Style: Tiramisu Gelato
Origin: United States
Type: Ice Cream
Flavor: Coffee ice cream with chocolate ladyfinger pieces
Verdict: Approved, barely
SO...sugar is one of those things that I still can't have a lot of, but every once in awhile, I just want some damn sugar, so the other day I bought myself one of those teeny-tiny one-serving Häagen-Dasz gelatos. One serving for most people is about five for me when it comes to sweets, which I still haven't decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I suppose it makes me a cheap date, so there's that.
One type of dessert that I absolutely LOVE and miss terribly is tiramisu, so what better substitute than TIRAMISU GELATO?!?! RIGHT?!?! I was hoping so, but unfortunately, this is not quite exactly what I remember tiramisu tasting like. It might just be that I really love the flavor of rum when it comes to tiramisu, but some of the best I've had left me feeling a little buzzed. That rum flavor is slightly present, but the gelato part really tastes more like a slightly caramelized coffee cream flavor rather than a full-on tiramisu taste. The ladyfingers are chocolate rather than the traditional vanilla flavor, and it does add a different dimension to this. Eating one of the chunks alone kind of tastes like eating a soggy piece of Hostess Cupcake off the floor of a convenience store, but somehow eating it with the gelato pulls it all together. It adds a nice, sugary finish to the flavor, with only a small note of gas station floor. You can't win them all!
Overall, I probably wouldn't waste my precious sugar resources on this again. It generally just reminded me of what I can't have (real tiramisu) and made me kind of sad. I would much rather have one of their more simple flavors, like strawberry, that are actually delicious, than something like this. Hesitatingly approved.
Purchased at Fred Meyer in Portland, OR