Frozen Desserts

(Ice Cream, Fro Yo

and Novelties)


  • MINTY-FRESH BREATH FOR UNDER THE MISTLETOE (posted October 16, 2014)
  • Ciao Bella introduces Mistletoe Mint for this holiday season.
  • Ciao Bella, maker of premium, artisan gelato and sorbetto, is sharing an unforgettable dessert experience this holiday season with the launch of its limited-time only gelatos, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market.
  • Inspired by a passion for delicious food, Ciao Bella’s Master Gelato Maker, Chef Danilo Zecchin, used unique flavor interpretations to hand-craft two palate-pleasing flavors that get you in the holiday spirit one spoonful at a time.
  • Returning this year is Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel, which is a mixture of savory made sweet, with a creamy pumpkin puree base, swirls of sweet and salty caramel and a touch of cinnamon.
  • Brand new this season is Mistletoe Mint, a flavor arrangement of crème de menthe gelato paired with Ciao Bella’s own rich, Fair Trade and organic South American Dark Chocolate.
  • “Here at Ciao Bella, we take pride in our flavor innovations and are committed to sharing our passion for food and meticulously sourced, high-quality ingredients with consumers through our gelatos and sorbettos,” says Carlos Canals, CEO of Ciao Bella. “We’re excited that we are able to provide consumers with a pleasurable tasting experience, especially during the holiday season, so families and friends everywhere can delight in the festive flavors and in each other.”
  • For more information, visit www.ciaobellagelato.com.

  • ICE CREAM INSPIRED BY HISTORICAL CHARACTERS (posted October 8, 2014)
  • Australia’s Connoisseur specializes in sophisticated and creative ingredient combinations, delivering an exciting and luxurious eating experience for true ice cream lovers.
  • The company says its product developers have travelled to some of the most exotic locations on earth in search of the highest quality inclusions that they then combine with fresh cream from Australian pastures.
  • The new Connoisseur Empire Collection includes four unique flavor combinations inspired by four historical characters, each of whom had a connection to the origins of ice cream.
  • Emperor Nero is coffee hazelnut-flavored ice cream with chocolate-coated hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur sauce.
  • King Louis XIV is French vanilla-flavored ice cream with chocolate flakes and Armagnac sauce.
  • Emperor Jing Zong is red bean-flavored ice cream with coconut.
  • King Cyrus of Persia is pistachio-flavored swirled with a sauce made from cinnamon, honey and dates.
  • For more information, visit www.connoisseuricecream.com.au.

  • SINGLE-SERVE FROZEN SMOOTHIES AND SHAKES IN UNIQUE PACKAGE (posted September 9, 2014)
  • Part of the Prairie Farms Dairy family, Ice Cream Specialties Inc., introduces North Star Solos.
  • Solos is a line of frozen smoothies and shakes in innovative single-serve packages that take the mess out of distributing, merchandising and consuming frozen dairy treats.
  • The unique cartridge design provides consumers with ready-to-eat, prepackaged and portion-controlled products without having to deal with long lines or service time and messy equipment.
  • There’s no mess because the product stays contained in the cartridge until consumed, even when melted.
  • They are designed to deliver all the benefits of hand-blended smoothies and shakes, without the hassle. Just remove product from freezer 5 to 10 minutes before consuming, or microwave for approximately 15 seconds.
  • The “made from 100% recyclable plastic” packages make this product extra unique. There are two formats.
  • The 4.5-ounce pull-tab cartridge system has a mouthpiece for consuming the product. The protective shrink-wrapped units are designed to allow consumers to simply pull the tab and slurp the contents just like using a straw.
  • The 10-ounce straw cartridge system contains a built-in straw. The consumer twists the red and white striped portion of the protective film and removes it to expose straw. The tamper-proof seal on the straw top is removed to access product.
  • The Solos Frozen Smoothies come in Mango Peach, Mixed Berry (blueberry, raspberry and strawberry) and Strawberry Banana varieties. The product combines fruit purees and juice with low-fat yogurt.
  • The 4.5-ounce units contain 90 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • The 10-ounce units contain 200 calories, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
  • The Solos Frozen Shakes come in Chocolate Fudge, Strawberry and Vanilla varieties.
  • The 4.5-ounce units contain 110 calories, 1.5 to 2 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.
  • The 10-ounce units contain 210 to 250 calories, 3 to 4 grams of fat and 4 to 7 grams of protein.
  • For more information, visit www.sipsolos.com.

  • EMERALD NECKLACE PREMIUM ICE CREAM DEBUTS (posted September 3, 2014)
  • Pierre’s Ice Cream Company teams up with Cleveland Metroparks for new ice cream concept.
  • A most majestic setting surrounds Northeast Ohio…a treasure so beautiful and magical, it is called the Emerald Necklace.
  • The Emerald Necklace is Cleveland Metroparks’ breathtaking network of parks, beaches, trails, picnic and fishing areas, golf courses and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
  • Pierre’s Ice Cream Company chose to celebrate and promote the beauty of this regional gem with a unique flavor creation called Emerald Necklace Premium Ice Cream.
  • Pierre’s new Emerald Necklace features mint ice cream, chocolate cream cookies and trails of thick fudge.
  • The new flavor will benefit Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund.
  • “Cleveland Metroparks is excited to partner with Pierre’s Ice Cream Company on a tasty new project. The collaboration of these two local business resulted in the launching of a delicious new ice cream flavor honoring Cleveland Metroparks,” said Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO. “Not only did Pierre’s find a way to capture the essence of Cleveland Metroparks in a new ice cream flavor, they found a flavorful way to support Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund.”
  • Pierre’s is proud of its Cleveland heritage and is eager to salute all of the great work performed over the past 97 years by Cleveland Metroparks Park Board, employees and volunteers. This flavor will not only help share the story of this natural treasure, but gives Clevelanders the chance to boast about one of their finest attractions.
  • “Pierre’s and Cleveland Metroparks share similar traditions with Northeast Ohioans. Both evoke fond memories, celebrations and fun times with family and friends, and we hope the new Emerald Necklace Ice Cream will encourage more of those special moments,” explains Pierre’s president, Shelley Roth.
  • Pierre’s Emerald Necklace Premium Ice Cream is packaged in red 1.5 quart containers featuring eye-catching graphics.
  • For more information, visit www.pierres.com.

  • ASIAN ICE CREAM SNACKS DEBUT IN U.S. (posted August 28, 2014)
  • Ezaki Glico, maker of the Pocky (chocolate-coated pretzel sticks) brand of snack products, is kicking off the school season with the release of their Pattyna brand of ice cream treats.
  • The new ice cream sticks come in Choco/Coffee, Grape, Green Tea and Vanilla flavors.
  • They also come in two shapes: flowers and hearts.  
  • “The new Pattyna flavors mirror our popular Pocky flavors,” says Shunsuke Nakai, president of Glico USA. “There’s nothing like a frozen treat when you get home from school during those first few weeks of going back to school. It’ll help keep that carefree feeling of summer alive!”
  • Pattyna will be sold in Asian grocery stores nationwide.
  • Ezaki Glico promises several more new ice cream flavors as well as other frozen snack items in the near future.
  • For more information, visit www.glicousa.com.

  • FOUR-COMPONENT ICE CREAM CONCEPT IN ONE CONVENIENT PACKAGE (posted August 21, 2014)
  • Ledo, a leading ice cream producer in Croatia, has rolled out a new clear plastic package for its Quattro line of frozen desserts, which features four varieties side by side.
  • With the new package comes new flavors, including:
  • Banana Split has four ice creams in the flavors of banana, chocolate, vanilla and sponge cake. All four are topped with nougat and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with dark chocolate pieces.
  • Chocomania is four flavors of chocolate ice cream: dark, milk, white and chocorum. The latter is designed to taste like the namesake hot chocolate and rum beverage. They all are drizzled with chocolate sauce and chocolate flakes.
  • Citrus is two ice cream flavors—blueberry and vanilla—paired with two sorbet flavors—lemon and orange—for a refreshing combination. The sorbets are topped with a sweet orange variegate while the ice creams get blueberry variegate. All four are decorated with pieces of orange-flavored chocolate.
  • Dalmicaja has four ice creams in the flavors of almond, crème caramel, lavender and mandarin, which are traditional flavors and aromas of Dalmatia, a Mediterranean region in Croatia.
  • Malina Cake (Raspberry Cake) has four ice creams in the flavors of raspberry, sponge cake, whipped cream and yellow cream. All four are topped with a raspberry variegate and sprinkled with cookie pieces.
  • Pancake is pancake/crêpe-flavored ice cream with three crepe-filling-flavored ice creams: coconut, hazelnut chocolate and whipped cream. All four are topped with a nougat variegate and sprinkles of ground hazelnuts.
  • The pack comes in two sizes, 990 and 1,650 milliliters--and has round corners and a lid that is easy to open and reclose.
  • For more information, visit www.ledo.hr.

  • NOURISHING INDULGENCE COMES IN FIVE FLAVORS (posted August 11, 2014)
  • Ice cream got a healthy makeover with new Brio Frozen Dairy Dessert, a nutritious treat rich in 24 vitamins and minerals, and protein.
  • Twin brothers and entrepreneurs Ron and Arnie Koss are introducing Brio after 10 years in development, working closely with leading registered dietitians and renowned ice cream product developers who once led the way for Ben & Jerry’s. The duo previously founded Earth’s Best, the first organic baby food in the United States.
  • “Brio’s mission is to help people of all ages and activity levels live with ‘brio’ in the truest sense of the word--with vigor, energy and vitality,” says Arnie Koss, co-founder of Brio. “It is the ‘have it all’ treat that offers the satisfaction of a creamy, rich indulgence that aligns with a health and wellness-oriented lifestyle.”
  • Brio comes in five flavors:  Coffee Latte, Mellow Dark Chocolate, Spring Strawberry, Tropical Mango and Vanilla Caramel.
  • Compared to the leading superpremium ice cream brands, Brio packs a more nutritious punch for an anytime snack or dessert and has approximately 25% fewer calories per 4-ounce serving, half the total fat, 65% less saturated fat, 75% less cholesterol and 10% less sugar.
  • Each 4-ounce serving of Brio is an excellent source of 24 essential vitamins and minerals, including antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and selenium.
  • Brio also offers an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.
  • It is a good source of protein with 6 grams per 4-ounce serving.
  • The company explains that through the use of organic virgin coconut oil and ghee, Brio has a balanced profile of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, with just 6 to 7 grams of total fat per serving and only 3 grams of saturated fat.
  • Brio contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.
  • A 4-ounce serving contains 160 to 170 calories, depending on variety.
  • Brio is now available exclusively for Chicagoans at specialty retailers and outlets around the city.
  • Brio is available in convenient 4-fluid-ounce single-serve packages ($1.79 to $1.99) and 14-ounce multi-serve containers ($4.99 to $5.99).
  • For more information, visit www.brioicecream.com.

  • S’MORES CAN COME FROM THE FREEZER, TOO (posted August 4, 2014)
  • Kemps offers consumers a new way to enjoy the popular layered campfire creation.
  • Available through select Costco club stores, Kemps Layered Creations Ice Cream Sandwiches combine marshmallow-flavored ice cream with a rich chocolate layer sandwiched between graham wafers to make the campfire favorite: s’mores.
  • The frozen ice cream novelty comes in boxes of 36.
  • Each sandwich is 3.5-fluid-ounce and contains 210 calories and 9-grams of fat.
  • The club store pack sells for $6.97.
  • For more information, visit www.kemps.com.

  • VEGGIE-FLAVORED ICE CREAM (posted July 30, 2014)
  • Haagen-Dazs shows us that ice cream flavors know no boundaries.
  • This summer, consumers in Japan were introduced to a new concept from Haagen-Dazs: Spoon Vege.
  • This line of vegetable-flavored ice cream debuted with two options: Orange Carrot and Tomato Cherry.
  • According to a translated press release, Tomato Cherry combines the natural sweetness of tomato with the fruity flavor of cherry, which should accentuate the rich taste of the tomato. Orange Carrot takes the gentle flavor of carrot and adds to it the fresh citrus taste and scent of orange, giving the carrot a sophisticated and refreshing twist.
  • According to Japan’s Rocketnews24, the new line contains only 8.5% milkfat, which is slightly higher than half the milkfat content of most traditionally flavored Haagen-Dazs ice creams.
  • For more information, visit www.haagen-dazs.co.jp.

  • THE ICONIC MOON PIE IS NOW A FROZEN NOVELTY (posted July 21, 2014)
  • America’s beloved Moon Pie Marshmallow Sandwich makes its debut as a frozen treat.
  • Ice Cream Specialties rolls out North Star Moon Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches in two flavors: banana and chocolate.
  • Licensed under the authority of MD Enterprises Inc., through a licensing agreement with Chattanooga Bakery, manufacturers of the original Moon Pie, the new frozen novelties closely resemble the hand-hand snack cake.
  • The North Star Chocolate Moon Pie Ice Cream Sandwich is made with real marshmallow-flavored ice cream nestled between two graham cracker wafers and topped with rich milk chocolate.
  • The North Star Banana Moon Pie Sandwich is made with real banana-flavored ice cream nestled between two graham cracker wafers and topped with banana-flavored coating.
  • The 4-ounce sandwiches are sold in six-pack cartons.
  • Ice Cream Specialties is the frozen novelty division of Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., one of the largest farmer-owned dairy cooperatives in the Midwest U.S.
  • For more information, visit www.northstarfrozentreats.com.   

  • FROZEN PROTEIN ICE CREAM BARS (posted July 16, 2014)
  • Booozah LLC introduces two flavors of ice cream bars fortified with protein.
  • Marketed under the StrongBody brand, these creamy, milk-based bars are ideal for snacks, dessert and after a workout or strenuous exertion.
  • The 4-ounce bars are available in vanilla and chocolate flavors, both as grab-and-go singles and 3-pack multipacks.
  • The bars are enrobed in a 72% dark chocolate for added eating pleasure.
  • Milk is the number-one ingredient, providing 25% of the Daily Value for calcium
  • Each bar comes packed with 10 grams of whey protein and 3 grams of L-Glutamine.
  • No sugar is added to ice cream. The bars are sweetened with stevia for a total of 4 grams of sugar (from inherent lactose) per serving.
  • With only 3 grams of fat and 130 calories per bar, StrongBody bars provide all the indulgence of ice cream without the guilt.
  • The suggested retail prices are $2.99 for the singles and $7.99 for the multipacks.
  • For more information, visit www.StrongBodyBars.com.


  • MADAGASCAR VANILLA ICE CREAM SANDWICH DEBUTS (posted July 7, 2014)
  • Three Twins Ice Cream ushers in summer with a new rich organic ice cream wafer sandwich.
  • The new frozen novelty features Three Twins’ signature Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream, sandwiched between two rich chocolate wafers made with black cocoa.
  • Priced at $1.99 to $2.49 per single sandwich and $5.79 to $6.29 per six-pack, Three Twins Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream Wafer Sandwiches are available throughout the U.S. in select independent corner stores, natural food stores and all Three Twins scoop shops.
  • “Our ultimate goal was to bring a better ice cream sandwich to the market, with a perfect complement of texture and taste to balance our smooth, strong signature Madagascar vanilla,” says Founder Neal Gottlieb. “Our final product features delicious chocolate wafers made with rich black cocoa that hits the mark and then some. The ice cream wafer sandwich is an American classic, and we’re proud to offer an affordable organic alternative that by no means sacrifices flavor.”
  • In line with Three Twins’ sustainability initiatives, the sandwiches are packaged in paper, which is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic packaging. Each purchase also will benefit the company’s Ice Cream for Acres land conservation program, which protects land populated by threatened species.
  • The Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream Wafer Sandwich is the third ice cream sandwich novelty in Three Twins’ roster.
  • Last year the company debuted a Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwich and Sea Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich, which quickly became fan favorites.
  • Also new for 2014 is the first ever organic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor, alongside Brownie Batter Chunk and Land of Milk and Honey.
  • Founding Twin, Neal Gottlieb, started Three Twins Ice Cream in 2005. He was the company’s only employee and had no previous ice cream-making experience. Armed with $70,000 of personal savings and a $25,000 loan from The Bank of Mom and Dad, Gottlieb worked 90 hours a week in a remote storefront in San Rafael, Calif.
  • In 2010, Three Twins opened a 4,200-square-foot ice cream factory in Petaluma—the largest dedicated organic ice cream factory in the United States—and rapidly increased distribution from 50 to thousands of locations.
  • Three Twins will open a second ice cream factory in Sheboygan, Wis., later this year to fulfill increasing demand nationwide.
  • Today, Three Twins also operates five scoop shops in and around San Francisco, and the company currently employs approximately 100 people.
  • For more information, visit www.threetwinsicecream.com.

  • PROTEIN-RICH LOW-FAT ICE CREAM DEBUTS (posted July 1, 2014)
  • Derinice is a new concept in frozen dairy desserts.
  • Earlier this year, Jambo Production LLC introduced Derinice Protein Rich Low Fat Ice Cream.
  • Just a few weeks ago, the product was named winner of the 2014 World Dairy Innovation Award for Best Dairy Dessert.
  • Available in four flavors—Chi Energy Coffee, Dragon Green Tea, Midnight Chocolate Bliss, Strawberry Chill and Vanilla Bean—Derinice is a unique combination of butter, milk protein concentrate, maltitol, erythritol, agave inulin and other natural ingredients.
  • The product contains no added sugar, no artificial ingredients and no gluten, plus it is enhanced with vitamins.  
  • A half-cup serving contains 90 to 100 calories (depending on variety), 2.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein.
  • For more information, visit www.derinice.com.

