Friday, August 16, 2013

READER REVIEW: Winston's Review of Graeter's Caramel Truffle


I recently ordered Greater’s test flavor bundle, and was pretty excited about “Caramel Truffle” their variant of the popular salted caramel truffle ice cream dessert. While the label lists the dessert to have 260 calories, all of the 5 ice cream pints I ordered--peanut butter pretzel included—are listed at 260 calories on the pint. Given my experience, my guess is that the dessert is a bit higher than 260 calories.


Lifted the lid revealed a light brown surface of clearly hand-packed ice cream with a few truffles peeking through the surface. The base itself tasted quite delicious with a rich, creamy foundation, and a moderate caramel presence. Compared to Talenti’s Sea Salted Caramel, this base tastes like it’s around 50-75% of Talenti’s caramel richness, but about double the creaminess. Compared to 2nd Street's variant, Graeter’s base has a slight edge in the creamy department, and is about on par or slightly weaker in terms of Caramel flavor.


The truffles taste identical to pretty much all of the other salted caramel truffles in other premium pints. There are quite a few in this pint, such that about every other bite had at least one; definitely around double the truffles of Talenti and a little more than half of what you’d get with 2nd Street. Pair the truffles with the base, and you have fantastic flavor and texture contrast; the truffles fill the gap left by the relatively moderate caramel base.


Graeter's created a strong contender with their Caramel Truffle, and I hope others can buy it on store shelves in the not too distant future. While it’s no 2nd Street Creamery Copper Kettle Caramel, fans of Talenti's Sea Salt Caramel will probably agree that Graeter's is just as satisfying.


Where Winston Found It: Graeter's
Winston's Grade: A

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