Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. The subtitle of this blog is Chocolate, and not-Vanilla. And yet I bought Vanilla this time!! yes.
I’m talking about Vaniglia Vanilla Bean Gelato, which I found at Gelsons. Gelson’s is an upscale supermarket across the street from the ultra-popular Trader Joe’s, and yet it does very well. (for one thing, they’re open til midnight, so yay!) They also have a very tasteful, astute buyer for ice creams, and get the newest ice creams before anyone else on the block.
Why did I choose vanilla, when chocolate was right in my face? Because I have been disappointed in the past with gelato or sorbet, when it’s just a frozen chocolate water concoction. If I wanted that, I’d save my upscale dollars, and just buy Fudgesicles. So I looked at the ingredients, and sure enough, didn’t see much cream in the chocolate version. What I did see in the Vanilla flavor was egg yolks. I am always excited if I can find anything resembling custard ice cream (like I used to buy at the boardwalk), so the game was on!
Not only is it vanilla, but Vaniglia packs ice cream in squares. A square plastic container (good, keeps the ice cream very fresh) in a cardboard box. I’m a fan of square containers in the fridge – good design and fits well. Double plus, there is a lot of ice cream in here, with 1.5 pints, not the usual one.
The ice cream was good, but not great. It had a pleasant vanilla flavor, with vanilla bean flakes, and I liked the consistency, not too rich, but I wasn’t turned on. When I went back for a second helping, however, a few days later, I found I liked it a lot more. It was breezy. Maybe I just had to learn to like vanilla again!
I think it tastes better not freezer cold. And I like its modesty; it doesn’t shout, but almost cleans the palate. I don’t often look at ingredients — sometimes it’s better not to know, you know what I mean — but then I looked at the box again, and it has about half the fat and calories (150 calories, 7g fat) of most premium ice cream! It has higher cholesterol, I guess because of the eggs. Still, I WILL BE BOCK. /Terminator
I can’t find any other reviews of this, but oddly, Amazon sells a mix of it to make your own gelato. Also oddly, the manufacturer, Bindi, claims to be in the UK. Odd because no one could import ice cream from England to Los Angeles without the help of a sugar fairy. The box says it’s distributed out of (where else) New Jersey. Now, that’s more like it.