London sunny and warm summer days, gorgeous as they are, are far too rare and fleeting. Â My optimistic self has packed all the summer dresses and sandals away for this year, and has given up waiting for temperatures of over 20 degrees. Â It seems a long time ago, but we did have a few days of sun during which I managed to do a frozen yoghurt tasting marathon, trying most frozen yoghurt retailers that I missed out on last year. Â (Last year I reviewed Yog, Yuforia, Yoo Moo and SnogÂ - with YogÂ and YuforiaÂ clearly leading the pack.)
It is hardly surprising that frozen yoghurt does not equal frozen yoghurt. Â Quality differences are astounding and to enjoy this healthy ice cream surrogate your better choose your frozen yoghurt shop wisely.
Category: Ice Cream
I stumbled across FraeÂ in the Pop Up Mall in Shoreditch when I was in terrible need for dessert. Â Healthy sweets, I thought, excellent! Â This was before I actually tasted Frae‘s horrible frozen yoghurt. Â The strawberry variety was almost inedible and tasted highly artificial. The natural flavoured one was marginally better, but lacked the lovely yoghurt flavour which overall resulted in a highlyÂ unsatisfactoryÂ experience. Â I should have just bought aÂ chocolateÂ bar instead.
Apparently Frae’s yoghurt is organic and completely additive free. Â This laudable notion won’t be enough to bring me back though.
Price for a small pot: 2.50Â£Â (88 calories)
Category:Â Ice Cream
I ended up at Mori when I was (window) shopping in King’s Road and craving something sweet and chilled. Â Mori, which is a pseudo Japanese noodle and sushi take away joint, also serves frozen yoghurt. Â This is just as well, as the only other frozen yoghurt shops in the King’s Road area are Frae (no, certainly never again), SnogÂ (which I don’t rate very highly either) and terribly overpriced and not very nice Yoo-Moo. Â Don’t let yourself be put off by the smell of fried noodles at MoriÂ Â (doesn’t mix too well with ice cream in my opinion), as Mori is your best frozen yoghurt option in King’s Road.
The frozen yoghurt was not the best I ever had, but certainly more than acceptable. Â Creamy and soft and actually tasting of yoghurt, I also liked the fact that Mori is offering mixed flavours, whichÂ enabledÂ me to have a mix of my favourites, chocolate and natural, all in one!
Small: Â£2.85, (133 calories), Toppings Â Â£0.7-Â£0.9
99 Kings Road
Tel: 020 7351 1033
Category:Â Ice Cream
I have saved the best for last. Â The American company Pinkberry is without any doubt the King of Frozen Yoghurt. Â It might be a little less healthy and a little bit more naughty (but honestly, you might as well enjoy yourself right?) but tell me, can you resist flavours like peanut butter, salty caramel, peach, pumpkin or watermelon? Â Taste it once and you are hooked, believe me. Â It’s the creamiest, the sweetest, the most flavourful of all the frozen yoghurts I have ever tasted. Â The best is the goodÂ conscience: Â while I happily stuffed my face with their new flavour, salty caramel, I could rest assured in the knowledge that I was consuming fewer calories than if I had a small latte from Starbucks. Â The only downside is that PinkberryÂ is located in the Selfridge’s Food Hall and I hate department stores, particularly on weekends. Well, it’s a sacrifice worth making in the end.
Small: ?Â£ (120 calories)
All I need now is a little bit more summer to put my newly acquired Frozen Yoghurt Expertise into action….