Saturday, July 9, 2016

So Many Varieties of Chocolate Gelato

I first had gelato when I was living for two semesters in Rome, Italy, back in 1990-91. It tasted so light and the flavors seemed so much more intense than any ice cream I'd had before. Yet when I came back to Iowa I couldn't find it. When I lived in New York City in the mid 1990s I found it one or two but it still difficult to find. Now there's a little gelato shop in our college town and there are pints and quarts of gelato in most grocery shops. Among the many brands now offering gelato, Breyers is one I find in almost every grocery shop in my area. Breyers Gelato Indulgences introduced four new varieties this year and of these three have chocolate. I used the free coupon to get the most chocolatey variety -- Chocolate Fudge Truffle -- but we also tried the two other flavors using sales and other coupons. I'll briefly mention those other two flavors then focus on the main one. I was sent a coupon for a free container of Breyers Gelato in exchange for an honest review; no other form of compensation was received in exchange for this article.

Chocolate Hazelnut was spurned by the other members of my family so I had to jump on that delicious genade. To be fair, one of my family has tree nut allergies the other is just picky but I can be picky, too. I did get the one with allergies a different treat. It was delicious, too, the chocolate just a touch stronger than the hazelnut.


Peanut Butter Chocolate was loved by everyone in my family. I thought the peanut butter was stronger than the chocolate.


Now let's look at Breyers Gelato Indulgences Chocolate Fudge Truffle which my hubby joined me in testing out.


Hubby was so excited to try this new flavor that he couldn't wait for me to take the just-opened photo so we get it only in bowls. I hope you can see the chunks of chocolate that are on the top of the gelato; they are not throughout it. You should also be able to see ribbons of fudge inside of the gelato. Most frozen chocolate treats have little to no scent before you start to eat them, the cold just dampens the cocoa fragrance too much. This has a light cocoa scent from the gelato itself but not the chunks.  It starts to melt very quickly so don't wait too long to start eating it! The pieces of chocolate have the most intense flavor but they are also surprisingly sweet. The gelato is smooth and has a light cocoa flavor. The ribbons of fudge have a stronger chocolate flavor than the gelato but not as strong as the chocolate of chocolate. Three varieties of chocolate that blend very well together. Hubby agrees with my assessment. I held fast and made sure we didn't eat it all in one meal. There are supposed to be seven servings in this container... does anyone really make it last all seven?

Breyers gelato line is called Indulgences but gelato tends to be less calorie heavy than premier ice cream per ounce. Sure compared to the slow churned or no sugar added frozen treats I normally serve my family and myself these are Indulgent but they are also reasonably priced if you have coupons or look for sales. Everyone in my family loves gelato now. I'm so glad I don't have to go all the way back to Italy to find it now!

Do you like gelato? Leave a comment and let me know what flavor you like and what brands you enjoy!

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