Review: For a tasty 'shake' without
milk products, try Jamba Juice
November 3, 2008 | It is typical and sometimes even
traditional to grab a shake after dinner, or get an
ice cream cone after an accomplishment. It is also common
for people to slather ice cream over brownies, cake
and even cookies. As delectable and mouth watering as
these desserts sound, it isn't good news for those individuals,
me included, who are unable to have dairy products thanks
to the wonderfully wicked illness known as lactose intolerance.
I find it incredibly embarrassing when friends and family
feel they have to rearrange their dessert plans because
I can't eat it. I don't know how many times I have heard,
"Oh, sorry, I forgot you can't eat this."
Yes, it is hard to sit back and watch everyone else
enjoy their satisfying dessert while I grudgingly sip
my water, hoping some luscious flavor will all of a
sudden sneak in and take my taste buds to a new level.
So, what can those of us do who no longer enjoy ice
cream's simple, cold, creamy, delicacy? I have taken
it upon myself to do a little searching to discover
the secret dessert restaurants in Cache County that
tend to get overlooked due to the famous, and sometimes
overused ice cream.
I decided to go to three different restaurants where
desserts are one of the main sources of business. The
first place I stopped was Charlie's Supreme Ice Cream,
more commonly known as Charlie's, at 1219 N. Main St.
I know it is an ice cream shop, but, they astonishingly
they did have something to offer. Lucky for me, I don't
have one of the most severe cases of lactose intolerance.
Sherbet, in small amounts, is the only type of ice cream
I can digest. Charlies does offer sherbet, but the downfall,
they only carry two kinds; raspberry and orange. Now
I know beggars can't be choosers, but I wished for a
little bit more variety.
Next I ventured to Sweetly Divine Pastries,
located close to Charlie's at 1309 N. Main. I had high
expectations about this restaurant, which were shattered
as soon as I walked in. I disappointedly looked around
at their beautifully crafted desserts filled with cream
cheese, decorated with whipped cream and stuffed with
pudding, each looking delectable, but unfortunately,
all off limits. I stared at the counter for ten minutes
hoping there would be one dessert available to eat.
I saw some muffins and a few cookies that I probably
would have been safe to eat, but compared to the other
desserts in the glass case, the cookies and muffins
looked rather boring.
The last place I went to satisfy my intensifying dessert
craving was Jamba Juice. This may not classify
as a dessert to some, but for me, this is as close to
a shake as I can get without experiencing the dreadful
after effects. Unfortunately some of their smoothies
do have frozen yogurt mixed in, but some don't and those
that don't are delightful. I studied their creative
menu, while listening to fresh, upbeat music, and decided
to try Caribbean Passion. This drink is made primarily
of passion fruit-mango juice, strawberries, peaches,
and orange sherbet. These flavors intricately combine
to create a sour, but refreshingly tart tasting drink.
The first sip through an adequately sized straw sent
shivers down my spine, but left my taste buds craving
The smoothie only consisted of 270 calories, and gave
me 2.5 servings of fruit, which always helps with the
guilty feeling that comes when eating desserts. The
employees were very friendly, efficient and quick. Within
ten minutes I had ordered my smoothie, paid and was
happily slurping this dessert quenching drink.
If you decide to follow my advice and visit Jamba
Juice you can find it at 130 E. 400 North, across the
street from Smith's. It is open Monday-Friday from 7:30
a.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.,
closed Sunday. Have at least $6 in your wallet and you
will be able to afford any drink of any size.
This dessert-seeking adventure wasn't very promising.
I was sadly disappointed by the lack of desserts offered
without diary products. Don't get me wrong, the desserts
offered at each of these restaurants were exquisite
and divine, just not compatible with a stomach unable
to digest lactose enzymes. Of the three restaurants
I experimented with, Jamba Juice was the best option.
It offers the most diverse menu with uniquely satisfying
drinks and prices comparable to a shake. A Jamba Juice
smoothie can never replace ice cream, but it satisfies
my need for dessert without causing immensely unwanted