By all accounts, almost everyone is familiar with the famous oil painting Mona Lisa by famed Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonardo di Vinci. Despite the worldwide fame of the iconic art, the true identity of the model depicted has still not been verified more than 500 years following its creation.  Could the woman with the captivating smile be an ode to the late painter’s mother, Caterina? Could it be him disguised as a woman? Or, could the image be an artistic portrayal of Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of the Florentine merchant Francesco di Bartolomeo del Giocondo? Both scholars and art historians have attempted to identify the woman who has inspired a barrage of art and music, but to no avail. The mystery still exists. We all recognize the Mona Lisa, but who is the familiar stranger meticulously painted onto the canvas of poplar wood?

 

Why is this relevant to PreGel and our specialty dessert ingredient solutions? (Don’t worry, I’m not offended. I would be asking the same question if I were you).

 

Well, in December of 2017, PreGel relaunched a product that may have been familiar to some of you—much like the Mona Lisa is familiar to millions—but there was still some mystery behind exactly what the product is (similar to the ongoing puzzle behind the true identity of the Mona Lisa’s model).

 

PreGel’s Pino Pinguino® is the marveled “Mona Lisa”-esque ingredient I speak of. It was first presented to the U.S. market in 2009, though to some confusion. Though we at PreGel find it to be an amazing product (no bias here … seriously), and despite it being a best-selling ingredient all over Europe, Pino Pinguino® and its fun-loving penguin logo needed a bit more clarity stateside. So, here it is…

 

Simply put, Pino Pinguino® is fudge that’s too cool to be hot! In other words, Pino Pinguino® is a cold fudge product, and it’s pretty remarkable. Allow me to reintroduce the reasons why.

 

First of all, it keeps good company as part of PreGel’s Variegates, Toppings, & Coatings line. It’s cool in the sense that it offers a feeling of nostalgia, seeing as it is a fudge, and many Americans grew up eating hot fudge sundaes as a delicious part of childhood. The variety of flavors is also fantastic, and the product is impressively versatile. Here’s one notable characteristic, for example:

 

It stays soft in freezing temperatures!

 

To me, that alone is awesome, to say the very least. Imagine a layer of cold fudge in your favorite menu offerings that maintains a fresh, rich, thick, yet soft consistency.  It does not melt the frozen treat like hot fudge has been said to do, turning a frozen dessert sundae into a sweet soup of sorts, and with Pino Pinguino®, it’s easy to ensure the fudge is evenly layered.

 

Did I mention it can be utilized to layer gelato pans, marbleize gelato, glaze gelato dome cakes, and be enjoyed as a standalone treat straight from the display case?

 

I don’t know about you, but with all these capabilities AND the fact that Pino Pinguino® is available in four different flavors, I would be eager to learn more about it. But don’t take my word for it. A very wise person once said—to loosely quote—believe nothing unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense … in this case, your business reason and common sense.

In my opinion, Pino Pinguino® cold fudge sauce (in any application) is the kind of specialty dessert ingredient that can easily produce an abundance of pleasant smiles … yep, just like the one the Mona Lisa is famous for.

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