I know I’m only going off a few hours of experience here, but listen: 28 is going to be a very good year.

And while I’d love to tell you about the way it’s started—with a leisurely brunch at Honey (a favorite local cafe about which, side note, I have some exciting news to share soon!)—or about the way it’s heading—leaving again for a Nashville weekend tomorrow!—one thing is especially important, given that birthdays call for celebration and, hello?, celebration calls for ice cream.

So let’s get to the good stuff: Let’s talk gelato (and sorbetto!). From Talenti.

Talenti gelato

A week or so ago, the really nice people at Talenti asked me if I’d tried their peach champagne gelato (you guys know how I love peaches), and could they maybe send some to me?

Adam scooping Talenti

When their package arrived Tuesday, it wasn’t just a container of peach champagne gelato, however. It was that—and more.

Inside a giant cooler were not one but ten different flavors of gelato and sorbetto: Argentine Dulce de Leche (caramel), Caramel Cookie Crunch, Caribbean Coconut, Double Dark Chocolate, Sicilian Pistachio, Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Black Cherry gelati; Roman Raspberry, Hill Country Peach Champagne, Blood Orange sorbetti.

Just in time for my birthday!

spoonfuls of gelato

So today, my family and I did the very obvious thing when given a cooler filled with frozen dessert: we sampled. And sampled.

Not only was I beyond smitten with the dark chocolate (we have been searching for months for a chocolate gelato that’s truly dark) and the Roman raspberry (good gracious, so fresh! so sweet! so tart!), but the other tasters became huge fans of the blood orange sorbetto, the black cherry gelato and the caramel (think of one of those soft, chewy caramels turned into ice cream).


And what I most like about Talenti gelato is the way its made: emphasizing raw, natural ingredients, usually with less than a dozen ingredients in each container. Since December, I’ve made it a habit to read ingredients lists, so when I see a gelato with butter, milk, cream and sugar as its main components, it is positively refreshing.

talenti gelato

Other key highlights of Talenti: It’s gluten-free (except the caramel cookie crunch, which incidentally is probably the flavor I’d be least likely to buy), kosher, with NO high-fructose corn syrup EVER, made with milk free from growth hormones and with significantly less fat than regular ice cream. I’ve bought it at my local grocery store and at Whole Foods, but if you can’t find it by you, try their store locator online.

You can also read more about Talenti Gelato at TalentiGelato.com.

See you next week!

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Rebecca

    I love love love Talenti gelato! My husband brought home a pint of the Belgian chocolate the other day and it was divine (don’t worry, I restrained myself from eating the entire thing in one sitting!)

  2. Rebecca

    Oh, and Happy Birthday! Welcome to 28. Just arrived myself, but I agree that it will be a good one.

  3. Jenny

    happy birthday! and, yum. No stores by me, unfortunately.

  4. tracy

    happy happy birthday!!!!! may this year be YOUR YEAR!!!

  5. liz

    happy birthday!

  6. Amy

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    And have a great time in Nashville (from a resident Nashvillian)!

  7. Misty

    That looks delicious! I wish I had some to celebrate my Veggieversary (3 years of being vegetarian!).

    Happy happy birthday!

  8. Katie

    wow – I couldn’t think of a better present to get in the mail! 10 little tubs of icecream?…seriously…I’d be so happy! I hope you’re happy today too.

  9. Amanda

    Happy year 28, Shanna! What a delicious way to start it. Considering I’m reading your blog when (pregnant and…) hungry, the gelato looks amazing. It is difficult to find simple-ingredient ice creams, sherberts, and gelatos. Now to see if any store local to me carries Talenti…. :)

  10. Kim

    I’m hooked already, just from looking.

  11. Kendra @ My First Kitchen

    I tried this stuff (vanilla bean) about a month ago, and goodness gracious. So. Crazy. Tasty. I’m glad you got such a fun birthday present. :)

  12. heather

    happy happy! such a sweet company to send that on to you for your day. even if you sampled so quick to get brain-freeze, i think those gelatos would make the momentary pain worth it.

    all the best in the year to come and cheers,


  13. jacqui

    happy birthday, shanna! have fun in nashville!

