Gelato is an increasingly popular Italian
treat which differs from American ice cream in that it is made with more whole milk
than cream. Though this means the butterfat content is somewhat lower (which is different from the overall fat content of the product), gelato is made
using a slower churning method, so the gelato itself is typically more
dense than ice cream. Also, because of
the lower butterfat content, gelato doesn't coat your mouth the same way traditional
ice cream does, which has the effect of making each bite more flavorful.
Homegrown food manufacturer, Perry's, has released a new gelato line just in time for our warmer weather. Perry's new, pint-size gelato comes in four flavors: Tahitian Vanilla, Pistachio, Berry and Cannoli. It is also made using all-natural ingredients and does not contain preservatives, additives or food coloring.
I do not consider myself a gelato aficionado, but I do taste
things for a living, so I thought I'd offer a review of the new item and its flavors to our readers. First, as with any fat-based product, you should allow it to warm up a little bit. We let the gelato sit on the counter for 3-5 minutes before tasting it. It was easy to scoop, yet cold enough to still enjoy on a hot day.
Of the flavors, the Cannoli is the best of the bunch, in my
opinion. Made with a mascarpone base and
riddled with mini chocolate chips its ingredient label is very short and the
product itself is very tasty. I prefer
sliced almonds over chocolate chips with my cannoli, but I know I'm the
minority, so I think that this gelato is a good bet for fans of the traditional Italian pastry. I am glad that they didn't include chopped
pieces of cannoli shell. If they had, I think the textural experience and
quality of this flavor would have been compromised. The Berry flavor is a bright purple color and
is strewn with tiny frozen blueberries.
This gelato was quite bright and tangy, and overall I cared for it the least
despite my preference for fruit-flavored ice cream. Both the Tahitian Vanilla and the Pistachio
are intensely flavored. The vanilla has
great texture and could be called Vanilla Extreme if the market called for
it. The Pistachio is different from
traditional pistachio ice cream in that it is neither green nor filled with infinitesimal
pistachio bits. Here, pistachio lovers
will rejoice in the generous serving of whole pistachios one can find sprinkled
throughout the entire pint. One issue
some pistachio ice cream fans might have with this gelato is the powerful and
arguably overwhelming amount of almond extract used to enhance the flavor--a common practice, but maybe not a preferable one.
Perry's new gelato is available at local supermarkets all over Western New York. If you are looking for it, or any other brand of Perry's ice cream, you can use the Perry's online locator.