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Taste test: new frozen treats

Memorial Day is the official start of summer and the time many of us start looking for frozen desserts in place of baked goodies. Grocers are one step ahead of us, churning out new cold treats as temperatures get hotter. Our judges picked one clear winner and gave somewhat chilly responses to a couple of other products.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

ProductBen & Jerry's

Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt

Outshine Fruit

& Veggie Bars
Blue Bell Dipped Fruit Bars Breyers Gelato Indulgences

The "Liz Lemon" (Tina Fey's character on 30 Rock) flavor is a lemon frozen Greek yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Judges enjoyed the creamy texture of the dessert, as well as the tangy twist from the Greek yogurt. "It's rich and yummy with deep flavor and great taste," said one panelist. "It's got a very refreshing flavor," said another. "A big bowl of this while watching old Thin Man movies would be heaven," said another. "Do you think Ben invents more flavors than Jerry?" asked one judge, declaring the flavor: "Another winner from the boys!"Our tasters sampled the tangerine carrot-flavored fruit and veggie bar from Dreyer's. They described the flavor as fresh and interesting. "It tastes like Alaska with a very, very tangerine tan," said one. "It's very cooling in the mouth and refreshing." Another panelist said the bar was good, "but it's a flavor that overstays its welcome."These strawberry fruit bars dipped in milk chocolate received mixed reactions from our panelists. Judges who like chocolate said the fruit overpowered the creamy coating. Those who prefer fruit said the chocolate was overwhelming. "The fruit part is good, but the chocolate dip works against everything," said one. Another said, "The fruit taste kind of ruined the chocolate coating." All four said the bar was very fruity.While Breyers' frozen offering of raspberry cheesecake with "luscious raspberry sauce and gourmet graham crumble" looked very appetizing, judges said it lacked greatness. "It's good, but tastes a little on the fake side," said one judge. Another really liked the gelato but said the fruit syrup was too sweet. One said it was a good grownup treat. "Served in a little cup, this would be an excellent dessert that would look beautiful at a dinner party," he said. "It's got really good crumbles, too."

they buy?
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Shopping information$4.99 for one pint from Winn-Dixie.$4.65 for a 14.7-ounce box of six bars from Publix.$2.97 for a 15-ounce box of six bars from Walmart.$4.42 for a 28.5-ounce container from Walmart.

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Wayne Conery, manager of the R Bar on Treasure Island; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island.

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Serving sizeHalf cupOne barOne barHalf cup
Fat/Fiber4.5g / 0g0g / 1g9g / 1g5g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium21g / 70mg15g / 10mg23g / 10mg22g / 80mg
Carbs/Protein29g / 16g16g / 0g24g / 1g28g / 3g

Taste test: new frozen treats 05/19/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2014 3:54pm]

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