  • BETTER-FOR-YOU FROZEN DESSERTS MADE USING LOW-FAT MILK (posted June 24, 2014)
  • Dean Foods extends its popular TruMoo milk brand to the freezer.
  • Based on the feedback from TruMoo consumers, the company decided to extend the brand into the ice cream and frozen novelties category.
  • It was a natural transition to transform the company’s already nutritious and delicious TruMoo milk into better-for-you ice cream and frozen treats.
  • TruMoo ice cream and frozen treats are made with TruMoo milk and contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial growth hormones, and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, according to the company.
  • A serving of any new TruMoo ice cream or frozen treat contains only 150 calories or less per serving.
  • There are eight products and they are currently being test marketed in five markets.
  • The markets are: Omaha, NE, Salt Lake City, UT, Grand Rapids, MI, Pittsburgh, PA and Knoxville, TN.
  • There are eight products: They are:
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches (6-pack)
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches (6-pack)
  • S’mores Bars (6-pack; Frozen Chocolate Milk Core, Marshmallow Ice Cream, Chocolate Shell & Graham Pieces )
  • Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cups (10-pack)
  • Chocolate Milk Bars (6-pack)
  • Vanilla Cowza! (48 oz; vanilla ice cream with TruMoo chocolate cows)
  • Chocolate Cowza! (48 oz; chocolate ice cream with TruMoo chocolate cows)
  • Chocolate Milk Scoops (48 oz; scoopable frozen chocolate milk)

  • SUNDAES FOR SHARING (posted June 16, 2014)
  • Chapman’s Ice Cream adds four new flavors to its Sundae line, bringing the line to a total of 10 varieties.
  • The multi-serving sundaes come in see-through 1-liter plastic containers so that consumers can view the ice cream or frozen yogurt swirled and layered with sauces and toppings, much like a hand-scooped sundae.
  • The four new flavors are:  
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt: cheesecake frozen yogurt with blueberry sauce and cheesecake pieces
  • Cherry, Queen of Hearts Yogurt: black cherry frozen yogurt with cherry sauce and chocolate and cherry flavored hearts
  • Cup Cake: white cake ice cream with pink icing and confetti candy
  • Salty Dawg: pretzel ice cream with a salty caramel sauce and chocolatey covered pretzel pieces
  • A half-cup serving contains 130 to 160 calories and 3 to 7 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The sundaes are described as being made with 100% Canadian milk.
  • For more information, visit www.chapmans.ca.

  • PREMIUM, INDIVIDUAL ICE CREAM DESSERTS (posted June 11, 2014)
  • Rich Products introduced an array of multi-packs of individual frozen dessert concepts at the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) meeting in Denver in early June.
  • The concepts include Jon Donaire Ice Cream Cupcakes, Ice Cream Tarts and Ice Cream Truffles.
  • In late 2013, the company had introduced Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes in three varieties: Chocolate Cake, Mixed Berry Cupcake and Strawberry Granola Cake. The new offerings now use ice cream and include:
  • Confetti (confetti cake filled with cake batter-flavored ice cream and cake batter-flavored whipped topping)
  • Red Velvet (red velvet cake filled with cream cheese-flavored ice cream and cream cheese-flavored whipped topping)
  • Yellow (yellow cake filled with creamy vanilla-flavored ice cream and whipped topping)
  • The 2.3-ounce cupcakes are sold frozen in a six-pack clamshell.
  • The 4.25-ounce Chocolate Ice Cream Truffles come in packs of four. They are described as a thick layer of decadent chocolate ice cream surrounded by a European cream-flavored ice cream then coated in a fine Dutch cocoa.
  • There’s also 3.4-ounce Ice Cream Tarts that come in four packs.
  • The Lemon variety is described as zesty lemon Italian-style ice cream placed on a vanilla cookie base with a tangy lemon-flavored center covered in a white confectionery coating.
  • The Chocolate Caramel variety is described as creamy chocolate ice cream topped with caramel sauce and crisped rice, placed on a chocolate cookie base and covered with a rich milk chocolate-flavored coating.
  • For more information, visit www.richsisb.com.

  • FROZEN CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS (posted May 28, 2014)
  • Magnum Ice Cream, Unilever’s superpremium ice cream brand known around the world for chocolate pleasure, announces the U.S. arrival of Magnum Infinity ice cream bars--the brand’s most decadent chocolate indulgence yet.
  • “Since Magnum Ice Cream stepped on the U.S. scene in 2011, we’ve brought our chocolate expertise to ice cream lovers across the country through a variety of flavors and sizes,” says Nick Soukas, director of ice cream at Unilever. “And, now we’re excited to deliver our most indulgent chocolate experience yet with the addition of our new Magnum Infinity ice cream bar.”
  • The new bars come in two varieties:
  • Magnum Chocolate Infinity bars feature dark chocolate ice cream with a rich chocolate swirl, dipped in dark chocolate and cocoa bean nibs.
  • Magnum Chocolate Infinity & Raspberry bars feature dark chocolate ice cream with a raspberry swirl, dipped in dark chocolate and cocoa bean nibs.
  • Each 82-gram bar contains 260 calories, and depending on variety, 17 to 18 grams of fat and 18 to 22 grams of sugar.
  • The new bars are available in three-count multipacks at grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • For more information, visit www.magnumicecream.com.

  • PEEL-A-POP FROZEN TREATS (posted May 20, 2014)
  • Nestle USA introduces Wonka Peel-a-Pop frozen treats.
  • The dessert pops look like and peel like bananas, but in true Wonka form, the peels are deliciously edible.
  • Now available in freezer aisles throughout the U.S., the dessert pops are available in two scrummdiddlyumptious flavors: Vanilla Banana and Vanilla Grape.  
  • Timed with the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the release of these whipple-scrumptious dessert pops continues Mr. Willy Wonka’s grand legacy. With a never-ending stockpile of normalness in the world, the newest Wonka frozen creation will bring a much-needed dose of playfulness to dessert time, or anytime.
  • Like two desserts in one, Peel-a-Pop frozen treats are as fun to peel as they are to eat. Whether enjoyed peel-first or all at once, there’s no wrong way to enjoy the imaginative dessert.  
  • To celebrate the launch of Peel-a-Pop frozen treats, the Wonka brand transported its whimsical inspiration to the heart of New York City with a Winter Wonka-land pop-up. At the three-day event, dessert dreamers got a playful glimpse into the mind of Willy Wonka as they enjoyed complimentary Peel-a-Pop frozen treats in a frozen funderland complete with Oompa Loompas.
  • The treats come eight to carton and have a suggested retail price of $4.29.
  • For more information, visit www.wonkaicecream.com.

  • FROZEN YOGURT IN EDIBLE PACKAGING (posted May 12, 2014)
  • Stonyfield’s new frozen concept resembles a snowball served in an edible cup.
  • The New Hampshire-based yogurt maker collaborated with WikiFoods Inc., a company determined to develop edible food and beverage packaging solutions.
  • According to Stonyfield, the Frozen Yogurt Pearls’ natural skins are crafted with organic fruit. The ingredients in the skin interact with each other in a way that creates a solid outer layer that’s less permeable to air than something like a simple chocolate layer. This allows them to be washed, carried and handled without being damaged all while keeping the frozen yogurt safe inside.
  • These certified organic bites of dessert are the next step toward what Stonyfield’s co-founder and chairman Gary Hirshberg calls the “edible cup.”
  • “We’ve long dreamed of the day that after you eat the yogurt, you eat the cup too. Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls are the next step in our evolution. No spoon needed, just a delicious bite of beautifully crafted organic frozen yogurt served without any container. Re-imagine all the ways you can eat your favorite organic dessert--in the car, on the beach, with the kids at the park--no spoon, no waste, no limits,” says Hirshberg.
  • Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls are so groundbreaking, the company says, that retail spaces are not yet equipped to sell them completely package free. So, they will initially be sold in small, biodegradable cellulose bags located in the freezer section.
  • In the future they will be sold over the counter where they can be placed directly in shoppers’ bags, egg cartons or in any container people bring in, for a plastic-free, waste-free treat.
  • Initial distribution is through select Whole Foods Markets in the Boston area.
  • Pearls come in such flavors as Banana & Chocolate, Banana & Vanilla, Coconut & Chocolate, Peach & Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate and Strawberry & Vanilla.
  • Want to learn more and hear Gary talk about how Pearls came to be? Link HERE.

  • BASKIN-ROBBINS INTRODUCES ITS FIRST FROZEN GREEK YOGURT (posted May 6, 2014)
  • Summer is right around the corner and Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is rolling out its first-ever Greek frozen yogurt, Super Yumberry Greek Frozen Yogurt.
  • As the latest addition to Baskin-Robbins’ BRight Choices lineup, Super Yumberry Greek Frozen Yogurt is a refreshing blend of yumberry-flavored Greek frozen yogurt swirled with a super-fruit triple berry ribbon.
  • The flavor has 130 calories per 2.5-ounce scoop and includes beneficial live and active cultures.
  • Baskin-Robbins is also offering guests a trio of Super Yumberry Greek Frozen Yogurt Smoothies in exotic flavors such as Mango Yumberry, Strawberry Yumberry and Tropical Yumberry.
  • Baskin-Robbins’ current lineup of BRight Choices flavors includes: Fat Free Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, Premium Churned Reduced-Fat No Sugar Added Caramel Turtle Truffle, Premium Churned Reduced-Fat No Sugar Added Pineapple Coconut and a longtime favorite among the calorie-conscious: Daiquiri Ice.
  • “We’re excited to introduce our first-ever Greek frozen yogurt flavor to give our guests yet another better-for-you option to enjoy as we head into the summer season,” says Jeff Miller, executive chef and vice president of culinary innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “At Baskin-Robbins, we’re committed to offering our guests a wide variety of frozen treat options to fit their individual lifestyle needs, and our Super Yumberry Greek Frozen Yogurt is a delicious, better-for-you addition to our flavor lineup.”
  • For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.


  • BRING THE TASTE OF MACKINAC ISLAND HOME (posted April 29, 2014)
  • Hudsonville rolls out new summer limited-edition ice cream flavor.
  • Inspired by the famous dessert of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI, Hudsonville Ice Cream welcomes warmer weather with Grand Hotel Pecan Ball ice cream.
  • The new flavor combines Grand Hotel fudge swirls and premium pecans into Hudsonville Ice Cream’s original vanilla ice cream.
  • The new flavor will be available in grocery stores that carry Hudsonville Ice Cream just in time for the hotel’s summer opening.
  • “My family and I are extremely honored that Hudsonville Ice Cream would develop and create a Grand Hotel Pecan Ball flavored ice cream in honor of our famous dessert,” says R.D. (Dan) Musser III, president of Grand Hotel. “It has been our privilege to work with another family-owned Michigan business in creating and opening our Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor. For years we have thought about a way to bring the Grand Pecan Ball to guests even when they are not on Mackinac Island. Thanks to Hudsonville’s creative and meticulous team, we are very proud that this new ice cream flavor will allow people to enjoy a taste of Grand Hotel in their homes.”  
  • Hudsonville Ice Cream partnered with Grand Hotel in 2013 for the grand opening of Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor, and is the exclusive ice cream sold at Grand Hotel, as well as its dining rooms and five restaurants located on Mackinac Island.
  • “We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with Grand Hotel. Their team has been amazing to work with, and the partnership fits so naturally: summer, family and relaxation,” says Caryn Beatty from Hudsonville Ice Cream. “A visit to Grand Hotel is an incredible experience and we are so excited to bring a scoop of that experience into families’ homes. This is an ice cream flavor that can only be matched by your own visit to Grand Hotel and Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor.”
  • Hudsonville Ice Cream has been made in Holland, MI, for more than 80 years and is a family favorite throughout the Midwest.
  • For more information, visit www.hudsonvilleicecream.com.

  • SINGLE-SERVE, SOFT-SERVE ICE CREAM FOR THE HOME FREEZER (posted April 22, 2104)
  • Home-delivery leader Schwan’s uses pouch packaging to create a new concept in ice cream.
  • New Schwan’s Soft-Serve Reduced-Fat Ice Cream makes it possible for consumers to enjoy soft-serve ice cream without leaving the house.
  • The 8-ounce pouches are sold in boxes of six for $13.98.
  • Delivered frozen and stored frozen, the pouch should be slightly tempered before consumed.
  • Because the pouch is shaped like an ice cream cone, the soft-serve can be consumed directly from the pouch. Just hold, squeeze and enjoy.
  • The other option is to dispense the ice cream into a cup a cone. The specially engineered fitment allows the consumer to have the soft-serve swirl experience.  
  • The new product comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors, with a single pouch containing 140 and 130 calories, respectively.
  • For more information, visit www.schwans.com.

  • ALL-NATURAL ICE CREAM, THE WAY GRANDPA MADE IT (posted April 14, 2014)
  • Velvet Ice Cream releases four new all-natural flavors in honor of its 100th Anniversary that takes place May 1.
  • The Utica, Ohio-based ice cream manufacturer just released Original Vanilla, Salted Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla Chocolate Duo and Bourbon Pecan this week.
  • Family-owned Velvet is returning to the way founder Joseph Dager first made ice cream back in 1914.
  • For its All-Natural recipe, Velvet starts with farm-fresh local cream, adds pure cane sugar and the finest flavorings and ingredients, such as pure vanilla in the Original Vanilla flavor; flaky sea salt and sustainably grown Callebaut Belgian chocolate for Salted Chocolate Fudge; real bourbon and slow, butter-roasted Southern pecans for its new Bourbon Pecan; and pure vanilla and Callebaut Belgian chocolate in the Vanilla Chocolate Duo.
  • “We make our ice cream in small batches, using the highest quality ingredients, skipping artificial ingredients you can’t pronounce,” says Velvet President Luconda Dager, the fourth generation of the Dager family to operate Velvet Ice Cream. “We’re staying true to the simple-but-tested family recipes that have made Velvet a favorite for millions of customers over 100 years.”
  • Velvet produces and distributes more than five million gallons of ice cream every year from its headquarters on the grounds of Ye Olde Mill.   
  • Ye Olde Mill also houses an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond.  
  • Named by Frommer’s as one of America’s 10 Best Ice Cream Factory Tours, Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill welcomes 150,000 visitors each year for tours, tastings and events.
  • The summer-long celebration of Velvet’s 100th Anniversary includes the launch of a Velvet Ice Cream cookbook featuring recipes, history, fascinating facts and more.
  • Velvet will officially commemorate its 100th birthday with a celebration on Sunday, May 26, during the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival (May 24 to 26).
  • For more information visit www.VelvetIceCream.com.

  • A CORE COMEBACK IN THE FROZEN CATEGORY (posted April 9, 2014)
  • Ben & Jerry’s brings back a concept that debuted 12 years ago.
  • The Core ice cream line is being reported as a brand new concept making its way into U.S. freezers this month. However, this product line was initially introduced to the U.S. market in 2002. It went to Ben & Jerry’s graveyard a year later.
  • During the past two years, the Core line was introduced to select European countries and is now making its return to the States.
  • The concept includes a core center down the middle of each pint of ice cream. The flavor is said to complement the super-premium ice cream flavors on either side of the core.
  • The four varieties are:
  • Hazed & Confused--chocolate and hazelnut ice creams with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core
  • Peanut Butter Fudge—chocolate and peanut butter ice creams with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core
  • Salted Caramel—sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salted caramel core  
  • That’s My Jam--chocolate and raspberry ice creams with fudge chips and a thick raspberry jam core
  • It’s been reported that the cores are pumped into the pint container with a sausage-filling machine.
  • A pint has a suggested retail price of $4.39.
  • For more information, visit www.benjerry.com.

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  • HAND-PACKED ICE CREAM PINTS FROM COOLHAUS (posted April 1, 2014)
  • The California-based company is known for its architecturally inspired gourmet desserts.
  • The original COOLHAUS retail product is a line of ice cream sandwiches that were featured as a Daily Dose of Dairy on March 19, 2013. Read about them HERE.
  • The company’s most famous ice cream flavors—as scooped and served from its trucks, kiosks and store fronts--are now available in retail hand-packed pints.
  • The varieties are: Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone, Bananas Foster, Chocolate Molten Cake, Dirty Mint Chip and Salted Caramel.
  • A half-cup serving contains 170 to 190 calories and 8 to 10 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The product line made its debut in February 2014 on the West Coast and distribution is quickly expanding across the country.
  • The suggested retail price is $5.99 to $6.49.
  • For more information, visit www.eatcoolhaus.com.


  • PIE POPS…A NEW TWIST ON AMERICAN CLASSICS (posted March 24, 2014)
  • Smooth and creamy frozen dairy dessert is on the inside; sweet and crunchy is on the outside.
  • Chatsworth, CA-based We The Pie People LLC, is less than one year old and is already creating excitement in retail freezers.
  • The company’s JC’s Pie Pops, named after Founder and President Jennifer Constantine, who created the frozen dairy pie-on-stick concept by accident in her home kitchen, now includes eight flavors.
  • They are: Banana Cream, Caramel Apple Crumble, Caramel Turtle, Chocolate Silk, Key Lime, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Strawberry Cream and Vanilla Cream.
  • The company is already shipping to more than 1,000 stores in the natural channel in the western half of the U.S., and is expanding to the East Coast for summer-time fun.
  • The 4.3-ounce decadent pops range in calorie content from 290 to 340.
  • They are sold in boxes of two for a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • For more information, visit www.piepops.com

  • 90-CALORIE FROZEN GREEK YOGURT BARS (posted March 18, 2014)
  • Luvo, a new company in the premium frozen foods sector, includes frozen yogurt in its culinary lineup.
  • The namesake brand sports the tagline “Be good to you.” The company believes that if you change how you eat, you can change how you feel. And that’s a good thing!
  • The Atlanta-based company made its official national debut at Natural Products Expo West with plans to reinvigorate the frozen category.
  • All products are free of artificial ingredients and trans-fatty acids. They claim to be lower in sodium than their traditional counterparts, while still big on flavor.
  • The three frozen Greek yogurt varieties are: Blueberry, Fudge and Strawberry.
  • Each bar contains 1 gram of fat, 1 gram of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
  • Milk protein concentrate and whey protein concentrate contribute to the boost of protein.  
  • The bars also boast the inclusion of live and active yogurt and probiotic cultures, six in total.
  • The 3-ounce bars are sold in four packs for a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • Link HERE for a comprehensive overview of the company entitled “Luvo: A small company with big plans,” as published by Food Business News.
  • For more information, visit www.luvoinc.com

  • NEW GELATO FLAVORS REINVENT CLASSIC AMERICAN DESSERTS (posted March 12, 2014)
  • Talenti introduced three new gelato flavors at Natural Products Expo West.
  • The new flavors reinvent classic American desserts.
  • Caramel Apple Pie is made with real cinnamon sticks, pieces of Red Delicious apples, sweet flakey piecrust and a caramel swirl for a unique yet familiar flavor experience.
  • Fudge Brownie combines Talenti’s extra dark chocolate gelato with chewy chunks of baked brownie and a swirl of rich dark fudge for a decadent treat that’s sure to delight chocoholics and brownie fans.
  • Raspberries & Cream blends Talenti’s sweet cream gelato with pieces of fresh raspberries and a tart raspberry and balsamic ripple for a sophisticated twist on a favorite flavor combination.
  • “We know our fans love the comforting flavors of classic American desserts, so we wanted to give them a new way to enjoy their favorite classics with a special Talenti twist,” says Josh Hochschuler, founder of Talenti. “With the introduction of these new gelato flavors, we continue to uphold our commitment to making the best-quality and best-tasting gelatos in the freezer aisle.”  
  • With about 30% less fat than regular ice cream, gelato is a better-for-you option.
  • The suggested retail price for a pint is $4.99 to $5.99.
  • For more information, visit www.talentigelato.com.

