Craving Gelato, Improvising Deliciousness

A few months ago, I let my love of gelato come between myself and my better judgement. A certain car company Uber held a promotion for their app by giving away free gelato Messina. Like I am sure most people do, I approach promotions with a healthy sense of skepticism, and had the promise been for anything less I most likely would not have participated.

Long story short: two and a half hours later, I found that I had gone through the whole spectrum of desire, anticipation, competitiveness, frustration, cynicism, anger, defeat, and finally acceptance. I wasn’t getting the gelato. Much like the stages of grief, no? And whilst this ended in acceptance, I really couldn’t shake the need for a fuller sense of closure. As some of you may be able to empathise with after getting stuck on the Home Shopping Channel or watching that Nutribullet advertisement for the whole 12-minute duration, after contemplating something for so long you can’t help but really, really want it. And so I decided to make some lemonade out of the sour situation!

Vanessa’s Recipe for ‘It – Ain’t – Messina – But – It – Ain’t – Half – Bad’

Ingredients (AKA all the tasty things in your kitchen)

  • Almond Magnum ice cream
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Chocolate sponge cake
  • Adriano Zumbo Choc Brownie Tim Tam
  • Haigh’s salted caramels
  • Mint leaves


  1. Cut the Magnum off the stick and crush in a bowl.
  2. Cut up raspberries, thinly slice sponge cake, crumble Tim Tam, and shave caramels into thin pieces.
  3. Mix it all together!
  4. Strategically place mint leaves as to offset the otherwise 50 Shades of Brown situation you have going on in your bowl.
  5. Taste satisfaction.

And thus the moral of this story: I scream, you scream, but sometimes no matter how loud you scream you just have to make your own ice-cream. When an improvisation pays off, it is even more rewarding than fulfilling a plan. Creative satisfaction is an added bonus.

PS – Stay tuned for next time, when I make the same concoction in POPSICLE form!