Occasionally this sweet-tooth blogger has a hankering for an ice cream after a hearty corporate lunch session. In New Zealand, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to this frozen treat and a few standout ice cream Meccas spring to mind, such as the Pokeno ice cream shops and the innovative gelato-engineering of Giapo (blog to come).
Somewhere between the Auckland CBD and Pokeno, in the leafy suburb of Mt Eden lies Casa Del Gelato, a unique gelato establishment that attempts to replicate the well-known flavours of popular chocolate bars via gelato.
While I’m not a huge fan of this approach - if I wanted a Snickers Bar I would have bought one, not an ice cream that tastes like one - they still manage to make delicious gelato and it’s surprising how they’ve managed to capture the flavours so well.
My advice, go in and test these interesting imitations. I will usually go for 3-4 flavour tests before I feel obliged to buy something. Some people may be able to manage more tests, and I applaud the audacity of these serial testers.
I’ve tried most of the flavours that Casa Del Gelato has to offer, but when it comes to committing to one flavour, it’s got to be the banoffee gelato. This creamy banana and caramel flavoured ice cream has bits of biscuit mixed in to accurately immitate the classic banoffee flavour. Banoffee lovers, expect to be swept off your feet by this delicious frozen dessert!
If gelato isn’t your thing, Casa will use the gelato flavours to create equally delicious milkshakes. Yes, I’ve also had the banoffee flavoured milkshake and it was orgasmic!
Casa Del Gelato provides a decent sized scoop in a cone for $4.50, much more affordable than Movenpick and other such competitors, and they also provide complimentary chocolate chips and choc covered peanuts for those wanting to add a bit more variety.
In short, Casa Del Gelato makes high quality gelato in freaky-deaky flavours, at a great price – well worth a visit.
Overall rating: 7.5/10
- Location: 6
- Value: 8
- Service: 8
- Quality: 8
- Environment: 6
- X-Factor: 7
Casa Del Gelato – 416 Mt Eden Road, Auckland