  • NO-ADDED-SUGAR ICE CREAM (posted March 3, 2014)
  • Belgian company introduces stevia-sweetened ice cream.
  • New “Ice Crime” comes in four flavors: Chocolate, Mocha, Strawberry and Vanilla.
  • The product is said to contain 30% to 40% fewer calories than regular ice cream.
  • Package sizes are 1-liter tubs and 120-milliliter single-serve containers.
  • Packages carry the tagline: “wow, they killed the sugar.”
  • The product line debuted in 2013 in Belgium and Norway, and will soon appear in retail freezers in Finland and Hong Kong, followed by other European and Asian markets.
  • The company also markets an “adults only” frozen dessert—Filliers--that contain 3.25% alcohol by volume. Filliers is a famous Belgian liquor producer.
  • Varieties are Chocolate and Vanilla.
  • For more information, visit www.just-ice.be.

  • MONK FRUIT-SWEETENED ICE CREAM (posted February 24, 2014)
  • Graeter’s is launching its first significant new product expansion in the ice cream manufacturer’s 144-year history with the introduction of Gelato and A Little Less Indulgent ice cream.
  • “Graeter’s has focused solely on hand-crafting our superpremium ice cream for four generations and we’ll certainly continue to serve to our tried and true fans, but we’re excited to open the door to new customers and experiences with our gelato and reduced-sugar lines,” says Richard Graeter, CEO of the 4th generation, family-owned company. “A Little Less Indulgent and our gelato will still be made by hand, two gallons at a time through our French pot process, but they’ll have a few differences that make them unique.”
  • According to Graeter’s, the “A Little Less Indulgent” line stands apart from other reduced-sugar ice cream varieties thanks to the sweetness provided by a natural sugar substitute made from monk fruit extract.
  • The sweetener is 150 times sweeter than regular sugar and releases slowly into the body, so blood sugar will not spike.
  • The new line has 50% less sugar and also has roughly 25% less fat and 25% fewer calories than Graeter’s regular ice cream, making it just a little less indulgent while retaining all the flavor of Graeter’s traditional ice cream, according to the company.
  • “Everyone deserves dessert, and while our original Graeter’s ice cream may be a bigger splurge than some want to make on a daily basis, we felt that the reduced-sugar frozen dessert options currently available just do not suffice for our customers,” says Graeter. “Graeter’s ‘A Little Less Indulgent’ line has all of the flavor of original Graeter’s, but with a less sugar and fat. It’s not diet or any more nutritious than a typical bowl of ice cream. It’s just truly ‘A Little Less Indulgent’ for those who need to watch their sugar consumption.”
  • Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chip and Mint Chocolate Chip are the first three flavors to roll out in the new line.
  • Also new is the gelato line, which the company describes as being the most authentic gelato available in the United States, resembling that found in Italy.
  • The secret to its authenticity is Graeter’s French pot process, which uses the same old-world freezing process used by Italian gelato machines. The method prevents air from being whipped into the product and also restricts the producer to make it in small batches.
  • Gelato traditionally has significantly less air than typical American ice creams and only half the butterfat content of superpremium ice creams.   
  • Graeter’s gelato flavors are: Caramel Truffle, Hazelnut Truffle, Vanilla with Milk Chocolate Truffles and Vanilla with Dark Chocolate Truffle.  
  • For more information, visit www.graeters.com.

  • SINGLE-ORIGIN CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA ICE CREAM (posted February 17, 2014)
  • Choctál Inc., Pasadena, California, began operations in 2006 and established itself as a prominent player among gourmet ice cream brands nationwide. The brand went on hiatus in 2010 until being acquired in 2012 by current CEO Michael Leb and is now being reinvigorated in order to better tell its story.
  • That story is being a line of indulgent, ultra-premium ice creams made with the world’s finest single-origin, sustainably sourced vanilla and chocolate ingredients.
  • The brand’s official relaunch was at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco in January 2014.
  • Choctál ice cream products are made using chocolates and vanillas grown around the world, allowing consumers to experience unique and distinct flavor profiles.
  • Much like how estate-grown wines vary greatly depending on the characteristics of the different climates and soils that they grow in, the same is true of chocolates and vanillas grown in different countries.
  • Each of the eight flavors made by Choctál is unique in both color and taste.
  • The four chocolate varieties are:
  • Costa Rican Chocolate: Lively, well-balanced coffee and caramel flavors; a hint of butterscotch adds a subtle back note.
  • Dominican Chocolate: Aromatic, dark chocolate; hints of mocha, nutmeg and cloves balance out its long finish.
  • Ghana Chocolate: Rich and full-bodied hints of tropical fruit and the sweet essence of fudge.
  • Kalimantan Chocolate: Dark and intense; finished with the slightest touch of caramel.
  • The four vanilla varieties are:
  • Indonesian Vanilla: Classic bourbon vanilla; luscious woody floral notes enhance its creamy sweetness.
  • Madagascar Vanilla: Pure bourbon vanilla and flakes of vanilla beans; utterly seductive rich, complex and classic flavor.
  • Mexican Vanilla: Complex, rich vanilla; wisps of cinnamon unlock hidden coconut flavor.
  • Papua New Guinea Vanilla: A fruity vanilla; floral notes of cherry that linger during a long, lush finish.
  • The products come in pints and 4-fluid-ounce single-serve containers.
  • A half-cup serving contains 230 to 300 calories and 16 to 19 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • All the formulations are gluten free and egg free without any artificial additives, according to the company.
  • For more information, visit www.choctal.com.

  • GREEK FROZEN YOGURT NOVELTIES IN NEW INDULGENT FLAVORS (posted February 10, 2014)
  • Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt, the pioneers of frozen Greek yogurt, adds five new flavors to its line of bar novelties.
  • The flavors are: Chocolate Fudge, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cup and Sea Salt Caramel.
  • The new bars join Yasso’s six existing flavors to create a robust line of 11 frozen Greek yogurt bars available at more than 14,000 grocery stores nationwide.
  • “We listen closely to our fans. They don’t want to sacrifice flavor, but they still aim to maintain a healthy lifestyle every day,” says Yasso Co-Founder Drew Harrington. “This led us to five new traditional ice cream flavors that are made the Yasso way with only natural ingredients and real Greek yogurt.”
  • Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars are offered in 3 and 3.5-fluid-ounces and are offered in packs of four and in larger packs at select club stores.
  • For more information, visit www.yasso.com.

  • THERE’S A NEW PLAYER IN THE U.S. SUPER-PREMIUM ICE CREAM NOVELTY CATEGORY (posted February 4, 2014)
  • Pacific Northwest Tillamook County Creamery Association debuted Tillabars at the Winter Fancy Food Show.
  • The 3-ounce bars come in four varieties:
  • Lemonilla: vanilla ice cream envelops a tart lemon sorbet center all dipped in white chocolate
  • Mooocha Latte: creamy coffee ice cream with a chocolate center all dipped in rich, dark chocolate
  • Old-Fashioned Vanilla: vanilla ice cream dipped in milk chocolate
  • Salted Caramel Swirl: vanilla-caramel ice cream mixed with salty caramel swirls all dipped in milk chocolate
  • Tillabars contain no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.  
  • A single bar contains 230 to 250 calories and 14 to 17 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The suggested retail price for a box of three bars is $4.99.
  • For more information, visit www.tillamook.com.

  • CUPCAKE ICE CREAM (posted January 27, 2014)
  • Perry’s Ice Cream introduces Otto’s Cupcake ice cream, a flavor inspired by Syracuse University’s team mascot.
  • This flavor was originally launched in fall 2013 and was available only at the Syracuse University Dome and at the few ice cream stands that are open during the winter months. Now it is in select regional supermarkets.
  • The flavor named after the S.U. team mascot, Otto, was developed by Eilish Mitchell ‘12, a Syracuse University graduate who works for Perry’s Ice Cream in the quality assurance and research & development department.
  • Avid supporter of the Orange, Eilish was thrilled when she heard that there was a need to develop a flavor for S.U. Athletics. “I knew that the flavor would have to have orange in it, but orange ice cream isn’t really a popular flavor,” she says.
  • After many tries, she struck gold: chocolate cupcakes with orange frosting.
  • This chocolate cupcake ice cream with orange-colored frosting swirls and chocolate cupcake pieces not only delights all the senses, but it is also proof of the Perry family’s long-standing commitment to supporting college sports and the communities it serves.
  • For more on information, visit www.perrysicecream.com.

 

  • ICONIC ICE CREAM BRAND RETURNS EARLIER THAN ANTICIPATED (posted January 22, 2014)
  • Following a 28-year hiatus, Pennsylvania’s Yuengling’s Ice Cream began production in mid-January 2014.
  • Although production was originally slated to start in March, the family-owned company bumped up its schedule following consumer demand that the iconic brand hit shelves sooner.
  • “It’s a very exciting time for us,” says David Yuengling, president. “We originally expected production to begin in March, but when we announced in September that we were bringing back Yuengling’s Ice Cream, the response was so enthusiastic that we pushed up production.”
  • Leiby’s Dairy in Tamaqua, PA, is producing the ice cream.
  • The initial run consisted of 100,000 quarts in 10 flavors.
  • The flavors are: Black and Tan (chocolate and caramel ice cream), Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Marshmallow, Espresso Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Root Beer Float, Vanilla and Vanilla Fudge Chunk with Pretzels.
  • The Yuengling family commitment to brand quality means that the ice cream is made using only all-natural ingredients.
  • The milk and cream are locally sourced in Pennsylvania.
  • The ice cream is expected to be available in grocery stores by mid-February. It initially will be sold at Acme, Weis and select independent grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. A searchable store locator will be available on its website later this month.
  • The quarts have a suggested retail price of $5.49 to $5.99.
  • For more information, visit www.yuenglingsicecream.com.

  • GREEK DESSERT FLAVORS IN FROZEN YOGURT (posted January 15, 2014)
  • Turkey Hill Dairy is going Greek in 2014 with the rollout of four limited-edition flavors of Greek Frozen Yogurt.
  • Baklava will be offered January through March, and contains vanilla Greek frozen yogurt with crunchy baklava pieces and a honey cinnamon swirl.
  • Lemoni Biskoti will be offered April through June, and includes lemon cream Greek frozen yogurt with a lemon shortbread swirl.
  • Raspberry Chokolata will be offered July through September, and contains raspberry Greek frozen yogurt with melt-in-your-mouth chocolaty slivers.
  • Sea Salt Caramel Truffle will be offered October through December, and boasts caramel Greek frozen yogurt with sea salted caramel truffles.
  • “At Turkey Hill, our products are inspired by simple, wholesome and delicious flavors, as well as by listening to what our consumers want,” says John Cox, president. “We offered our Baklava Greek Frozen Yogurt for a limited time last year as our first-ever Greek frozen yogurt, and it was extremely popular. We wanted to expand our flavors and provide our consumers these unique and delicious Greek frozen yogurt flavors.”
  • A half-cup serving of any Turkey Hill Limited Edition Greek Frozen Yogurt contains 130 to 160 calories and 2.5 to 6 grams of fat.
  • A serving also contains 5 grams of protein, which is 67% more protein than Turkey Hill’s regular frozen yogurt.
  • For more information, visit www.turkeyhill.com.

  • DRUMSTICK CELEBRATES SUMMERTIME IN AUSTRALIA (posted January 6, 2014)
  • To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Peters Ice Cream’s iconic Australian ice cream cone brand, Drumstick, the company is introducing three new flavors.
  • The new premium Drumstick flavors are Banana Lounge (banana and honey), Cherry Sunset (chocolate cherry with coconut) and Toffee Tanlines (toffee with biscuit crumbs).
  • “Drumstick is Australia’s original ice cream cone and has been synonymous with Australian summer for five decades,” says Emma Jane Collins, head of marketing. “Celebrating Drumstick’s 50th anniversary is an exciting milestone for us, and it’s great to see 50 years on, it’s still a favorite for Aussies young and old.”
  • Peters Ice Cream has been owned by Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), a leading Australasian private-equity firm since June 2012, when it was acquired from Nestlé Australia Ltd. PEP acquired numerous brands during the sale, as well as a long-term license to market and sell in Australia certain global Nestlé ice cream brands, including Drumstick and Skinny Cow.
  • Drumstick was first launched in Australia in 1963 and remains a popular choice for Australians. According to Nielsen data, the Drumstick brand held 15.2% value share and 13.2% volume share of the AUD $486.5 million multi-pack ice cream segment in 2012.
  • The Drumstick Summer Celebrations range is available in supermarkets and convenience stores across Australia for a suggested retail price of AUD $3.60 each or AUD $7.49 for a four-pack.
  • For more information, visit www.peters.com.au/brands/drumstick.

  • DESSERT-INSPIRED HOLIDAY GELATO (posted December 30, 2013)
  • Ciao Bella offers its first-ever collection of limited-edition seasonal gelato and sorbetto flavors this holiday season.
  • Three new frozen desserts stem from the creative inspiration of Italian Executive Chef Danilo Zecchin and the spirit of celebration. They are:
  • Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet: tart cranberry with crisp Prosecco
  • Montebianco Gelato: silky chestnut cream with rich dark chocolate
  • Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato: cinnamon-spiced pumpkin with sweet and salty caramel
  • “Here at Ciao Bella we love food and really enjoy sharing it with family and friends during the holidays,” says Carlos Canals, CEO of Ciao Bella. “Chef Danilo was inspired by both Italian and American Holiday traditions when he created these three incredible flavors for the 2013 season.”
  • Ciao Bella’s Seasonal Batch flavors are available in Whole Foods Market locations nationwide for the 2013 holiday season.
  • The 14-ounce containers sell for about $5.69.
  • For more information, visit www.ciaobellagelato.com.

  • A FROZEN CANDY CANE LANE (posted December 24, 2013)
  • Baskin-Robbins keeps up its tradition of creating ice cream cakes for holiday dessert menus.
  • Christmas has arrived and Baskin-Robbins is once again offering consumers festive ice cream cakes.
  • The holly jolly Snowman Cake is a friendly dessert with a whimsical smile. The cake serves 6 to 8 people and has a suggested retail price of $26.99.
  • The Candy Lane Cottage ice cream cake features a holiday house decorated with M&M’s and mini candy canes and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.
  • Guests can also customize each cake with a favorite ice cream flavor, including December’s Flavor of the Month, Peppermint Bark in the Dark, a new flavor combining crunchy peppermint bark and creamy chocolate ice cream wrapped together with a peppermint candy and white-chocolate flavored ribbon, to feature in the ice cream cake.
  • These cakes are a fun, unique addition to the holiday table and a “cool” house-warming or host gift as well.
  • For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com.

  • MAIL ORDER CRAFT ICE CREAM GROWS WITH BIG-KID FLAVORS (posted December 18, 2013)
  • High Road Craft Ice Cream adds more chef-inspired flavors to its product lineup.
  • It’s a fascinating road that led Chef Keith Schroeder to create High Road Craft Ice Cream (about which Alton Brown of Iron Chef America and Good Eats fame praised “this is the best ice cream made in America right now”).
  • The company offers more than 90 chef-inspired flavors, including unique ice cream innovations such as Bourbon Burnt Sugar, Fig & Balsamic, Gen Mai Cha (Green Tea & Roasted Rice), Hibiscus Ginger and Pistachio Honey Ricotta, as well as elevated classics like their hugely popular Vanilla Fleur de Sel and Chocolat Noir.
  • The four new flavors that debuted for fall 2013 are:
  • Honey Black Pepper
  • Praline Chocolate Tart
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding
  • Smoked Sugar
  • Most recently, the company introduced the online-exclusive Big Kid Collection, which includes:
  • Bake Sale (vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookies and pecan brownies)
  • The Jokester (malt ice cream, milk chocolate chunks, handmade nougat, caramel and salted peanuts)
  • Mr. Butterpants (milk chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate chunk and peanut butter ganache)
  • Six pints (two of each flavor) sell for $99, and a dozen (four of each flavor) for $175. This includes shipping for delivery within the continental U.S.
  • Originally a foodservice-only product, High Road products are now available through a growing number of Whole Foods stores along the East Coast, the South, Texas and California, as well as online.
  • “Just as chefs don’t make core menu ingredients like cheese, wine, spirits or chocolate from scratch, they’re seeing the value of getting exceptional ice cream from craft producers,” says Schroeder.
  • For more information, visit www.highroadcraft.com.

