A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published March 12th 2013
For those with a sweet tooth but wanting the healthy option
Frozen yogurt's latest craze is the self-serve concept where customers can choose their own flavours and toppings. It started out in America, made its way to Australia and is now only expanding in Brisbane. Frozen yogurt appeals to customers wanting a healthy treat, as well as plenty of choice and the ability to create what they really want.
I decided to try the self-serve frozen yogurt at Berry Me in Sunnybank Plaza, Sunnybank to see what the fro-yo craze was all about. Berry Me is a really cute shop, decorated in pink with white puffy lights dropping down from the ceiling, tiny white high tea tables and ET-shaped green chairs. There was also a massive wall full of self-serve machines.
I was a bit confused when I walked into the shop as there weren't any instructions on what to do. It is also difficult to determine how much it will cost beforehand. There is a sign stating that frozen yogurt is $2.80/kg but without any basis to compare it to before filling my cup up, it would have been a stab in the dark.
When in Rome, you do what the Romans do. So I picked up a cup (which was huge) and joined the others in the line. It is tempting to try all the different flavours on the wall, from New York Cheesecake to Green Tea, Pomegranate and Hazelnut to name a few. I have been told that the flavours change, so it may be different the next time a customer steps in, adding to the variety. I had to admit that it was pretty fun choosing which flavour to try and determining my own quantity.
At the topping bar, you get healthy fruit choices such as watermelon, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and kiwi fruit as well as the interesting lychee. If you would like to treat yourself, there is an assortment of nuts, cereals, chocolate chips, oreos and other confectioneries. However, these choices may detract from the health benefit of the yogurt which is said to be 98% fat free. It is the toppings that really add to the weight as well so overloading with toppings may increase the cost substantially.
I filled my cup up to the brim but did not overindulge in toppings and the price came up to around $6. There is also chocolate, strawberry or caramel sauce to add to your yogurt at the end. The yogurt flavours are quite subtle and not as rich or creamy as ice-cream but still sweet enough to classify it as a dessert.
Berry Me has another outlet at 57 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove If you live in a different suburb and want to check out the frozen yogurt craze, other options include those outlets below:
Treat Froyo has an outlet in Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd and one at Level E Brisbane Myer Centre, 91 Queen St. Treat Froyo has a similar simple and fun self-serve concept to Berry Me, and is looking to expand into India.
Noggi is not a self-serve place but it has similar unique flavours with exotic sounding names such as Mochi, Blood Orange and Pinkberry. You can add any three toppings. About a third of the store is covered in Astroturf and a regular sized cup with three toppings is around $5.50. Noggi is open from 10am to 9pm from Monday to Thursday and until 11.30 pm on Fridays and 10pm on Saturdays. Noggi is a great place to go for coffee as well.