Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ice cream,Gelato and More...



Feeling festive due to the holidays and also being an avid dessert lover, I bought 3 different kinds from Rustan's Supermarket to eat at home. Two of which were my all-time favorites and the other one, a new favorite.

Ciao Bella's Hazelnut Gelato, Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and NSA (no-sugar added) Pistachio from BTIC.

***Gelato is an italian style ice cream. Ciao Bella's Hazelnut Gelato is based on a family recipe from Torino, Italy. It is primarily hand-made in small batches with high quality ingredients. As a result, the gelato is smoother & creamier in consistency, with a dense texture and an intense flavor.

"Even super-premium ice cream brands taste diluted when held up against the true rich creaminess of Ciao Bella, whose flavors are deep and based on the finest ingredients." An excerpt from a New York Restaurant Review by Steven A. Shaw.

Personally, I like Amici's Hazelnut Gelato over this. Amici's has a grainy texture while Ciao Bella's creamy and dense. I like a little bit of crunch in my food. Overall, it is good than other ice cream brands, and it tastes like Nutella.

***Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is made of vanilla ice cream with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough.

It is a very rich & dense ice cream with lots of chocolate chip cookie bits. The cookie bits adds tartness thus breaking the creaminess of the ice cream.

***BTIC's NSA Pistachio tastes good and is also good for you.

It is not an ice cream but a frozen yogurt dessert, rich in Calcium, Protein, Vits A & C and there's no sugar added to it. It also has active friendly bacteria cultures which helps the digestive system change most of the lactose in milk into simple sugar easily absorbed by the body. An added bonus, it's 99% fat-free, made of fresh milk, corn sugar, and active yogurt cultures sweetened with the Nutra Sweet brand Aspartame (an artificial sugar substitute). It has a prominent pistachio taste and bits, with just the right sweetness and creaminess.

From the taste of it, it's hard to believe that it's fat-free, NSA (no-sugar added) and a frozen yogurt.

Happy Eating!

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