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Published September 5th 2012
Self-control necessary when at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt bar
While soft serve ice-cream will always be a popular sweet treat for summertime, I believe that the age of the frozen yogurt is almost upon us. Frozen yogurt shops have slowly gained in popularity all over the world because of the idea that it is a healthier alternative to ice-cream. While I can't prove that, I can say that frozen yogurt is certainly as delicious as ice-cream. Menchie's Frozen Yogurt is certainly up-to-par with any soft serve ice-cream you can find.
There are currently 3 Menchie stores in Adelaide; one in Elizabeth Shopping Centre, one in Westfield Marion Centre and one in Myer Centre at Rundle Mall. I visited the one in Myers by chance as I passed the food court. The store is small but bursting with colour; the bright greens and pink stole my attention and lured me in like a moth to a flame.
The staff working at Menchie's were extremely friendly and helpful and I must say, wily. They offered me and my friend a small empty container and told us that we were free to try out their yogurt selection. Menchie's is a self-serve station; you're free to try any flavours you want. You can even mix-and-match, leading to a staggering combination of flavours you can get.
So after sampling some of their flavours, we were sold. We each got our own cups and went to town on their frozen yogurt stations. There were quite a number of flavours and I'm told that it rotates regularly. Amongst them were banana, cake batter, cookies & cream, mixed berry, chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow and so forth. Each flavour is actually labelled according to how much fats and carbs they have. So most of the fruity flavours had 'non-fat' plastered over them. I'd expect the more decadent flavours like cake batter or cheesecake to be high in calories but to my surprise they were labelled 'low-fat' and 'low-carbs'.
After you're done choosing your flavours, you can head over to the topping station to complete your froyo creation. The range of toppings included healthy stuff like fruits and nuts while the other end of that spectrum has stuff like maltesers, cookie dough and fudge brownies. There's also chocolate sauce and honey to drizzle on top of your frozen yogurt.
I've got a penchant for anything chocolate banana-flavoured so naturally I mixed the chocolate and banana flavours together. I topped it off with pieces of banana and some chocolate sauce. It's like I'm trying to be healthy but at the same time resisting by adding so much chocolate.
My cravings for chocolate-banana have been satisfied
After you've finished, it's time to pay. Menchie's doesn't charge you per-cup; it charges you based on weight. I quite like this system because then you can decide how much frozen yogurt or toppings you want and pay accordingly. Mine came up to $8.
This is not my first time at a self-serve frozen yogurt station so I knew that if I wasn't careful, I'd end up with a really heavy cup and a heavier charge. I usually tend to avoid most of the heavier toppings like the brownies or some of the fruits because that will add to the scales. I know it's exciting when you're faced with so many flavours and toppings but you really need to exert self-control when doing it yourself so you don't go overboard.
I must say, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt tastes almost exactly like any soft serve ice-cream on the market, except it's probably much healthier. I will definitely be heading back whenever I get a craving for something cold and sweet. I can't wait to see what new flavours are going to be introduced. Just as long as they don't take away the banana flavour.