[Review] Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato

(50) Days of Pumpkin: Day 40 to Eternity

So there I am, wandering aimlessly through the aisles of Walmart. I’m not shopping for anything in particular and I’ve completely lost track of how long I’ve been in the store. All of a sudden, Lionel Richie’s “Hello” begins to play from the overhead speakers.

I’ve been alone with you inside my mind…

Without even thinking, I begin to walk toward the freezer section. I’m being drawn to the ice cream aisle, as though there’s some sort of magnetic force pulling me in. I’m standing directly in front of one of the cooler doors, my nose mere inches from the glass. Before I know it, I’m singing out loud at the top of my lungs.

HELLO? IS IT ME YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

I have no idea what’s come over me. All I know is that I just belted out a love song in the middle of a grocery store while gazing longingly toward a couple of dozen pints of ice cream. But then I realized exactly what I was looking at, and it all made sense. After all, they say that true love happens when you least expect it.

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Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato is a fall seasonal flavor from Talenti, and it’s also one of their hardest to find. The company has a product locator to aid in your quest, but even that is hit or miss (none of the stores in my area that showed up on the website actually had Pumpkin Pie in stock). Talenti’s website also has a short product description for their Pumpkin Pie Gelato, which reads: “Made with real pumpkin, bits of piecrust, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, this gelato is pumpkin reading its highest potential. Congratulations, pumpkin.” Wow. This gelato is confident and it contains pie crust. Is it weird to be attracted to ice cream? Asking for a friend.

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From the very first bite, the pumpkin base is great–it’s sweet, very creamy, and rich. Confession time: this is my very first taste of Talenti, and I have to say, I’m impressed. The quality of the ice cream alone is excellent. This stuff isn’t airy or gummy like a number of other store-bought brands. It’s about as top-tier as you can get at the grocery store.

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Digging in a bit deeper, the cinnamon and nutmeg come through strongly in the ice cream, too. The spices are definitely noticeable but not so overpowering that they detract from the pumpkin flavor. Eventually, the pumpkin and spice combination really did begin to taste like a creamy pumpkin pie filling. The pie crust pieces just serve to seal the deal. They’re firm yet doughy, like an actual crust, and taste like a freshly baked pastry.

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Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato is wonderful and all I want from now until forever. Its high quality base is a perfect platform for its real pumpkin and spices to shine. Talenti’s pumpkin flavor is slightly better than Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, in my opinion, so I’ve got to give this the edge (and the second Best of Class title). I’m so glad I just happened to stumble upon it in Walmart. It turns out that you really can find love in a hopeless place. Thanks, Rihanna.

Item: Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato
Price and Place of Purchase: $4.48 at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1/2 cup): 220 calories, 90 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 29 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Base ice cream is rich, creamy, and achieves perfect pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon and nutmeg round out “pumpkin pie” vibe along with pie crust pieces. Great way to end (50) Days of Pumpkin. Falling in love with ice cream at Walmart.
Overall Score: 10 out of 10
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