Helados Jauja, Carlton – premium gelato

It’s really feeling like summer lately in Australia and like I said in my previous post, I’m not getting any of that beautiful sunshine here in China. The weather’s been in the high 20s and even high 30s in Melbourne on some days and it’s only just December. One thing that I’m sure many people crave when it’s so hot out is ice cream and other frozen treats. It’s so deliciously refreshing that I really can’t get enough of it, to the point that at one stage I had almost 10 litres of homemade ice cream in the freezer. I couldn’t fit anything else in there.

The thought of seeing great flavours at a gelato shop excites me. It makes me scream and then I make a fool of myself, so much so that I reckon my friends were pretending to not know me. A gelato establishment that produced this unthinkable behaviour in me was Helados Jauja on Lygon Street. A few days ago while the weather was still in the 20s after dinner, there was a line outside, full of eager gelato lovers waiting for a scoop or 2 of their unique and delicious flavours.

Luckily we got there just before the big line started forming and after quite a few minutes of agonising thought (I really wanted to try a bit of each flavour!) I decided on salted caramel and 80% pure dark cocoa. The salted caramel was unbelievable. Some people might think it’s too salty but I thought the intensity of flavours was just what I was looking for. I did have to eat it slowly to savour the taste and make it last as it was quite rich.

The 80% cocoa was equally amazing and is a must for chocolate lovers. It was so rich in chocolate that I was almost jumping up and down with joy. Even Yuye agreed that it was nice, considering he’s always against getting chocolate at gelato stores (he much prefers fruit flavours).

I also tried the soursop which my friend ordered and it was delicious, this is definitely not a taste you will find very often, even in drink form.

One flavour that I could never get my head around was durian (also available here). However, seeing as most of my friends are Malaysian, they were all very keen on getting it to my utter dismay. Well, since I wasn’t going to try it, all I had to do to avoid the stench was to stand far far away. I did feel a bit sorry for the shop staff since it was noticeable that ONLY the durian gelato had a lid. Enough said.

We went back for a second visit a few days after and again I had their salted caramel. I changed the other flavour to peanut butter blast but although it was great, it wasn’t as good as the others I tried. I also had a taste of my friend’s Argentinian tea flavour and it was fantastic, I will get that next time for sure. It tasted just like milk tea. 🙂

Although the flavours were totally amazeballs, the price tag attached was equally amazing. There are 2 coloured ‘labels’ for the gelato, orange for deluxe and yellow for classic. Orange has a higher price tag than yellow but doesn’t help the fact that most flavours are orange. For salted caramel and 80% cocoa, I paid a whopping $8.60. It was obviously not the cheapest gelato you can get around. However, the quality of the gelato, range of flavours available and the level of service made it worth the extra bucks for sure and I would definitely gladly go back for another serving of that delicious salted caramel.

You also have the choice to eat inside the shop (at the back) or take a tub of it away.

Question time: Do you like durians? Is there any ice cream/gelato flavour that you wish was on menus more?

Helados Jauja
Phone: (03) 9041 2927
254 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053

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6 comments… add one
  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness December 8, 2012, 8:38 am

    Nommm… Your pictures look fantastic. The gelato looks very creamy and soft. I wish I can have some now.

  • Choc Chip Uru December 8, 2012, 9:33 am

    Nothing says summery Christmas like delicious delicious gelato my friend 🙂
    Your pics are awesome!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Ming @ sweetandsourfork December 8, 2012, 7:53 pm

    That gelato shop looks like a killer; nothing like a place that has some unusual flavours instead of the ho-hum strawberry, lemon and vanilla. So glad for the warm weather!

  • yummychunklet December 9, 2012, 10:31 am

    That looks absolutely delicious!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 11, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I agree that Helados Jauja is a little pricey but i’m super addicted to the dulce de leche 😀 Love love love it!

    Can’t do durian though 🙁 really not a fan hehe but I would like to see maybe more dessert based flavours like Tiramisu or something like that 😀

  • Erika January 4, 2013, 1:47 am

    Why, whyyy is this so far away? Your photos are just gorgeous and I would be there in a hot second if it didn’t require a long plane ride 🙂


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