You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Those do-it-yourself frozen yogurt shops where you pump your own and top your own, then sit on sticky plastic chairs in a kid-crowded space.
Yogurtology wants to change everything you know about frozen yogurt shops, starting (literally) from the bottom up.
The capacious cups (and it’s one size only) can hold a lot of yogurt. The current titleholder for most yogurt eaten at a single sitting from a single cup is just over 25 ounces. Most people would get brain freeze before finishing half of that. Then again, most people would probably prefer to leave room for one or more of the dozens of toppings and bottomings offered at Yogurtology. That’s right; you can start with good stuff at the bottom of the cup. There are oatmeal cream cookies, brownies, doughnuts and chocolate chip cookies to line the cup. The step up to the half-dozen yogurt flavors, nearly all made in house. Recent offerings included chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lemon velvet cake gelato, mango and cupcake batter.
From the bottomings to the yogurt, you proceed to toppings. It’s more than nuts, sprinkles and syrups here. There are fresh fruits (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, mango), granola, Andes© mints, carob chips, white chocolate chips, nonpareils, cinnamon streusel, several types of Oreo© cookies, fresh coconut and a variety of gummy candies.
Yogurtology, a chain based in Tampa, calls its product “the art and science of frozen yogurt.” It’s a few scoops different from your average shop:
- Most of their products are gluten-free, and most flavors are created in the individual store’s kitchen.
- Unlike most child-centric shops, this one is designed for adults, with white furnishings, gray and silver tiles, muted lighting, wood accents and contemporary music. It’s sleek, modern and kept incredibly clean.
- The “bottomings” concept is fun and different. It adds weight to the cup, and therefore increases the price (product is sold by weight), so you have to take that into consideration.
- The number of toppings is far better than the average frozen yogurt shop, as is the number of healthier choices.
- Yogurtology does not forget Fido, offering dog-safe frozen yogurt treats, and prepackaged frozen yogurt for humans to take out.
- Yogurtology offers cup dividers, so you can section off the cup into four compartments. It provides the opportunity to create a “yogurt tasting flight” of up to four different flavors.
- The product is rich, creamy and the taste is balanced. There’s not much sweetness, but that’s a good thing. You actually taste the product for what it is; the strawberry and mango taste like the actual fruit, the salted caramel has both elements and the vanilla is aromatic.
There are plenty of frozen yogurt shops around for the kids. Maybe this is one the grownups should enjoy by themselves for awhile.
Yogurtology, 2632 PGA Blvd. (Trader Joe’s Plaza), Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Phone (561) 328-6980. Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.