Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nancy’s Fancy Gelato: Frutti di Bosco with Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berries Review






Fro-yo girl here. Nancy’s Fancy, a line of artisanal gelato from Chef Nancy Silverton (Mozza, Campanile, La Brea Bakery), famed pastry chef, cookbook author and recipient of 1990 Pastry Chef of the Year from the James Beard Foundation, was introduced last year at the Winter Fancy Food Show. A pint retails for $10.99.

Nancy’s Fancy is all natural and made with hormone free milk with no corn syrup. The flavors certainly sound fancy and indulgent. Yes, there is one frozen yogurt flavor. I found it at Gelson’s for $9.99.

Flavors offered:

* Chocolate fondente with dark rum and Valrhona chocolate chips.

* Roasted banana with bourbon and pecan praline

* Salted Peanut Butter with Crunchy Peanuts

* Coconut Stracciatella with Bittersweet Chocolate Strands

* Spiced Stumptown Coffee with Cracked Cocoa Nibs

* Butterscotch Budino with a Caramel Rosemary Swirl

* Frutti di Bosco with Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berries: Once I lifted the lid off I noticed some ice crystals. The product wasn’t icy though. The color was a pretty deep berry. The texture was dense, creamy and thick – more like ice cream than frozen yogurt. The flavor tasted natural, fruity and tangy but they didn’t strain the fruit puree and there were a zillion hard berry seeds. Surprising – I’ve never encountered so many berry seeds in ice cream or froyo before. On the plus side they use real fruit and lots of it and the quality of the ingredients is evident in the taste. This product would much better if they strained the seeds out.

The yogurt flavor is there but it’s not as intense as the best froyo brand you can buy at the supermarket, Jeni’s. Those biodynamic grassfed cows in Ohio are doing something right. Is Nancy's much better than most supermarket froyo? Yes, the ingredients are better and it tastes less processed.

Ingredients (Frutti di Bosco): Greek yogurt (grade A pasteurized skimmed milk and cream, live active yogurt cultures), gelato syrup (sugar, water, glucose), mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries).

A half cup serving is 150 calories with 3g of fat ad 23g of sugar.

You can find Nancy’s Fancy Gelato at Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Gelson’s, etc. See the website for the complete list of locations: http://www.nancysfancy.com/

4 out of 5 stars.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* GELSON’S MARKET: 635 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yogurtland’s Flavor Quest Continues with New Dulce De Leche Cookies Froyo



Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s Fourth Annual Flavor Quest continues with a trip to Argentina and a new froyo flavor, Dulce De Leche Cookies. In Argentina, dulce de leche cookies are called alfajores. They’re sandwich cookies with crispy melt in your mouth butter shortbread cookies and creamy milk caramel made out of slowly heated, caramelized sweetened condensed milk.

Yogurtland’s cookie flavors are usually winners because they’re made with real cookie bits. If you like the cookie, you should like the froyo version.

Yogurtland describes Dulce De Leche Cookies froyo as: “It’s hard to go wrong when you sandwich dulce de leche between two shortbread cookies. That’s why we took real dulce de leche and real cookies to create a creamy South American flavor that’s absolutely irresistible.” Dulce de leche cookies froyo is lowfat with live and active cultures.

I found the flavor to be extra creamy, smooth and rich. It doesn’t taste like your usual caramel. It has more of a caramelized sugar flavor. I didn’t notice the shortbread cookies but they’re in there. The flavor is pretty sweet but it’s so good that the sugar didn’t bother me.

Suggested toppings: Almonds, walnuts, bananas, coconut, condensed milk

Every Thursday will feature a new froyo flavor. The flavor will run for two weeks or while supplies last.

Collect a stamp in your passport for every visit. The more stamps you collect, the more free froyo you can earn. Collect five stamps and get 5 free ounces. Collect ten stamps and you’ll be rewarded with 10 free ounces. Join Real Rewards to participate (extra perk: you get 3 free ounces just for signing up).

