Sunday, May 27, 2012

REVIEW: Talenti Gelato Sea Salt Caramel


Prior to picking up my first pint of Talenti Gelato, there had been quite a bit of hype surrounding the newfound success of this brand. The flavor that had been attracting the most attention had sounded pretty sensational, but I'm not one to be tricked with a fancy name and some European styling. Sea Salt Caramel sounds straightforward enough, but there had to be something exciting underneath that screw off lid that had people buzzing. I was impressed from the start simply by the styling. A clear jar with a resealable, twist-off lid, a clean label and no distracting pictures. The fact that the first ingredient listed is caramel should have been a clear clue that there was bound to be something special hiding inside.


They describe their Sea Salt Caramel as a succulent rich golden Argentinean caramel base brought even further to life with Fleur De Sel sea salt "the caviar of salts". Talenti then bestows luxury and refinement to this trendy new flavor by adding chocolate covered sea salt truffles; completing the masterpiece. Soon after unscrewing the lid, I was greeted by a sprinkling of sea salt sitting exposed on the top layer. It certainly smelled of caramel, but it looked so unassuming. My spoon glided across the gelato with ease, collecting gobs of the caramel ice cream as it melted into itself until a spoon full was formed. I deposited the plain looking camel-colored ice cream into my mouth and then things got interesting.


The texture of the gelato was absolutely indescribable. I've never experienced anything even remotely similar to the velvety feel of Talenti's sea salt caramel base. The saltiness comes first, but is immediately rushed away by the sweetness of the caramel. As my spoon glides through again and again to collect more, my spoon comes across an obstruction. I push harder to see what's restricting my imminent pleasure. A small cube of chocolate pops up and out of the caramel gelato, followed by a few more, exposing caramel truffles that had remained hidden until now.


Layer upon layer of these mini, caramel-filled truffles are thrown about the sinfully smooth gelato. These lavish, little bundles of joy do their best impersonation of upscale Rolo candies. They're deep, dark, delicate and delicious. The caramel base ice cream can carry this flavor all by it's lonesome, but add this squadron of sweet truffles and it teeters on perfection.


This has arguably set the bar for the absolute best a frozen treat can be. A perfect example of how sometimes simple flavors, done really well, are much better than their more involved counterparts. This one won't have many competitors. I've tried salty selections from many other manufacturers, but this sets the standard. If you haven't tried Talenti's Sea Salt Caramel, no need to explore the blog any further. Start with this one.


Where I Found It: Ingles Markets
Grade: A


23 comments:

  1. Your descriptions are really enticing.

    I have to give this frozen treat a try! :)

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    1. If you're looking for a frozen treat to try, this is the one to seek out!

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  2. This review is right on the mark. It's my favorite.

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    1. Even with all the ice creams I've tried, this is still among my favorites.

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  3. This really is the MOST incredible frozen treat EVER! It is so creamy and silky smooth, and it really works your taste buds!

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  4. I have never been "into" ice cream and have avoided it most of my life because of the sugar and fat. But I tried this Talenti Sea Salt Caramel and now I want it all the time. It is so delicious and the reviewer is right....the velvety texture is out of this world....I would go so far as to say it's sexy and sensuous! Love this Talenti flavor! Oh, and the Mango Sorbetto is outstanding also.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Although it's one of the first gelatos I ever reviewed, it remains my favorite!

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    2. I had to stop buying this because of the shame factor...I keep the jars because they're so handy - like tupperware. But seriously, one day I opened my cabinet and thought, oh man, this is embarrassing. I'm on a hiatus now but will go back to it in the summer. It's my favorite right after Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla. I'm a Texas girl after all. Like your site! Thanks for all your fair and unbiased reporting!

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    3. I suffer from the same problem. My cabinets are full of the transparent Talenti containers. They prove to be pretty handy around the kitchen with that twist-off resealable top.

      Thanks for the kind comments!

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  5. This is by far the best one. The pistachio was good and its normally what I would prefer but I read reviews on how great the Sea Salt Caramel was so I got both. Needless to say, the pistachio still has a ton left and the sea salt is almost gone. DELICIOUS!!!

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    1. Agreed. Not only is their Sea Salt Caramel my favorite flavor from Talenti, it remains one of my favorite of all time.

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  6. This is the first of the Talenti's I've tried. I also tried the Double Dark Chocolate. While it was okay, the Sea Salt Caramel was incredible. I immediately hit their website to see what other flavors they offered. I'm curious to try the pistachio, the blood orange and the coffee flavors. Who knows, I may eventually try them all. From all of the various reviews I've read there isn't one that isn't good

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    1. Although none of them are bad by any means, their Sea Salt Caramel is far and above my personal favorite.

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    2. I've been exploring your site a lot lately. Don't mean to be a pest! I've noticed other brands popping up with this Sea Salt Caramel flavor. Was Talenti the first or have you tried the others? How do they measure up? I'm on my second pint of Sea Salt Caramel now.

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    3. Talenti was the first Sea Salt Caramel I'd had, but it remained my favorite until I had Copper Kettle Caramel from 2nd Street Creamery. That's far and above the best salted caramel ice cream I've ever had. Talenti and 2nd Street are far in front of any other salted caramel ice creams I've tasted.

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  7. I've been trying many Sea Salt Caramel ice cream brands lately and Talenti remains my favorite!

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  8. I've been trying many Sea Salt Caramel ice cream brands lately and Talenti remains my favorite!

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  9. I almost passed this up because of the price, but OMG it's so worth it! I get it at Walmart

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  10. Shoprite has another sale on this delicious ice cream. I have tried Caribbean Coconut, Mango, Caramel Cookie Crunch and Double Chocolate.....they are ALL so so good. I'm going to get some more before the sale is up...just under $3 for one. I have to try this Seal Sale Caramel next.

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  11. I have tried several of the flavors and unfortunately I find many of them have very strange artificial flavorings that leave an unpleasant after taste.

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  12. I agree with the taste of this gelato, my only problem is their labeling. On the label it says Sea Salt Caramel PERIOD, so I bought it as this is my favorite flavor. I get it home and we have a bowl at night and the wife who has an allergy to chocolate (that's why we go for Caramel) finds chocolate covered caramels. I just think the label should say Sea Salt Caramel with Chocolate covered Caramel. I would have never purchased it. It does say it on the back in the ingredients. But who reads that? The label on the front is what sells the product.

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    1. When buying for someone with an allergy you should NEVER just read the name, that is ENTIRELY your fault and in no way is that Talenti's issue. You have no idea how many products have other ingredients in them that don't necessarily sound like they should be a part of the name's equation.

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