Review: LOOKA Patisserie Gourmet Frozen Desserts & Crowdsourcing Smoothie Combos

Junk Food Nation, these days smoothies are everywhere. Besides retail establishments, like Jamba Juice or Robeks, every single health blog out there is extoling their own smoothie combos as the path to better health and better living.  And I enjoy smoothies too – in fact, for breakfast this morning I had a HUGE smoothie.  I like them because they remind me of milkshakes.  That’s actually the truth – I never think about the health benefits or whatever. I just like them because they remind me of milkshakes. I am a child.

But I tend to make the SAME smoothie over and over again – strawberry, banana, chocolate protein powder, almond milk, and water.  Yum yum.  Love it all day long. But I need a new smoothie to make. I WANT a new smoothie to make.

Now, I get it – “Eric, it’s the internet! Just look it up.” I KNOW, Nation, but that’s not the point. I want to know what YOU guys make, regularly. I don’t want some exotic smoothie that OOO THAT WOULD BE GOOD IF I ONLY HAD HIBISCUS TEA AND PASSIONFRUIT. No. I want to know what ghetto smoothies you guys make on a daily or semi-daily basis. What are your go-to combos that are EASY, and contain things that are readily available?

Tell me in the comments below. Bonus points if the smoothie contains less than five ingredients.  Tell me so I can go smoothie-ing all weekend long.

Today’s “junk” food: LOOKA Patisserie Gourmet Frozen Desserts!

LOOKA Patisserie Gourmet Frozen Desserts

LOOKA Patisserie Gourmet Frozen Desserts: The Money Shots

Yeah, it’s a stretch to call gourmet desserts “junk food” but whatever – its still dessert. LOOKA Patisserie is a young division of The French Patisserie. The French Patisserie is a bakery located ten miles south of San Francisco in the scenic coastal community of Pacifica, California since 1998.  I’ve never been, but the website shows that this bakery makes some delicious things.

LOOKA Patisserie is the French Patisserie’s foray into shipping these desserts nationwide! A retail line of all natural gourmet desserts from your freezer.  SWEET.  I love gourmet desserts.

LOOKA sent me two Triple Chocolate Mousse Cakes, two Key Lime Mousse Cakes, and a box of 12 Macarons.  Num num. Let’s get into some box images first:

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: The Money Shot

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: Three layers of chocolate mousse!

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: 340 cal each

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: good ingredients

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse Cakes have three layers of chocolate mousse topped with chocolate shavings. Yes, sign me up.

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: The Money Shot

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: LIMEY!

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: 290 cal each

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: Key Lime Juice!

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse contains some great ingredients too!  Key Lime juice as the #4 ingredient? I like that.

Time to UNBOX:

LOOKA Patisserie Mousse Cakes

LOOKA Patisserie Mousse Cakes: The Unboxed Money Shots

LOOKA Patisserie Mousse Cakes

LOOKA Patisserie Mousse Cakes: From the top!

So, you’re supposed to unbox these, remove all the plastic packaging, and let them sit at room temp for one hour. ONE HOUR??? I can’t wait that long. This is how they looked after about 40 minutes.


Close up on each, starting with the Key Lime Mousse Cake:

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: PRETTY

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: Little chocolate rolls on the semi-thawed top

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse: AMAZING

You can see from the closeups that the second picture was a partial thaw, but when I finally ate the LOOKA Patisserie Key Lime Mousse in the above picture, the surface was entirely thawed and perfectly gelatinous.

I mean, what can I say? This was delicious.  The thaw process didn’t affect the integrity of the mousse – the whole thing was soooo light and fluffy, and full of vanilla flavor. The key lime topping was citrus-y and bold, and gave the entirely dessert PLENTY of key lime flavor.  The cake disc at the bottom was forgettable, but provided the base the entire dessert needed without distracting.  The Dark chocolate rings around the outside tasted great although they fell off as soon as I cut into the dessert (as you can tell). I slurped them up like chocolate spaghetti – whatever.

Anyways, verdict: REALLY GOOD. Couldn’t tell it was frozen. Love key lime, and this delivered.

Moving on!

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: BEAUTIFUL layers

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: Nice thick ribbons

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse

LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse: FLUFFY

The LOOKA Patisserie Triple Chocolate Mousse, like the key lime variety, was SUPER FLUFFY. The first two pictures were at semi-thaw, but this last picture was at full thaw – the dessert came away like butter on my fork. Lighter than butter. Like a cloud. Really good texture.

