When I was shopping at Whole Foods earlier this week, I saw a sale on Ciao Bella Gelato and decided to pick up a couple of pints to sample. I picked up the Blood Orange Sorbet and the Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet. Summer has quickly shown up here in Ohio, so cool treats are the best way to cool down.
A little more about Ciao Bella:
Fondly called “America’s Gelato”, began in New York’s Little Italy and has been tempting taste buds since 1983.
Crafted like no other, Ciao Bella’s indulgent collection of gelato and sorbet creates moments of happiness everywhere with an unparalleled, incredibly unique dessert experience. We simply rely on a chef inspired blend of pure, naturally intense ingredients and a passion for evoking pleasure and delight in every frozen bite.
Offering unique and intense flavors, like Blood Orange Sorbet and Key Lime Graham Gelato, Ciao Bella uses only the most pure ingredients, resulting in frozen specialties that embody both classic Italy and modern America. The brand has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, AOL’s home page, and has won sixteen (16) NAST sofi™ gold awards for its captivating and mouthwatering creations.
Blood Orange: INGREDIENTS: WATER, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, BLOOD
ORANGE JUICE, BLOOD ORANGE CONCENTRATE, LEMON JUICE, BLOOD
ORANGE OIL, PECTIN, NATURAL COLORING.
Blackberry Cabernet: INGREDIENTS: BLACKBERRIES, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE,
CABERNET, WATER, LEMON JUICE, PECTIN.
I loved both of these flavors!! I have had a small obsession with blood oranges since my sister introduced me to them a few years back. This sorbet is refreshing & tart – perfect for the stifling hot summer afternoon! The Blackberry Cabernet is equally refreshing with a subtle undertone of cabernet. What a nice, light way to finish off a summer cookout without feeling too full.
Some of the other flavors that caught my eye:
- Chocolate Jalapeno
- Coconut Sorbet
- Dark Chocolate Sorbet
- Honey Toasted Pecan Gelato
- Mango Sorbet
- Matcha Green Tea Gelato
Some of these flavors remind me of a local ice cream store, Jeni’s, with their off-the-wall flavors. They don’t necessarily always sound appetizing, but usually end up tasting amazing. I would love to sit down in the aisle at Whole Foods with a spoon, though I am not sure that my sampling every flavor would be appreciated.
It is important to note that not all of Ciao Bella’s flavors are gluten-free. Their labeling is very clear and can be viewed on their website. Additionally, each pint/container that is free of gluten is labeled “gluten-free”. Ciao Bella can be found at stores across the US, including Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Target and many more.