Hey guys! So recently I was invited to Frochella, an event hosted by Ilya Frozen Yogurt. There were so many food bloggers around and I was an admirer of so many of them. Natasha, owner of Ilya Frozen Yogurt, assisted us when Jan and I came. If you think that Ilya stands for, I love Yogurt Always.. you are wrong. She told us that Ilya was a Russian Scientist that pioneered the search of probiotics and incorporate them into yogurt products. The result was that it helps to give you good bacteria and improve your digestion and overall a healthier immune system.
Natasha also mentioned that Ilya uses one of the lowest levels of sugar in the frozen yogurt market with lesser than a mere single percent. Ilya's yogurt is made onsite using unprocessed sugars, and downing on Stevia instead. They are also heavy supporters of Australia's local farms, using only the freshest organic milk for their yogurt. The idea is for the frozen yogurt to stay delicious and healthy without compromising on taste.
We were all delighted to see how adorably decorated the place was. Froyo buffet galore!
Hmm, test tubes?
Thank you for the mini cheesecakes, these were amazing.
The owners having their introduction session with us. It was pleasing to hear two young entrepreneurs explain on their business and having great passion towards a project.
We tried 15 different frozen yogurts that night, it was madness. Here's the first eight featuring their in house specialties and current flavours. My favourites were the 'Get Lucky', which was tart infused with cookie dough, 'Empire State Of Mind', a freeze-dried coffee flavoured froyo that everyone wasn't a fan of but I was. It wasn't the creamy tiramisu textured yogurt, imagine sugarless Nescafe made into froyo. Yep. Everyone else loved the 'Katy Berry', a real mixture of mixed berries. My ultimate favourite from this menu list was the 'Sexy And I Know It', Dark but sweet vegan chocolate, I mean.. what's better than a healthy lustrous thick chocolate? Yum!
We had a free flow of toppings to try out, you have no idea how many Kit Kat bars and Oreo biscuits I had that night. Guilty as charged.
These weren't the only toppings, but this was what was on our table for picture sake.
The next list of menu came and I had three favourites and two that I disliked very much. My most favourite frozen yogurt of the night was the 'Drop It Like Its Choc And Orange'. It had the richest dark and fruity flavour which I can't get my mind off. I'm definitely coming back to Ilya for this one. The second favourite was the 'Lana Del Grey' which was essentially mixing earl grey tea with cranberries. The taste was so unique and refreshing. My next favourite was the 'Purple Rain' infusing acai berries into the frozen yogurt, I still cannot understand anyone who doesn't love acai, they are the absolute bomb!
The one that I really disliked was the 'Where The Wild Rosemary Grows'. It is a rosemary cheesecake flavour which was albeit doughy and I thought it was too cheesy for a froyo. The most hated froyo of the night was the 'Like A Virgin Mary', pun seriously not intended. I am biased here because I disliked Bloody Mary to begin with. This had a heavy tomato flavour with tabasco spice and it tasted horrible to the mouth. Nay!
With fellow food bloggers and nutritionist, Minty from WanderingMint and Shazrina from GrazingPanda, and our plus ones'.
This makes me feel like I'm in an adorable kids play kitchen. Yes, we all felt young all over again.
Thank you Ilya Frozen Yogurt for the take home froyos, I'm coming back for more once I am finished with these tubs. Since Ilya's froyos are considerably very healthy, I have all the more reason to come back and regain my youth (literally) from all that probiotics right?
Get some culture ya'll! I wished Ilya had more branches so it'd be convenient for everyone to try it. Nonetheless, it is worth the try if you pop by Elsternwick. The days are warming up and I am so excited to re-enjoy the frozen yogurt goodness at Ilya, especially the Choc-Orange flavour.
Ilya Frozen Yogurt
277 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick
Melbourne, Victoria 3185
Tel: +(61) 03 9077 1080