Yoghurtland is a frozen yoghurt café, which began in America in 2006 and was so popular, that it now has over 300 outlets in Guam, Singapore, Venezuela, Dubai, Thailand and of course, Australia. It is the ideal franchise to come to this country as we appreciate delicious, healthy food options - where we can self-serve and choose what we want. It is also a popular venue for people with intolerances, as they have dairy free, gluten free and no sugar added varieties - so no one misses out.
The frozen yoghurt is made from real ingredients and has probiotics and live cultures, so it is delicious and also good for you - well, better than ice cream anyway! It is also the variety of intense flavours which keeps us all going back for more. What toppings you then put on it, is completely up to you...
Colour & flavour at Yoghurtland! Image: Yoghurtland Facebook
There are 15 Yoghurtland outlets across Australia, at the time of writing, with more expected on the way. Our family first discovered the concept of a self-serve frozen yoghurt store whilst on holiday on the Sunshine Coast and we fell in love. On the first occasion, we didn't quite get the concept of how it worked and went a little overboard with the toppings. We overloaded the cup with a range of flavours and toppings and then went to the counter to get it weighed, which determines the price. Our combination cost $20! After my heart recovered I had a taste, and my taste buds were blown away by the intensity of the flavours.
Fast forward six months and my family were walking through Stockland Glendale shopping centre, near Newcastle, and my daughter literally stopped in her tracks. The frozen yoghurt outlet in front of us was called Yoghurtland and it looked just as colourful, exciting and popular. Yep, we had to do it again...but perhaps a little more conservatively!
Stop at Yoghurtland Glendale, located between Coles and Woolworths
When you first walk in the door, you pick up a cup and walk to the range of frozen yoghurt flavours on the wall. On our visit, we could choose from Classic Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Twilight, Strawberry Banana, Peanut Butter, Mint Crème, Alphonso Mango Tart, Salted Caramel Pecan and several more. Although they all sounded mouth-watering, we chose the Coconut with a small amount of Mint Crème down the side (which was surprisingly a delicious combination!). At each flavour station, there are 3 handles to pull down - the ones on either ends are the flavours indicated and the one in the middle is a combination of both!
Pick a cup, choose your frozen yoghurt, pull the handles...
After you choose your frozen yoghurt flavours you walk along to the bar and choose the toppings you would like to put on top. There are small cubes of cheesecake, lychee bursts, chocolate flakes, hundreds and thousands, strawberries, sour lollies, snakes and much, much more. Some of the toppings are quite heavy, so consider that when you choose. We added some hundreds and thousands, lychee bursts and crushed chocolate cookies on top and took it to the counter to be weighed. On this visit, it was only $6.40 - affordable and oh, so good!
There are several tables to sit inside, however, they were all full on our visit so we sat outside and enjoyed it in the shade of an umbrella. As we sat and shared this amazing bowl of flavour, we saw that Yoghurtland was doing a roaring trade with the locals. About 10 tables outside the outlet had people eating from their distinctive cups, with another 20 people walking by eating out of theirs. It is a popular outlet for all ages, as parents appreciate that their kids are eating yoghurt - whilst the kids love picking their toppings.
See here for a full listing of Yoghurtland stores in Australia. Why don't you visit the Glendale outlet, or your closest one this weekend? It doesn't need to be summer or the school holidays - it is a frozen treat that you can enjoy all year around...
By the time I got my camera ready to take a photo - half of it was gone! If you have kids, don't forget to take the spoons home too
Where:Shop 36 Stockland Glendale, 387 Lake Road, Glendale NSW 2285
Cost:Price is per ounce of frozen yoghurt and toppings, which makes it hard to guage how much you are spending. I suggest filling up half a smaller cup and getting an idea from this. Toppings then add more weight.