last weekend we went on a froyo frenzy!
froyo – the cute nick for ‘frozen yoghurt’, is a a frozen dessert made from, or containing yogurt or other dairy products. it is slightly more tart, rich in taste than ice cream, as well as lower in fat (due to the use of milk instead of cream).
see the magic word – LOW fat! hihi.
it was a froyo frenzy time for the family because we went to mirdiff city center and ate frozen yoghurt at one kiosk, went jalan-jalan, and then stopped by another frozen yoghurt place. ‘yogen fruz’ first, and then to ‘pinkberry’.
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the ‘yogen fruz’ kiosk that we went to was very white, very cute. blue font with the signature smiley ‘ü’ in pink is difficult to ignore!
‘yogen fruz’ was founded by a couple of teenage canadian brothers, who started the company using money loaned from their dad. now it’s an international frozen yoghurt brand with hundreds of branches worldwide.
here they offer only two frozen yoghurt flavors – original and chocolate. choose from non-fat, low-fat and no-sugar-added.
the staff was very friendly. he explained the types of frozen yoghurt we could choose from, and gave few recommendations. i think he read my mind when he asked whether i wanted something sour – memang pun! hihi.
maybe he had a lot of female customers asking for the sour frozen yoghurt.
okay in yogen fruz, there’s ‘mix it’, and ‘top it’.
‘mix it’ - mix your frozen yoghurt with a choice of raspberry, blackberries, banana, kiwi, peaches, watermelon, mango – the list goes on! this is their signature frozen yoghurt - mixing it with fresh fruits.
choose a few fruits, and they’ll blend the frozen yoghurt with the fruit – ice blended concept, but with frozen yoghurt.
‘top it’ – toppings like sliced almond, cereal, grated chocolate, shredded coconut, fruity cheerios are all for your choosings. this is the usual fare – a swirl of frozen yoghurt and a sprinkle of toppings right on top.
we went for ‘mix it’. since we’re trying for the first time, we took the cheapest – which was 18dhs. we got a swirl of frozen yoghurt in a small cup, with a choice of only one fruit.
since i wanted something sour, the staff recommended mixing the frozen yoghurt with raspberry. so, white original-flavor yoghurt mixed with red raspberry – pink, sour, raspberry-flavoured frozen yoghurt!
the taste? let’s just say that if you want something low-fat, deliciously SOUR and cold – this is the super-perfect dessert. sedap sangat! mr. khairul and i were already talking about a second visit, and maybe next time we’ll mix it with kiwi jadi hijau or mango jadi kuning!
my only complain was that the portion is too little for something so delicious…
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after a round of walk around mirdiff city center, we found another frozen yoghurt place called ‘pinkberry’. we went crazy and decided to stop again for a cup!
‘pinkberry’ is another cute hang-out. the walls are transparent except for green polka-dots along the eye-level. the chairs were also green and white, and the place decorated with green plants. really funky yet greeny – i like it!
did i tell you that i LOVE the chairs? i would love to have these at my home! and look at the huge white vase-thingy in the middle of the cafe? total cuteness! if you notice, the flooring is also gorgeous. little beads of batu sungai – memang lawa sangat.
the whole look of the place gives the illusion and feel of enjoying your cup of frozen yoghurt at a very fancy green garden!
‘pinkberry’ is another international brand, and offers 3-4 flavor of frozen yoghurt. pick a cup-size, pick your toppings – and you’re good to go!
you can also get 'fruit parfait’ and smoothies from pinkberry.
well, the standard toppings of any frozen yoghurt stand i guess – choices of colorful fruits, or others like nuts, cookies and cereal. gummibears too!
one topping caught my eye – pomogrenate seeds. wah. but too exotic to put in my yoghurt on the first try! maybe next time lah! hihi.
as usual, we picked the cheapest at 22dhs (well, 12dhs is the cheapest actually but that’s JUST the yoghurt without any toppings). this one comes with a tall swirl of white, original frozen yoghurt, with a choice of 4 toppings.
mr. khairul picked strawberry, kiwi and 2 portions of mango. lovely!
the taste? what’s not to love – frozen yoghurt, nice. fresh fruits, nice. i like that it’s NOT that sweet, just fresh taste combined with sweetness of mango, sour strawberry and delicious kiwi.
sedap lah! and i don’t need to tell you how my boys LOVE frozen yoghurt…
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back in malaysia, i’ve tried froyo at tutti frutti, also an international brandname. i went to the ttdi branch. a very frun experience because you get to MAKE your own combo of froyo-toppings. click here for my review.
let’s compare and contrast, shall we? between tutti fruti, yogen fruz and pinkberry!
yogen fruz :
- only 2 flavors of froyo – original and chocolate
- cheapest is 16dhs
- small portion
- can only choose one topping (more toppings, more expensive)
- signature froyo is ‘MIX IT’ – blend froyo with your choice of fruit
- 4 flavors of froyo – original, chocolate, promagrenate and something i can’t remember
- cheapest is 22dhs with toppings (w/o is 12dhs)
- big portion
- can choose 4 toppings
tutti frutti :
- TONS of flavors, and they change every now and then – original, vanilla, chocolate, honey dew, lychee – the list is endless!
- self-service – you press for your own froyo, you take the spoon and pick your own toppings and even chocolate syrup
- cheapest is… take less, pay less – because you only pay for what you take. after you take, you weigh and pay according to the weight
- so portion is up to you!
- delicious, because it’s YOUR own froyo + toppings creation!
if you ask me, my fav between the three is tutti frutti – because it has so many different flavors of frozen yoghurt, and you can take as many flavors as you want. just take a little bit of everything so that it won’t be too heavy (since you pay for its weight).
but the point is – frozen yoghurt memang sangat sedap! and bak kata my adik bongsu – tak muak!
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all i can say is, if you LOVE ice-cream and had never tried frozen yoghurt, you better do so! you’ll love this one, and probably would change to froyo entirely! frozen yoghurt is after all, said to be a healthier choice than ice-cream!
there’s one more froyo spot that we noticed in mirdiff city center with a funny name - ‘snog’! definitely trying that one next!