Sunday, July 4, 2010

California Berry Frozen Yogurt

Donita Rose is said to be an avid fan.

John Lloyd Cruz has at least tried it once. So has his current squeeze Shaina Magdayao. Angel Locsin, Lovi Poe, Lucy Torres, Mo Twister, Chynna Ortaleza, Danica Sotto, Carmen Soo, Kris Aquino, Gardo Verzosa, Claudine Barretto and hubby Raymart Santiago have also sampled its different flavors in one or more occasions.

So what is it about California Berry yogurt that makes people, famous or otherwise, come back for more?

For starters, it could be the fact that this all-natural healthy frozen dessert is truly 100 percent fat-free.

“We are the only frozen yogurt chain in the country to guarantee 100 percent non-fat,” says California Berry area manager Bong Canlas. “Others contain at leasr two percent fat. The milk we use is only non-fat to ensure that our yogurt is not only totally fat-free but also with the lowest calorie count possible.”

Canlas says the process of making yogurt involves culturing cream or milk with live and active bacterial cultures. Compared to the guilty and sinful pleasures of high-fat and high-calorie desserts like ice cream, yogurt in general was not initially an attractive proposition to many people, owing perhaps to the way it was marketed as a health food.

While it is a fact that yogurt is one of the healthiest dairy products available today and as Canlas points out, scientifically proven to be a good source of calcium and protein even as it help our bodies’ immune and digestive systems, among other health benefits, most yogurt brands do miss out on the one thing that would make people actually enjoy it: taste.

“And that is what makes California Berry unique,” Canlas declares. “Our yogurt flavors and fruit toppings are not just healthy, our customers swear they are downright delicious. Unlike other yogurt brands who are more on the sweet side, ours is a little more tangy. It’s the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness in each healthy cup.”

It’s actually true, too. I personally tried a generously served cup of its bestselling Original flavor topped with mango, kiwi and peaches and oh, man, this yogurt rocks!

It also comes in several other popular flavors including green tea, lychee, coffee and blueberry. Toppings are not limited to fruits. There is a wide array of nuts, chocolate and cookies to choose from. The best part is the fun starts at only P60 per small cup plus P20 for every topping added.

With 12 branches all over the metropolis and three more opening this year, California Berry is also a fast growing franchise, with an ever increasing loyal following as reflected in its Facebook fan page where special promos are also announced.

I’d say more but right now, all I can think of is crave for another cup. Later, guys.

California Berry yogurt is available at Madison Square in Greenhills, Silver City Mall, The Paseo Center in Makati, Tomas Morato Avenue, SM Megamall, The Block in SM North EDSA, Robinson’s Galleria, SM Southmall in Las PiƱas, SM Manila, The Fort Strip, De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila and Gaisano Mall in Davao City.

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