The flavor was pretty good too – I never ate any layer separately, so the best I can say is that the chocolate flavor was well done. Like a fluffy creamy chocolate ice cream. Very, very tasty for any lovers of chocolate.

The bottom cake layer was pretty good in this one, and complemented the mousse better than the key lime one, I felt.  The dark chocolate shavings on top were as expected – firm and chocolaty.

Both the key lime and chocolate mousses were pretty good, especially for store bought frozen items. My family tried these and agreed that the Key Lime was out favorite of the two, simply because of the bolder flavor.

Macaron time? Macaron time.

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

So what are macarons? According to Wiki, they are: “a sweet meringue-based confection made with eggsicing sugargranulated sugaralmond powderor ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganachebuttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits.”

Basically, it’s a small meringue cookie (light and fluffy) with some chewy stuff sandwiched in between. If you’ve had them before, you know they are DELECTABLE.  I’m stoked for these.

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons: calorie info

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons: More calorie info

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons: Ingredients

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons: Instructions

Ok, enough of the boring pictures. Let’s open this box up!

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons

LOOKA Patisserie Macarons: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Holy eff, despite the one macaron being shattered, these LOOKA Patisserie Macarons LOOK AMAZING. Perfectly stored in a tray. So colorful!  Almost too cute to eat…but not that cute. Let’s nosh.

LOOKA Patisserie Vanilla Macaron

LOOKA Patisserie Vanilla Macaron

This LOOKA Patisserie Vanilla Macaron was full of vanilla flavor and sort of buttery tasting. Doctor Sis and I agreed – this had a vanilla bean flavor more than a french vanilla flavor. Really good.

LOOKA Patisserie Raspberry Macaron

LOOKA Patisserie Raspberry Macaron

My family wasn’t thrilled with the LOOKA Patisserie Raspberry Macaron, but I loved it. The Junk Food Gal and I agreed – great raspberry flavor, and with the sugar and cookie, this macaron tasted like a jelly roll!  For those who don’t know what a jelly roll is, click here.

LOOKA Patisserie Pistachio Macaron

LOOKA Patisserie Pistachio Macaron

LOOKA Patisserie Pistachio Macaron was my family’s favorite, and I could see why. It was FULL of pistachio flavor, and was there was almost an almond-mascarpone flavor to it as well.  It was also, weirdly, the chewiest of the macarons, which I felt added to the enjoyment.  Light green and perfect.

LOOKA Patisserie Chocolate Macaron

LOOKA Patisserie Chocolate Macaron

LOOKA Patisserie Chocolate Macaron was predictable and delicious – just full of light chocolate flavor.

So there you go!  I highly recommend these desserts.  Are they better than getting them fresh from your local bakery?  Debatable. But for pretty good quality in a frozen product straight to your table?  I would go for these every time.

PURCHASED AT: Buy them here, but Product Review Mom says you can also buy them at Walmart.

COST: No prices on the LOOKA website, but Product Review Mom says that the Mousse Cakes were $5 for the box of two, and the box of macarons were $8. NOT BAD.

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy


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Discuss - 33 Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    I usually use whatever I have on hand for my smoothies, but my favorites are greek yogurt, pineapple juice and avocado, banana, chocolate protein powder and peanut butter, and raspberries, coffee and chocolate protein powder. But let’s also say that I also make a lot of milkshakes that could be called smoothies (as in melted italian ice or ice cream as a liquid).

  2. Liz S. says:

    My favorite smoothie flavor/ingredient combination = 1 cup frozen cherries, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, heaping spoonful of almond butter, and 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use whey, but I’m sure any kind would do). Blend and enjoy.

  3. Nick Rovo says:

    Might want to fix your photos. There’s two servings listed on the nutritional panel meaning the info you see is for each one making the 340/290 per mousse.

  4. Alley says:

    Lately my smoothies have been chocolate protein powder, liquid, baby spinach, and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Basically comes out chocolate with a light coconut flavor. Also, a snickerdoodle-ish one that’s vanilla protein powder, liquid, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla, a teaspoon of peanut butter (or 2 tablespoons of PB2, which I prefer to use for easier blending purposes), and lots of ice. I had a good one using the stuff left in the bottoms of frozen bags of fruit last week: mango, strawberries, peaches, and vanilla protein powder.

  5. Louida says:

    Thanks for the shout out! Yes, the company told me that you can purchase it at Walmart.