Next up: Horchata (Mexico): May 5 (which also happens to be Cinco De Mayo)

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SunLife Organics Opens in Pasadena




Fro-yo girl here. SunLife Organics quietly opened on April 8 in the Lake Avenue business district. The Pasadena location, store #5 for SunLife, which was established in Malibu, CA in 2011, is tucked away in the courtyard area behind Lemonade.

While the shop opened on April 8, they weren’t serving froyo at the time because they were waiting on a permit. Froyo is now available but it’s one of many of the shop’s offerings. They have juices, superfood bowls, salads, wraps, shakes, custom smoothies, protein shakes, shots, coffee, tea and bone broth. It’s healthy and fresh.

The organic froyo comes in two flavors: chocolate and vanilla. I got the sense that they never change the flavors. The frozen yogurt is gluten free, kosher with probiotics.

Prices: Small ($4), Large ($6.50)

Toppings (+$1): Granola, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, shredded coconut

Toppings (+$2): Chocolate peanut butter cups, chocolate covered goji berries, almond butter superfood crumbles, honey sweetened whipped cream, gluten free brownie crumbles, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

As you can see, the toppings are “healthier” and food allergy conscious.

I planned to have the vanilla froyo as a post-lunch snack. The small size is BIG though – possibly 8 ounces. Their vanilla frozen yogurt doesn’t taste like soft serve ice cream. It is sweet but it has yogurt flavor. The texture was not optimal: icy, gritty, soft. However, the frozen yogurt did have a sweet, clean finish. Considering the portion size, it was reasonably priced.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* SUNLIFE ORGANICS: 146 S Lake Ave., Suite 103, Pasadena, CA 91101

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Yogurtland Hayward Grand Opening on Saturday, April 30


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland Hayward had its soft opening about a month ago and now they’re gearing up for their grand opening celebration. Local residents received a flyer in the mail with the grand opening details. The flyer also included three coupons with the following offers: $1 off, $2 off and buy one, get one free.

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Schedule of Events:
  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Free yogurt and toppings
  • 2 PM – 4 PM: Face painting
  • 4 PM – 6 PM: Balloon artist
  • 8 PM – 11 PM: Buy one, get one free

I’ve been to the Yogurtland Hayward location. It’s smaller; there are only 12 froyo flavors a day and the usual toppings for 45 cents an ounce.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* YOGURTLAND HAYWARD: 30162 Industrial Pkwy SW, Hayward, CA 94544


Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Yogurtland’s Flavor Quest Continues with Fig & Honey Gelato (Middle East)


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s Fourth Annual Flavor Quest brings you a brand new flavor, Fig & Honey Gelato, inspired by the flavors of the Middle East.

I’m not a fan of figs or gelato, so I wasn’t too excited but I do like honey, so I was hopeful. Remember the Yogurtland Honeycomb Tart flavor? I was a fan. Plus Yogurtland gelato is not like other gelato because it has live and active cultures (big yay).

Yogurtland describes Fig & Honey gelato as: “To create this sweet combination, we visited the source of where figs originated – the Middle East! Known for their antioxidants, we combined real figs and a touch of honey to create a rich and sophisticated gelato.”

The fig and honey gelato smells like figs but the first flavor to hit me was the honey. The honey is definitely noticeable and it’s delicious. The fig flavor isn’t too strong but it lingers. The texture seemed denser and richer than their frozen yogurt.

Suggested toppings: Honey, almonds, galette cookies. I like something crunchy and nutty with honey. Baklava would be a perfect topping if they had it.

Every Thursday will feature a new froyo flavor. The flavor will run for two weeks or while supplies last.

Collect a stamp in your passport for every visit. The more stamps you collect, the more free froyo you can earn. Collect five stamps and get 5 free ounces. Collect ten stamps and you’ll be rewarded with 10 free ounces. Join Real Rewards to participate.