  • NEW HIGH-PROTEIN, HIGH-FIBER FROZEN DAIRY DESSERT (posted December 11, 2013)
  • Healthy Ninja Strazzleberry is targeted to athletes, children, and health and fitness fans.
  • Developed in collaboration with chefs from the famous Berkeley, CA-based restaurant Chez Panisse, Healthy Ninja is described as a high-performance gourmet frozen dairy dessert by its namesake marketers.
  • The first variety to debut—Strazzleberry—combines strawberries and raspberries with cane sugar, dried milk powder, dried bean flour, lemon juice, almond paste, chia seeds, ascorbic acid, guar gum, milk and tree nuts.  
  • Healthy Ninja combines the power of beans for protein and fiber with chia seed, which absorbs nine times its weight in water making one feel fuller longer to assist in weight management.  
  • The soluble fiber found in the beans may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels.  
  • A 2/3-cup (170 grams) serving contains 180 calories, 2 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
  • The product made its debut at select natural foods retailers in California, with plans to expand nationally.
  • A pint has a suggested retail price of $7.99.  
  • For more information, visit www.healthyninja.net.

  • PRIVATE-LABEL PURPLE COW CREAMERY PACKAGED ICE CREAM HITS FREEZERS JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (posted December 2, 2013)
  • Supercenter retail giant Meijer debuts private-label ice cream under the company’s infamous Purple Cow insignia.
  • The product line has been something in the works since March 2012, when the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer acquired the plant operations of Bareman’s Dairy, a family-owned company based in Holland, MI.
  • With this acquisition, Meijer entered the dairy production business. The retailer previously relied on Dean Foods to co-pack its private-label fluid milk products, and other co-packers for its other private-label dairy foods.  
  • “As Meijer continues to grow, it’s crucial we invest in the operations that will help us keep our promise of higher standards and lower prices to our customers,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO. “Expanding into dairy operations will do just that.”
  • The new Purple Cow Creamery, named after the ice cream shops inside many Meijer stores and the famous Purple Cow cards frequently handed out by Founder Fred Meijer, started with the production of white and chocolate milk in gallon and half-gallon sizes for the 101 Meijer stores located in Michigan.
  • “The creation of the Purple Cow Creamery is an important step forward as we continue to expand our manufacturing operations,” said Rick Keyes, executive vice president of supply chain and manufacturing. “Producing our own Meijer brand milk allows us to continue to focus on keeping prices low for our customers, while also reducing the number of food miles for a very important product.”
  • Now the creamery is churning out ice cream under the Purple Cow Creamery brand. Prior to this, the retailer’s private-label ice cream was simply sold under the Meijer banner.
  • Limit-edition Peppermint and Pumpkin Pie are now available in 48-ounce containers and 8-ounce cups.
  • Year-long flavors will include vanilla, butter pecan, chocolate, cookie dough, Moose Tracks and the company’s famous Scooperman flavor, which is a rainbow concept consisting of vanilla, blue moon and black cherry ice cream flavors.
  • For more information, visit www.meijer.com

  • PRIVATE-LABEL SEASONAL ICE CREAM LINE GETS CARAMEL EDITION (posted November 27, 2013)
  • Publix rolls out its limited-edition holiday ice cream line, which is now up to six flavors.
  • The most recent entry is Caramel Mountain Tracks, which is toffee ice cream with ribbons of caramel, dotted with praline pecans and milk chocolate caramel turtles. A half-cup serving contains 160 calories and 9 grams of fat.
  • The other flavors in this seasonal line are:
  • Deep Dish Apple Pie: Apple-flavored ice cream with apple chunks, sugar-rolled pie crust pieces, and a rich cinnamon and brown sugar sauce.
  • Egg Nog: Creamy, rich premium egg nog ice cream with a touch of nutmeg.
  • Peppermint Stick: Premium vanilla ice cream enhanced with peppermint candy.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin-pie-flavored ice cream with swirls of whipped cream and buttery pie crust pieces.
  • Santa’s White Christmas: Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas coffee-flavored ice cream sprinkled with choco-espresso flakes.
  • For more information, visit www.publix.com.

  • PEPPERMINT BARK GELATO PINTS DEBUT (posted November 18, 2013)
  • This holiday season, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto captures the holiday spirit in a pint with a hint of tradition in its newest holiday flavor, Peppermint Bark Gelato.
  • Available nationally for a limited time only, Peppermint Bark combines crunchy morsels of semisweet Belgian chocolate with a rich, creamy peppermint gelato.
  • And, back by popular demand, also for a limited time, Talenti is re-introducing its festive Old World Eggnog.
  • This gelato is made with fresh egg yolks, pure vanilla extract, fragrant nutmeg and no alcohol, making it a family-friendly treat.  
  • “This season, we wanted to create a memorable gelato that would instantly evoke holiday cheer with just one bite,” says Josh Hochschuler, founder of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto. “Our new Peppermint Bark does the trick with its winning blend of classic peppermint and decadent chocolate. And as with all Talenti flavors, it’s crafted with great care, using the best ingredients we can find. We hope our fans will enjoy it as much as we do.”
  • With about 30% less fat than regular ice cream, Talenti gelatos are a treat that won’t challenge a New Year’s resolution, according to the company.  
  • Consumers will find Peppermint Bark and Old World Eggnog, along with other Talenti gelato and sorbetto flavors, in major food retailers nationwide from November 11 through December 31, at a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.99.
  • For more information, visit www.talentigelato.com.


  • “MADE IN GERMANY” PREMIUM FROZEN YOGURT (posted November 13, 2013)
  • fresh five premiumfood GmbH introduces the first frozen yogurt range that is “made in Germany.”
  • The new premium frozen yogurt branded “kissyo” contains only 1.5% fat.
  • Not only are the five varieties—Chocolate, Mango & Passion Fruit, Natural, Natural Lactose Free and Vanilla--extremely low in calories, they also contain the highest proportion of yogurt--up to 80%.
  • The brand new selection is the only organic-quality yogurt range to be manufactured entirely in Germany.
  • The company works in partnership with Germany’s largest Demeter dairy, the Schrozberg dairy, to guarantee the consistent organic quality of kissyo products. In addition to natural yogurt that has been fermented for a long period, the Schrozberg dairy uses only natural ingredients in the production process, forgoing artificial colorings and preservatives completely.
  • The product comes in 500-milliliter tubs and has a suggested retail price of 3.99 Euros. Taster-sized 125 milliliter cups are also available for the convenience channel.
  • In addition to Germany, kissyo products are rolling out in France, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries.
  • For more information, visit www.fresh-five.de.

  • HOLIDAY ICE CREAM IS LOADED WITH GOODIES (posted November 6, 2013)
  • Blue Bell introduces Fudge Divinity Ice Cream.
  • Blue Bell is once again releasing its popular Holiday Favorites line of ice cream and this year is adding a delectable creation to the mix.
  • Fudge Divinity is a rich marshmallow ice cream mixed with crunchy chopped pecans and a swirl of milk chocolate sauce.
  • “You could say this is an old family recipe we have kept tucked away for more than a decade now,” says Paul Kruse, CEO and president. “We first produced this flavor in 1975, but retired it a few years later. We brought it back a few more times over the years, but it has not been sold in stores since 2000. Those fans who remember Fudge Divinity will agree that it is the perfect addition this holiday season.”
  • In addition to Fudge Divinity, the Holiday Favorites line includes Christmas Cookies Ice Cream, Peppermint Ice Cream and Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream.
  • Christmas Cookies is a combination of favorite holiday cookies--chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar--in a tasty sugar cookie ice cream with red candy cane-shaped sprinkles and a green icing swirl throughout.
  • Spiced Pumpkin Pecan is spiced pumpkin ice cream combined with tasty sugar-coated pecans and a rich cinnamon-honey-praline sauce.
  • Peppermint, a long-time favorite ice cream flavor during the holiday season, is a cool, refreshing peppermint ice cream sprinkled with peppermint candy pieces.
  • For more information, visit www.bluebell.com.

  • LIMITED-EDITION BUTTERSCOTCH ICE CREAM IS FROZEN ENTERTAINMENT (posted October 30, 2013)
  • Ben & Jerry’s is rolling out a new limited-edition ice cream flavor called “Scotchy Scotch Scotch,” which is tied to the December release of Paramount Pictures’ Will Ferrell film “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
  • Created in honor of beloved Ron Burgundy, the TV news anchor with a penchant for all things scotch, the flavor is a creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl.
  • “Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is a delicious ice cream and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions: malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter and cheap white wine sherbet” said the Ron Burgundy character at a press conference this past week.
  • The flavor was officially unveiled at New York City’s Pier 36 where members of the press attended and witnessed the announcement first-hand. True to the iconic ice cream company’s untraditional style, the event kicked off with--what else?--a performance by Nutty The Waterskiing Squirrel, as seen in the first Anchorman film. Nutty’s amazing performance was immediately followed by the appearance of a Ben & Jerry’s scoop-truck-turned-Channel 4 News-truck, which rolled onto the scene transporting a legion of blazer-wearing Ron Burgundy look-alikes. After “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” was officially unveiled, attending media and fans were treated to free scoops of the new Ron Burgundy-inspired flavor.
  • Scotchy Scotch Scotch is available now at participating scoop shops across the country. Pints of the flavor will arrive on store shelves over the next few weeks.
  • For more information, visit www.benjerry.com.


  • AUTHENTIC TIRAMISU IN THE FORM OF ICE CREAM (posted October 24, 2013)
  • Limited-edition Ambach-branded Tiramisu Kaffee Eiscreme is the real deal.
  • Each 900-milliliter clear plastic tub of Tiramisu Kaffee Eiscreme shows the consumer exactly what’s inside. And that is (starting from the bottom up): a layer of tiramisu-flavored ice cream, lady finger biscuits, tiramisu-flavored sauce, coffee-flavored ice cream and cocoa-covered cake pieces. This spectacular creation is finished with a drizzle of marsala wine.
  • The limited-edition product debuted at Anuga in early October and is ready for this holiday season…and next.
  • The container comes with a decorative cardboard wrap that showcases a very festive bow, positioning the dessert as the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties.
  • The suggested retail price for the 900-milliliter container is Euro 3,99.
  • For more information, visit www.ambach-eis.de

  • Impulse Ice Cream—Make These Products More Craveable with Innovative Flavors and Eye-Catching Packaging. Read this blog HERE.


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  • HISPANIC-INSPIRED FLAVORED ICE CREAM (posted October 16, 2013)
  • Wells Enterprises showcased a south-of-the-border line of flavored ice creams at NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) in Atlanta.
  • There are four flavors that will be available in March 2014 under the Blue Bunny brand. They are:
  • Coconut Mango Swirl: Coconut ice cream with mango sorbet
  • Cuatro Leches: Homemade vanilla ice cream with tres leches cake pieces and swirls of dulce de leche
  • Flan: Flan-flavored ice cream with swirls of caramelized sugar
  • Hot Chocolate con Churros: Cinnamon spiced chocolate ice cream with cinnamon sugar churro pieces.
  • These new flavors come in pint and 1.75-quart containers.
  • They are very much on target with today’s ice cream flavor trends. Read “Flavor Trends for Frozen and Refrigerated Dairy Desserts” HERE.
  • Facts about the U.S. Hispanic population (according to Wells, per statistics from Datamonitor):
  • There are more than 50 million people, which represents 17% of the population.
  • There was 43% growth from 2000 to 2010.
  • This demographic has more than $1 trillion buying power.
  • U.S. Hispanic will account for more than 25% of the overall U.S. food market by 2015.
  • Almost two-thirds are bi-cultural, embracing the elements of mainstream, U.S. culture in combination with their culture of ancestry.
  • The Blue Bunny brand is the first to introduce a platform of Hispanic-inspired ice cream flavors.

  • FROZEN GREEK YOGURT CAKES AND CUPCAKES (posted October 1, 2013)
  • Rich Products introduces Jon Donaire Greek Frozen Yogurt Cakes and Cupcakes.
  • Infused with thick and creamy Greek frozen yogurt, the new cakes and cupcakes are designed to appeal to a youthful audience seeking indulgent flavors, more-healthful ingredients and everyday luxuries.
  • Rich’s is first to the marketplace with a novel portfolio of three offerings: Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Granola Cake and Mixed Berry Cupcake.
  • The Jon Donaire Strawberry Granola Greek Frozen Yogurt Cake consists of creamy strawberry Greek frozen yogurt with low-fat granola, strawberry-flavored puree, crunchies and whipped icing.
  • The Jon Donaire Chocolate Greek Frozen Yogurt Cake boasts creamy chocolate Greek frozen yogurt with chocolate chunks, crunchies, curls and whipped icing.
  • Both cakes contain six servings, with a serving containing 340 to 370 calories and 12 to 13 grams of fat, depending on variety. A serving also boasts 12 grams of protein.  
  • The new Jon Donaire Mixed Berry Frozen Greek Yogurt Cupcakes, sold in a six-pack clamshell, are moist, white cupcakes filled with mixed-berry-flavored Greek frozen yogurt and berry-flavored whipped topping.
  • One cupcake contains 200 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.
  • For more information, visit http://www.richsisb.com.

  • EXOTICALLY-FLAVORED FROZEN DESSERTS (posted September 24, 2013)
  • Mikawaya introduces frozen desserts inspired by authentic Asian cuisine and fruits.
  • Mikawaya USA, the creator of Mochi Ice Cream, launches Mikawaya Exottics.
  • Mikawaya Exottics come in 14 flavors (13 are ice cream, one is sorbet), all of which are available in retail pints, as well as 5-quart pails and 3-gallon tubs for foodservice.
  • Novelty forms—bars, cups and sandwiches—are available in select flavors.
  • The flavors are:
  1. Black Sesame
  2. Chocolate
  3. Ginger
  4. Green Tea Matcha (also in 3.6-ounce single-serve cups)
  5. Green Tea Original (also in bars, sandwiches and 3.6-ounce single-serve cups)
  6. Kona Coffee
  7. Lychee
  8. Mango
  9. Plum Wine
  10. Red Bean (also in bars, sandwiches and 3.6-ounce single-serve cups)
  11. Strawberry
  12. Taro
  13. Vanilla
  14. Yuzu Sorbet (also in bars)
  • The product line is making its initial debut to Asian markets and restaurants in the Los Angeles area and can be purchased through the company’s website.
  • For more information, visit www.exottics.com.

  • PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE CREAM ICE DEBUTS (posted Sept. 19, 2013)
  • Rita’s Italian Ice, the U.S.’s largest Italian ice concept with more than 600 outlets in 21 states, introduces Pumpkin Cheesecake Cream Ice.
  • This limited-edition seasonal flavor combines the best of two Rita’s flavors: Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie.
  • “Our new Pumpkin Cheesecake Cream is the most refreshing way possible to enjoy the flavor of the holidays,” said Jeff Moody, CEO. “It’s sure to be a fall favorite!”
  • The new flavor has that smooth and velvety texture that only cheesecake has, while at the same time, having the subtle flavor of pumpkin and its complementary spices.  
  • The product is made with real pumpkin puree and cream cheese.
  • A 340-gram serving (regular cup size) contains 340 calories and 4 grams of fat.
  • For more information, visit www.ritasice.com.

  • A FROZEN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION…IN A SINGLE-SERVE NOVELTY STICK FORM (posted September 16, 2013)
  • Good Humor is all about the celebration.
  • Unilever takes the iconic Good Humor brand to the party level with The Birthday Cake bars.
  • These single-serve novelties are made up of a cake crunch-coated light vanilla ice cream and vanilla cake flavored center.
  • Think Chocolate Éclair and Strawberry Shortcake bars…but double the cake-flavored component and add lots of color.
  • One 47-gram bar contains 130 calories and 5 grams of fat.
  • This product is sold in six packs for about $4.25.
  • For more information, visit www.goodhumor.com.

  • CINNAMON GRAHAM FROZEN NOVELTIES (posted September 9, 2013)
  • Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company is offering two limited-edition frozen dairy dessert novelties that feature the flavors of cinnamon, graham and chocolate.
  • These new novelties are not ice cream, as the formulation does not conform to the standard of identity. In fact, whey is the first ingredient.
  • The Nestle CinnaMunch Bars feature cinnamon-flavored dairy dessert covered in a chocolatey coating that contains crunchy cinnamon graham cracker pieces.  
  • Sold in six-pack boxes and as individual bars, a single 49-gram bar contains 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.  
  • The Nestle Drumstick CinnaMunch Cones are a bit different. Besides the obvious use of a sugar cone rather than a wooden stick, the cones also have a sweet and creamy cinnamon caramel center. The sugar cone has a chocolatey lining and the base has a sweet chocolatey nugget. The chocolatey shell contains cinnamon graham cracker pieces.
  • Sold in four-pack boxes and as individual cones, a single cone contains 290 calories, 13 grams of fat, 41 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of protein.  
  • For more information, visit www.drumstick.com.

  • CHRISTMAS MILK LAUNCHES ICE CREAM LINE (posted August 28, 2013)
  • Christmas Milk recently introduced an ice cream line to complement its premium ultra-pasteurized eggnog.
  • Inspired by its namesake’s eggnog (read more about the eggnog HERE), which is reminiscent of melted French vanilla ice cream, Christmas Milk is entering the frozen treat market with three flavors: Original French Vanilla Eggnog, Caramel Swirl and Chocolate Swirl.
  • “Our passion for creating Christmas Milk originated with our eldest son and allowed us the opportunity as parents to show our children that they should never hesitate to go after a dream,” says Christmas Milk founder Heidi Fausel. “It’s truly been a labor of love for us creating this product and we’re dedicated to perfecting it while keeping our primary mission in focus. By expanding the brand to include products families can enjoy year-round, we can continue our donation efforts well beyond the holiday season.”
  • Christmas Milk was first conceptualized in 2009 after Heidi lost her job of nine years. Together with her husband Shane, the couple decided to embark on a new business adventure to create their newly adopted son’s favorite drink, and something he had enjoyed while in foster care, eggnog. In the spirit of the holiday, and a testament to a cause that is near and dear to their hearts, the Fausels donate a portion of Christmas Milk sales each year to groups that help children in state care programs find their forever home.
  • For more information, visit www.ChristmasMilk.com.

