Monday, January 31, 2011

How To Be The Best Grandma Ever!

     Do you see these happy faces? What brought on all those smiles? Just tell your little ones that they get to take part in a taste test...for what they think is ICE CREAM! When I found out that the wonderful folks at Roba Dolce were going to send me some of their Gelato or Sorbetto to sample, I expected to receive one or two single serving size containers. My face looked just like the kids when my box arrived on Friday and I opened it to find all of these wonderful flavors inside. It arrived frozen solid, packed in dry ice and I was tempted to just have a party all by myself.

     Roba Dolce started in Providence, Rhode Island and wanted to bring authentic Italian Gelato and Sorbetto to the New World. Being so successful in their shops has led them to package the product and make it available in grocery stores all over the country.

     After dinner, I got out all the flavors and opened them on the counter. You should have seen my little grandson's faces! I thought it would be fun to do a Gelato/Sorbetto tasting because we had 3 generations in our house and I wondered how different our opinions would be.

     I made little sample cups of each flavor and the tasting began. The Gelato flavors of coconut, chocolate and pistachio were rich, creamy and tasted almost sinful. My husband doesn't like coconut and yet he thought this was delicious. He commented that he even loved the flavors that he normally doesn't like. The Sorbetto flavors of mango and lemon were tart, refreshing and good for you! So, did we agree on a "winner"? Nope, we all had our favorites. My 2-year-old grandson loved the mango, liked all the other flavors except the pistachio. I wish you could have seen his face when he tried it! My 4-year-old grandson liked all the flavors, but the lemon sorbetto was his favorite. He said it tasted "like lemonade". My son, at 28, liked the mango sorbetto the best and also loved the lemon. He liked the texture of sorbetto better than that of gelato, but truthfully loved all the flavors. My husband (who is a very picky eater) liked the lemon sorbetto and the pistachio gelato the best, but he even liked the chocolate and coconut, two flavors he never eats.

     I loved them all. I have found myself over the weekend going to the freezer for dips of coconut and pistachio, so I guess those are my favorites but the mango is delicious and the chocolate is a rich, dark chocolate with chunks of chocolate in it. There will be days when I may sit down with that carton and a spoon! The lemon was a bit tart for my taste, but as you can was a favorite with others in my family.

     This was a really generous opportunity to try a product that will now be a favorite at our house. It also became a fun event that had us all feeling like little kids and certainly impressed my grandsons. For more information on Roba Dolce Gelato and Sorbetto,
click here for their website.

*I was provided samples from Roba Dolce. I was not instructed on what to say, the opinions expressed are my own and that of my family.

I am joining Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

I bet they did have fun with the tasting party. :-D

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Sue it's too early in the morning for Ice Cream ha ha!! OK now I want some give me some..what a fun Ice Cream party..I bet the kids loved it..Hugs and smiles Gloria
ps...How your daddy doing my dear friend??

Blondie's Journal said...

I would be thrilled to get a box like that in the mail!! All of the flavors sound delicious. I love the looks on the boys faces, what a big treat for them, you made it fun, Sue!


Pondside said...

What fun - the children will never forget this. It will be a big page in their mutual memory book.

The Charm of Home said...

Yum! They all look delicious! What cute grandkids you have. I would have a hard time choosing.

Tammy@InStitches said...

How cute, my face would have a big ol smile too !

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a treat! This looks wonderful, Sue!


Sheila :-)

dee dee said...

Even more that brownie batter, is icecream! How lucky to get the opportunity to review such yummyness! I'm a chocolate sort of girl so I would have devoured that carton all by myself! Have a wonderful week!
Dee Dee

Shellbelle said...

I'm with you, I couldn't believe the size of the box when my samples arrived. How cool, and when I say cool, I mean really cool, was that? I had to whip one of the smaller ones open immediately while I made room in the freezer for the rest.

How fun that the grands got in on the taste tasting action!

bj said...

OHMYLORDY....first off, those little fellas are the cutest ever. Adorable.
The samples look delicious. You gave us a great review on them.
If I get lucky enuf to get some samples, I'll be calling all my grands to come over for a PARTY..I can't let you outdo me on being a fabulous grandmother. :)))

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

No wonder they are all smiles. That stuff is good. I ate the coconut and chocolate together like a mounds bar.

Patrice said...

I'm so jealous...I'd be smiling too!

koralee said... are a pretty special Grandma indeed. oxxoxo hugs

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very fun Sue!
And those little faces sure look happy and cute too!

La said...

What a tough assignment. I love gelato! When I visit Fort Pierce, we go to a shop that sells homemade gelato. It's one of the highlights of my trip.

La said...

Incidentally, your grandsons are ADORABLE!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That must have been fun, Sue! I am always looking for sweet treats that I can indulge in since I had to go gluten free a few years ago. I can't eat some ice creams, but I wonder if gelato or sorbetto would be something I could eat. I'll have to look into that because those flavors sound yummy {and I love pistachio and coconut}.

Angie said...

Your grandsons are SO cute! Love the smiles. Sounds like you had some delicious taste testing.

Monica H said...

What a generous sampling. They could have saved money on the dry ice, with all the snow you have :-)

I love pistachio gelato- it's so wonderfully aromatic.