We have this grocery store in town that carries the occasional Shark Tank-supported edible or oddball item you can’t find anywhere else. One of the frozen foods that caught my eye the last time we were there was Mancuso Gelati’s Tiramisu glass cups – “a zabaglione flavored gelato with coffee sauce sprinkled with cocoa powder.” First off, what is zabaglione? After looking it up, a lot is explained – it’s an Italian dessert comprised of whipped and heated egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala wine, which is served hot or cold.
There are two tiramisu desserts in one package, and they are contained within separate glass dessert cups. I’m not going to lie; this was one of the primary motivating factors for purchasing this sweet treat. I feel like I really got my money’s worth when you toss in the glasses. The packaging says that the dessert is made in Italy and imported by a company in Utica, NY.
One of the first things my mother and I both thought was that the dessert had an eggnog flavor to it, or possibly bourbon. Upon reading the ingredients list, Marsala wine is listed and a miniscule 0.1% listing for alcohol but nothing else related to liqueur. Nonetheless, this is a delicious indulgence. The consistency of the gelato dessert wasn’t as smooth as I imagined it would be, and was instead, kind of on the ice-chippy side. That could have been our fault for not getting it to a freezer right after purchasing it. At the very bottom of the glass is this almost undetectable piece of sponge cake. All in all, I was impressed, and so was my mother.
By the Numbers
Overall, I felt that the calorie count was relatively low for such an indulgent dessert. Despite being made with skim milk, I believe the egg, coconut oil, and sugar probably contributed to the increased saturated fat content. Yet in still, I didn’t feel totally guilty eating this – and besides, you get a nice amount of calcium.
One dessert cup:
- 180 calories; 60 fat calories
- 6 grams of saturated fat
- 29 grams of carbs
- 26 grams of sugar
- 3 grams of protein
- Calcium – 15% of your recommended daily value
For future reference, Mancuso Gelati offers additional frozen desserts packaged in the same glass cups: Triple Chocolate, Lemon, and Black Cherry, which is a flavor I almost brought home, but tiramisu won in the end.
Are you a fan of gelato?