  • THE NOVELTY BAR CONSUMERS CRAVE (posted August 19, 2013)
  • The Crave Bar combines gourmet pretzels, artisanal chocolate and super-premium ice cream to create the quintessential frozen novelty experience that consumers crave.
  • After working tirelessly to create the perfect combination of salty, crunchy and sweet, long-time pretzel connoisseurs--Kim and Scott Holstein--introduce The Crave Bar.
  •  “The Crave Bar transforms the traditional ice cream bar into a unique salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy experience,” says Kim Holstein, chief inspiration officer of The Crave Bar. “We promise The Crave Bar will change the way you think of the ice cream bar. One fan even called us ‘Heaven on a pretzel stick.’”
  • This all-natural, frozen, handmade frozen ice cream novelty come in three flavors. They are:
  • Cappuccino Dark Chocolate—Fresh-ground, fire-roasted South American coffee beans mixed into all-natural, super-premium ice cream, dipped into real semi- sweet dark chocolate and crushed chocolate-covered pretzels, dusted with fine-ground coffee on a crunchy caramel-dipped pretzel stick
  • Malted Milk Chocolate—All-natural, super-premium chocolate-malted milk ice cream, hand dipped in real milk chocolate and crushed chocolate-covered pretzels on a crunchy caramel-dipped pretzel stick
  • Original Dark Chocolate--All-natural super-premium classic vanilla ice cream hand dipped in real semi-sweet dark chocolate and crushed chocolate-covered pretzels, dusted with sea salt on a crunchy caramel-dipped pretzel stick.
  • The handmade Crave Bar is currently available at entertainment and foodservice venues throughout the Chicago area. In addition, The Crave Bar cart is available for hire at special events.
  • For more information, visit www.thecravebar.com.

  • GELATO GETS POPPED (posted August 14, 2013)
  • Talenti introduces its first-ever line of gelato pops.
  • In an ongoing effort to offer consumers new ways to enjoy its products, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto has expanded into the novelty category with the launch of Talenti Gelato Pops.  
  • This innovative product began rolling out to retailers nationwide in May 2013.
  • The new line of Talenti Gelato Pops features eight of Talenti’s best-selling gelato flavors all dipped in rich, dark chocolate for a decadent on-the-go treat.
  • The 3-ounce stick novelties come in a sleekly designed three-bar pack inspired by the brand’s distinctive clear pints.
  • “This is an exciting time for Talenti. On the heels of our recent re-branding, we’re thrilled to be expanding our premium gelato line into the novelty category and affording gelato lovers yet another fun and delicious way to enjoy Talenti,” says Josh Hochschuler, founder.
  • The eight flavors are:
  • Banana Swirl--Rich banana gelato blended with a golden Argentine caramel swirl and dipped in dark chocolate creates a bold banana flavor reminiscent of banana flambe.
  • Black Raspberry--The pleasantly tart, floral flavor of farm-fresh black raspberries combined with crunchy dark chocolate makes for a unique and elegant flavor pairing.
  • Caribbean Coconut--Tender shredded coconut imported from the Philippines is the perfect pairing for rich, dark chocolate.
  • Coffee--Assertive Italian espresso blends with dark chocolate to create an enticingly rich mocha flavor.
  • Double Dark Chocolate--Dark chocolate gelato dipped in more dark chocolate is the chocolate lover’s dream.
  • Mediterranean Mint--Smooth, refreshing mint gelato dipped in dark chocolate upgrades a favorite flavor combination.  
  • Sea Salt Caramel--A rich, golden Argentine caramel gelato is brought to life with Fleur De Sel sea salt and dipped in dark chocolate.
  • Tahitian Vanilla Bean--Tahitian vanilla beans imported from Papua New Guinea produce a classic vanilla gelato that’s dipped in dark chocolate for the ultimate flavor pairing.
  • Three-packs have a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.99.
  • For more information, visit ww.talentigelato.com.

  • SUPERPREMIUM CHAI ICE CREAM (posted August 7, 2013)
  • Boulder Ice Cream Company and Bhakti Chai have teamed up to produce a unique new ice cream.
  • These nearby companies have embarked on a business venture to create Bhakti Chai Chip Ice Cream.
  • This decadent treat blends organic fresh-pressed ginger juice, freshly milled organic cardamom, a signature chai spice blend and chocolate morsels.
  • A half-cup serving contains 218 calories and 13 grams of fat.
  • The product comes in pint containers that sell for $5.99.
  • For more information, visit www.bhaktichai.com.

  • SAY HOLA TO SNACK-SIZE FROZEN FRUIT BARS (posted August 1, 2013)
  • Pierre’s Ice Cream introduces a brand new line of refreshing fruit bars under its popular sherbet brand name of ¡Hola Fruta!
  • Pierre’s Ice Cream, the company that has delighted ice cream lovers with indulgent treats for more than 80 years, has launched a brand new line of refreshing fruit bars under its popular sherbet brand name of ¡Hola Fruta!.
  • Pierre’s ¡Hola Fruta! Fruit Bars are available in stores throughout northeast Ohio.
  • The new snack-size (1.65 fluid ounces) frozen fruit bars come in three flavors: Raspberry Blueberry, Pomegranate Raspberry and Strawberry.
  • Made with real fruit, Pierre’s ¡Hola Fruta! Fruit Bars are naturally free of fat and cholesterol.
  • Each bar contains 50 to 56 calories, depending on the flavor, and is a good source of vitamin C.
  • “¡Hola Fruta!, which is Spanish for ‘Hello Fruit!’, is famous for delighting frozen treat lovers with fun, bold and delicious fruit flavors and combinations,” says Shelley Roth, president. “¡Hola Fruta!® Fruit Bars offer a refreshingly cool, portion-control treat making them a perfect quick and delicious frozen snack.”
  • The frozen novelty is sold in packages of eight at a suggested retail price of $3.49 to $3.79.
  • For more information, visit www.holafruta.com.

  • CELEBRITY APPRENTICE ICE CREAMS (posted July 31, 2013)
  • Star-studded private-label Good & DeLish premium ice cream makes Walgreens a frozen treat destination.
  • As part of drug store chain Walgreens’ sponsorship of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, the two finalists— country music superstar Trace Adkins and Las Vegas magician and mastermind Penn Jillette--created their own signature Good & DeLish premium ice cream flavors for the show’s finale that aired on May 19, 2013.
  • Maple Macadamia Mash-Up was created by Trace Adkins. It is creamy maple ice cream with roasted macadamia nuts.
  • Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle was created by Penn Jillette. It is a rich vanilla ice cream with a sea salt chocolate swirl and fudge caramel candy pieces.
  • Both varieties are now available in pint containers at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. Suggested retail price is $4.00.
  • “Once again, we are thrilled to be a part of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ and look forward to sharing the finalists’ Good & DeLish premium ice cream flavors with our customers nationwide,” said Bryan Pugh, vice president of merchandising, store design and well experience for Walgreens. “This product challenge further supports the wide variety of innovative and premium Good & DeLish products that Walgreens offers.” The premium ice cream line was launched in October 2012.
  • In addition to creating the ice cream flavors, as part of their final challenge the two contestants had to produce a promotional video and host a VIP launch party to raise money for charity. Adkins played for the American Red Cross and raised $564,000, while Jillette played for Opportunity Village and raised $503,655. But because Jillette’s ice cream sold more pints than Adkins, the illusionist won an extra $100,000 from Walgreens. In the end, Trump hired Adkins!
  • For more information, visit http://www.walgreens.com/q/delish-ice-cream.

  • SHAVED SNOW DELIGHTS THE TASTE BUDS (posted July 24, 2013)
  • It’s not water ice, frozen yogurt, gelato or ice cream. And no marble countertop or cryogenic freezer is required for new Chilly Ribbons.
  • Often likened to frozen cotton candy, Chilly Ribbons Shaved Snow is America’s newest frozen dessert concept for the foodservice channel.
  • What distinguishes Chilly Ribbons from other frozen treats is the way it’s made.
  • Light and fluffy, like real snow, Chilly Ribbons is served with the world’s first self-refrigerated multi-flavored ice shaving technology that delivers long, flowing wafer-thin ribbons of shaved snow from blocks of creamy, flavored ice.
  • “The only way to describe this frozen dessert is to say that Chilly Ribbons has the rich and creamy feel of ice cream, but it’s much lighter in texture and far lower in calories,” according to Chilly Ribbons Founder and CEO Scott Colwell. “Customers enjoy the show as much as the taste.”  
  • Unlike other frozen desserts that are topped with syrups for flavoring, Chilly Ribbons is infused with high-quality ingredients, all-natural flavorings and real fruit purees during the proprietary pasteurization and freezing process. And a single serving only has 100 calories!
  • The shaved snow comes in a wide variety of flavors, ranging from mango, coconut and butter pecan to green tea, chocolate fudge and strawberry. About 90% of the flavors contain dairy.
  • For more information, visit chillyribbons.com.

  • CO-BRANDED PREMIUM GELATO AND SORBET PINTS (posted July 18, 2013)
  • Roba Dolce introduces pints of gelato and sorbet under the Ocean Spray brand.
  • The Roba Dolce Ocean Spray co-branding portfolio includes nine individual pint offerings--five sorbets and four gelatos--with additional flavors already in development. Each flavor was carefully selected to bring out the very best of both brands.
  • The four gelato varieties are:
  • Dark Chocolate with Cherry Craisins: Rich dark chocolate gelato showered with the sweetness of cherry Craisins dried cranberries.
  • Hazelnut Truffle: Creamy gelato with a masterful blend of hazelnut and chocolate truffles.
  • Honey Fig Cream: The smooth and mellow sweetness of honey gelato blended with the subtle taste of fig.
  • Vanilla Bean Pomegranate Truffle: The rich, full-bodied taste of vanilla bean gelato with dark chocolate pomegranate truffles.
  • The five (dairy and cholesterol free) sorbet varieties are: Blackberry Cabernet, Cranberry Raspberry Lime, Lemon Blueberry, Tropical Coconut and Tropical Mango.
  • “We could not be happier to announce our Ocean Spray program to the trade and consumer. Millions of consumers trust Ocean Spray for the greatest taste when it comes to their juices and other fine products. Their brand conveys excellence and value. Ocean Spray has recognized that the Roba Dolce product also reflects those attributes, and proudly put their name on this extraordinary new line of gelato and sorbet,” says Matt Olerio, CEO of Roba Dolce. “Together, Ocean Spray and Roba Dolce symbolize a new standard for this category and we expect that the discerning consumer, looking for the best taste and selection, at an affordable price, will reach for the brand they already trust and buy.”
  • For more information visit, www.robadolce.com.

  • WING SAUCE MEETS ICE CREAM (posted July 9, 2013)
  • New Bonfatto’s Spice Cream combines heat with fruit in its new line of ice cream.
  • For some ice cream makers, the secret is in the sauce…hot wing sauce, that is.
  • Bonfatto’s Spice Cream from Letterman Enterprises Inc., is a savory, gourmet take on fruited ice cream.
  • All three varieties are infused with Bonfatto’s Wing Sauce.
  • Jumping Jack Apple Splash combines sweet cinnamon apples, Blackstrap molasses and a splash of Jack Daniels whiskey with vanilla ice cream and pecans.
  • Sweet Peachy Heat Wave blends chunks of sweet peaches with taste-tingling hot sauce, premium vanilla ice cream and fresh granola.
  • Rolling Berry Blastoff is described as a wild rollercoaster ride, with sweet raspberries and spicy Habañero sauce in premium vanilla ice cream and peanut butter cup chunks.
  • The product comes in 14-ounce containers for retail and 2.5-gallon tubs for foodservice scooping.  
  • For more information, visit www.spicecream.com

 


  • DARK CHOCOLATE MEETS SALTY CARAMEL (posted July 3, 2013)
  • Phin & Phebes grows its superpremium ice cream line with the introduction of Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel Ice Cream.
  • The company, which is pronounced Fin and Feebes, is owned by Phin and Phebes, two women who use their Brooklyn, N.Y.-based home kitchens to create unique ice cream flavors.
  • Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel Ice Cream is new for summer 2013.
  • Each half-cup serving contains 230 calories and 14 grams of fat.
  • It joins Banana Whama, Coconut Key Lime, Ginger Cookie Snap, Vanilla Cinnamon, Vietnamese Ice Coffee and Peanutty Pretzel.
  • For more information, visit www.phinandphebes.com.

  • TEA-RRIFIC ICE CREAM (posted June 18, 2013)
  • New premium ice cream line is crafted with fresh-brewed teas and tisanes.
  • Tea-Rrific! Ice Cream, an artisanal ice cream company, introduces four tea-infused ice creams.
  • For about a year, the company has been selling its uniquely flavored ice creams in restaurants, cafes and tea shops near its base of Norwalk, CT.
  • Early this year, four varieties made their debut in pint cartons for the retail market.
  • The company’s recipe is simple. Starting with cream and eggs from local New England farms, and either organic evaporated cane juice or locally sourced honey, the ice cream is then infused with specialty blends of loose leaf and herbal teas.
  • The flavors are:
  • Chunky London Mist--the malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea with a hint of vanilla, rich semi-sweet Belgian chocolate flakes and buttery roasted pecan chunks
  • Ginger Matcha-- a sweet bite of fresh ginger perfectly balanced with delicate grassy notes of premium matcha green tea
  • London Mist--the malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea enhanced with a hint of vanilla
  • Masala Chai—a warm blend of Assam black and rooibos teas with sweet aromatic and peppery spices
  • For more information, visit www.tearrificicecream.com

  • SKINNY ICE CREAM AND CANDY IN ONE BAR (posted June 12, 2013)
  • Nestle gets creative with the Skinny Cow brand.
  • The company has raised the bar for low-fat delicious from the freezer.
  • New Skinny Cow Ice Cream Candy Bars come in two varieties: Cookies ‘n Dough and Salted Caramel Pretzel.
  • Cookies ‘n Dough is low-fat vanilla ice cream layered with ooey-gooey cookie dough, topped with baked cookie dough pieces.
  • Salted Caramel Pretzel is low-fat vanilla ice cream topped with layers of luscious caramel and crispy, salty pretzel pieces.
  • Both are enrobed in chocolate coating.
  • Each 50-gram bar contains a mere 160 calories and 9 grams of fat.
  • For more information, visit www.skinnycow.com.

  • FUN-FLAVORED NONFAT FROZEN YOGURT MIX (posted June 6, 2013)
  • The Jelly Belly brand makes its way onto frozen yogurt.
  • Wow Brands Inc., is licensing the Jelly Belly brand for its new line of nonfat frozen yogurt mixes.
  • Flavors are: Caramel Corn, Chocolate Pudding, Crushed Pineapple, Strawberry Jam, Toasted Marshmallow and Very Cherry.
  • The mixes contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are made with natural flavors and real fruit purees.  They also contain live and active cultures.
  • The half-gallon gable-top cartons are sold in cases of six and have a shelf life of 10 days under refrigeration or up to a year in the freezer.  


  • ORGANIC, GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES & CREAM ICE CREAM (posted May 30, 2013)
  • Strauss Family Creamery introduces new ice cream pint flavors.
  • Just in time for summer and in response to the growing demand for gluten-free desserts, Straus Family Creamery introduces two new ice cream flavors: Cookies & Cream and Vanilla Chocolate Chip.
  • Cookies & Cream is the first and only certified-organic, gluten-free version of this flavor on the market today.
  • Straus Family Creamery is also the only organic premium brand of ice cream made exclusively with cream and milk sourced from its own and six other local family farms in Sonoma County, California.
  • Both flavors are available in pint-sized containers at a suggested retail price of $4.79.
  • They join the company’s other organic ice cream favorites, such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Caramel Toffee Crunch and Vanilla Bean, all of which are available in grocery freezer sections throughout the Western United States.
  • “We are excited to make these two long-time favorite flavors at Straus Family Creamery,” says Albert Straus, president. “We combined classic recipes with the best local, organic ingredients, using cream and milk that come from the Straus Dairy and the six other family farms we work with. As we continue to expand our range of products, we are able to better preserve and support family farming in Northern California.”
  • Straus Family Creamery’s Cookies & Cream begins with flavorful organic vanilla ice cream. Then, generous pieces of exceptionally rich, delectable gluten-free chocolate cookies are mixed in, which are made by Pamela’s Products in Ukiah, California, only 80 miles north of the creamery.
  • The new Vanilla Chocolate Chip flavor features organic vanilla ice cream, which is made with simple, all-organic, Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, including cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks and real vanilla extract. The ice cream is blended with rich, chunky chocolate chips that melt easily on the palate and combine perfectly with the delicious flavors of vanilla and cream.
  • For more information, visit www.strausfamilycreamery.com.

  • BERRY MANY NEW MENU ITEMS (posted May 27, 2013)
  • Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, has a number of new menu items featuring berries.
  • Blueberry Shortbread Ice Cream: The May Flavor of the Month features shortbread and blueberry-flavored ice cream with a tasty and textured lemon shortbread cookie swirl.
  • Mixed Berry Waffle Cone: This new waffle cone features a mixed-berry flavor.
  • Blueberry Shortbread Milkshake: This new recipe is made with Blueberry Shortbread Ice Cream, milk and simple syrup.
  • Berry Waffle Crunch 31° Below: Smooth and creamy Baskin-Robbins vanilla soft-serve gets blended with strawberry topping and crunchy Mixed Berry Waffle Cone pieces.
  • “With the weather warming up, we’re excited to offer our guests a special line-up of menu items that celebrate the flavors of the season,” says Stan Frankenthaler, Baskin-Robbins Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “Our Blueberry Shortbread ice cream served in a Mixed Berry Waffle Cone combines the refreshing flavors of spring into one delicious frozen treat.”
  • In participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide, Blueberry Shortbread ice cream is available by the scoop – in a cup or in a Mixed Berry Waffle Cone – or as a milkshake. The flavor is also available in fresh-packed pints and quarts in 49 of the 50 states. In California, Baskin-Robbins offers fresh-packed ice cream in two sizes: small (12 ounces) and regular (24 ounces).
  • The fresh-packed containers enable ice cream lovers to bring their favorite flavors home to enjoy with family and friends or to create their own specialty ice cream desserts. These containers also appeal to consumers interested in fresh and local.
  • For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com.


