Gelato Messina- The Great Gelato Challenge Recap
Since moving to Sydney, I’ve been blessed with many things which gave this city the edge over Melbourne- the consistent weather, a more co-operative form of public transport and most importantly- the Gelato. The BEST gelato in Australia.
For a quick overview, it would involve me trying out 5 different gelato flavours over 12 weeks to hit a total of 60. Each flavour would receive a rating out of 10 in the hopes of finding one which received full marks. Having one of the outlets a mere 10 minute walk away from my shoebox studio, let’s say gelato on the way home from work BEFORE dinner became a standard procedure.
I recapped the first five weeks-
Instead of going through all the flavours, I’m going to highlight the main ones- and not so good ones- and of course, the elusive 10.
The best of the best-
-Pops- Dark chocolate and honey gelato with Italian Nougat [Score 9.5/10]
-Musk- Musk Stick gelato [Score- 9.5/10 ]
-Cookied- Jersey milk fiore di latte gelato smashed with housemade cookies [Score- 9/10 ]
-Cremino- Salted Caramel Gelato with giandiua fudge and fresh meringue [Score- 9.5/10 ]
The sub par-
Shirazmatazz- Australian Shiraz Grape Sorbet with chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline, chocolate cookies and blackberry jellies [Score- 4/10 ]
-Strawberry- Non dairy fruit sorbet [Score- 5/10 ]
-Coconut sorbet- Non dairy fruit sorbet [Score- 5/10]
-Porky’s revenge– Maple Syrup gelato with Bacon maple gelato and blueberry pancake batter.
-Budadabuppi- Rockmelon sorbet with with crispy proscuitto and prociutto flavoured jellies
The Elusive 10-
Baklava gelato- Roswater gelato with house made baklava.
Many of you guessed correct- Baklava gelato was the only one to take the crown of perfection- so much so that gelato number 61 was this very one- no shame.
Post Challenge thoughts-
This was clearly a fun challenge as a means to simply try out all the fancy flavours and seek out the elusive 10- However, as with anything these are my post challenge thoughts.
1. I never thought I’d say it but I reached a stage of forcing myself to follow through with it. I even took a week off- So in essence it went for 13 weeks. While I really enjoy gelato, eating it almost everyday made it lose it’s attractiveness.
2. I relived my teenage years- Breakouts. I think there is a stark correlation with my sugar intake and the state of my skin.
3. I love dark chocolate but throughout the challenge, I found myself enjoying more milk chocolate and eventually, white too- Hello White Chocolate and Macadamia Oatmeal Pudding.
4. I thought I’d be lighter in the wallet, however during this period, I switched out buying a daily coffee- so as Jerry Seinfeld said, I broke even.
5. I eventually found myself forcing myself to pick flavours I wasn’t particular keen on (fruit flavoured sorbets) purely to fulfil the ‘new flavour’ aspect. Fruit flavoured gelato is a waste.
Oh man I’ve missed ice cream. Not gelato- Ice cream. However, if the craving sparks- It’s a mere 10 minutes away.
Big props to Spoons for eating gelato…out loud. In her honour- More. Ironically, from a competing gelato branch. My bad.
When’s the last time you had gelato/ice cream?
Hard ice cream or gelato?
Do you notice anything significant when you have a sugar heavy diet?
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