32. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
I used to be a firm believer that all chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream would be good, period. It seemed logical; how can throwing in gobs of cookie dough be a bad idea? And I’m right, it isn’t. But what is a bad idea is advertising an ice cream as chocolate chip cookie dough without including any chocolate chip cookie dough. I was trying to figure out if I was crazy, or if the cookie dough had kind of blended into the ice cream, but it was so scarce that I felt like I was just eating a sad vanilla ice cream with a small ripple of chocolate.
31. Less Sugar: Chocolate Fudge Swirl
Of all the low sugar offerings from Talenti, the chocolate fudge swirl was by far the best flavor. It’s fudgy and sweet, despite being lower in sugar, and genuinely tastes like a good, solid chocolate ice cream. Stil, the texture is grainier than I expect gelato to be.
30. Sorbetto: Alphonso Mango
A confession: I don’t like ripe mangoes. I know, I know, I should have both my Thai heritage card and food writer card revoked. That being said, I can sometimes -- in small glimpses -- understand why fresh, ripe mangoes may be appealing. This sorbetto was one of those moments; sweet yet floral, fragrant and complex. As someone who loves raw mangoes dipped in chile, fish sauce, and salt, I think if this sorbetto was topped with Tajín or a fresh squeeze of lime it would be infinitely better.
29. Madagascan Vanilla Bean
Talenti fans are up in arms after Tahitian vanilla bean was subbed out with Madagascan vanilla bean. I personally haven’t had the former, but I can say that the latter is a pretty solid vanilla bean ice cream. It’s not the best vanilla bean ice cream I’ve ever had -- could have a stronger vanilla flavor, be creamier, be richer -- but I would happily eat this any day of the week.
28. Coffee Chocolate Chip
Coffee and chocolate is a pairing I can get behind, but be warned: the coffee flavor in this pint is strong. So if you like your coffee black and bitter, this ice cream might just be for you. I appreciated the large flecks of chocolate chips studded throughout and the balance of sweet, rich, and bitter flavors.
27. Double Dark Chocolate
The double dark chocolate has a rich, true chocolate flavor that makes it undeniably good. There were lots of chips scattered throughout as well as moments of bitterness, thanks to a dash of vermouth. The ice cream is really nuanced, like it was perfected for adults who like chocolate ice cream.