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Taste test: Kemps vanilla frozen yogurt tops ratings

Frozen yogurt is only slightly healthier than ice cream, but it has a hint of tartness that can make sugary toppings that much sweeter. Our panelists had plenty of suggestions for frozen-yogurt-inspired Valentine's Day desserts. We'll be topping our brownies with a few of these favorites as well as adding strawberries and fudge to our bowls or blending up a variety of flavored shakes.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Kemps 83Trader Joe's 64tcby 60

Creamy, rich and robust were the words judges used to describe this delicious frozen yogurt. "It's creamy to the heights of creaminess and to the valleys of creaminess, with the river of cream running through it," said one judge. "It looks and tastes like real ice cream," said another. One judge said the dessert was so sweet and creamy that it was warm.

Trader Joe's frozen yogurt had the texture and refreshing tang of sherbet. "It's very white with a firm texture and tangy like Greek yogurt," said one panelist. "It has a great sweet-to-tart balance. It's not robustly vanilla and not terribly creamy, but it's still very appealing." Another asked: "What glacier did this break free from? The Yogurt Escarpment? It's not very sweet and definitely lives up to the name 'frozen yogurt,'" he said, adding that he definitely would buy the dessert.This yogurt was bleach white with little black flecks of vanilla beans. It was very creamy but not overly vanilla flavored. "It's rich with a hint of vanilla flavor," said one judge. "It's got a good level of sweetness and it's very creamy." One said it would be his choice for a dessert base because of the pretty, French vanilla look and the mild flavor. "It would be great with some chocolate cookies or maybe with some biscotti," said another.


they buy?
All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$4.59 for 1.5 quarts from Sweetbay.$3.99 for a 32-ounce container.$3.98 for 1.5 quarts from Walmart.

Also Sampled: Hannaford ($3.49 for 1.5 quarts from Sweetbay, 39 points); Blue Bell ($7.29 for a half-gallon from Publix, 46 points);

Haagen-Dazs ($3.91 for 14 ounces from Publix, 41 points); and Edy's Slow Churned ($5.49 for 1.5 quarts from Publix, 46 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

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Serving sizeHalf cupHalf cupHalf cup
Fat/Fiber2.5g / 0g0g / 0g2.5g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium15g / 60mg17g / 75mg15g / 50mg
Carbs/Protein20g / 2g18g / 6g19g / 3g

Taste test: Kemps vanilla frozen yogurt tops ratings 02/12/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 6:45pm]
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