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Cold Rock is becoming passÚ. It was certainly a novelty to have your ice-cream pounded with every confectionery under the sun but most parents realise that the novelty is just a sugar bomb waiting to go off.
So where can one get a similar experience without all the added colours, additives and over the top sugar content?
Recently I discovered Frozen by a Thousand Blessings. It's not perfect but it's a lot healthier than most of the ice-cream alternatives out there.
Frozen by a Thousand Blessings is a frozen yoghurt made from biodynamic organic milk which comes in a six flavours (natural, pomegranate, mango, blood orange, coconut, passionfruit, green tea and chocolate). You can ask for tasters to see which one you prefer.
You can also request a card which lists all the ingredients. I had the coconut option and it included biodynamic unhomogernised full cream milk, coconut puree and coconut paste. It had a bit of sugar but I believe they try to use stevia where possible. It came in at 741 kj (177 calories) for a 100 grams.
You do serve yourself which is always fun. Then you add your own toppings. There are a few less than healthy options but thankfully these are down the other end of the counter. Initially kids are faced with a smorgasbord of fresh organic fruits and bits and pieces. "Good for cravings and your conscience" runs their advertising.
I added some rhubarb, almond flakes and pomegranate seeds but the array was amazing: fresh strawberries, raspberries, passionfruit, tiny balls of cantaloupe, honey dew melon, chopped kiwi fruit, blueberries and organic apricots to name just a few.
You pay by weight which includes whatever your frozen yoghurt and toppings weigh in at. You pay $2.90 per hundred grams. I thought I was quite sparing but mine was $4.80.
While I was enjoying my creation a mother brought in her little one who was about three. She was delighted with the concoctions she made and it was obviously her regular treat when she went shopping with Mum.
The bonus of a place such as Frozen by a Thousand Blessings is that gradually we are getting these much healthier alternatives. Better for us and far better for our kids.
Raspberries with a white chocolate filling. Image Facebook Frozen by a Thousand Blessings.
You can now find Frozen by a Thousand Blessings at:
390 Bridge Road Richmond
657 Chapel Street,áSouth Yarra
Shop 202 Doncaster Shopping Town
(It is up at the supermarket end of the complex)