Häagen-Dazs Has Gone to the Lighter Side with Froyo

Frozen yoghurt isn’t new – with brands such as Sogurt, Llao Llao and Yami Yogurt having been around for years. Often touted as the healthier option to ice cream (thanks to probiotics and lower sugar levels in certain brands), looks like luxury ice cream brand, Häagen-Dazs™, has decided to go over to the lighter side by introducing frozen yoghurt as their latest ‘flavour’.

Froyo Crunch (S$13.90)

Häagen-Dazs’ latest creation is made with real fresh yoghurt and is crafted in their signature rich and creamy texture. What we at The Wellness Insider loved about this froyo was that perfect balance between sweet and tart, making it the perfect companion to beat the tropical heat and fooling us into thinking that we were eating regular ice cream.

From now till 4th October 2017, Häagen-Dazs stores in Singapore will highlight the new Frozen Yogurt ice cream in their menu with items such as the Raspberry Yogurt Tart (1kg at S$85; 1.5kg at S$120), Froyo Crunch (see picture above), Mango Smoothie (S$11.50) and the Froyo Cheesecake Bingsu (S$15.90).

We managed to get a taste of all these special creations and here’s our low-down on each of these delicious treats:

 Raspberry Yogurt Tart This was our team’s favourite. The Oreo cookie base was sweet and chocolatey, which was nicely juxtaposed with the tart raspberries but brought together in a nice creamy finish with the frozen yoghurt. We could’ve easily eaten more than 2 slices each…that was how satisfying it was.

However, it lost a couple of points due to the fact that at this price range, you were only getting raspberries while other summer berries such as blue or blackberries would’ve been a good variety. Another point was that the cookie base was so hard (yes, we do know that it’s frozen) that eating it proved to be a bit hazardous thanks to flying chunks of cookie while we stabbed at the poor dessert. Furthermore, what was disappointing is that you cannot purchase a slice in store. You have to get the whole tart. Great for birthdays but nay for individual indulgence.

Score: 8/10

Mango Smoothie
We were a bit excited about the Mango Smoothie because we love our smoothies, especially on a hot day when you’re a little bit peckish but don’t want to consume a dry granola bar. However, we were a bit let down by this creation because the mango was not blended into the froyo.

Instead, there was a bottom layer of mango purée followed by the yoghurt smoothie and topped with chunks of mango. They used frozen mango chunks and not fresh mangoes, much to the dismay of one of our guys. The type of mango they used were probably not the best suited for the smoothie either. It was a bit creamy like that of the Aussie R2D2 but lacked the burst of mango flavour which one would get from the Indian or Thai varieties.

Score: 5/10

Froyo Crunch
The Froyo Crunch was probably inspired by how one would build a usual muesli bowl or even how another *ahem* brand does their yoghurt bowls. The good was that this creation really allowed the Frozen Yogurt to stand out, while the granola and fruit were there just to compliment it.

That said, there needed to be more granola or muesli or perhaps some nuts to provide the ‘crunch’ in the name. We could’ve done away with the raspberries and mango because they were simply adding more tartness to the dessert but froyo in itself isn’t that sweet. Thus, instead of balancing flavours, it just became a lot more sour. As per the Mango Smoothie, the mangoes were not fresh and when presented in chunks like that, the flavour (or lack thereof) became painfully obvious.

Score: 7/10

Froyo Cheesecake Bingsu
Borrowing from their Korean counterpart plus acknowledging the K-wave, Häagen-Dazs Singapore decided to add a Bingsu creation into the menu. The Froyo Cheesecake Bingsu sees a base of milky shaved ice topped with chunks of Japanese-style soft cheesecake, strawberry slices and a scoop of froyo.

While we all love our icy creations, this Bingsu did not tickle our tastebuds. Again, we finished the scoop of Frozen Yogurt because it was really good but everything in this bowl tasted almost the same, with exception to the strawberries. Whoever came up with this must remember that yoghurt (regardless whether it’s frozen or not) is slightly tart and milky – thus, it’s not a great idea to pair it with something else that’s also slightly tart and milky.

Most of us Bingsu lovers would also bring out the point of how bingsu (or our local Ice Kachang or Japanese Kakigori) would often have contrasting textures to make the dish interesting. It would’ve been fun if this particular Bingsu had cornflakes or even red bean paste to give a nod back to it’s Korean inspiration.

Score: 6.5/10

The good news is that you can still get a pint of this Frozen Yogurt in stores for S$14.50. For us at The Wellness Insider, we’ve been experimenting with making a dairy version of an acai bowl (which kinda turned into an acai smoothie) which was both delicious and fun to create. That is why we recommend getting a pint of the froyo and try making your own smoothies or other dessert combinations! Remember just to eat well, exercise regularly and treat yourself once in a while.

Photo credits: Häagen-Dazs Singapore

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