Lunds/Byerly's New Gelato [MSP]
Has anyone else tried the new Lunds/Byerly's store brand of gelato imported from Italy? I tried the Caramel Cream (with toasted almonds) and Dark Chocolate flavors and was very impressed ... creamy textures, rich flavors, and actually formed so it looks like gelato from a gelateria. It's been over five years since I've had gelato in Italy, so i don't remember how it compares to that, but I'm hooked on these. They also have some Italian sorbets in the same case, the lemon is quite tart.
Byerly's and Lund's were both giving out samples of the caramel cream on Sunday. I ended up buying the Hazelnut, and wasn't thrilled. I liked the whole hazelnuts scattered across the top, but the flavor wasn't good. I ate gelato (usually hazelnut "nocciola") at least twice a day for the two months I was in Italy, so I consider myself qualified to comment. :) I would be I agree with TDQ--this isn't exactly like gelato, but not quite like ice cream either. I did think the caramel cream was awesome, so I'd be willing to try other flavors. I think the test of an authentic gelato is the fruit flavors. There's a big difference between strawberry gelato and strawberry ice cream.
everyone... I love this board!! you all have me running all over the cities finding great treasures. as some of you know, I just moved here from Milwaukee. I have never heard of Lunds/Byerly's until reading this post. And last night my boyfriend and I were driving around south of St. Paul and I asked him if we could stop at Byerly's in Eagan, so I could pick up some soup and french bread and this gelato to try it out!!
I was absolutely delighted with the place... especially the beautiful desserts at the bakery!! I usually hate grocery shopping... I don't care for Cub or Festival... but the experience at Byerly's was fun for me. I also like going to Kowalski's in Woodbury for lunch... and loading up on pasta salads. :-)
Jay... I bought the tiramisu flavor gelato... it was delicious. we were dipping into it in the truck on our drive home, I didn't want to wait. :-) thanks for the recommendation!
I also love Byerly's bakery. My husband told me they are now going to be baking the muffins for Holiday gas stations.. I don't believe him, but it would be kind of fun if it were true.
They're one of the only places besides coops & the wedge that don't use hydrogenated shortening. Plus everything is so cute & fun. I love it there. Keep your eyes peeled come thanksgiving. Last year they made a cake in the shape of a carved turkey. It was the coolest creation I'd ever seen. (but I really like cake and am generally on the silly side).
Along the lines of cute and fun bakeries, I love P.J. Murphy's (on Randolph in St. Paul) cookies. They currently have all kinds of "back to school" cookies in the case right now--bright yellow school buses, shiny apples, and a chalk boards, in addition to their regular adorable monster cookies and "tea hat" cookies. They do change things around with the seasons.
Thank you for the heads up on this. Very interesting. I tried the caramel cream and
#1: Wow, beautiful presentation with peaks and swirls and sprinkling of almonds on top. (I wish I'd thought to snap a photo for y'all, sorry.)
#2: What's with the trick plastic container? Or, am I just a goofball?
#3: I wished I hadn't flipped the box over and read the ingredients: "nonfat milk" and "sucrose & glucose syrup (corn)" were the first two.
#4: I think it's too fluffy and airy to pass as gelato, which I think of as much more dense and slippery.
#5: But, it's awfully good as its own product. Not exactly gelato, not exactly ice cream, but something very good unto itself: softserve ice cream goes Italian.
I'll have to investigate some of the other flavors. Byerly's has them on sale right now.