Review: Yogurtz Frozen Yogurt, Meridian, Idaho
It seems that frozen yogurt shops are popping up all over the place, and that there’s a new one opening every few months. Every time I enter one of them, I think of that Seinfeldt episode where Elaine couldn’t believe the yogurt was good for her and had it tested, but Kramer was macking on the lab tech and accidentally knocked some fatty substance also slated to be tested into the yogurt test, which caused the closure of the yogurt shop that Jerry and the rest loved so much. It was a great episode, and I must say, after eating the delicious non-fat low calorie frozen yogurts at different shops, I can see why the writers wanted to create an episode based around “health” doubts of the frozen yogurt industry. That’s part of what I like about Yogurtz in Meridian. They actually list their ingredients out on their website. No mystery there.
Yogurtz is Better Than Aspen Leaf and Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt
I originally went to Yogurtz about a month ago. I’ll be honest, I only went because I received a $20 gift card from a work Christmas party. But now I’m addicted and can’t leave it alone. It is the best frozen yogurt I’ve had anywhere.
I’ve had Aspen Leaf’s downtown and in Eagle. It is good. But it is a franchise from Utah, a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company. What are their claims to fame that makes them “stand out” from their competition? According to their website, it is that they cut their fruit toppings by hand daily, and that they offer Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company candy toppings. Wow! They actually cut their bananas by hand daily? Amazing! They offer toppings from their parent company? Equally amazing! Blow me.
I’ve had Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt over in Bowen’s Crossing several times. It is also pretty good. In fact, before I discovered Yogurtz, it was my favorite frozen yogurt destination. They offer 12 flavors “on tap” at any given time, some of which are really very good. But I don’t like how their ingredients are mostly kept as a secret. I also don’t like how expensive they are. I always feel like I’ve been ripped off after leaving, even though the yogurt was good. Maybe just not THAT good. Fun name, decent yogurt, but priced too high.
Yogurtz is different. Yes, it’s still frozen yogurt that you serve yourself into a cup that you can then put toppings on. Yes, many of the flavors and most of the toppings are the same. Yes, you pay for everything based on weight. But that’s where the similarities end.
Yogurtz in Meridian has the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Boise Area
At Yogurtz, you can choose the familiar bowl to put your fro-yo in, or you can choose a waffle-cone or waffle-cone dish. There’s no extra charge for it. I haven’t seen this kind of flexibility at the other frozen yogurt shops in town.
There are 20 different flavors to choose from (making them the largest “on-tap” selection in town), and roughly 100 toppings to choose from. They actually list their ingredients out so you know what you’re getting. Everything is made with non-fat ingredients, and everything is sweetened with fructose rather than table sugar or corn syrup. Fructose is a low-glycemic sweetener that comes from fruit (don’t get fooled too far though, it’s still sugar in your system). They offer several sorbets for those of you who can’t do dairy (these are also extremely delicious). They use real fruit as a base layer for some of their yogurt flavors. Their prices are great, at only $0.39 per ounce. And what’s even better is that these “better for you” ingredients result in a caloric intake of only about 300 calories for a 12-ounce serving.
And the place is as hip as could be with its bright colors and funky neon light affects.
But that’s all secondary to the taste of their yogurt. Their flavors are incredible. The Chocolate Coconut tastes just like a Mounds bar. Their Chocolate Raspberry has the most pungent raspberry flavor I’ve ever experienced in a frozen dessert. Their Cookies and Cream is divine. Chocolate Mint, amazing. Cake Batter, just like licking the beaters when making a cake. Their Blueberry Banana tasted just like the blueberries I topped it with, along with a base layer of fresh bananas. Their Pumkin Pie blew my mind. And their fruit sorbets are tart, fresh, and satisfying. I can’t really understand how they get so much “real” flavor into their product, but I’m glad they’re able to do so.
The other thing I like is that it is a local shop. I’ve met the owner, and he seems like a guy that is connected with the local dairy industry somehow. I don’t really know that he is. That’s just the impression I had when meeting him. He’s proud of his product, as he should be.
Yogurtz is a Great Date Destination
Next time you’re out with your sweetie, stop in at Yogurtz for an after dinner/movie treat. They’re open until 10:30 on the weekends, 9:30 the rest of the week. It’s fun, delicious, and something new. I promise you’ll love it.
The Bald Gourmet rates Yogurtz Frozen Yogurt as the best Frozen Yogurt destination in Boise.
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