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Published October 1st 2012
A wonderland to whip you into a frozen yoghurt frenzy
For all who know me, they know that one of my main priorities in life is being fed. If I'm not fed, or not fed well, I may become cranky. I know, it seems all so dramatic doesn't it, but with an Italian background, you must understand that the need and desire for good food has been instilled in me from a very young age. We'd eaten a tasty meal of dumplings for dinner and were in the mood for a little walk and a little, or a lot, of dessert. On this said evening we walked past Ben & Jerry's, clearly a solid choice for satisfying dessert, and headed into YogurBerry instead. Now, I've sampled the new craze of frozen yoghurt that's trickling into the mainstream, but until I was romanced by YogurBerry, I hadn't truly lived the frozen yoghurt experience. My eyes were opened up to this emporium of froghurty delight and I haven't closed them since.
Half the enjoyment of indulging in a big ol' cup of frozen yoghurt at YogurBerry, is the self serve portion of the event. Grabbing hold of the lever that will deliver an endless stream of fresh, flavoursome frozen deliciousness directly into your world. A very child-like feeling comes over me when I enter YogurBerry. Maybe it's the pure excitement of getting such a tasty treat, or maybe it's the devilish side of me, knowing I'm in complete control of how much sweet trouble I feel like getting myself into. The variety of flavours and imaginable combinations are also a source of wide eyed possibilities.
Taro and Mango frozen yoghurts with strawberries, kiwi fruit, jubby mango pearls, a token malteser and festive sprinkles
I'm sure many have sampled strawberry or plain frozen yoghurt, and while those flavours are available, I'd have to recommend putting your adventurous hat on and delving into something a little more unique. You can have your choice of Blueberry, Banana, Mango, Passionfruit, Green Apple, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Chocolate and my personal favourite, Taro. I'm yet to try all the flavours, but so far, I'd have to say Green Apple and Taro are big winners. For those of you who aren't too familiar with taro, it is a root vegetable that is commonly used in Asian cooking, very often included in desserts. It turns purple when it is cooked and has a gorgeous nutty flavour to it. I highly recommend it.
After the pivotal selection of your yoghurt has been completed, you then have the daunting task of picking which toppings you'd like to accompany your tub of goodness. An ample amount of chopped fruits, lollies, chocolate, biscuits, cereals and nuts are available for your pleasure. Depending which store you visit there may be a few more unusual items such as mochi and little jubby pearls filled with a mango flavoured liquid. Smoothies, parfaits and an assortment of specially concocted mixes of yoghurts are also at your fingertips. Your trip to YogurBerry can be as naughty or as nice to your waistline as you see fit.
When it comes to cost, these desserts are very reasonable indeed. Aside from the menu items, it's all up to you how much you spend. The cost is calculated according to how much your tub of treats weighs. So after you squeeze and swirl your yoghurt and add the toppings you desire, you simply take your goodies to the counter where it is weighed and your total cost is all added up. So if you're being thrifty, try not to go overboard among all the excitement.
YogurBerry is said to be low in fat and calories. I personally delight in it because it is yummy, so whether it is or isn't, I think of it as a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed. It certainly tastes healthier than alternatives and if you're blessed with self control when it comes to dessert time, then you definitely could keep it healthy. It is refreshing and delicious, perfect to share between two or have one all to yourself and soak up the delectable flavours. An excellent choice when it starts warming up this Spring and Summer.
I love Yogurberry! The taro is one of my favourite flavours too, and even though chocolate toppings like the maltesers and M&Ms don't really go with the fruitier flavours of yogurt I can never resist them :) And the staff are super friendly too, which is always nice!