  • SHERBET-FLAVORED NOVELTY BARS DEBUT (posted May 22, 2013)
  • Baskin-Robbins launches sherbet-flavored bars as its first freezer treat for the retail channel.
  • Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is introducing a new line of shelf-stable, sherbet-flavored freezer bars, which are rolling out at major national retailers this spring.
  • The company has partnered with Jel Sert, a leader in freezer bars, on the rollout of this new product as part of a licensing agreement.
  • “We are thrilled to bring the Baskin-Robbins brand to major retailers nationwide with the launch of our new Sherbet Flavored Freezer Bars,” says John Fassak, vice president of business development for Dunkin’ Brands, owners of Baskin-Robbins. “We look forward to introducing the Baskin-Robbins brand to even more people across the U.S. and giving our existing guests yet another way to enjoy our wide array of ice cream flavors and frozen treats.”
  • Each treat delivers two flavors in one freezer bar as a result of Jel Sert’s patented technology.
  • Each box contains a dozen bars in two classic flavors:
  • Rock ‘N Pop Swirl--a combination of grape and green apple flavors
  • Rainbow Sherbet--a combination of orange and raspberry flavors
  • The freezer bars are shelf-stable and meant to be frozen at home.
  • Note that the bars are called "sherbet flavored," as they are non-dairy and do not contain real sherbet.
  • Each bar contains 60 calories.
  • “At Baskin-Robbins, we are committed to product innovation and surprising our guests with delicious new creations that they can enjoy at our restaurants or at home,” says Stan Frankenthaler, Baskin-Robbins Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “Our Sherbet Flavored Freezer Bars are a new twist on two of our classic flavors and we’re so excited to introduce them to ice cream lovers nationwide.”
  • The suggested retail price for a box is $2.99 to $3.49.
  • For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

  • ROLLER COASTER-INSPIRED ICE CREAM FLAVOR (posted May 20, 2013)
  • Hiland Dairy introduces Outlaw Run Ice Cream, inspired by Silver Dollar City’s new wooden roller coaster.
  • This flavor is as bold as its inspiration.
  • Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wooden roller coaster, opened for summer 2013 at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.
  • The new $10 million dollar attraction is the world’s second fastest wooden roller coaster and the only one to twist upside down three times.
  • Outlaw Run Ice Cream offers similar twists as it mixes chocolate chunks and swirls of sea-salted caramel in rich vanilla ice cream.
  • In celebration of this new product launch, Hiland Dairy is giving away a trip for four to Silver Dollar City and the chance to ride Outlaw Run.
  • “Outlaw Run is a thrill ride like none we’ve ever seen,” says Gary Aggus, president/general manager of Hiland Dairy. “We wanted to give ice cream enthusiasts an equally exciting adventure in this new flavor.”
  • For more information, visit http://hilandicecream.com/outlaw.

  • FROZEN CHEESECAKE CONES (posted May 14, 2013)
  • Innovative frozen novelty concept serves up real cheesecake.
  • Cheese Cake Café, a New Jersey-based dessert business, has created a process to bake its specialty cheesecake into a sugar cone, coat it with chocolate and sell it frozen to be consumed much like an ice cream cone novelty.
  • Each 75-gram treat contains 310 calories and 20 grams of fat.
  • The suggested price is $2.00 to $3.00 per cone.
  • Initial distribution is through small grocery stores and convenience stores throughout New Jersey. The product can also be ordered via the internet for shipment anywhere in the continental United States.
  • The product is available for private-label distribution.
  • For more information, visit www.cheesecakecafe.weebly.com.

  • ITALIAN CREAM CAKE ICE CREAM (posted May 6, 2013)
  • Blue Bell makes it possible to have your cake and eat it, too.
  • Any way you slice it, the newest flavor from Blue Bell is fabuloso…or maybe it’s simply delizioso!
  • Italian Cream Cake is creamy vanilla ice cream with pieces of Italian cream cake, shredded coconut, roasted pecans and a smooth cream cheese icing swirl.
  • “We’ve created a flavor that not only has all the ingredients of an Italian cream cake in each bite, but there are actual cake pieces in the ice cream too,” says Wayne Hugo, general sales manager for Blue Bell. “I’m not sure it gets any better than that.”
  • Italian cream cake, a very popular cake served at Southern weddings, is also known as an Italian wedding cake in other parts of the country.
  • “Blue Bell is a Southern tradition and so is Italian cream cake,” Hugo adds. “We have had lots of success with flavors inspired by cakes so we figured we might just be onto something.”
  • For more information, visit www.bluebell.com.

  • A FRIENDWICH…AND MORE FRIENDLY ICE CREAM (posted April 30, 2013)
  • Friendly’s Ice Cream launches novelty product line featuring 10 ice cream varieties.
  • This operator of more than 355 Friendly’s restaurants and a manufacturer of ice cream products distributed in over 7,500 retail outlets, is introducing a new line of frozen novelty desserts to supermarket freezers across the Northeast.
  • Since 1935, Friendly’s has enjoyed a reputation for serving great-tasting, premium ice creams and is a market leader in New England. While proud of the company’s rich history, Friendly’s answers today’s fast-paced consumer lifestyle by releasing this new novelty line consisting of 10 classic summer treats, made with REAL ice cream with all-natural flavors and high-quality ingredients.
  • Conveniently packaged in boxes comprised of four or six individually wrapped servings, Friendly’s novelty products are an ideal dessert solution for fun, family gatherings, yet serve as a great individual grab-and-go treat for ice cream lovers.
  • When launching this new category, Friendly’s ensured that both the indulgence-seekers and better-for-you consumers had options.
  • “One of the most sought after varieties in the lineup is the Signature Black Raspberry Ice Cream Bar made with our popular rich and creamy Black Raspberry Ice Cream,” says Zeynep Akkan, senior marketing manager for Friendly’s retail products. “For those who are looking for low-fat, low-calorie varieties, we created the Fudgealicious Bar, a premium fudge bar that is a great-tasting snack with only 100 calories per bar.
  • The company’s newest additions to its ice cream family include the following items: Vanilla Alpine Bars (vanilla ice cream with a chocolate coating); Vanilla Ice Cream Bars (vanilla ice cream with a chocolate coating on a stick); Signature Black Raspberry Bars (Friendly’s signature black raspberry ice cream with a chocolate coating on a stick); Strawberry Cake Krunch Bar (vanilla and strawberry ice cream coated with vanilla cake crunch on a stick); Chocolate Cake Krunch Bar (vanilla and chocolate ice cream coated with cake crunch on a stick); Fudgealicious Bar (premium fudge bar on a stick); Nuts Over Fudge Sundae Cone (vanilla ice cream in a cone with a fudge core, dipped in chocolate and peanuts); Nuts Over Caramel Sundae Cone (vanilla ice cream in a cone with a caramel core, dipped in chocolate and peanuts); Vanilla Friendwich (vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate wafers); and, the Cookies' n Cream Dreams Friendwich (cookies' n cream ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate wafers).
  • “Friendly’s is an iconic ice cream brand and we’ve enjoyed much success in all the other ice cream categories such as cartons, rolls, cups and cakes. The novelty line is a natural extension for Friendly’s and we’re very excited for this launch,” says Robert Squires, senior director and general manager retail sales and marketing for Friendly’s.
  • Friendly’s novelty products are now available for purchase in all Friendly’s restaurants and on retailer shelves in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well in select outlets in Virginia, Maryland and Florida.
  • The product line retails at $3.49 to $3.99 per package.
  • For more information, visit www.friendlys.com.

  • LITE ICE CREAM WITH PROBIOTICS (posted April 22, 2013)
  • Innovative ice cream bars include probiotics, along with other health-and-wellness ingredients.
  • Casper’s Active D’Lites with Probiotics Lite Ice Cream comes in three flavors: Almond, Caramel and Vanilla.
  • Each single-serve bar delivers 110 to 140 calories, 8 to 11 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and 3 to 4 grams of protein, depending on variety.
  • The fiber comes from the inclusion of digestive resistant maltodextrin, fructooligosaccharides and inulin. The fiber is used in both the ice cream and the chocolate coating.
  • Erythritol and a stevia-based sweetener help keep calories and sugar content low in both the ice cream and the coating. Agave is also used to sweeten the ice cream.
  • Ingredient statements state that at the time of manufacture, each bar contained 10 billion colony-forming-units of Bifidobacterium Lactis HN019 and Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM.
  • For more information, visit http://www.fatboyicecream.com/dlites/.

  • A TWOFER FROZEN DESSERT: CARAMEL TURLE CHEESECAKE (posted April 18, 2013)
  • The wait is over! Blue Bell fans overwhelmingly voted to bring back Caramel Turtle Cheesecake Ice Cream in last year’s Crankin’ Back the Clock Flavor Contest and it will arrive in stores this month.
  • Caramel Turtle Cheesecake is a luscious cheesecake ice cream filled with chocolate-coated caramel turtles, roasted pecans and cheesecake pieces with a chocolate cookie crust all surrounded by a smooth caramel swirl.
  • “You voted and we listened,” says Carl Breed, director of marketing. “There were many great-tasting flavors to choose from, but Caramel Turtle Cheesecake was the clear winner. We first introduced this ice cream in 2010 and we’re very excited to have it back in our line-up.”
  • Last year’s contest began with 24 flavors. Each week the six flavors receiving the least amount of votes were eliminated. During the final week of voting, the remaining flavors were Caramel Kettle Crunch, Caramel Turtle Cheesecake, Chocolate Decadence, German Chocolate Cake, Nutty Coconut and White Chocolate Almond. After all the votes were counted, Caramel Turtle Cheesecake received the most with 12 of the vote, followed by White Chocolate Almond and Nutty Coconut.
  • “The contest was a lot of fun because it brought back memories of great products we no longer produce,” Breed adds. “People are passionate about their ice cream and they never forget a favorite Blue Bell flavor.”
  • For more information, visit www.bluebell.com

  • FROZEN GREEK YOGURT FOR NEW ENGLANDERS (posted April 8, 2013)
  • Hood, the leading dairy brand in New England, enters the fast-growing Greek frozen yogurt market.
  • Hood Greek Frozen Yogurt combines low-fat frozen yogurt with delectable ingredients such as raspberry swirls, granola crunch and chocolate chips, giving New Englanders a smarter way to indulge, particularly during the warm weather months.
  • Made with live and active cultures, each 4-ounce serving of Hood Greek Frozen Yogurt packs 5 grams of protein.
  • Different from traditional frozen yogurt, Greek Frozen Yogurt features a richer and creamier texture and taste to match its higher protein content, according to the company.
  • Available in quart-size containers, Hood Greek Frozen Yogurt comes in four varieties:
  • Blueberry – blueberry low-fat Greek frozen yogurt
  • Double Chocolate Chip – chocolate low-fat Greek frozen yogurt with chocolate chips
  • Honey Vanilla – honey vanilla low-fat Greek frozen yogurt
  • Raspberry Granola – vanilla low-fat Greek frozen yogurt with raspberry swirl and granola crunch
  • Hood Greek Frozen Yogurt is available at major grocery stores across New England.
  • For more information, visit www.hood.com.

  • PROTEIN ICE CREAM CUPS DEBUT (posted April 1, 2013)
  • Jambo Protein Ice Cream is made with soy and whey protein concentrate obtained from organic, pasture-fed cows.
  • Each single-serve container is an excellent source of protein.
  • Jambo Production LLC started production of the frozen treat in October 2012, with initial distribution in New York health clubs.
  • There are four varieties: Berry Burst, Chai Green Tea, Chocolate Bliss and Java Gym Coffee.
  • The company says its unique formulation helps build muscle and boost metabolism.
  • Each single-serve, 6-fluid-ounce container delivers between 180 and 230 calories, and 14 and 28 grams of protein, depending on variety.
  • Calories are kept low through the use of maltitol and sucralose, with the product containing “no add sugars” or lactose.  
  • The product is also free of artificial flavors, gluten and preservatives.
  • The product is available online for shipment within the continental United States. Eight 6-fluid-ounce containers sell for $37.60, plus shipping and handling.
  • “It’s common knowledge amongst fitness buffs that a protein snack of some sort should be taken within 15 to 30 minutes immediately following a workout,” says Jambo Founder Anatoly Derin. “By supplying our product, that combines the best of all protein, our hopes are to make it easy for consumers to get their protein fill right on the steps of their own home gym.”
  • For more information, visit: www.jamboicecream.com

  • SPRING HAS OFFICIALLY HATCHED AT BASKIN-ROBBINS (posted March28, 2013)
  • Baskin-Robbins introduces the Chick Cake.
  • Bright and cheery on the outside, delicious on the inside with a customizable combination of Baskin-Robbins ice cream and cake, the Chick Cake is sure to be the centerpiece of any table this season.
  • Also available this spring is the Chick Individual Treat, which is the single-serving partner to accompany Baskin-Robbins’ new Chick Cake.
  • “At Baskin-Robbins, we’re always looking for delicious and festive ways to celebrate different seasons throughout the year with our guests,” said Stan Frankenthaler, Baskin-Robbins executive chef and vice president of innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “This spring, we wanted to create a memorable cake that really brought the season to life with bright colors and a whimsical design. The Chick Cake will not only delight ice cream lovers, but will also effortlessly serve as an impressive centerpiece that will brighten any table.”
  •  For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN FROZEN YOGURT TUBES (posted March 25, 2013)
  • This new “Anytime Frozen Treat” is crafted from a combination of creamy probiotic yogurt, protein and fruit.
  • Each ProYo Frozen Yogurt 4-ounce squeeze tube contains 20 grams of milk protein, live active probiotic cultures, added fiber and only 160 calories.
  • It comes in four varieties:  Banana Vanilla, Blueberry Pomegranate, Dutch Chocolate and Vanilla Bean.
  • Here’s the story behind the product. If Nathan Carey, 29, of Santa Barbara, CA, hadn’t broken his arm while lifting weights a few years ago, he might never have come up with the idea to produce a frozen yogurt treat loaded with protein and flavor.
  • Not that he was any stranger to frozen yogurt. At the time, Carey was the owner of Twin Cups, a popular drive-up spot in Santa Barbara that he opened to offer custom-blended frozen yogurt, quality coffee, shakes and smoothies.
  • “While I was in physical therapy,” he recalls, “I noticed people were spending a lot of money on high-protein shakes and protein bars, but I could tell by their facial expressions that they were not enjoying them. Many of these products were laced with sugar and stabilizers, and weren’t that healthy. So I started experimenting at Twin Cups by making a high-protein yogurt treat that tastes great and could be eaten on the go at any time of day. And since I had broken my dominant arm and lost movement of my fingers, I couldn’t cut meat. It was important for me to develop something high in protein and easy to eat with one hand.”
  • After trying about 25 to 30 different types of proteins, consulting with nutritionists, seeking advice from family friends, and putting together a distinguished board of advisors including Balance Bar and FRS Company Co-founder Richard Lamb, ProYo was born.
  • Carey introduced ProYo locally in his Santa Barbara community at Twin Cups, several athletic clubs and a hospital in the area, to great response from parents, kids, athletes, and people who had difficulty eating enough protein due to illness or loss of appetite. They were enthusiastic about its creamy texture and outstanding flavors that other high-protein products often lack. It wasn’t long before people were placing large orders on-line and driving great distances to pick them up.
  • ProYo is now available for national distribution.
  • For more information, visit www.proyofrozenyogurt.com.

  • HAND-CRAFTED ICE CREAM SANDWICHES (posted March 19, 2013)
  • New COOLHAUS ice cream sandwiches are all about making architecture fun by using ice cream as the medium.
  • COOLHAUS is a triple entendre, a play on three of the co-founders’ (Natasha Case and Freya Estreller) favorite words:
    1)    Bauhaus, an influential modernist design movement of the 1920′s and 30′s;
    2)    Rem Koolhaas, the famous Dutch Architect and Theorist who challenged the mantra “form follows function;” and
    3)    “Cool house,” isn’t that what you are eating--an ice cream sandwich deconstructed into a cookie roof and floor slab with ice cream walls?
  • Natasha and Freya started baking cookies and making ice cream in Freya’s mom’s kitchen in fall 2008, naming the flavor combinations after architects and inspirational architectural movements.
  • One day it occurred to the two ladies that an ice cream truck would be a perfect way to disseminate their ice cream sandwiches (and architecture dialogue) around Los Angeles. The truck would be a nod to the past tradition of the Good Humor man with a modern twist.
  • After rehabbing an old postal truck purchased on Craigslist, the two ventured out to a music festival where they were an immediate hit. Today, they have a fleet of four trucks in L.A., two trucks and one cart in New York City, two trucks in Austin, Texas, and two trucks in Miami. They also have a newly launched storefront in Culver City, CA.
  • Their new packaged ice cream sandwiches have initial retail distribution in Southern California Whole Foods Markets.
  • Varieties are:
  • Louis Ba-Kahn: Brown butter ice cream with brown sugar and candied bacon pieces gets sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chip cookies.
  • Mies Vanilla Rohe: Refreshing Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream with real vanilla specks gets sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chip cookies.
  • Mintmalism: Dirty mint chip ice cream, which is described as ice cream with fresh mint, semi-sweet chips and a touch of brown sugar, gets sandwiched between two fudgy chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.
  • Renzo Apple-Pie Ano:  Ice cream with apples baked in nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves gets sandwiched between two hearty oatmeal raisin cookies.
  • Thom Mayne-Go: Vegan sorbet with real mango gets sandwiched between two chewy vegan ginger molasses cookies.
  • Each sandwich (108 grams) is considered two servings. An entire ice cream sandwich contains 470 to 520 calories and 18 to 26 grams of fat, depending on variety. The sorbet sandwich contains 380 calories and 5 grams of fat.
  • In addition to the five retail ice cream sandwiches, the company’s trucks and store front carry all types of innovative ice cream flavors for customized scooping between cookies. For example, Olive Oil Rosemary ice cream goes great between two brioche cookies.
  • For more information, visit www.eatcoolhaus.com.

