August 15, 2010

Ciao Bella Gelato & Sorbet {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Who likes ice cream?  Anybody?  Well, I can tell you that ice cream is one of the 5 major food groups in my house.  In fact, when my husband and I vacationed in Europe a couple years ago, we made an effort to try as much gelato (italian ice cream) as possible.  It's some of the most delicious tasting dessert I've ever had.  Imagine my delight when I was introduced to Ciao Bella Gelato!  They make a large variety of flavors of not only gelato but sorbet which I like because it is made with real fruit and has less calories than the gelato.  In fact, the Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet was featured on Oprah!  It doesn't get much better than that!

Ciao Bella was so generous and sent me not only the famous Blood Orange Sorbet but also sent Wild Strawberry Sorbet, Key Lime Graham Cracker Swirl Gelato, Honey Toasted Pecan Gelato and Matcha Green Tea Gelato.  They were all very good but I think my favorite was the Key Lime Graham Cracker Swirl.  It was a little bit tart and a little bit sweet.  I also really enjoyed the Wild Strawberry Sorbet!  While I respect Oprah and her favorite things, the Blood Orange Sorbet was not a flavor that I would buy.  I tried it just for the experience but I'm not a fan of orange flavored foods.  My husband really enjoyed the Matcha Green Tea Gelato.  He loves green tea ice cream and couldn't say enough good things about the flavor of this one.  I'm not a tea drinker so I would also pass on this one.  We also thought the Honey Toasted Pecan was a winner!

Would you like to try some of Ciao Bella's flavors for free?  I'll bet you would!  Ciao Bella has agreed to give one of my lucky readers the chance to not only taste 3 flavors of gelato or sorbet but also win their brand new book all about gelato, The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto (written by Ciao Bella founder F. W. Pearce and Executive Chef Danilo Zecchin).

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Tell me what kind of gelato or sorbet you would make if you could.  Be creative with the flavor combinations and include a name!  Who knows, maybe they will bring that flavor to fruition! (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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This giveaway will close on August 29th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Ciao Bella for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product for review and I was under no obligation to use it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.
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  1. I would make a flavor that was like birthday cake or something like that. It would be lovely

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  2. I lived in Milano for almost two years. I probably ate gelato 5 out of 7 days a week! Our local gelatoria even new my son by name, and gave him a little extra when he ordered in Italian. ;-)
    I would love for Ciao Bella to offer good old fashion stracciatella (chocolate chip)gelato! What a way to bring back some happy memories.

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  3. I'd make something vanilla and caramel based. I despise chocolate but am a caramel NUT!

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  6. I'd like to make an Apricot Brandy flavor! Or dark chocolate with cherries!
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  12. I'd love chocolate with little pieces of pretzels. Thanks for the review and giveaway...this sounds heavenly!
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  17. I'd like a strawberry/pineapple combination.
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  25. I would make a white peach and champagne sorbet & call it Bellini! How divine does that sound?

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  42. I would make an oreo and cookie flavor. I would probably call it the Oreo Spectacular.

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  51. My favorite gellato combination that I tried when I was in Italy was strawberry, ache (i dont know what this translates to) and melon. It was so good! I'd call it Fruity Awesome Magical Combination of Amazing.

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  63. I'd like something like Strawberry and Watermelon.

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  71. I'd definitely would make a coffee gelato! I've been eating a lot of that this summer.

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