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:

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

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