  • CIAO BELLA SANDWICHES ITS GELATO (posted March 14, 2013)
  • Read about this new gelato ice cream sandwich on the March 14, 2013, BLOG HERE.

  • TALENTI GROWS ITS SORBETTO AND GELATO LINE (posted March 14, 2013)
  • Read about these new gelato flavors on the March 14, 2013, BLOG HERE.

  • TALENTI ENTERS THE NOVELTY CATEGORY WITH A LINE OF STICK GELATO BARS (posted March 14, 2013)
  • Read about this gelato novelty on the March 14, 2013, BLOG HERE.

  • PREMIUM ORGANIC ICE CREAM SANDWICHES (posted March 11, 2013)
  • The Three Twins brand sandwiches its ice cream between cookies.
  • Organic ice cream marketer Three Twins used Natural Products Expo West 2013 to debut its new ice cream sandwiches, which the company hinted about at the Fancy Food Show in January.
  • Two very indulgent varieties are available.  
  • Sea Salt Caramel ice cream, one of the company’s most popular packaged flavors, is sandwiched between sugar cookies. Each sandwich contains about 530 calories and 33 grams of fat.
  • Vanilla Bean ice cream is embraced by chocolate chips cookies, with each sandwich containing about 480 calories and 27 grams of fat.
  • The 5-ounce sandwiches are sold as singles (suggested retail price=$1.99 to $2.19) for the convenience channel and in four-packs (suggested retail price=$5.99 to $6.99) for retail.
  • For more information, visit www.threetwinsicecream.com.

  • FROZEN KEFIR BARS (posted March 5, 2013)
  • Lifeway’s probiotic-rich kefir gets frozen on a stick.
  • This week will be a big one for Lifeway, the United States’ leading kefir manufacturer, who will debut numerous innovations at the Natural Products Expo West trade show running March 7 to 10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
  • (Don’t worry, if you cannot attend, I will be there, hunting for all the great new dairy foods being rolled out by innovators of all sizes.)
  • The new Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars feature the same probiotic, 99% lactose-free and naturally gluten-free properties as the rest of the Lifeway lineup.
  • The bars come in four flavors: Coconut, Green Tea Raspberry, Pear and Vanilla.
  • Each 2.5-fluid-ounce bar contains a mere 56 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 2.5 grams of protein.
  • A six pack has a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.49.
  • “These new products reinforce the message we’ve been sending for years: healthy snacks don’t have to be boring,” says Julie Smolyansky, president and CEO.
  • For more information, visit www.kefir.com.

  • ARTISAN, SLOW-BATCH ORGANIC GELATO (posted Feb. 26, 2013)
  • Superpremium Figo! Organic Gelato will debut at Natural Products Expo West in two weeks!
  • This authentic Italian frozen dairy dessert is made in an artisanal, slow, batch-crafted tradition.
  • Boulder Homemade Inc., uses 10-gallon Italian-made machines that rely on a proprietary slow-churn process that creates an ideal mixture of low overrun and butterfat to yield a smooth, creamy, rich texture gelato.
  • Gluten free and egg free, Figo! Organic Gelato comes in seven flavors:
  • Chocolate Duet (a blend of cocoa powder and molten chocolate)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Coconut Almond Chip
  • Cool Limone (with fresh lemon juice and zest)
  • Pure Pistachio
  • Salted Caramel Café (contains real caramel)
  • Vanilla Trio (a blend of Tahitian, Madagascan and Bourbon vanillas
  • “Each of our unique flavors contains finely tuned ingredient combinations to create a symphony of flavor,” says Scott Roy, CEO and president. “Each ingredient is crucial to the overall flavor profile that we feel creates a standout product for the marketplace.”
  • Each pint has a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • For more information, visit www.bouldericecream.com


  • AUTHENTIC ITALIAN GELATO FOR THE HOME FREEZER (posted February 21, 2013)
  • Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company, a part of Nestle USA, is bringing back gelato under its
    Haagen-Dazs brand.
  • The 2013 version of Haagen-Dazs Gelato comes in seven Italian-inspired flavors.
  • The original product made its debut in 1998 (and was discontinued in late 2001/early 2002), when the Haagen-Dazs brand was still owned by Pillsbury, prior to being acquired by General Mills. Around the same time, Dreyer’s, still not part of the Nestle conglomerate, debuted Portofino, an ice cream concept modeled after gelato.
  • The gelato that is currently rolling out appears to be a melding of all the flavor concepts from a dozen years ago.
  • The current offering, scheduled to hit freezers in April, includes:
  • Black Cherry Amaretto: Black cherries meet amaretto, an Italian liqueur, in creamy gelato.
  • Cappuccino: Bold and complex, this is a blend of cappuccino and sweet cream gelato.
  • Dark Chocolate Chip: Bittersweet chocolaty chips meet dark chocolate gelato.
  • Limoncello: Sweet and zesty, this is a blend of creamy lemon gelato with vodka.
  • Sea Salt Caramel: Ribbons of sea salt caramel float throughout creamy caramel gelato.
  • Stracciatella: Inspired by the Italian classic, this flavor gently folds rich chocolaty shavings into smooth, sweet cream gelato.
  • Vanilla Bean: Elegant in flavor, this is a blend of rich and creamy vanilla gelato with flecks of vanilla beans. The ingredients tell a story: vanilla from Madagascar, coffee from Brazil, sea salt from San Francisco, cherries from Oregon…and the lemons come all the way from South Africa.
  • “Leisurely strolls through the piazza at dusk, an appreciation of centuries old craftsmanship and a love of food that borders on obsession, these are the essential Italian moments we had in mind when creating Haagen-Dazs Gelato,” says Cady Behles, Haagen-Dazs brand manager.
  • Each flavor will be available in 14-ounce cartons for a suggested retail price of $4.79.
  • Sea Salt Caramel Gelato and Vanilla Bean Gelato will also be available in 3.6-ounce cups for a suggested retail price of $1.49.
  • The launch of Haagen-Dazs Gelato will be supported by a full marketing mix including television, print and online advertising, as well as public relations, point of sale materials, a consumer promotion and a strong digital strategy.
  • For more information, visit www.HaagenDazs.com.

  • GOOD-FOR-YOU ICE CREAM BARS (posted February 18, 2013) _
  • New ice cream novelty delivers protein and fiber with less sugar and fewer calories than most other novelties.
  • That’s what you get with the new Enlightened Ice Cream Bar range from Beyond Better Foods.
  • Each 75-gram stick novelty contains a mere 70 calories, 2 grams of fat and 3 grams of sugar.
  • Each bar also provides 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.
  • The fiber comes primarily from soluble corn fiber. (Natural gums are also a source of fiber, but their
    primary role is to manage ice crystal formation and deliver a creamy finished product.)
  • Skim milk and milk protein isolate are the sources of protein.
  • Erythritol and monk fruit extract keep calories and sugar content at attractive levels.
  • Varieties are: Coffee, Fudge and Orange Cream.     
  • For more information, visit www.eatenlightened.com

  • SAY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY WITH DQ’S LOVELY BLIZZARD (posted February 14, 2013)
  • Dairy Queen restaurants will sweeten Valentine’s Day and the entire month of February with the return of Choco Covered Strawberry as the featured Blizzard Treat of the Month.
  • An indulgent combination of sweet strawberries blended with rich chocolate chunks and creamy DQ
    vanilla soft serve, the Choco Covered Strawberry Blizzard Treat has been available at all Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill restaurants nationwide since February 1.
  • Dairy Queen fans can enjoy Choco Covered Strawberry Blizzard Treats in four sizes including the popular Mini.
  • In addition, the Dairy Queen system will serve unique heart-shaped cakes during the most romantic month of the year.
  • Many Blizzard Treat flavors, including Choco Covered Strawberry, easily can be made into DQ Cakes, which are perfect for celebrating holidays and special events including Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries and more.
  • “It’s been said that the way to our hearts is through our stomachs, and we have that covered for Valentine’s Day and all of February with our popular Choco Covered Strawberry Blizzard Treat,” says Barry Westrum, executive vice president of marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation.


  • NEW FLAVORS OF FROZEN GREEK YOGURT BARS (posted January 31, 2013)
  • Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt adds Coconut, Mango and Vanilla Bean to its line of frozen Greek yogurt bars.
  • The new products will double the company’s current offerings, now with a total of six flavors in their portfolio.
  • Beginning in February of 2013, all the new flavors will be available in major grocery retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.49 per box of six bars.
  • “Our decision to launch Coconut, Mango and Vanilla Bean was based on consumer conversations throughout our national sampling tour and surveys we conducted on Facebook,” says Yasso Co-Founder Drew Harrington. “We’re fortunate to have such wonderful fans and love including them in the creation of new flavors and product launches. Coconut, Mango and Vanilla Bean will add exciting flavor diversity to the current lineup of Raspberry, Strawberry and Blueberry.”
  • A single 3.5-ounce bar has only 80 calories and little to no fat. It also provides 6 to 7 grams of protein, depending on flavor.
  • For more information, visit: www.yasso.com.

  • COFFEE SHOP ICE CREAM BARS (posted December 17, 2012)
  • Baristas Coffee Co., a fast-growing U.S.-based beverage and branded products company, is rolling out Baristas Coffee Creations, an indulgent collection of coffee ice cream.
  • The first two products in the premium ice cream line are stick novelties.
  • Flavors are: Caramel Cappuccino (caramel-swirled coffee ice cream enrobed in dark chocolate) and Coconut Cafe Latte (coconut-swirled coffee ice cream enrobed in dark chocolate).
  • Both will initially be available in a four-pack box.
  • The company intends to develop additional flavors and forms.
  • Initial distribution is in the New York metropolitan area, as well as select Baristas locations in Florida, Washington, Texas and Arizona.
  • For more information, visit www.baristas.tv

  • GINGERBREAD HOUSE ICE CREAM (posted Decmber 13, 2012)
  • ‘Tis the season for Blue Bell to bring out its holiday ice cream flavors, which this year includes new Gingerbread House Ice Cream.
  • This creamy cinnamon ice cream with flavorful gingerbread pieces, also contains festive red and green sprinkles and miniature marshmallows all surrounded by a vanilla icing swirl.
  • “Building a gingerbread house and placing it as a holiday centerpiece is a yearly activity for many,” says Carl Breed, director of marketing. “And our ice cream has become a traditional dessert served in the homes of Blue Bell Ice Cream fans. That’s why Gingerbread House Ice Cream is a perfect addition to this line.
    The flavor is festive and definitely the best-tasting gingerbread house I’ve ever eaten.”
  • Gingerbread House joins Christmas Cookies Ice Cream, Peppermint Ice Cream and Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream.
  • Christmas Cookies, a combination of favorite holiday cookies--chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar--in a tasty sugar cookie ice cream with red candy cane-shaped sprinkles and a green icing swirl throughout, was re-released earlier this summer for a special promotion due to its overwhelming popularity last winter. It was Christmas in July!
  • Spiced Pumpkin Pecan is a delightful spiced pumpkin ice cream combined with tasty sugar-coated pecans and a rich cinnamon-honey-praline sauce. This flavor made its debut in 2010.
  • Peppermint, a long-time favorite ice cream flavor during the holiday season, is a cool, refreshing peppermint ice cream sprinkled with peppermint candy pieces.
  • “We tried something new last year when we introduced our Holiday Favorites line of ice cream,” Breed adds. “Traditionally, less ice cream is sold during the winter months, but our Holiday Favorites were an instant hit.”
  • For more information, visit www.bluebell.com.


  • MAKING FROZEN TREATS A WINTER HOLIDAY DESSERT (posted December 4, 2012)
  • It’s the holiday season once again and Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is offering a new lineup of dome-shaped ice cream cakes to brighten up holiday parties.
  • Consumers can customize each cake by choosing their favorite ice cream flavor, including December’s Flavor of the Month--Mint Chocolate Chip--a classic flavor featuring mint-flavored ice cream with semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • The fanciful holiday designs include an elf, Santa and a snowman.
  • Each cake serves eight to a dozen people. The suggested retail price is $26.99 and cakes are only available during the month of December.
  • For guests looking for a smaller treat, Baskin-Robbins is also offering Snowman and Snow Woman Individual Treats. Consumers can pick their favorite Baskin-Robbins flavor and turn it into a snowman almost too cute to eat. These have a suggested retail price of $2.49.
  • For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com

  • DESSERT-WITHIN-A-DESSERT: CANNOLI ICE CREAM (posted November 29, 2012)
  • Ben & Jerry’s is on trend with its latest dessert-in-a dessert ice cream concoction: Cannoli.
    (Read “Ice Cream Trends 2013” HERE.)
  • This new limited-edition ice cream is mascarpone ice cream with fudge-covered cannoli pastry chunks and a mascarpone swirl.
  • Traditionally, cannoli is an Italian dessert that consists of fried pastry dough filled with a creamy cheese filling, usually containing ricotta. The company opted to use mascarpone for its preferred sensory experience.
  • This isn’t the first time the company has tried to re-create the Sicilian pastry. It launched Holy Cannoli in 1997. Made of vanilla pistachio ice cream, ricotta, chocolate-covered cannoli pieces and roasted pistachios, Holy Cannoli was withdrawn within a year.
  • At the Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard in Vermont, Holy Cannoli’s gravestone reads: “Now in front of the pearly gates, Holy Cannoli sits and waits. What brought its ruin no one knows, it must have been the pistachios.”
  • One Facebook user complained about the use of mascarpone instead of ricotta in the new offering. The company responded: “We made a cannoli flavor with ricotta cheese before, and it didn’t do so hot, so we’re putting a new twist on this version. We also have a flavor called Chubby Hubby, but you don’t find any overweight spouses in it.”
  • For more information, visit www.benjerry.com

  • HOMEMADE GREEK FROZEN YOGURT (posted November 26, 2012)
  • The Greek yogurt craze gets a cool twist with Greek Frozen Yogurt from Homemade Brand, the premium, yet affordable line of frozen desserts from United Dairy Farmers.
  • The new pint line comes in five flavors: Blueberry, Honey Granola, Peach, Raspberry and Strawberry.
  • “Consumers love Greek yogurt for its thick, creamy texture, and our new product captures this decadently satisfying profile,” says John Luebbers, vice president, sales and marketing, United Dairy Farmers. “Now, people can indulge in a treat that’s healthier than typical ice cream, while still tickling their taste buds.”
  • A half-cup serving has fewer calories, about half the fat and more protein than traditional ice cream, according to the company.
  • The product offers some of the health benefits of Greek yogurt, including probiotic cultures.
  • For more information, visit www.udfinc.com/homemade_brand/

  • ICE CREAM TRENDS 2013 (read the November 16, 2013 BLOG.)

  • BOO (posted October 31, 2012)
  • It’s been a ghoulish week…and it’s only Wednesday. Happy Halloween!
  • It’s not too late to swing by Baskin-Robbins to purchase a devilishly delightful ice cream cake for tonight’s scary festivities.
  • These festive ice cream cakes are perfect for this hair-raising holiday. Guests can customize each cake by choosing their favorite ice cream flavor, including October’s Flavor of the Month--Trick Oreo Treat--which features vanilla-flavored ice cream with orange creme-filled Oreo cookies, as well as Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy pieces mixed in.
  • “Our Halloween and fall-themed ice cream cakes are sure to make your family and friends howl with delight during this festive holiday,” says Stan Frankenthaler, Baskin-Robbins Executive Chef and Vice President of Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “These cakes make perfect additions to any Halloween party and are sure to serve as ‘spooktacular’ centerpieces with their eye-catching designs.”
  • For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com

  • HEAVENLY ICE CREAM (posted October 17, 2012)
  • Nun Better Snickerdoodle, one of seven new flavors in Pierre’s Ice Cream Company’s newly launched Signature Collection, is the product of a unique collaboration between the 80-year-old Cleveland-based ice cream maker and the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, an order of nuns famously known for delivering batches of their homemade Nun Better Cookies to the Cleveland Indians.
  • Featuring caramel ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies and caramel swirl, Pierre’s Nun Better Snickerdoodle is inspired by the cookie of the same name, one of several varieties in the order’s Nun Better brand.
  • Proceeds from the sisters’ cookies support their order, whose ministry involves serving the older adults at Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
  • Sister Mary Assumpta, known around Cleveland as “The Baseball Nun” for delivering her order’s cookies to the Indians and serving as a baseball correspondent for WEWS-TV News Channel 5 in Cleveland and CBS This Morning in the 1990s, approached Pierre’s last year about creating an ice cream based on one of the order’s cookies. After months of searching for the perfect ingredients and fine tuning the recipe, Pierre’s flavor-development team unveiled Nun Better Snickerdoodle.
  • “Nun Better Snickerdoodle is a wonderful flavor,” said Sister Mary Assumpta. “It really captures the spirit of our cookies. We are very excited and are sure it will please both cookie and ice cream lovers alike!”
  • Pierre’s Signature Ice Cream line was created in celebration of Pierre’s 80th anniversary in 2012. There are six other unique and indulgent flavors in addition to Nun Better Snickerdoodle. They are: Banana Fudge Chunk, Cherries & Chocolate Chunks, Chocolate Lava Cake, Coconut Fudge Almond, Exquisite Vanilla and Mocha Mud Pie.
  • For more information, visit www.pierres.com.

