Best in Texas: Frozen yogurt

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Hannah Gonzalez

TRL’s Calla Patino tried cake batter and chocolate frozen yogurt from three shops. See her opinions about these flavors for which one is Best in Texas.

I hopped on the train of froyo to my three destinations: Yumilicious, Yogurtville and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt for this episode of Best in Texas. The frozen treat for nights when ice cream isn’t the move is a staple dessert or snack. At each stop, I tried to get the most similar if not identical flavors and toppings to give an accurate review.

Yumilicious:

I started my froyo journey at Yumilicious; the closest possible choice in the Village at Allen. I had a combination of cake batter and milk chocolate with Reese’s peanut butter cups and gummy bear toppings. Of course, I kept the gummy bears with cake batter and the Reese’s with the milk chocolate, trying both flavors with and without the toppings. The batter had a strong flavor that overpowered the chocolate when mixed together. The milk chocolate on the other hand tasted like Hershey chocolate syrup that’s it. Out of the two flavors, the cake batter was the one to beat as it had a mainly vanilla flavor. The store was efficient as you walked in and grabbed your desirable size of cup (a choice of large or larger) for your froyo pouring. However, the store’s froyo selection was weak as they had more adventurous flavors and lacked the original flavors such as strawberry. 

Cost: 7/10 Efficiency: 8/10 Overall: 9/10

Yogurtville:

For my next froyo filled location, I went to Yogurtville off of Greenville and Estates Pkwy. Even though they didn’t have cake batter or milk chocolate, I went with the closest combination: birthday cake and dutch chocolate with the same toppings of gummy bears and peanut butter cups. I am personally not a huge fan of birthday cake, but for people that love birthday cake, I’d say it has an average flavor with an overpowering sweetness. The dutch chocolate still tasted more syrupy than anything, but it was smooth and gave a stronger fudge-like taste. There was a larger variety of flavors from cotton candy to the original comforting strawberry. Overall, the froyo was pretty good, but the fact that the employee had to ask and give you the desired cup size for your froyo was a fro-no as it’s less efficient when the store is busy. 

Cost: 6/10 Efficiency: 6/10 Overall: 6/10

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt:

The last stop was at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Watters Creek, Allen. Sticking with the general flavors, I had cake batter and pure chocolate with gummy bears and Reese’s peanut butter cups. The pure chocolate was the best with it’s more coco flavor rather than syrup. Menchie’s had the greatest selection of flavors as it had all the basics, including strawberry, and some fun, out-there flavors. The toppings came in separate grab and go containers filled to the brim, keeping the toppings fresher. The portion of toppings was so large in the small cups that I didn’t use all of it and took the rest home. However, the cake batter flavor wasn’t strong at all and tasted more like plain vanilla froyo. The froyo seemed to melt faster as well. This froyo place was the farthest away, but it was worth the drive, especially for their cute spoons with little Menchie animals on the top of the handle.

Cost: 8/10 Efficiency: 7/10 Overall: 8/10

I had trouble deciding which froyo place deserved the title of Best in Texas as each shop had their own positives and negatives. When one flavor was good, the other one lacked. It was a close draw between Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Yumilicious. Menchie’s mass of individually packaged toppings and the natural coconess of the pure chocolate couldn’t be ignored, but the froyo melted quickly. This left Yumilicious as the winner, earning it the title of Best in Texas. The cake batter and efficiency came out victorious even though they didn’t have strawberry.