A representative from “Frozen Bean” was so generous and gracious by reaching out to me and asking me if I would taste and write a Review for their **NEWLY Launched** 50/50 Blended Drinks. These new powdered beverages are 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the fat as their original line. *Disclaimer: I am not paid for my Review, therefore, my opinions and recipe is entirely my own and not biased. With that being said, here we go…
Here’s some information about the company of Frozen Bean:
“The Frozen Bean is a leading manufacturer of specialty desserts and beverages for the food service industry. We use only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, delivering products that far exceed the market in taste and quality. Our research staff has developed delectable blends of specialty desserts and beverages that are simple to make and as your own gourmet treats.
At the Frozen Bean our customers matter most, we are constantly researching and developing new flavors in efforts to provide the best tasting and highest quality products to our customers. We strive for the success and growth of our clients around the world.”
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Frozen Bean generously sent me least 1-2 packet samples within EACH of their 7 product lines which are:
– Ice Blended Coffee
– Chai Teas
– Creme Blends
– Carnival Blends
– Ice Teas
– Base Mixes
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How I Used the Frozen Bean powder:
I chose to just try 1 package/packet “flavor” in order to get this Blog Post Review published. I can typically tell whether I’m going to like a product, it’s product line or company’s items with just tasting/sampling 1-2 of their items. Therefore, I chose 1 of the 4 package “Top Most Unique, Yummy and Interesting” sounding flavors in the sample pack I received.
Therefore, I wanted to try the “Java Chip 50/50 Ice Blended” powder. I was impressed that Frozen Bean includes complete “Mixing Directions” for making:
1.) Ice Blended Drink –> Using the FB powder + Ice
2.) Hot Drink –> Using the FB powder + hot milk or coffee
3.) Iced Drink –> Using FB powder + water or milk + Then, pouring liquid into a glass with ice.
However, I wanted/felt like making some type of “pudding/thick smoothie” using the Frozen Bean Java Chip to make something with the texture and consistency more like a Starbucks Java Chip Frapaccino, Wendy’s Frosty, or Frozen Dessert. So, here is how I made Mine:
Java Chip & Banana “Pudding” Recipe
1/2 package/packet = 40 g = 4 Tbspns Frozen Bean Java Chip Ice Blended Powder
1 whole banana
1/2 cup Fiber One Honey Clusters Cereal (this is my favorite cereal at the moment)
1 Vanilla Nonfat Chobani Greek Yogurt
Blend all 4 ingredients well together in a blender. Pour into a glass or bowl and enjoy! Makes 1-3 Servings.
* If Divided into 2 servings –> Then, 1 Serving = 240 calories, 4.5 g fat, 30 g carbs, 15 sugars, 3 fiber, 9 g protein
* If Divided into 3 servings –> Then, 1 Serving = 160, 2.7 g fat, 20 g carbs, 10 sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 4.5 g protein
My Review and Ratings:
Frozen Bean Java Chip 50/50 Iced Blended Mix/Powder 5.0 out of 5 — Now, I do understand that the banana, cereal and yogurt I added to my “Healthy Pudding” may somewhat “skew” my opinions about the Frozen Bean powder. However, I actually really don’t think that these 3 home ingredients will cause my opinions about the powder in a negative manner. I have used several protein powders, and even used different hot chocolate flavors (ex: Swiss Miss “Candy Cane Hot Chocolate”) when making my pudding/smoothies. Therefore, I wanted to see how the Frozen Bean Java Chip 50/50 powder would “enhance” my creation.
I’m happy to say that I was VERY impressed! First, when I began dumping the powder into my blender, I was surprised and delighted to find that a few huge chocolate chips came pouring out along with the powder. There aren’t a large amount of chocolate chip morsels, yet there’s a decent amount, and just the fact that Frozen Bean included them in the powder was awesome. As for the powder, I could clearly taste both the “chocolate” flavors and the java/coffee accents were wonderful! Yet, the java/espresso/coffee had just enough “subtlety” yet “spice” so that it wasn’t overpowering and didn’t have any bitter taste that some coffee flavored products can sometimes have. Oooohhh….and the chocolate-y decadent flavor this powder gave my pudding was sooo delicious, smooth, and rich.
Honestly, this was just as good…no…actually BETTER than a Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino!
Conclusion: I highly recommend Frozen Bean’s 50/50 Powders. Although I haven’t yet tried any of the other flavors they sent me, I am EXTREMELY excited to. I also may use these powders as an INGREDIENT by pouring some in my COOKIE BATTERS when I make a batch!
And… three other flavors I plan on tasting/using next are the “Cotton Candy,” “Bubblegum,” and “Orange Creamsicle” flavors next.
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Nutrition Information for Java Chip 50/50 Ice Blended Powder:
Okay, I actually had to do some math on this to figure it all out. These are estimates, based upon the “label” on the packet that says: 1/2 fat, 1/2 sugar. Frozen Bean does not yet have their nutrition information on their website.
According to the Nutritional Information for the “Regular/Original” (Full Fat/Full Sugar) Java Chip Ice Blended Drink” is:
1 pkg = 2 Scoops = 2.8 oz = 80 g = 8 Tbspns.
If divided by 2 —> Then, 1 scoop = 4 Tbspns: Calories = 230, Fat = 9 g, Carbs = 37 g, Sugars = 26 g, Protein = 3 g
**However, this being noted above, the “recommended serving size to make a “batch” of the drinks is actually 2 “scoops” from their 3.5 lb bag. Each scoop, again is about 40 grams or 4 Tbspns.
Thus, in calculating the total Nutrition Info/Math for 2 full scoops of the Full Fat/Full Sugar Java Chip powder is: 460 calories, Fat= 18 g, Carbs = 74 g, Sugars = 52 g, Protein = 6 g.
Therefore, the WHOLE package of the Frozen Bean Java Chip 50/50 mix is 2.8 oz or 80 g. Also, according to the label on the package the “50/50″ means 1/2 fat and 1/2 calories. Because the nutrition information for this new 50/50 Product Line is not yet on their website, I did the math myself. Therefore:
1 whole/full package/packet = 2.8 oz = 80 g
Calories: 230, Fat = 4.5 g, Carbs = 17 g, Sugars 13 g, Protein = 3 g
**Again, bear in mind that in my “Recipe” I used only 1/2 of the entire package/packet because the packet was really quite “thick.” Therefore, 1/2 of the package was actually equal to what Frozen Bean says is “1 Scoop” or 4 tbspns. My recipe made about 2 servings of my “pudding.” If you wish to “follow” my recipe, follow steps exactly.
However, if you want to make more of a Smoothie/Drink Beverage that is more liquid in form, I’d suggest that you add either 1/2-1 cup Almond or Soy Milk, or Coffee or 1 cup ice. It all just depends on what you are going for.
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You can find more information on Frozen Bean here:
+ Ice Blended Coffee + Chai Teas + Creme Blends
+ Frullati + Carnival Blends + Ice Teas + Base Mixes
Contact Info: http://www.thefrozenbean.com/contact-us
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Questions for Readers:
Have you tried any of Frozen Beans Gourmet Beverages before?
Of all of the 6 Product Lines that Frozen Bean offer, click here to view, which 1-2 flavors sound the tastiest/yummiest to you?