Caramel Cookie Crunch Gelato - Aldi
Thank the merciful foodie gods, it's finally Friday! It's been an especially hard week but now I can put that all behind me! I can come home, change into my lazy pants, cuddle with my dog in bed and watch Bob's Burgers on Netflix (For the millionth time) while eating gelato right out of the container with a spoon. Life goals. Am I right?
I reviewed the pistachio version of this Specially selected Gelato a week or so ago and I was 100% convinced that it was a re-branding of Talenti. The containers are similar, the products are the same color and consistency, and the flavor name, "Sicilian Pistachio" was identical. Today's flavor follows that same pattern. We have the same container, another flavor torn right out of the Talenti line-up, and depending on the pint (because Talenti has some consistency issues when it comes to their mix-ins, just ask On Second Scoop) the gelato looks extremely similar, if not identical.
I discussed the packaging back in my pistachio post, HERE, and it's Friday, so lets get right into the best part of this review, how does it taste?
I twisted the cap off and the gelato inside didn't have a protective seal like the other flavor did, which was really odd, but the product didn't look tampered with...I hope.
The surface didn't have many mix-ins, just a few flecks here and there, but there's a big ol' caramel swirl right in the front, so I grabbed my spoon and dug for caramel-gold!
Unlike the pistachio, I haven't had Talenti's version of this flavor, so I can't speak to it's accuracy, but I will say this is pretty tasty stuff.
The gelato is soft and creamy with a buttery caramel flavoring mixed in to the gelato itself as well as the added caramel swirls. The swirls are really thin, unlike the thick ribbons you would find in a pint of Ben and Jerry's, but the gelato is flavorful enough to pack quite a caramel-y punch. Even though this is (obviously) a frozen dessert, something about this caramel flavoring just feels "warm" to me. It's buttery, sweet, and it reminds me of the thinner caramel syrups used to flavor coffee beverages. It's great! However....
Where's the dang crunch? This stuff is called "Caramel COOKIE Crunch" after all. There are some tiny little flecks of..something... mixed in. As a glance they look like little chocolate flakes, but maybe they're cookie bits? Really really tiny ones? I really like the flavor of the gelato itself, and it delivers a ton of caramel flavoring, but there just isn't enough crunch in here to live up to it's name. For me this would be better marketed as a Creamy Caramel Gelato, leave the "crunch" and the "cookie" off, because if that's what you're looking for, you'll end up being disappointed.
Even with the lack of texture, I really like this stuff. Of the two flavors I've reviewed so far the Pistachio is still my favorite, but my sister ended up preferring this one. It really depends on your personal preferences. I let her have the rest of this pint, since she really enjoyed it a lot more than I did, and I ended up cracking open the last flavor from this line that I had in my freezer.
Maybe, if I don't pass out, spoon-in hand, while watching Bob's Burgers, I'll type up a review for that one tonight as well.
© Maria Smith http://poison-and-antidote.netLike me on facebook to keep up with all my adventures!