Recently I really fancied ice cream. This must have had to do with the cold weather and the rain, as I am a very contrarian person. Whatever the reason was, I finally sampled 2 of the most talked about ice cream parlors in London which are Snog for the healthy option of frozen yogurt and Gelupo for Italian gelato.
- Category: Ice Cream
- Rating: 6/10
Snog does healthy ice cream = frozen yogurt. I love to eat but I also like to be slim, so this sounded like a great option to satisfy my ice cream craving. A new Snog shop has just opened in King’s Road and I went there for a well-deserved shopping break.
You can choose your frozen yogurt flavour between natural, green tea and chocolate. The next step is the difficult task to pick one (or more for this matter) of the available toppings: fruits (.i.e strawberry, watermelon, banana), naughty (.i.e. oreo cookies, dark chocolate nibs), exotic (.i.e. red bean paste, agave nectar), crunch (.i.e. almonds, granola) or hot (.i.e. espresso, apple crumble). I should mention at this point that 100g of the frozen yogurt are only 97 calories, which you can of course drive up quite significantly when choosing the wrong (or right…) toppings.
I went for the smallest size (140g) with one topping for 3.64 pounds and I decided on green tea with red bean paste. The small size is actually quite big, I would not have wanted more at all.
I was hoping for a similar flavour experience as I had in Japan where I basically lived on shaved ice with matcha syrup and red bean paste. The Snog frozen yogurt green tea tasted of green tea rather than matcha which I thought was a shame as matcha just works so much better for sweet dishes. The pieces of red bean paste tasted nice but were far too big.
Overall I enjoyed eaten my first Snog frozen yogurt but to be honest I have had better. I like the fact that this frozen yogurt is low on calories and it won’t spoil your appetite for dinner, I also like the fact that it is not too sweet and admire their amazing choice of different flavours and toppings. On the downside it is not exactly cheap and in the end it just shows again that fat is without doubt the best carrier of flavours. Somehow there is just no point in going for low-caloric sweet things…
155 Kingâ€™s Road,
London. SW3 5TX
- Category: Ice Cream
- Rating: 8/10
And then there is the naughty option of Italian gelato. Having grown up very close to the border to Italy, I have had my fair share of delicious Italian ice cream from early childhood and I never quite got used to the very heavy ice creams with too much cream that you commonly get in the Anglo-Saxon world.
Gelupo is the younger brother of the hugely successful Italian tapas place Bocca di Lupo and in addition to its main shop in Soho has also a subsidiary at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. What flavour to choose when your options are for something as delicious sounding as example Ricotta, Coffee and Honey or Strawberries and Chantilly Cream?
I went for chocolate (this is not very experimental, I know, but I just always go for chocolate) and the ricotta and sour cherry. The chocolate was luscious, dark and rich and the ricotta and sour cherry fresh, creamy and moreish. I don’t know how many calories these 2 scoops had and I think we better not talk about it.
Without any doubt, Gelupo does excellent gelato with some truly interesting flavour creations. That’s all I can say really.
109 – 125 Knightsbridge
If you fancy more sweet stuff, why don’t read about Laduree in Covent Garden for gorgeous macaroons or try making my naughty drunken chocolate cake?