Having lived in Ann Arbor for the past 4.5 years, I’ve eaten my fair share of Zingerman’s. What stands out is the high variation in quality control. Fried chicken, pastrami and brownies have been uniformly excellent every time I’ve had them; by contrast, pulled-pork has been laced with aluminum foil, cheeseburgers are habitually overcooked and topped with unmelted cheese and their vaunted mac and cheese often just amounts to a puddle of béchamel devoid of all of the caramelized bits of cheese that make the dish such a delight to eat.
Alas, Zingerman’s peanut butter gelato falls into the latter grouping. And I had modest expectations, even at the price of $8.99 for a 12oz container. The quality of the gelato was a major letdown. Zingerman’s must have Ron Burgundy levels of (unearned) confidence in its gelato as the container did not include any mix-ins. The texture was awful, almost as if it had been overchurned. Whereas Talenti and the line of Haagen-Daaz gelatos provide creamy bases, this was gritty and just distinctly unpleasant.
Pr(Buy Again) = 0