  14. Jacqui

    happy birthday! what a great way to celebrate! I never even knew gelato came in so many flavors! And sorbetto, never even heard of it before, must get some soon!

  15. Maddie

    For some reason, I assumed you were older than 28—not because you look it, but because you just seem so grounded and mature (not all-over-the-place, as we 23-year-olds tend to be!).

    So: happiest of happy birthdays, Shanna! It seems like you’re in such a good place now, so I can’t even imagine what good things the next year has in store for you.

  16. TJ

    Happy Birthday! I really like their Blood Orange and Tahitian Vanilla. The Roman Raspberry has been calling out to me. I’ll have to try it.

  17. leslie [the whole plate]

    happy birthday! ice cream is my favorite way of celebrating special occasions. this brand looks just my style.

    enjoy your trip and celebration!

  18. MaryAnn

    Happy birthday to you! Enjoy your weekend down south!

  19. Niki

    Happy Birthday!!!! I love Talenti gelato, and thankfully they sell it at Jewel by my house! I hope Honey was delicious as usual. Love that place. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed your bday yesterday and your weekend in Nashville!

  20. jessiev

    happiest birthday wishes! and WHAT a great start! i need some of that dark chocolate gelato, for sure.

  21. Megan Gordon

    Happy birthday, Shannalee! 28 is fabulous! I hope your day was perfect and can’t wait to hear about your exciting news. I’ve tried Talenti’s gelato (they make pistachio?) and was blown away. Birthdays, gelato, late summer…all good things :)

  22. Maria

    Happy twenty-eighth birthday, dear!

    May I just say… the packaging! The flavours sound delectable, but how they’re wrapped up is just lovely, with the clear containers showcasing the pretty colours. And those fonts.

    I need to find out if Toronto’s Whole Foods carries this stuff. (So I can buy containers to stare at. And eat.)

  23. Jessica

    Wow that is awesome! What a great package to get, yay!!! I’ve never heard of them but I’ll have to pick some up when I’m at Whole Foods or speciality store.

  24. Kasey

    Happy birthday to you! Also, I’ve tried a few different flavors of Talenti gelato (namely the Tahitian vanilla and raspberry) and was very impressed! Dulce de Leche sounds amazing. Mmmm.

  25. Angharad

    I just found your blog for the first time – I adore your photos!

    Oh my good grief! This gelato sounds phenomenal – dark chocolate gelato..swoon! I love the photo of all the spoons heaped with different colours/flavours. Gorgeous!

  26. Sue

    I just had my first Talenti gelato a couple of weeks ago and FELL IN LOVE. Happy birthday to you, indeed!!!

  27. Kristen

    Happy Birthday! I’ll be 28 in March..i’m not happy im getting older but I keep repeating 28 will be great!

  28. Kitchen B'fly

    Happy 28th b’day….especially with a weekend freast of gelati :-). May the year bring you joy and hope

  29. Dana

    Happy birthday! It would have been awesome to have a birthday and get to spend some time with that row of spoons!

  30. Shannalee

    Wow, all the comments here have been so great – loved reading them while I was away. Thank you all for the birthday wishes, and hope you find Talenti in your life soon. : )

  31. molly

    You genius, you! Like an ice cream store, in your own home. I may borrow this idea, come November :)

    Until then, a very happy birthday to you. Twenty eight is a fine year, indeed.

  32. Gabi

    Shannalee! A huge HAPPY B-DAY! What a treat with the Talenti gelato! I didn’t thing one can find true gelato on this continent! Now I am in doubt. Have fun in Nashville and drive safe!


  33. heather @ chiknpastry

    28 will be great – don’t you worry!

    what better way to start it out than with loads of gelato?! what a great treat!

  34. ingrid

    Score! I love their ice cream! Coconut is my favorite…only bad thing is I wind up eating all of it in a day. I just keep going back with a spoon.

    Happy belated birthday!

  35. amanda

    I love talenti. their Sea Salt Caramel gelato is my favorite! I tried the double dark chocolate, and i didnt like it at all, my mom however loved it. i think i need to make a short trip to Albertsons and get me a pint!( and i wont restrain myself ill eat the whole thing in one sitting)

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