Jul 30, 2012

Review: Wendy's Frosty - Chocolate vs. Vanilla

Ah, Chocolate or Vanilla... the age-old battle between number 1 and 2 in the world of ice cream popularity. And yet, Wendy's Frosty has originally always been chocolate. It wasn't until recently that Wendy's added a tap for the Vanilla frosty to expand their frozen dessert offerings (you can't really use chocolate as a base to build other flavors... well, unless those flavors also include chocolate...).

With that in mind, I thought I'd compare Wendy's Chocolate (Original) Frosty versus Wendy's Vanilla Frosty.

Interestingly, Wendy's Chocolate Frosty isn't just flavored with cocoa; there's some vanilla in there (or artificial vanilla flavor anyway). Cocoa flavor alone was thought to be too overpowering when paired with Wendy's burger and fries. Plain Vanilla wasn't introduced until 2006.

The Frosty's texture is what sets it apart from other frozen dairy desserts from other rival chains. It's not as liquid as a shake, but not as solid as your typical soft serve or ice cream. What gives the Frosty its unique texture are little ice crystals mixed into the Frosty. You can actually see the crystals in the Original Chocolate flavor, but they're a bit harder to make out in the Vanilla ones. The end results makes the Frosty ideal for eating with a spoon or with a French fry if you're so inclined.

The Chocolate Frosty isn't quite rich, but there's a deep cocoa flavor that I've always liked growing up. It's like instant chocolate milk with an extra spoon or two of cocoa. If you think chocolate ice cream is too dark, the Chocolate Frosty is more milky and might be your thing.

The Vanilla Frosty is kinda the same, except with vanilla flavor of course. Like the chocolate version, it's not rich, but the flavor is deep and also very enjoyable.

Between the two, I could go with either one, but on this occasion, I went with the tried-and-true Original Chocolate Frosty and gave the Vanilla one to my brother.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Original Chocolate Frosty - small (212g)
Calories - 300 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 140mg
Carbs - 49g (Sugar - 42g)
Protein - 7g

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Vanilla Frosty - small (204g)
Calories - 280 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 7g (Saturated Fat - 4.5g)
Sodium - 135mg
Carbs - 47g (Sugar - 40g)
Protein - 7g