Next up: Dulce De Leche Cookies (Argentina): April 28

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Divino: Handcrafted Gelato Filled Fruit Made in Italy Review



Fro-yo girl here. While looking for supermarket froyo, I noticed a new brand called Divino. These single serve hand-crafted frozen treats are made with Italian fruit from the Amalfi Coast and they’re served in their own fruit shells. The edible packaging reminded me of Stonyfield’s frozen yogurt pearls.

I spotted Divino at Lassen’s and Bristol Farms. They were on sale at Bristol Farms, two for $5 (regularly $3.99 each).

Flavors: Amalfi Lemon, Roman Kiwi, Ciaculli Tangerine, Apulian Peach and Black Diamond Plum

Each serving is approximately 100 calories, non-GMO verified and contains fresh fruit pulp, cane sugar, water and lemon juice. On the box it’s called gelato but there was no dairy in the tangerine so it was sorbet. Apparently in Italy, ice cream and sorbet are both called gelato because gelato means frozen. I found that confusing.

The box suggests thawing your Divino treat for 20 minutes. I did that and after 20 minutes it was still frozen solid. I was able to pry off the rind and then waited for the sorbet to soften. It stayed solid for a long time. I chipped off small pieces with the enclosed gelato spoon and the spoon broke.

* Ciaculli tangerine: I don’t think I’ve had a Ciaculli tangerine before so I was excited to try it. It was fragrant and tasted like a mild, sweeter tangerine. I was surprised by how much sweeter it was but then I looked at the nutritional information, 21.7g of sugar per serving – that’s a lot of sugar. I’m not sure why they had to add that much sugar (the amount you’d find in ice cream). The peel was thin and soft. I tried it – it had the bitterness you’d expect from a tangerine peel. The sorbet was too sweet for me; I would have appreciated some tang. Also, it was difficult to eat. I’d rather eat a tangerine.

* Black diamond plum: I liked this sorbet better than the tangerine one, even though it had even more sugar, 22.1g of sugar per serving. The plum had a deeper, richer flavor and the shell/skin was edible. It was more icy than creamy.


One serving was 120 calories with no fat. Ingredients (tangerine): tangerine pulp, cane sugar, invert cane sugar, water, lemon juice.

You can find Divino stockists on their website: http://lovedivino.com/find/ or purchase it online from Williams Sonoma, http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/gelato-filled-fruit-set/

3 out of 5 stars


* BRISTOL FARMS: 606 S Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Yogurtland’s Flavor Quest Continues with Apple Strudel with Caramel (Austria)





Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s Fourth Annual Flavor Quest brings you a new frozen yogurt flavor: Apple Strudel with Caramel. The new flavor was inspired by the flavors of Austria. I’ve never seen Apple Strudel froyo offered anywhere else though I’ve seen apple pie froyo, which is probably similar. Red Mango introduced Cinnamon Apple Pie froyo in 2012. Dannon Yo Cream has an apple pie froyo flavor and Honey Hill Farms has a spiced apple pie froyo flavor.

Apple Strudel with Caramel froyo is described by Yogurtland as: “A new take on the classic Austrian dessert of apples and cinnamon baked inside flaky pastry dough. With real caramel blended in and notes of real cinnamon, this delectable treat will become the apple of your eye.”

Apple Strudel with Caramel froyo is lowfat. It’s creamy and rich. I mainly tasted apples and caramel; the cinnamon note must have been overpowered by the sweet caramel. There is something about it that makes it different from caramel apple – the pastry note which for some reason had a bitter quality to it. The aftertaste wasn’t good.

Suggested toppings: Almonds, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, whipped cream

There was also a new topping available, Venetian chocolate truffle. It’s a good size, dense truffle that’s creamy and very chocolatey. The exterior is dusted with cocoa powder.

Every Thursday will feature a new froyo flavor. The flavor will run for two weeks or while supplies last.

Collect a stamp in your passport for every visit. The more stamps you collect, the more free froyo you can earn. Collect five stamps and get 5 free ounces. Collect ten stamps and you’ll be rewarded with 10 free ounces. Join Real Rewards to participate.

Next up: Fig & Honey Gelato (Middle East): April 21

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.