The challenge of the cornet has commenced

May 28, 2010 in Provisions

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Before leaving the States, I decided to put my extended stay in Nice to good use and do what every tourist wishes they could do: try every flavor of ice cream at Fenocchio, the most popular ice cream shop in Nice.

Then I arrived in Nice and did the math on my hasty proposal: roughly 200 days, 93 flavors, 2 Euros a scoop and God knows how many calories. Was I really going to gorge on ice cream day every single day in the middle of bikini season? So I forgot about my foolish plan until I went to Fenocchio with friends on Tuesday night, and savored every single lick of my cone of griotte (cherry) and nougat. Maybe I was wrong to give up so quickly?

I mentioned my “gelato challenge” plan in a tweet, and received immediate encouragement from @Marilyn_Res, @rtwdave and @20stravel. When the big names in travel blogging–and the chief researcher for National Geographic Traveler, for heavens’ sake–tell you to follow through on something, you do it. (So much for the staying in shape resolution.)

And with that, the Challenge of the Cornet has commenced. (French vocabulary of the day: un cornet is an ice cream cone) The ultimate goal is to try all 93 flavors (63 are ice cream, 30 are sorbet) and document the deliciousness via a weekly post and photo. When I can’t zip up my jeans, the challenge will cease.

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Flavor: Miel pignol/honey pinenut
Final word: It’s basically honey ice cream with whole pinenuts mixed in. Creamy and delicious. Probably better paired with a stronger flavor–I bet it would be delicious with a scoop of blackberry sorbet.

Flavor: Figue/fig
Final word: I wasn’t impressed, but I think it’s only because I like the texture of figs more than the actual flavor. As it’s a sorbet, it’s much lighter and probably better suited for a hotter day.

  • adventurouskate

    Just thought I'd share that “finnochio” is Italian slang for gay. Heh.

  • Wow, you're seriously going to try for all 93 flavors!? I guess going for 2 scoops per visit doesn't make that seem too insane a challenge.

    And just think, this will be the sweet, high-caloric story you tell grandchildren bouncing on your lap one day. πŸ™‚

  • 93 flavors in less than 200 days?
    you are my hero!!

  • camorose

    I'm going to start with the ones that I can't find at home, so then if I don't get around to chocolate chip, etc. it would be too tragic. I figure if I go with friends, I can taste 4-6 each ice cream date!
    We'll see…this still seems a bit foolish to me, but now I'm committed!

  • camorose

    Buck Nights at Baskin Robbins have prepared me well!

  • camorose

    You learn something new every day πŸ™‚

  • Katelyn

    I can't wait to hear about all of your tastings πŸ™‚ P.S. the honey pinenut sounds divine!!!

  • Great challenge. Imagine if you were in Italy doing this. There are way more than 93 flavors in the birthplaces of gelato, Firenze.

  • camorose

    I'm sure there are more than 93 flavors here, too since Nice has such a huge Italian influence–gelateries everywhere, all with plenty of different flavors! But I think 93 is more than enough to get me started πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Honey pinenut was delish, but I think nougat was better. Stay tuned for more!

  • Looking forward to your posts. I've been to Fenocchio a few times and am always overwhelmed by all the choices, AND I'll be in Nice again in early July. So, I will read your reviews with great interest. Buon Appetit!

  • Ashlee

    This reminds me of Eat Pray Love when she can't zip her jeans due to pizza in Italy. I say, GO FOR IT. You have my blessing.

  • camorose

    Absolutely! Glad that my reviews will be helping someone other than me–Nice is going to be beautiful in July! So exciting πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    I appreciate your support! Will be sure to fully report back πŸ™‚

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  • Oh wow. Good luck with that one! Excited to follow the series.

  • camorose

    There will definitely be many updates to come–so many delicious (and not so appetizing) flavors to come!

  • kate

    I fully support this.

  • camorose

    I knew you would, my fellow gelato-lover.

  • It's good to have goals! Any goal that involves ice cream, well, that's just magnifique!

  • camorose

    I'm big on goal-setting (check out my posts on writing things down and the pre-marriage bucket list!) but this is definitely the most fun challenge I've set for myself. Although I'm really dreading trying licorice flavor…

  • It's good to have goals! Any goal that involves ice cream, well, that's just magnifique!

  • camorose

    I'm big on goal-setting (check out my posts on writing things down and the pre-marriage bucket list!) but this is definitely the most fun challenge I've set for myself. Although I'm really dreading trying licorice flavor…

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  • Oneika the Traveller

    Love this and love Fennochio! I used to eat it all the time when I lived in Nice. I’m boring when it comes to flavors, though- I only usually do vanilla and dulce de leche.

  • Anonymous

    The challenge totally forced me to try new things–it was so hard not to go back to the ones I tried and loved!

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