Talenti Gelato + Giveaway

saltedcaramel

Like fast food in America, gelato can be found on nearly every city block of Italy. The small shops prey on pedestrians and tourists in the busy pizzas of hot summer days, the ones who will take anything to reduce the sweat streaming from their brows. Two summers ago, I was one of those wandering strangers.

Strolling through square after square, city after city, I found myself tempted on numerous occasions by the cold, creamy gelato – aka, the Italian word for “ice cream”.  But each time I caved in and purchased a scoop from one of the freezers, I nearly always found myself disappointed.

For me, it was the wine, the bread, the homemade pasta that really stole my love. It was not, however, the denser, ubiquitous version of ice cream. This denseness, derived from a churning process significantly slower than ice cream, I must say I really do love. Gelato has around 25% less air whipped into it than your standard Ben and Jerry’s, which is part of the reason why it’s so creamy. But its sweetness, I just couldn’t tolerate.

My guess is that it was all the tart-flavored FroYo I’d been guzzling from the states, because no matter what flavor I tried, from Rome to Florence and beyond, everything tasted too sugary. I still feel that way about gelato every time its shiny silkiness hooks me into buying it here in Philadelphia.

However, Talenti’s changed my mind. I honestly don’t know what’s different about Talenti. I’m not really sure it’s any less sweet. But one slightly melted bite of the Salted Caramel and my whole opinion of gelato changed. Still my favorite flavor of all the ones I’ve tried, those chocolate covered caramel pieces get me every time. Maybe it’s the salt that pairs so well with the sweetness, but I could certainly indulge in a scoop of this flavor regularly without tiring of it— even in the cool months of winter, which is when I’ve been testing out all the flavors.

My second favorite? The Pistachio. Whole nuts are dispersed throughout a container of vanilla and pistachio-flavored gelato. This would be a great twist to pair with pie.

I know it’s technically not gelato-season, but you still see an occasional pie on the menu, and a scoop of the Salted Caramel is literally the best way to complete a warm slice of the apple variety.

Want to try some of the Salted Caramel yourself?  ‘Tis the season for giving. Because of my natural love for it, I’ve convinced Talenti to give one of you lucky readers four free vouchers to try out their gelato. I recommend using at least three on the caramel.

To enter:

(Leave a separate comment per entry. Each separate comment will give you one entry in the contest.)

This contest closes on **December 26, 2012 at 1:00pm EST**

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you’re most curious to sample.
2) Leave a comment telling me your top choice: Ice cream, gelato or fro-yo?
3) Become a fan of F-F-F on Facebook
4) Follow me on Twitter
5) Link this giveaway on one of your blog posts and let me know that you did.
6) Tweet a variation of this on Twitter: @GraceDickinson is hosting a gelato giveaway (Salted Caramel anyone?) at FoodFitnessFreshAir.com.

One winner will be chosen at random by random.org.

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    December 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    oooh I would love to try the Salted Caramel!

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    Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    December 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I used to live in Europe and gelato quickly became my favorite dessert!

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    The Candid RD
    December 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Hmmm, I’m confused. I always thought (and was even told by the makers of gelato!) that it was less fat. I think they use more milk, but zero cream (like ice cream). Please let me know where you got your info because if you’re right I’ve been teaching people wrong!!

    ON that note, I’m tweeting this giveaway because I would LOVE to try this Salted Caramel gelato! We make a version of this where I work and it’s to die for.

    Ok, I tweeted, I follow you on Twitter and FB, AND I want to try the pistachio actually 🙂 Why? Because I always think our pistachio gelato at work is FREAKING AMAZING and I Want to see how this one stands up to it!

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      Grace Dickinson
      December 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

      You would be correct, Gina! Gelato does have less fat. Traditionally, it’s made with whole milk (which got me all mixed up), but this is as opposed to heavy cream.

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    Kristen @ Adult Ballerina Project
    December 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I want to try the salted caramel!

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    Kristen @ Adult Ballerina Project
    December 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Froyo is my favorite.

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    Kristen @ Adult Ballerina Project
    December 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I liked you on Facebook.

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    Kristen @ Adult Ballerina Project
    December 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Kristen @ Adult Ballerina Project
    December 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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    L
    December 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Definitely salted caramel! Ghirardelli makes some amazing sea salt and caramel dark chocolate squares. I’m obsessed.

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    Rachel H
    December 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’d like to try the caramel! Sounds amazing.

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    Katherine
    December 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I’d love to try the Double Dark Chocolate with the Salted Caramel. 🙂

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    Katherine
    December 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    My favorite of the three is gelato. It makes me think of wonderful memories of traveling in France and Germany.

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    Katherine
    December 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook (as Katherine Horn).

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    Meg S
    December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I would love to try the salted caramel! Yum!

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    Meg S
    December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

    And how can I choose between those three? Today, I’m feeling ice cream.

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    Meg S
    December 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I follow on twitter! (@chknpotpie)

    Thanks!

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      Grace Dickinson
      December 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Congrats Meg! You are the winner of this giveaway. Please send me your email so we can get this shipped out to you!

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    Danielle K
    December 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Would love to try the salted caramel…yum!

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    Danielle K
    December 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I usually prefer fro yo 🙂

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    PluvK
    December 18, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Salted Caramel! It sounds like heaven. 🙂

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    PluvK
    December 18, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I don’t think I can choose between ice cream, gelato, and fro-yo. They’re all so good!

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    livinglearningeating
    December 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I want to try caramel cookie crunch! livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

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    livinglearningeating
    December 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    All 3 are great, but froyo is my fave! livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

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    livinglearningeating
    December 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I like you on FB as Lle Schreiber

    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

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    livinglearningeating
    December 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I follow on twitter as @LiveLearnEat

    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

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    pat
    December 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I would like to try the blood orange (and the salted caramel!)

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    pat
    December 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Im a huge gelato fan!

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    Allison Hill
    December 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Salted caramel!

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    Allison Hill
    December 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love gelato!

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    Allison Hill
    December 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook

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    Allison Hill
    December 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am a follower on Twitter (@ hotsietotsy)

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    mermont84
    December 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I would try the pistachio

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    celeste lee
    December 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

    i love salted caramel by talenti (as well as the chocolate peanut butter). they are both nearly impossible to find however!! celeste

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    MANDA KAY
    December 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Salted caramel sounds great.

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    MANDA KAY
    December 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I like FFF on FB!

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    Ttrockwood
    December 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Omgomgomg this is the best giveaway ever!!!!
    I would get the scilian pistachio since that my favorite flavor

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    Ttrockwood
    December 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Liked FFF on fb (teri)

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    Ttrockwood
    December 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I love gelato- the shop “grom” here in nyc has an awesome pistachio

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