When Ben & Jerry's calls and asks you to join them in Burlington, Vermont to taste some new flavors, you grab a spoon, a bib, an elastic pair of pants, and you go. Last week I spent a glorious 36 hours in the Green Mountain state stuffing my pie hole like a goddamn champion, and now that I've finally woken up from my dairy induced coma, I'm happy to report back my findings, starting, of course, with their new line of Greek Frozen Yogurt.
You've heard of Greek yogurt -- brands like Chobani, Fage, and even Dannon have been having, for lack of a better term, a moment -- so B&J decided to hop on that protein train and developed one of the most delicious frozen yogurts I've ever had. It's creamy, it's smooth, and it's not entirely unlike a perfectly thawed New York cheesecake. Also? You can feel really good about feeding it to your little ones. Here's why.
Ben & Jerry's is committed to using ingredients that not only taste great, but taste great naturally. They use cage-free eggs, milk, and cream that comes from local farmers in Vermont that's rBGH free (they also won't use any diary that comes from cloned cows), and Fair Trade ingredients when and wherever they can. If you don't mind spending a little extra on your ice cream, it maybe worth the dough to know that you and your kids are eating a product that isn't, in any way, like a science experiment.
But enough about that stuff. Let's get to the yumminess. The new Frozen Greek Yogurt flavors are Raspberry Fudge Chunk, Peanut Butter Banana, Strawberry Shortcake, and Blueberry Vanilla Graham. I don't want to sound disingenuous, but they're all really greekin' good. Like, really good. The new flaves should hit stores soon, as in this week, so keep an eye out. They're worth a try.
And no, they're not necessarily healthy for you, but the Greek yogurt flavors do have less sugar, fat, and calories than regular flavors. They've also got some more protein, too, which is never a bad thing.
I got to play around in the test kitchen with the Frozen Greek Yogurt flavors to see if I couldn't come up with a little somethin' somethin' worth slapping a name on a shipping to Scoop Shops around the nation, buuuut coming up with a flavor is harder than it looks. We ended up experimenting with three flavors.
First, you gotta choose your flavor base -- we stirred in some honey and vanilla into some Greek yogurt.
Stir it up.Then we decided on a swirl to add to it and what chunks we wanted to throw in. For one, we did a fig swirl with pistachio bites. For another we did a blueberry-lemon swirl with apricot pieces, and for the third we did a Nutella swirl, no chunks.
The flavor swirls.
The fig swirl and Greek frozen yogurt combination.
Blueberry-lemon swirl. Mmm.
Ready to taste.The best flavor we created was by far the fig swirl with pistachio chunks in the honey frozen Greek yogurt. So tangy and not too sweet -- I'm kinda surprised an I.P. lawyer is not knocking down my door trying to get me to sign over some obvious rights. The flavor was, if I do say so myself, perfection.
Greek frozen yogurt flavor creation wasn't the only thing I got to do at Ben & Jerry's last weekend. I'll post this weekend about my behind-the-scenes tour and the all-access pass to ice cream heaven. In the meantime ...
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