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Aug 31, 2009 04:24 PM

just me??? I prefer plain old ice cream to gelato....

i don't seem to "taste" gelato flavors. I taste something cold, creamy & sweet, but in general, i taste the specific flavor of old skool ice cream more clearly, more enjoyably. I read so many posts with CHers & the general public swooning over gelato and I just don't have the same experience. I've had a variety of flavors across a variety of shops in all different types of areas and the results are always the same...i'm underwhelmed by the intensity of the flavor. the texture is lovely but it's just lacking. anyone else or am i all alone in this?

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  1. It really depends on which flavor that you are ordering I think. Some of the standard gelato flavors like fior di latte, crema, stracciatella, etc I can understand being considered unwhelming by some. However chocolate based gelato like cioccolato fondente (dark chocolate) or cioccolato con peperoncini (chocolate and hot pepper) I'd find difficult for anyone to claim that they "don't seem to taste" [the] flavors".
    I enjoy both ice cream and gelato, both for their texture.


    1. Hmm...I doubt it's just you, but I'm in the gelato camp. The flavors strike me as more pure. Less intense, but clearer, somehow. Among my favorites, in fact, are the "milkier," milder flavors—fiordilatte, yogurt (which isn't frozen yogurt but indeed yogurt-flavored gelato), cassata.

      Oh, hell, I love 'em all. Once had a cinnamon-prune in Rome that nearly killed me dead, it was so good.

      1. I know what you mean. A scoop (or 2) of good qualilty vanilla ice cream is very satisfying. I do like gelato, but a little Haagen Daaz, or even Edy's can be special. Also, when paying 3 or 4 dollars for a scoop of gelato (in NYC) I don't always feel I get the bang for my buck--I certainly taste the flavor but I'm not that crazy about it.

        1. I would be one of the CHers you speak of who is so taken by gelato. I make gelato at home and am very lucky to have a local winery that makes highly excellent gelato.

          Generally speaking, though I am a chocolate lover, I don't usually care for chocolate ice cream. Chocolate gelato is a different story. I don't know how you can be underwhelmed by the intensity of the flavor--that intensity is exactly what draws me to it. I have made my own chocolate and I needed something to go with all that chocolate intensity, so based on the kindness of a fellow hound who posted a recipe, I made peanut butter gelato to go with. Whatever it's lacking for you, I'll gladly eat your bowl...and lick the dish to boot!

          What/where is your local spot for gelato? Mine isn't local (it's just under an hour away), but the winery I mentioned is in CT, north of "casino country" in Lisbon, Heritage Trail.

          1. to the OP... just had a Klondike bar the crunchy kind and it was excellent