You Must Try Talenti Gelato:

I hate going to the grocery store. Even though I literally live right next to one, and it could not in any way be easier to get there, I hate going. The long lines. The people who can’t use the self-checkout machines. It’s a place of unhappiness. You can confirm this with my fiancée – I’m fairly miserable at the grocery store. But Talenti Gelato makes any trip for groceries worthwhile. I’m serious, this is mood altering, day-changing goodness in a frozen pint right here.

Talenti launched in 2003 and now makes over a dozen different gelato and sorbet flavors. According to their website, their gelato is made traditionally with methods which are based on Argentinean helado. Helado, in turn, was basically the result of Italian immigrants in Argentina importing their own desserts with them. Today, Talenti still turns to the same handcrafted methods which thrived dating back to before World War II, and with great results.

None of their products have any preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, or any other additives. Instead, the company utilizes fresh, natural ingredients which result in vibrant, standout flavors, and a frozen treat you don’t have to feel guilty about having. The only question is whether or not you can still enjoy something without having it be a guilty pleasure which you’re not supposed to be indulging in to begin with.

Flavors like Sea Salt Caramel, Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Mediterranean Mint, Double Dark Chocolate, Black Cherry… they’re all winners. I’m partial to the Sea Salt Caramel, but hey, that’s just me.

But get this – Talenti Gelato is even reasonably healthy for you. For example, their Double Dark Chocolate gelato has 210 calories for a half cup serving, with 10 grams of fat. Compare that to Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate, with 260 calories and 17 grams of fat.

Not a bad trade there, and if you’re worried about sacrificing flavor, you can stop worrying about it. Tasty just isn’t a valid descriptor for Talenti Gelato, it doesn’t do the stuff justice. Addictive and crave-worthy come close, but still fall short.

Have you ever been near-unfathomably happy to receive a text message from your significant other at the grocery store, telling you there’s a new flavor of Talenti in stock? Do you know how many stressful workdays and lingering illnesses have been relieved by Talenti Gelato?

I don’t typically preach about particular products I enjoy, but Talenti Gelato simply needs to be mentioned. It is legitimately delicious. It can even make going to the grocery store justifiable.

Check out their website at to see if they’re available at any stores near you.

This article was first published by Jake Emen on Yahoo! Voices on March 1, 2012