Not unlike the Ouroboros, frozen yogurt has become today’s version of smoothies, which were the then-updated version of frozen yogurt, which was the answer to hippie elixirs, which were the answer to the malteds, which were the answer to the original Coca Cola (with gen-u-ine narcotics.)
It’s the trite adage that “everything old is new again,” much like the kids who are wearing ’80s fashions (and shame on you for the adults who are — if you’re old enough to remember it from the first time, you’re too old to be wearing it now.)
Here’s what I know now about the local fro-yo joints:
Big Spoon has now become the O.G., kind of like how Honey Treat was back in the day, only without the adorable bear mascot. With several locations, Big Spoon’s toppings focus more on the candy, sauces, cookies, and nuts. This can be a true gut-buster if you’re not careful, especially if you’re a fan of candy corn and hot fudge (which do taste mighty fine together, I might add.)
Yogurtopia is equivalent to Big Spoon; although, it does have a room for rent. Don’t think I haven’t thought about hosting a board of directors meeting there at some point.
Mochii is as close as you will get to Pinkberry. I loooooove me some Mochii. Throw in the fact that they blare fun music and have magazines-a-plenty to peruse, and you’ve got a happy runnergirl on your hands. They have a wide variety of mochi flavors, in addition to fresh fruit, cereal, and nuts. Mochii will satisfy you without making you feel like a whale afterwards.
Rounding out the bunch of those I have tried is the geographically desirable and 99.99% close to Mocchi perfection: YOGURT MONKEY. The YM is close to both work and home (mine, at least), and they feature the tangy yogurt (and traditional sweeter stuff), along with a host of fresh fruit, mochi topping, and the Big Spoon-esque candy, nuts, and sauces. The people there are friendly beyond belief without being aggressively so. Your visit to this strip mall will be complete with a pop-in at Tulip Paperie.
For now, my favorite place is Yogurt Monkey, and it’s only Monday, so I have no good way to wrap up this post, so just go to Yogurt Monkey. Go now. Enjoy the yogurt. Post your sentiments. You know the drill.