pie or the Vanilla Blueberry Crumble. Anyhoo, enough talking, let’s get to the gelato itself,

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The Price: 3.48.

First, I really like the simple yet sophisticated packaging that Talenti went with and the price here at Wal-Mart really was not bad comparatively. I believe I saw Talenti at CVS for 6.48 or something along those lines. I mean, yeah…not happening….ever. Nope. Now for the taste:

The gelato itself was creamy and the initial taste is this unfamiliar touch of mint and the after taste is strong with the chocolate chips. Personally, I am not too crazy about chocolate chips in anything and I have just hopped on the mint ice cream bandwagon so having this flavor was…different…let’s just say that. It was not bad, AT ALL , it’s good but I feel like I was left with a bigger impression of the chocolate chips than the mint gelato itself; but maybe that’s just me. Overall, I think it’s a good deal for 3.48 considering that you might even pay more going to a specialty gelato/ice cream shop (Shoo, a kiddie scoop might cost you between 2.50-3.00 + tax). Would I buy this again ? As of right now, no. Not because the quality and taste is not there, just because the flavor I am just not too much a fan of. However, it is certainly worth trying and finding which flavor is best for you! For me, I am excited to try more of their flavors and to expand my horizon.

Have you tried Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto before ? Comment below on which flavor(s) you have tried.

♥ Bree ♥