Monday, May 30, 2011

Yonanas - A Product Review

Late last week a friend of mine stopped over to show me a new product that her husband is previewing this weekend. It's called Yonanas. It's a machine that takes frozen fruit and turns it into a creamy frozen treat. At first I was skeptical, but we tried it and it's delicious! The best part is
1. You make it yourself so you know it's safe if you have food allergies to worry about and
2. It's only frozen fruit and nothing else. Nothing else is added so you aren't getting any added sugar or unhealthy ingredients.

They are showing it today on HSN, but my friend said that in the near future you'll also be able to find it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Target and other retailers.

I have to tell you, it's really very tasty. The Little Man has requested it several times a day since we got it and we are now out of frozen fruit (and this is fruit that has been in my freezer untouched for eons!!). It's easy to clean too. Just take the grinder section apart and put the pieces in the dishwasher. Or rinse them clean if you have to use it several times a day like I do.

If you have food allergies, or especially a dairy allergy and you miss frozen treats, this machine is really worth checking out.

To find out more, visit the Yonanas website. There's a video that shows you how it works.

AND YES, IT REALLY IS JUST FROZEN FRUIT (that happens to taste like ice cream).

(We were loaned one of the machines for free for use of a trial and no other compensation was given)


Creations by Dina said...

Wow, That looks really awesome!! I would love to have one of those. Especially for my son allergic to dairy!!

Kathy said...

Thanks so much for your review!! I am dairy allergic and saw the commercials for this and was wondering if it was a gimmick or not!! I've grabbed one of the soy ice creams (or coconut, or whatever) but really don't want all the extra additives, etc. in them. Just fruit would be heaven!!

Linda said...

The UPS man just delivered my Yonanas machine. I was ready with the frozen bananas and some blueberries. I couldn't wait to try it. All I can say is "WOW". It's fantastic. I am an "icecreamaholic" and shouldn't eat so much icecream. It's too fattening and raises my cholesteral. This is the perfect solution for a healthy treat.

Skipper said...

Question: do you freeze the fruit, say, overnight, and then put it in the machine, or do you freeze what the machine produces from room temperature fruit? Thanks!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Hi Skipper,
You freeze the fruit BEFORE you put it in the machine. Bananas so far are my favorite. The spotty banana's are the sweetest. Before you put the fruit in the machine, let it sit out and thaw for 5-10 minutes. The short thaw time makes it go through the machine easier.
We LOVE our Yonana's!

srhodes said...

sorry i know this is a rather late comment, I saw it at target and was thinking of buying it since we are trying to eat healthier. if you add other fruit can you still taste the banana or is it pretty easily overpowered? my husband loathes bananas

doug said...

I have found more negative reviews for this product than good. One reviewer online showed how much fruit is wasted using this product. There was close to 1/4 of the amount of fruit left in the machine, then in the bowl. This blog review seems swayed, it reads more like a commercial for the product. It seems like this person is somehow involved with the product or is friends with someone who is. The reality is you can accomplish the same thing with a food processor without the wasted fruit that yonanas causes. Not to mention there are tons of other uses for a food processor. Yonanas is a waste of food and money.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Hi Doug,
You are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. I am not associated with Yonana's nor was I paid in any way for this review. All of my reviews are honest and MY HONEST OPINION. I found the Yonanas machine to actually be very useful and the end product very tasty. In fact, if you want to talk about waste, or lack thereof, I have 4 really brown bananas sitting on my kitchen counter right now. Instead of throwing them out, I'll be freezing them to use in the Yonanas machine. Doesn't sound like waste to me!
And just for the record, I tried to do the same thing with my food processor and it did not work the same for me.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your opinion. All opinions are welcome here. But please don't insinuate that I'm falsely endorsing this product in any way. I am not. I stand by what I wrote.


ChupieandJ'smama said...

And an FYI Doug,
Apparently ABC News feels the same way I do:

Have you actually tried Yonana's Doug? It's really tasty :)


carknoll said...

I was just at Rehobeth Creach, DE and stumbled on Annie's Bananie's. It is AWESOME. I have a severe lactose intolerance and can't eat ice cream. Lucky me I don't have a sweet tooth but I do love fruit and healthy food. I read a review for Annie's Bananie's and the poster suggested this machine. I am so glad to hear your review. I am ordering it right now.



Kimi said...

Thanks for the review. My best friend bought one at Target over the weekend. She has her bananas and fruit in the freezer and has yet to use the device. I am also a lover of fruit and ice cream, but dietary restrictions prevail. I think I would LOVE this device.
Especially given Janeen's allergy issues with her Little Man, I can see the value of an allergen/additive-free treat maker. Thanks for the review!

Angie/texas said...

mine will be here today and i am ready, coming tommorow

Pamela said...

HI! We are dealing with mulitple severe food allergies as well as being GF - and Ice cream is one of those things I have often wished I could gain some controll over! I found your blog while googling for product reviews of this 'sounds to good to be true' yonana's. I am thrilled to find your blog - it seems we are dealing with many of the same challenges. Thanks for your review - I plan to run to Target and get it today. Your thoughts on it are invaluable to me since you really get what it takes to be an allergy aware mom! I wish you and your family well!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Hi Pamela,
I hope you enjoy your Yonana's as much as we do. We really find it to be a delicious treat. My food allergy son asks for it at least once a week.
I just "liked" you on Facebook so I'm looking forward to checking out your allergy recipes!

Anonymous said...

This is the best invetion I've tried in years. I saw it on Dr. Oz. I joked about wanting it as a present for Christmas. Well, I got one for Chirstmas and it's been the best gift I've ever gotten. I love ice-cream and this is just as good. I've found that the more ripe the bananas when you freeze them the better the taste. I even took it to work to make for people as they didn't believe me when I told them about it. They just kept asking me, "This is just fruit, nothing else?". "Yes", I replied.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good product and reasonably priced! I will buy one as a gift for a family member. As for me, I can do the same process with my VitaMix or my ice-cream machine.

Janine Bartram said...

Doug there is no waste what so ever, as soon as I finish pushing the fruit through I take it apart and scrape the fruit inside into the bowl and rinse the bowl, takes about 5 seconds and you get it all.

Ed Licht said...

I bought it at Costco for $39.99. Its not a miracle machine but it is easy to use, the final product is nothing but fresh frozen fruit in yogurt form with no additives(much healthier than ice cream). Its simple to clean.On a scale of 1-10 its a 5.....(at best)