Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tillamook - Oregon Hazelnut Chocolate Gelato - Sept. 24, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Oregon Hazelnut Chocolate Farmstyle Gelato
Good +
Weight: 1/2 cup (99 g.) / 15.5 fl. oz. (458 mL) in total container
Calories: 290 calories in 1/2 cup serving
Cost: $1.99 for 1 container
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Hazelnuts Theme Week. When summer turns to fall, I think of hazelnuts, and the Willamette Valley region of Oregon—where most hazelnuts in the U.S. are grown.

When I peeled off the lid of today's Oregon Hazelnut Gelato from Tillamook* (Tillamook, OR) I was greeted with a visual feast of nuts and chocolate.

The top layer was so generally loaded with chopped hazelnut bits and fudge that you may want to mix this ice cream up a bit if you're sharing with friends. The first scoop had almost all the goodies.

I prefer some layering of flavors—more than over-homogenized blends—so that individual flavors have room to shine, as they did today. The mouthfuls of chopped nuts contained authentic, somewhat bittersweet, hazelnut flavor; and the ice cream and fudge layers were tasty.

*The Tillamook County Creamery Association is a 108-year old dairy farmer-owned cooperative based in Oregon that distributes dairy products including ice cream and gelato.

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