Surprise Dessert!

Get ready because you all are about to be super jealous………

On my way out of Tampa today I stopped at the ever popular D’lite frozen yogurt place and picked up a couple containers to take back with me to have this week for dessert!!!! The girl there told me that each container was 8 ounces and therefore 80 calories…all of them! They had about 20 different flavors! It was so hard to pick, but I ended up choosing a peppermint one, a chocolate cake batter and creme brulee one and a cinnamon graham one (which would go nicely with last week’s apple crisp that I froze). I packed them all up in my little insulated lunchbox and they made it safely back here to my freezer!

I just broke into the peppermint and, of course, had to chop up 2 squares of my dark chocolate bar to mix into it. It seemed like such a HUGE bowl of ice cream and I’m guessing it was about 140 calories, total. I happily licked away while stirring tomorrow’s oatmeal on the stove. Yum, yum, yum!!!



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  • ana
    January 14, 2008 at 1:19 am

    umm…i really hate to be the bringer of bad news, but i was so excited to hear about the D-Lite store! i wanted to find one near me so i googled it. well, i found this article instead! i don’t know what to make of it really…i mean if you get 8oz that’s 8oz, right? but then there was the whole part about the density?? it really confuses (and kinda scares!) me! maybe you-since you deal w/recipes and food everyday-can make sense of this??!


    Fewer Calories Than Ice Cream, But More Than You Think

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    Published: October 2, 2002

    REMEMBER the ”Seinfeld” episode where Jerry and Elaine enjoyed the fat-free yogurt at Kramer’s friend’s store so much that they ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner? They grow suspicious as their clothes become tighter and tighter, and have the fat-free yogurt tested. It turns out that Kramer’s friend had been cheating: the yogurt was full of fat.

    Diet-conscious snackers who crowd into some of New York City’s many shops for a small cup of what is promoted as a low-calorie, fat-free frozen dessert (the substance is neither ice cream nor yogurt) might want to consider the episode a cautionary tale. At two prominent chains, Tasti D-Lite and CremaLita, the soft-serve dessert has far more calories and often a higher fat content than advertised, according to tests administered for the Dining section.

    At CremaLita’s Third Avenue branch, the small vanilla soft serve is advertised as having 60 calories in four fluid ounces. In fact, one small cup contained 153 calories. Tasti D-Lite advertises a 40-calorie, four-fluid-ounce product; testing of the smallest vanilla servings sold at various branches found as many as 224 calories.

    Part of the problem is that the servings sold at both CremaLita and Tasti D-Lite were invariably larger than four fluid ounces. In addition, the actual calorie count depends on overrun, the amount of air beaten into the product.

    ”Of course they know that they are getting more,” Celeste Carlesimo, who owns three Tasti D-Lites in Manhattan, said of the customers who frequent her stores. ”They almost kill the girls if they give them four ounces.”

    Not one of the 24 samples from six stores tested last month by Certified Laboratories of Plainview, N.Y., came close to the calorie claims made by either CremaLita or Tasti D-Lite. The samples, of vanilla and the flavor of the day, provided two to four times more calories per serving than the stores advertise in their signs, ranging from a low of 98 calories for 3.9 ounces of vanilla to a high of 241 for 6.8 ounces of pistachio chocolate. Most samples were in the 130- to 160-calorie range, putting them well over the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of low calorie for ice cream, which is 40 calories for four fluid ounces.

    None of the samples from Tasti D-Lite were fat free, containing from a little more than 2 percent fat to more than 3.5 percent. All of the samples from CremaLita contained less than 1 percent fat, which makes them essentially fat free.

    Speaking of serving size, Allison Britz, the president of CremaLita, said, ”Truthfully, our biggest concern when we opened was that we knew everyone out there lies.”

    New York City frowns on deceptive advertising. ”If the lab tests are correct,” said Dena Improta, a spokeswoman for the Department of Consumer Affairs, ”yes, it is a violation of the deceptive advertising law.”

    But the agency has said it does not have enough inspectors to pursue a matter that is not an immediate health concern. In any event, both soft serves, which are made primarily of water and skim milk, certainly have fewer calories than Häagen-Dazs, and even those who don’t think much of the taste say they believe they are better for them.

    ”I think it tastes like paste,” said Molly Jong-Fast, the author of the novel ”Normal Girl,” who was licking a dulce de leche at the Third Avenue CremaLita. ”But it’s a healthier choice than regular ice cream.”

    Tasti D-Lite was established in about 1990; CremaLita arrived in New York last year. Both post nutrition information for vanilla only. CremaLita’s signs also mention an overrun of 75 percent. The more air, of course, the fewer the calories per fluid ounce because the air increases the volume. Nicole Michaels, an owner of Tasti D-Lite Inc., which licenses and sells its soft serve to 35 stores, said Tasti D-Lite also has an overrun of 75 percent. Certified Laboratories found that the amount of air in the soft serves varied from 8 percent to 53 percent. Most contained overrun in the teens or 20’s. The difference between 75 percent overrun and 25 percent overrun to a person could be 40 percent more calories, said Martin Mitchell, director of Certified Laboratories.

  • jenna
    January 14, 2008 at 1:23 am

    That’s so crazy!!!!

    But to clear it all up when I FIRST visited D’lite awhile ago I actually spoke to the manager about how the frozen yogurt is made because I was generally interested. He showed me the complete list of ingredients…no splenda and NOTHING artificial. Just skim milk and flavor extracts. That’s it! THIS d’lite in tampa is not at all related to Tasti-D’lite…this is privately owned and operated and one of a kind!!!! 🙂

    Thanks for looking out for me though!!

  • N
    January 14, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Ive been following ur blog and really like it! its interesting how u are in cooking/baking school and u stay healthy. I am in college and find my own battles, so i have decided to start blogging!! ps. i loveeeeeeee frozen yogurt.

  • Krista
    January 14, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Wow!!! Can there be a D’lite yogurt place in California?! Those flavors all sound so good, I love love peppermint!

  • Kath
    January 14, 2008 at 1:24 pm


  • Shelley
    January 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    SO SO SO SO VERY JEALOUS!!! peppermint ice cream/fro yo is my FAVORITE yummmmmmmmmmmmm

  • melissa
    January 24, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I just came across your blog – and saw your frozen yogurt pictures from D’Lites. I live in Tampa as well and absolutely love it there – the Samoa flavor is my favorite. My boyfriend and I treat ourselves to D’Lites once a week – and it’s the sweetest treat of my week!

    P.S. Woody’s, the cafe a few store fronts down, makes an amazing fruit bowl with granola. A must try!

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