I say it about lots of things, but hand on heart, if it came down to it and I could only pick 1 of each, I would happily eat pizza for my savoury and ice cream for my sweets for the rest of my life. That isn’t to say though that I expected Pizza Express, the pizza restaurant and sellers of bake at home pizza, to release an ice cream. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody say “oh I know, let’s go to Pizza Express tonight for some gelato!” I still bought it though!
Today I’m reviewing the Chocolate Fudge Cake Flavour, Amy reviewed the Tiramisu and there’s a Sicilian Lemon flavour too.
Chocolate gelato swirled with chocolate sauce and chocolate fudge cake pieces
Oddly this smelt just like a chocolate cake!
Now according to Google, gelato is supposed to be churned much slower than ice cream leaving you with a much denser feel, is served warmer so also has a softer and silkier feel and has a lower fat percentage so the flavour is meant to really shine through. Remember these three points.
First I’ll address point one. The chocolate gelato felt thick and heavy both on my spoon and in my mouth but it had a fluffy mousse like texture. It’s not light and airy at all but I wouldn’t necessarily say its denser than any ice cream I’ve eaten recently.
Point two. I wasn’t aware of it supposed to have been being served warmer at the time but this melted ridiculously fast. I ate it in front of the box last night and it was actually quite cold but within 20 minutes this was a liquid. No exaggeration, we had chocolate soup with cakey croutons.
Point three. The flavour is meant to shine through. Well, what flavour? The chocolate gelato itself was a disappointment. Very mild, almost bland and lacking the chocolate overload I expected.
At least there were some additional treats to try and salvage it. In fairness, there wasn’t much plain chocolate gelato though – I swear I must have had half a whole chocolate cake in my tub!
The cake pieces were very good, not only were there loads but they were all pretty big too and despite a freezing had a decent soft and fluffy cakey texture. The cake was slightly more chocolatey than the ice cream but not enough to make a noticeable difference. So far so disappointing.
Why have I included this ugly photo below of a 3/4 eaten tub?
Because this is where the chocolate sauce finally decided to appear!
Yep, that’s it all melted up the sides and around the bottom – not swirled about as you’d expect. I’d say it was an issue with just mine but my husbands was exactly the same.
It’s such a shame as if the sauce was rippled throughout as I’m guessing it’s supposed to be this would be a solid 8. It has a really intense and rich chocolate flavour with a silky smooth consistency and finally I got my chocolate explosion.
The sauce without a doubt saved the day, I finished thinking that I’d quite happily eat another again but it’s only looking back at the photos and writing this review that I remember how disappointing a good 3/4 of it was.