  6. Sarah says:

    Peanut butter, banana, cocoa powder, yogurt, chia seeds and stevia…and then ice and almond milk. I soak the chia seeds in a bit of water for few minutes….they plump up and give it a super thick milkshake consistency.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Sarah: :/ I’m nervous to add chia seed – they look weird to me! (lol, I’m trying to be open minded but I’ve always made a face at chia seed, dunno why)

  7. Marc P says:

    Another top notch post!

    In reference to smoothies, I finally joined one of those local CSAs and my approach is that no matter what I get, I put it in a smoothie that night. Makes for some interesting concoctions.
    My previous “go to” was peanut butter, protein powder, greek yogurt, lychees and coconut flakes. MONEY!

    After being in Paris a couple times, I have turned into a macaron lover. These do look enticing and will have to find. Believe it or not, at a good price, the ones at Trader Joes are more than solid. The NYC ones are pretty good but not worth the pomp and circumstance.
    Someone needs to make peanut butter and/or Smores macarons and I will be sold.

  8. Rocketgirl says:

    I make a smoothie I lovingly call the “Stinky Pinky”. I take 1/2 cup of frozen Mango and 1/2 cup frozen strawberry/blueberry mix and crush. Then I add a cup of my favorite greek yogurt in a fun variety and mix it well with the crushed fruit. As much as needed for some oconut water (or organic juice) and mix in the blender with the rest of the concoction. Next, kale/spinach/chard mixture (as much as wanted) with a scoop of coconut oil. Blend well and serve cold. Its delicious and the mango and blueberries cut the taste of the greens. Tastes totally yummy!!!

  9. Bennett says:

    PB banana smoothie that is really simple. 2 cups milk, 3 bananas, and 1 TBSP of peanut butter. Blend until thick and smooth. Simple and tastes so good.

  10. Kelly says:

    I have switched from a smoothie to more of a soft-serve ice cream/very thick milkshake consistency. I use frozen banana (very important that it be FROZEN), chocolate protein powder, Truvia, powdered milk, dark cocoa, lots of ice, small amount of water or sometimes coffee. I call it my ice cream and eat it twice a day. I make it in a mini food processor. I could give out measurements but I tend to weigh my stuff so I don’t know that the weight in grams would be of much use to you!

  11. TroutPoutt says:

    I feel like these defrost-able desserts were all the rage in the 90’s, no? The key lime I would try, you can keep the chocolate. Mixed feelings about frozen macarons although I did have some mass-produced, chiller cabinet ones a couple months back and let me tell you, the pink grapefruit ones were excellent.

    I take it you haven’t jumped on the juicing bandwagon? I make smoothies most days mainly because I love fruit, went through a phase of posting daily ones on my instagram with recipes. Favourite is currently: papaya, mango and peach/nectarine blended with ice and almond milk or water. You can add natural yoghurt and mint or not. Also good: avocado, apple, cucumber, pear and any kind of berry. #juiceordie

  12. Ashley.W says:

    I know this is off topic but please review the limited edition root beer float Oreos!!

  13. Jenny says:

    I usually just buy whatever fruit is on sale, clean and cut it all up, and make snack bags with a mix. Then, when I’m in a hurry in the morning I can just toss in the fruit with some greek yogurt and enough milk to get it blending smoothly. I also add baby spinach if I have some handy.

  14. Sue says:

    I tried these a few weeks ago, i loved the rasberry and pistachio
    Havent tried vanilla or chocolate yet
    My box also had one or two casualties but all in all i was impressed as these seem to be ideal defrosted and very fresh they have the chew you expect, also 2 cookies for 70-90 calories is great

  15. JJ says:

    Try vanilla protein powder with chunky peanut butter and chocolate syrup. Best post workout shake ever!

  16. Emily says:

    My typical smoothie is frozen banana, peanut butter, maple syrup, plain yogurt and cold coffee (I use concentrated cold brewed coffee)

  17. Renee R says:

    While in Paris this past June, I worked down a dozen hand picked macarons from Laduree.
    Then, I saw these in the store and tried them. First, let me say, if you’ve had a macaron by the business of the actual family that invented the macaron, you are officially spoiled.
    After trying each of these, I found them way too dense. Macs are supposed to be very light.
    I agree with your family though, that out of the four, the pistachio was the best.
    I also don’t like macarons that are too sweet.
    The best of Laduree’ s was their rose flavor. Just exquisite.
    I’ve heard many many say, they like La Maison better than Ladureee but if you just want a quick macaron craving to go away, grabbing these at Wal-Mart will work.

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