TCBY opened the first frozen yogurt shop in 1981 and it was years ahead of its time. In the last few years, ice cream shops are closing up as Fro-Yo is taking over. There are a number of national chains including Red Mango, Pinkberry and Sweet Frog. It seems there is a Fro-Yo shop on every corner in every town across the U.S.A. We were recently in the Mall of Millenia area and decided to stop and get a cold creamy dessert.
Now I have been in enough of these yogurt shops to have learned they are all the same. The only exception being Red Mango which is still to this day making frozen yogurt without high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. I’ve yet to see any of the other chains make such a claim. However, here we were barely in the door before we were given a spiel about how Tutti Frutti works. Blah Blah Blah. We could have saved her some time and a lot of words if she had just asked if we had been there before. I hate the spiel.
Tutti Frutti was clean and spacious. There was a nice selection of flavors including one dairy free option. I understand that the flavors rotate daily and on this particular day there were no sugar-free choices.
The toppings were pretty typical along the lines of a frozen yogurt shop. There is a large selection of candies, fruits and sauces.
One thing I have never seen before in one of these places was the mini cupcakes. Cute idea.
Chad loaded up his yogurt with cookie dough balls, chocolate chips and heath bar crumbles.
I was really craving a shake so after I made my concoction I was able to have the girl behind the counter blend it. I went for the cheesecake yogurt with chocolate chips and a peanut butter sauce. The ability to blend was a nice touch for the chain, but in this particular store, the blender is actually in the back of the store, out of my view. Not that it’s a big deal but I don’t really like that. Not that I thought the employee would do anything to my yogurt, but because I felt like I was bothering her. If you offer blended shakes why not keep the blender out front? It’s like they don’t want anyone to know it’s an option.
We liked Tutti Frutti as much as any of the other yogurt places we have been to. Like I said though, we would go out of our way to find a Red Mango if we were purposefully trying to find a place for frozen yogurt.