Revele's Whipped Gelato Innovates "Healthy" Dessert

Revele's Whipped Gelato Innovates "Healthy" Dessert

"Once you try it, you'll be whipped."
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Another company takes a stab at the “healthy” ice cream game to revolutionize your favorite Italian dessert: gelato. Revelé Whipped Gelato is a company based out of southern California striving to offer low-calorie gelato “without the guilt.” Similar to their rivals, Revelé proudly promotes their calorie, fat and sugar counts on the front of their inviting and artistically-chic pints. Their gelato is gluten-free and lactose-free to please the most specific of diets, and it cuts out any artificial flavors or sweeteners. Grab your spoon – it’s time to dig into Revelé’s whipped creation.

Looking at the label

In an era of health consciousness, ingredients are important, especially for young, eco-friendly millennials with access to information about everything health-related on the Internet. Revelé’s gelato currently comes in six different flavors, and all, minus Seasonal Strawberries and White Chocolate Raspberry, contain 90 calories per serving. Each serving typically includes four grams of fat and five or six grams of sugar.

With only a few grams of sugar, how does it taste so sweet? Revelé attributes the gelato’s sweetness to real sugar and the whipped process. In perspective, another gelato company, Talenti, includes 29 grams of sugar in a single pint of Belgian Chocolate gelato. Talenti’s version also carries a larger calorie weight with 220 calories per half-cup, while Revelé’s Belgian Chocolate gelato is a mere 90. Both use similar ingredients, like regular sugar, milk and cream, but Talenti’s includes eggs, which is not typically used in gelato.

Stray differences seem to actually make an impact on the overall “healthiness” of Revelé’s gelato (if “healthiness” is based off calorie counts and low-everything). They use basic food-binders, like gum arabic and guar gum, that thicken the product and add a bit more fiber to the gelato. Revelé lives by the “whipped” method, which seems to fuel health-conscious consumers.

Gelato vs. ice cream

Compared to ice cream, gelato includes less fat because it uses milk rather than cream. Gelato is typically churned at a lower speed to add less air, but Revelé chooses to whip the gelato and add air. Confusing? Revelé’s gelato is still gelato, but with the light and airy benefits of being whipped. The pint is lightweight, and the gelato is smooth and creamy. Despite its whipped consistency, the gelato is extremely filling (w/out a heavy-feeling stomach later!).

A very similar brand, Halo Top, is the #1 Most Popular Pint of Ice Cream in America. Halo Top pints include the calorie count in large print, which is extremely similar to Revelé’s packaging. The difference? Halo Top’s calorie counts are by the pint, and Revelé’s are by the serving size.

Numbers go a long way – this subtle difference can lead consumers to eat the entire pint, despite the recommended serving size of a half-cup for both products. Halo Top encourages the consumer to eat the entire pint of ice cream, while Revelé suggests the basic serving size. Sorry, Halo Top. Over-indulgence can lead to weight gain, which throws the “healthy” idea of ice cream out the window.

Bottom line

Revelé’s gelato fits the dietary needs of many individuals (minus vegans) and offers an “aesthetic” substitute to traditional gelato. After surveying around 15 ice cream-lovers, the favorite flavor was Coffee Toffee Crunch, and all appreciated the brand’s eye-catching packaging and whipped consistency.

Despite its generally positive feedback, the ice-cream lovers preferred some flavors over others. For example, Seasonal Strawberry and Vanilla Symphony fell below the mark on strong flavor and taste. Some flavors were more understated than others, which could make or break a consumer’s repurchase of the product.

Revelé’s gelato tasted unique and “fit the aesthetic” of many ice cream lovers style. A chic rendition of classic gelato, Revelé changes the health-game with an eye-catching dessert bound to jump from market aisles into consumer’s freezers (and mouths).

If you live outside of sunny California, you’ll have to purchase the product online until it reaches more stores in the future. The revolution of “healthy” dessert is here, and Revelé is ready for it.

(Hey @ReveléGelato, maybe a vegan option soon?)

Cover Image Credit: Brittany Bluthardt

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."


Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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