Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Great Gelati Challenge 2016

Last year's Great Gelati Challenge was so much fun that this year we were determined to live up to the challenge again. Now it might seem simple to exceed 66 different gelati flavours in eleven weeks, but the reality is that you have to really search out new flavours as the weeks go by.

You quickly taste all the flavours available in smaller gelaterie and you need to expand your circle, also certain areas are known for certain flavours so some long distance travel is needed. Gelato flavours can also be seasonal.

Needing to beat last year's figure of 66, we set to work on our first day in Italy by visiting one of the top gelaterie in Rome. So many choices and so exceptionally good!    [More on this in a later post on the Top 5]

Gelateria del Teatro, Rome

You might need a bib to read the following list! Some names are in English & some in Italian with explanation. Some don't have a translation but are names given by individual gelato makers for their own creations, and occasionally I forgot to make a note!

White peach & lavender
Mandorla latte (almond milk)
Sicillian cassata
Ricotta & caramelized fig
Bianco kiss
La Vie en Rose
Creme di Diaffiu
Zuppa Inglese (a type of trifle)
Pesce (peach)
Gianduja (similar to Nutella)
Nocciola (hazelnut)
Caffe Viennese
Stracciatella (chocolate chip)
Coco (coconut)

La Pergola at Olmini, Macchie, Umbria

Mele verde (green apple)
Polvere di Stelle - star dust!
Amareno (dark cherry)
Fior di arancia (milk based orange blossom flavour)
Extra rich chocolate
Fragola (strawberry)
Gioaba (guava)
Charlie Brown (Smarties)
Lampone (raspberry)
Malaga (rum & raisin)
Panna (custard cream)
Yoghurt & fruiti di bosco (forest berries)
Stracciatta Capricciosa
Crema Gran ...
White chocolate

                                                     Alise Cafe, Castiglione del Lago, Umbria

Pompelmo rosa (pink grapefruit)
Anguria (watermelon)
Baci (choc hazelnut)
Melograno (pomegranate)
Whisky cream
Cookies & cream
Uva & noci (grapes & walnuts)
Finocchio, meile & liquorizio (fennel, honey & licorice)
Te verde matcha (green tea)
Coco creme (coconut milk)
Fico (fig)
Peru (no milk super rich dark chocolate)
Messico (pineapple, coconut & lime)
Ellusa (yoghurt, orange & toffee chips)
Deliziosa all' arancia (delicious orange)
Donna Claudia (Wow! )
Gorgonzola & hibiscus
Pardula (cheese, orange & saffron, typical Sardinian dessert)

                                     Vaniglia e Pistacchio, Cagliari, Sardinia

Cocco & Nutella
Lime & mente
Pinolo (pine nut)
Duplo (a type of chocolate bar)
Limone & basilico (lemon & basil)
Crema Catalana (like Creme Brulee)
Ananas & zenzero (pineapple & ginger)
Fonti (vanilla gelato with fresh raspberries & cracked chocolate)
Pinguino nero (dark chocolate swirls)
Dark chocolate & ginger
Passione (marscapone, whole hazelnuts, amareno & chocolate)
Santo Domingo (dark chocolate)
Uva rossa (red grapes)
Arancia (no milk orange)

                                                At Gelateria C' Era Una Volta, Lucignano, Tuscany

                                          Gelateria Vittoria, Panicale, Umbria

Panna cotta amaretti
Caramel & meringue
Oreo (biscuit)
Ginger & cinnamon
Almond nougat
Salted caramel

In the last minutes before boarding the Leonardo Express for the airport I was tasting my 89th gelati flavour for 2016.

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