Dessert Review: Dessert Bullet Blasts Away Yonanas!
In an effort to rid the nation of our over consumption of sugar, machines that make desserts using frozen fruit is the new black. Desserts have never been a fad, but these machines have definitely put the healthy dessert in the forefront. The rave reviews surrounding these new machines quickly grabbed my attention, specifically the Dessert Bullet and Yonanas. They both claim to make low fat, low calorie, no sugar added, delicious desserts produced simply with frozen fruit. Time for a head to head comparison.
I had to see for myself which was the best of the pair, so I purchased both and decided to share my dessert review of each, in the hopes of saving you some time or money, hopefully both!
The first dessert review is for Yonanas, in pink and black. This system comes with six parts total, which include
- Base unit
- Rubber gasket
- Plastic/metal Blade
- Instruction Manual with recipes
As stated in the instructions, I used only the finest”cheetah spotted” bananas. I peeled, cut and froze them for the recommended minimum 24 hours, then took them out to thaw for the time recommended. Bananas are the focal point of Yonanas and detailed information on the perfect ripeness of the banana is iterated in the user manual. The makers of Yonanas only want to make sure you achieve the best flavor. I used some strawberries (which I always buy and freeze), along with some store bought frozen mango (Dole, if you’re interested). My goal was to keep it simple for these tests.
I loaded the chute alternating the slightly thawed fruits, using the plunger to push the ingredients through. Voila! My first dessert. It was good, like a mix between creamy banana ice cream and fruit sorbet. While in use, the unit runs pretty loud and sounds as if it is working hard. Also, the fruit did not mix especially well.
Now comes clean up time, and let me say clean up was neither quick nor easy. Remember, there are six parts to this machine, five of which have to be cleaned thoroughly! The gasket, blade and chute are not fun to clean. The blade has little serrated edges and is very bothersome to handle. I had to remain vigilant in order not to cut myself. Furthermore, I would not let a child handle the blade. As for the chute and the gasket, they both have crevices that you need to make sure to clean well. Seriously double check! The chute has a long neck and the part that screws onto the base requires special attention. Although I own a dishwasher, I mostly hand wash my dishes, and I am extremely thorough and nit-picky. Even so, I had to re-wash both items again. Rinsing parts right after use didn’t take care of the crevices very well either. However, all parts that need to be cleaned are dishwasher safe. Personally, I clean better than a dishwasher, in less time too. A blender is easier to clean that Yonanas. Check the Tips & Tricks for an easy way to clean your blender.
Pros: Easy to use, dishwasher safe parts, simple instructions/recipes.
Cons: Exposed blade, hard to hand wash, noisy, mixing of ingredients, single use appliance.
Overall, Yonanas yields good flavor and decent consistency.
The next dessert review is slated for the Dessert Bullet in white. This machine comes with six parts which include
- Base unit
- Plastic cylinder blade
- Two nozzle attachments
- Instruction Manual with recipes
I used the same frozen bananas, strawberries and mango for this test. The manual also provides a handy chart for thaw times for frozen fruit, to ensure the best consistency. Again, I loaded the chute alternating the fruits, and used the plunger to push the fruit through. Voila! My second dessert. This was better, and it seemed the ingredients blended slightly better as well. The bullet was a little quieter during use.
The Dessert Bullet was very easy to clean, and lives up to those claims just like the NutriBullet. The blade is all plastic and without sharp edges. and there are only four pieces to clean, five if you use both nozzle attachments, and six if you use the funnel. This chute is easier to clean, because the section that connects to base does not come in contact with the fruit as it makes its way into the bowl. The blade is a snap to clean. No metal parts, so no worries about cutting yourself. I did wonder how this “blade” was going to process frozen fruit, but it does…like a champ! The nozzle is probably the hardest to clean, but if you rinse all of the pieces right after use, it is not so bad. All parts to be cleaned are dishwasher safe. If you choose to use the funnel, which I didn’t, it is easily cleaned as well.
Pros: Easy to use, dishwasher safe parts, good mixing/consistency, simple instructions/recipes, no metal parts.
Cons: Moderate noise, single use appliance.
Overall, the Dessert Bullet yields good flavor as well as very good consistency and mixing. It is very easy to use and very easy to clean. The footprint is slightly smaller than Yonanas, and I like the white Dessert Bullet compared to the pink and black Yonanas, which did nothing for my kitchen decor. Yonanas comes in other colors, unlike the Dessert Bullet, at the time of this review.
My-ology says that indeed the Dessert Bullet blasts away Yonanas! This is not to say that Yonanas is not a good machine, it just seems that the makers of the Dessert Bullet thought about the whole experience from start to finish. I have now used my bullet quite a few times and, let’s just say, Yonanas is a distant memory.
Now if you will excuse me…it’s time to make the desserts!
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