  • YOPLAIT YOGURT GETS FROZEN (posted October 9, 2012)
  • All the goodness of Yoplait yogurt is now also available in the frozen aisle.
  • Yoplait Original and Yoplait Greek Frozen Yogurt Pints and Bars contain live and active cultures, real fruit and use natural flavors.
  • All flavors are low fat and a good source of calcium, with the Greek flavors also containing twice as much protein as regular frozen yogurt.  
  • Yoplait Original Frozen Yogurt Pints come in seven flavors: Strawberry, Harvest Peach, Strawberry Banana, Cherry Orchard, Mountain Blueberry, Vanilla and Mixed Berry.  
  • Yoplait Greek Frozen Yogurt Pints also come in seven flavors: Honey Caramel, Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach, Black Cherry, Raspberry Fig and Vanilla.
  • Both pint lines have a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • Yoplait Original Frozen Yogurt Bars are 1.75 fluid-ounces and available in Strawberry Banana and Harvest Peach flavors. They are sold in 10-packs with a suggested retail price of $4.93.
  • Yoplait Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars are 2.65 fluid ounces and are available in Honey Caramel and Raspberry flavors. These have a suggested retail price of $4.93 for a box of six.  
  • The products are produced by Wells Enterprises Inc., which licenses the Yoplait brand from General Mills.
  • For more information, visit http://yoplait.com/products/yoplait-frozen-yogurt

  • FRESHLY BAKED APPLE CRISP ALA MODE (posted September 13, 2012)
  • As the sultry days of summer come to a close, Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, invites ice cream lovers to “fall” into the new season with its September Flavor of the Month: Apple Cinnamon Crisp.  
  • Featuring cinnamon-flavored ice cream with apple and oat chunks, plus a buttery brown sugar cinnamon swirl-flavored ribbon, Apple Cinnamon Crisp combines classic autumn flavors into one delicious frozen treat.
  • “Apple Cinnamon Crisp is inspired by seasonal touch points like orchard harvests and warm baked goods,” says Stan Frankenthaler, Baskin-Robbins Executive Chef and Vice President of Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands.
  • For a more decadent treat, guests can enjoy the new Apple Cinnamon Crisp Waffle Bowl Sundae. The sundae features two scoops of Apple Cinnamon Crisp ice cream in a waffle bowl, topped with warm caramel praline topping, whipped cream, almonds and is finished with a cherry on top.
  • For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com

  • FROZEN GREEK YOGURT CUPS (posted Sept. 6, 2012)
  • Healthy Choice, one of the pioneers of health-minded food in the freezer aisle, is introducing a line of Greek Frozen Yogurt made with real fruit, nonfat milk and yogurt cultures.
  • A recent study from The NPD Group finds that more than half of Americans are snacking two or three times each day, and that one in every five eating occasions in the U.S. is a snack.
  • “We know consumers are looking for convenient snacking alternatives that don’t make them choose between nutrition and taste,” says Krista McDonald, Healthy Choice senior brand manager. “Our new Greek Frozen Yogurt has the delicious, creamy taste they’re seeking, and at just 100-calories in each individual cup, it’s a treat that’s easy to enjoy anytime.”
  • Available nationwide in four flavors—Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla Bean--Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt can be found in the freezer aisle, next to Healthy Choice meals.
  • The 4-ounce cups are sold in three-pack boxes.
  • For more information, visit www.healthychoice.com

  • TOUCHDOWN! BUCKEYE BLITZ GOES MAINSTREAM (posted Sept. 5, 2012)
  • College football is upon us and this year, Ohio State Buckeye fans will finally be sharing their beloved namesake ice cream—Buckeye Blitz—developed and manufactured by Graeter’s.
  • Previously only sold within the state of Ohio, the product is now available throughout Graeter’s ice cream distribution network, including mail order.
  • To prevent Big Ten bias from stopping consumers outside Ohio from trying this winner, it has been renamed Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.
  • The company describes the flavor as: “Our premium chocolate ice cream that has been fortified with our creamy peanut butter flavor and loaded with peanut butter cookie dough pieces and our signature chocolate chips.”
  • A half-cup serving contains 290 calories and 18 grams of fat.
  • The company prides itself on making “the world’s most irresistible ice cream.” 
  • It is made using a unique French pot process—producing only two gallons at a time.
  • For more information, visit www.graeters.com/buckeye.aspx

  • PRE-PACKED SOFT-SERVE TREAT (posted August 4, 2012)
  • Kemps now offers individual cups of SnoBlitz soft-serve, complete with toppings.
  • These convenient 10-ounce containers make it possible to enjoy soft-serve ice cream from one’s home freezer.
  • There are four varieties:
  • Brownie Batter: Chocolate brownie batter-flavored soft-serve ice cream combined with chunks of chewy fudge brownies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Vanilla-flavored soft-serve ice cream combined with chunks of sweet chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Cookies & Cream: Vanilla-flavored soft-serve ice cream loaded with chocolaty cookie pieces
  • Peanut Butter Cup: Vanilla-flavored soft-serve ice cream with creamy peanut butter cup pieces
  • Each cup contains about four half-cup servings, with calories ranging from 140 to 150 per serving.
  • To view the commercial, visit http://youtu.be/dS7JjQm2pfM.
  • For more information, visit www.kemps.com/snoblitz.

  • CALORIE-CONSCIOUS CHEESECAKE NOVELTY (posted August 30, 2012)
  • Wells Enterprises Inc., adds Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwiches to its Weight Watchers brand of frozen novelties.
  • Described as low-fat cheesecake-flavored ice cream with a cherry swirl sandwiched between two honey graham wafers, each 2.25-ounce sandwich contains 90 calories, 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of protein and is worth two Weight Watchers Points.
  • The new flavor joins Vanilla Bean and Dutch Chocolate varieties.
  • The sandwiches are sold in boxes of eight.
  • For more information, visit www.weightwatchers.com/shop/categoryshowcase.aspx?pa.geid=1056551

  • SALT IS DELICIOUS (posted August 17, 2012)
  • Sodium, when paired with chloride, makes table salt, an ingredient that not only enhances flavor but also performs various functions in different applications. Table salt also happens to be the chemical reference used to demonstrate the taste of salty, one of the five basic tastes, which includes bitter, sour, sweet and umami.
  • Salt is also delicious.
  • Take for example the new low-fat Salted Caramel frozen yogurt that launched this week by 16 Handles, one of New York’s premier self-serve frozen yogurt chains. The hint of salt is that layer of deliciousness that turns the sweet taste of caramel into a culinary delight. This better-for-you indulgent snack and dessert combines sweet with salty to offer those who crave these two basic tastes an all-in-one experience.
  • For more on salt as an ingredient, my August 17, 2012 BLOG.

  • SOPHISTICATED, PLAYFUL AND HEALTHFUL: HAVE A SCOOP OF FOXY! (posted August 16, 2012)
  • “Pashing” is an Australian term for kissing between teenagers, and Down Under, since 2009, it has also been the theme for a four-variety line of premium frozen yogurt sold under the brand Foxy’s.
  • Starting this month, Foxy’s Premium Frozen Yogurt is being made in California (packages feature the “Real California Milk” logo) and sold in pint containers.
  • Here in the States, this better-for-you premium frozen yogurt, which took two years to develop, is positioned as a guilt-free, indulgent, frozen dessert.
  • Initial distribution is mail delivery, over dry ice, via online orders. Retailers will be getting their first shipments in September.  
  • The four varieties, with their “pashing” descriptions provided from the Ventura, CA-based company, are:
  • Cheeky: Just like hearing a compliment from a stranger, Cheeky Mango & Passionfruit Smoothie leaves you with a playful smile spread across your face.
  • Sneaky: Ladies love to be sneaky (in a fun way). A sneaky pash with Wild Berry & Chocolate Flakes maintains that mysterious side (and drives gentlemen wild).
  • Naughty: Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing naughty in Honeycomb & Caramel Chunks (other than the Foxy feeling left on your lips).
  • Sassy: Who doesn’t want to pash big hunks of goodness? Enjoy a sassy pash and lock lips with Vanilla Bean & Strawberry Hunks.
  • A half-cup serving contains 80 to 100 calories, and zero to 2-grams fat, depending on variety.
  • For more information, visit www.foxypash.com.
  • P.S. I was sent samples…and the product is fabulous!

  • NUTRITIONALLY ENHANCED FROZEN DESSERT (posted July 24, 2012)
  • As the U.S. celebrates National Ice Cream month, a new brand is taking center stage: Thrive Frozen Nutrition.
  • Thrive Frozen Nutrition is formulated with 25% of the Recommended Daily Intake of 24 vitamins and minerals along with 3 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein per single-serve (6-ounce) cup.
  • The source of protein is high-quality milk protein isolate.
  • The source of fiber is digestive resistant maltodextrin.
  • The product also provides four strains of live and active probiotic cultures.
  • According to the company, Thrive contains all the nutrition and benefits of the typical liquid nutrition shake in a form proven to be more enjoyable to eat. More than 1,500 consumers have tasted Thrive products and 75% of them rated the flavor as better than liquid nutrition drinks.
  • Thrive comes in four flavors: Homemade Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge and Strawberry.
  • For more information, visit www.thrive4nutrition.com.

  • SUGAR-FREE ICE CREAM AND FROZEN NOVELTIES (posted July 16, 2012)
  • Making ice cream that is completely void of sugar, even milk’s inherent lactose, is not an easy feat, but Clemmy’s Ice Cream proves that it is possible.
  • This line of super-premium ice cream pints and sorbet and ice cream bars also contains no gluten, making them especially appealing to consumers with lactose and gluten sensitivities.
  • In lieu of sugar, Clemmy’s uses two polyols—xylitol and maltitol--to give the products the sweetness they deserve.
  • The products also include maltodextrin/soluble corn fiber, with a half-cup of the pint product being a good source of fiber (3 grams of fiber per serving) and a single bar being an excellent source (5 grams).
  • The pints come in eight flavors: Butter Pecan, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Coffee, Orange Créme, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Toasted Almond and Vanilla. They contain 120 to 220 calories and 6 to 16 grams of fat per half-cup serving, depending on flavor.
  • The bars come in four varieties: Orange Créme, Strawberries ‘N Créme and Cherry Vanilla Sorbet and Ice Cream Bars, and Chocolate Fudge Low Fat Ice Cream Bars. They each contain 70 calories and 1.5 to 2.0 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • There’s also a unique doughnut-shaped novelty offered by Clemmy’s called Ice Cream Os. It is creamy vanilla ice cream covered with a sweet, decadent chocolate shell. Ice Cream Os contain no sugar or gluten and
    deliver 100 calories, 7 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber per serving.
  • For more information, visit www.clemmysicecream.com

  • FLAVORS OF THE PHILLIPINES (posted July 12, 2012)
  • Flavors that are exotic to Americans, but familiar to Filipinos...that's what you find in new ice cream offerings from Magnolia Ice Cream.
  • For the somewhat adventurous, there is Buttery Sweet Corn, which includes corn kernel bits with swirls of butter sweet corn sauce.
  • Macapuno Ube Swirl is exactly that—macapuno-flavored ice cream with an ube swirl.
  • Quezo Primero is cheese-flavored ice cream with real cheese bits
  • And the most exotic of them all is Creamy Halo-Halo. This ice cream sensation contains bits of bananas, red monggo beans, white kidney beans, ube cubes, camote cubes, langka strips, buco strings, green kaong, garbanzos, leche flan cubes, red jelly cubes and rice crispies. There’s a unique combination of bits and pieces in every bite.
  • For more information, visit www.magnoliaicecream.com.ph/

  • HIGH-PROTEIN, LOW-FAT GELATO (posted June 20, 2012)
  • Attendees at this week’s Fancy Food Show, held in the nation’s capitol, were treated to a new, nutrient-dense gelato developed by Adrian Pace, founder and CEO of Figo Brands Inc.
  • With 15 grams of protein and only 2.5 grams of fat per 4-ounce container, new Forte Gelato provides permission to indulge.
  • The product contains a proprietary protein blend identified on ingredient statements as being a combination of milk protein and soy protein.
  • Varieties are chocolate and vanilla.
  • After undergoing six open-heart surgeries and a heart transplant, Pace changed his career following 15 years on Wall Street as a Hedge Fund Manager. His journey to good health taught him the value of nutrition and how vital protein is for survival. It was this realization that inspired him to create Forte Gelato, to bring health and happiness for people to enjoy and be strong, too.
  • Forte Gelato was created with nutritional standards for hospital patients and is now going mainstream.
  • For more information, visit www.tasteforte.com.

  • CHEERS! ICE CREAM THAT'S WORTHY OF A TOAST! (posted June 11, 2012)
  • Since 2006, Mercer’s Dairy has been blending its premium ice cream with wine to create frozen desserts intended for those 21-years and older.
  • The company most recently added Cherry Merlot (Bordeaux cherries blended with ice cream and a merlot wine recognized for its plum and black cherry undertones) and Chocolate Cabernet (chocolate ice cream with bits of bittersweet chocolate blended with a Cabernet wine filled with dried cherry and cassis notes) to its product line.
  • In addition to distribution in the U.S., the product line is available for export to the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific Rim. In fact, the company won the 2011 Trends & Innovations Award at SIAL China in Shanghai.
  • The other varieties are Peach White Zinfandel (ice cream with fresh peaches blended with white zinfandel wine), Port (ice cream blended with ruby port wine), Red Raspberry Chardonnay (ice cream blended with raspberry sauce and a Chardonnay wine known for its delicate vanilla notes and buttery smooth taste) and Riesling (ice cream blended with a Riesling wine prized for its fruity, crisp refreshing quality).
  • The product is 15% butterfat with 5% alcohol by volume.
  • Each half-cup serving contains 210 to 310 calories, depending on flavor.
  • For more information, visit www.mercersdairy.com.

  • LOCAL, GOURMET ICE CREAM SANDWICHES (posted June 4, 2012)
  • Shatto Milk Company, which only recently began selling super-premium ice cream (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla pints) made on the family farm, is now selling ice cream sandwiches.
  • Made with its farmstead ice cream, the dairy sources cookies from a nearby Kansas City bakery--Dolce Baking Company--to keep the product “100% locally made.”
  • The new Sammiches come in four varieties: Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream.
  • For more information, visit www.shattomilk.com

  • EVEN THE POPSICLE WANTS IN ON THE YOGURT CRAZE (posted May 31, 2012)
  • This summer, Unilever’s Popsicle brand is bringing families an unexpected twist with Yosicle pops, which combine the classic taste of Popsicle ice pops with the creamy deliciousness of yogurt.
  • Available in four fun varieties, featuring three unique shapes, Yosicle pops contain 10% nonfat yogurt and are an excellent source of calcium per two-pop serving.
  •  Yosicle Torpedo! pops feature three flavors in one low-fat, creamy pop: Purple Berry, Watermelon and Vanilla.
  • Yosicle Layerz! pops feature two flavors per low-fat pop and are made with flavored ice on the top and yogurt on the bottom. They are available in two flavor combinations: Cotton Candy & Vanilla and Orange & Vanilla.
  • Yosicle Duos! pops feature yogurt on the inside with flavored ice on the outside. These low-fat pops have two flavors on each stick and are available in two variety boxes: Watermelon-Vanilla and Cotton Candy-Vanilla or Purple Berry-Vanilla and Cherry-Vanilla.

 


  • WINESICLES IN THE WINDY CITY (posted May 24, 2012)
  • When in Chicago and visiting the popular tourist destination Millennium Park, be sure to stop by the Fairmont Hotel and cool off with a Winesicle.
  • This “21-and-older” frozen summer sensation is served at the hotel’s eno wine room and sells for $5.00.
  • For this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, eno will offer a red, white and blue-themed winesicle. This holiday-themed frozen treat includes Brachetto d’Acqui, sweet white wine, blueberry-infused simple syrup and water.
  • Other varieties include: Muscatsicles (muscat, orange juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup and a pinch of salt), Sauvignon Rouge-Sicles (cabernet sauvignon, apple juice, cranberry juice, simple syrup and lime juice), Sauvignon Blancsickles (sauvignon blanc, lime juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and apple juice), and Champagnesickles (sparkling wine, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice and a pinch of salt).
  • For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/chicago.

  • DECADENT MINT ICE CREAM WITH DARK CHOCOLATE (posted May 17, 2012)
  • Mars Inc., debuted Dovebar Mint Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate at the recent 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.
  • The stick bar novelty provides a new twist on the classic combination of chocolate and mint ice cream.
  • It starts with a base of minty ice cream that is swirled with a ribbon of dark chocolate. The bar is then dipped in a luscious chocolate coating made with silky smooth Dove Dark Chocolate to create a premium taste.
  • Suggested retail price is $3.99 per 3-pack.
  • For more information, visit www.doveicecream.com.

  • AUTHENTIC FLAVORS OF GREEK YOGURT IN SOFT-SERVE FORM (posted May 16, 2012)
  • 16 Handles, a New York City self-serve frozen yogurt company, adds a soft-serve version of Greek yogurt—My Greek Honey—to its product lineup.
  • My Greek Honey, made from fresh, probiotic-dense and protein-packed Greek yogurt, is being showcased as the Flavor of the Month at all 16 Handles locations throughout May.
  • The 16 Handles’ innovation team, led by Head Chef Robynne Maii, suggests pairing My Greek Honey with sour cherries, a new topping that was selected to complement the limited edition’s smooth and creamy honey taste.
  • “My Greek Honey offers frozen yogurt lovers a better-for-you snack and dessert option while meeting our guests’ demands for a product that people are passionate about—Greek yogurt,” says Solomon Choi, the company’s founder. “We may not be the first frozen-treats company to go Greek, but we are first to present it along with an exclusive topping that enhances the natural flavor of Greek yogurt.”
  • One (1/2 cup) serving of My Greek Honey boasts 7 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 90 calories and only 11 grams of sugar. Like all 16 Handles yogurt flavors, My Greek Honey is made from the highest quality yogurt with live and active cultures and is kosher-certified.
  • The company opened its first location in 2008 and a second store in 2009. In 2010, the company opened three more stores and began franchising. The chain grew to 14 locations in 2011 and it added another six stores within the first quarter of 2012. It will open 12 more locations by the end of this summer.
  • For more information, visit www.16handles.com.

  • BITE-SIZED FROZEN YOGURT TREATS (posted April 16, 2012)
  • General Mills is test marketing Yoplait Bites, which are bite-sized, granola-coated frozen yogurt treats.
  • The healthful formulation, which includes live and active cultures and only 30-calories per bite, comes in two flavors: Key Lime Pie and Vanilla Strawberry.
  • Designed to provide permission to indulge, the bites are sold in multi-serving 8.4-ounce bags, with each bag containing about 25 bites.