Hangin’ Out At…Menchi’s Frozen Yogurt
Next to cupcake bakeries, frozen yogurt shoppes are the latest rage. For me, the appeal isn’t the yogurt so much as it is the toppings. Have you ever bought an ice cream and wished you could add whatever toppings you wanted, at whatever quantities made sense to you?
Enter Menchi’s Frozen Yogurt. The premise is as easy as it is delicious: why should they pay someone to guess at your idealized treat when you can do it yourself. Think of the labor savings alone!
It won’t be easy. There are several to choose from (for example, red velvet, chocolate, cake batter, and peanut butter) and they change frequently. Feel free to mix and match to amp up the fun!
If you thought choosing a flavor was hard, you’ll be blown away by the choices here. Want candy? They have mini M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, butterfingers and more. Feel like the crunch of cereal? Try the Golden Grahams, Cocoa Pebbles, or Fruit Loops. Maybe something a little more typical? You’ll find jimmies (colored and chocolate), marshmallows, and even crushed graham crackers.
Tip: If you’ve never had a chocolate-covered sunflower seed, drop a couple into your concoction. Divine!
And we aren’t done with toppings yet! They also have a selection of softer options, like pineapple, strawberries, and raspberries. And cheesecake bites and brownie bites and…well, you get the idea.
There are typically two options when it comes to sauces: caramel or hot fudge. Menchi’s throws in hot marshmallow, peanut butter and even honey, coating everything with gooey deliciousness. Oh, I yes, I said deliciousness.
At $0.44/ounce, the beauty of this system is that you can get as much or as little as you’d like. Your first visit will likely be one of your higher tabs, because your eyes will covet MUCH more than your stomach can handle. I’ve been to Menchi’s a time or two, so I knew to dial it back to a reasonable amount. The cup on the left, for example, only cost roughly $3 plus tax.
The takeaway: If you love frozen yogurt or ice cream and have always wanted to make your own culinary creations, this is the place for you. I can’t speak for the Winter Park location, but Sand Lake has seating both indoors and out, which makes it a great date-night or girls’-night-out location. And because you control how much you get, it won’t break the bank.
There are tons of new yogurt places out there. Do you have any favorites?
P.S. Does “Menchis” remind anyone else of “Monchichis“? I literally had to keep referring to the web site when writing this entry, because I always call it by the name of the 80s doll instead!
posted by Christine@RandomHangers.com
Tags: cheap, froyo, frozen yogurt, frugal, sand lake, stuff to do in Orlando, things to do in orlando, toppings, winter park
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