Gelato Messina @ Sydney Festival

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With Sydney Festival running from the 9th of January till yesterday you had 17 days to check out this epic carnival menu from Gelato Messina. I didn’t get the chance to get through the whole thing but here are the ones I did try.

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I wanted to try this as soon as I read about it, I figured if anyone could make this work it was the geniuses at Messina. It definitely was strange biting into this sweet hotdog but everything worked well together and I really liked the toasted coconut “onions” on the bottom.

Yeeah DawgsYeeah Dawgs!
A milk chocolate gelato hot dog, served in a warm finger bun with essential condiments passionfruit ‘mustard’, raspberry ‘ketchup’ and buttercream ‘mayo’, and coconut ‘onions’ $9

This was probably my pick of the bunch, it’s basically fried ice-cream on a stick, maple syrup gelato no less with plum sauce, f*cking legit.

MESSINAWIENER 2MESSINAWIENER! AKA THE PLUTO PUP
A baton of maple syrup gelato coated in pancake batter, deep fried & crispy – Dipped in plum sauce $9

I don’t think I’ve actually ever tasted yuzu the asian citrus fruit that’s been popular lately on menus in Sydney. I thought it was way too sour… saying that though when I first sucked on a sour warhead at 10 years of age I thought my head would cave in so my tolerance isn’t high. The fairy floss quickly melted in the humidity and the salted caramel fudge was just a tiny ball in the middle.

SAMURAI FAIRY BALLSSAMURAI FAIRY BALLS
Yuzu sorbet and salted caramel fudge spun in red fairy floss $7

SAMURAI FAIRY BALLS 1

The toffee apple was a tangy green apple sorbet encased in two layers of chocolate finished with a red glaze. You really had to crack the chocolate open to get in and I eventually had to use a spoon to loot the apple goodness inside.

GELATOFFEE APPLESGELATOFFEE APPLES
Green apple sorbet, with a caramel milk chocolate glazed candy apple red finish $7

GELATOFFEE APPLES 1

I haven’t eaten a redskin since I was about 11, the flavour went surprisingly well with the banana and who doesn’t like pop rocks? This one tasted like childhood on a stick.

EYESCREAM LOLLYPOPEYESCREAM LOLLYPOPS
Redskin, banana and pop rocks $7

Peanut butter gelato and I are good friends and the caramelised banana was awesome.

THE BANANA SPLITTHE BANANA SPLIT
Peanut butter gelato, caramelised banana, whipped cream, chocolate sauce & a cherry on top $9

I don’t normally go for cheesecake flavoured gelato but I wanted that caramel! I couldn’t discern any of the duck fat flavour but the marshmallow definitely had a strong bacon element… it was kind of weird actually.

SO WRONG, IT’S RIGHTSO WRONG, IT’S RIGHT
Caramel cheesecake gelato, duck fat caramel, crushed potato chips & bacon marshmallow $9

It was another home run from Messina and no doubt they’ll be back next year but if you did miss out this year… sucks to be you.

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