Review: Yogurtland

by Cate on July 29, 2011

Yogurtland - Interior
After we discovered Red Mango a few weeks ago, I heard about Yogurtland, which is a little bit closer to us.  We have since checked it out several times since.  The kids have gone.  Beth has gone.  We introduced Mystic’s daughter to it.  What can I say?  A guilt-free snack to combat this insane, sauna-like weather we’ve been experiencing lately does not require a heck of a lot of arm twisting.

The concept is nearly identical to Red Mango.  Serve yourself one of the frozen yogurt choices (Yogurtland has 16 flavors), top it with your favorite toppings and pay by weight.  Super simple.

My Melody

flavor sign

But there is a slightly divergence between the two brands.

While Yogurtland is 10 cents an ounce cheaper (.39 cents an ounce as compared to Red Mango’s .49 an ounce price), Red Mango offers a free loyalty program.  Sign up, they’ll track your purchases and reward you after you reach a certain amount spent.  I’m a big fan of retailers that reward my hard-earned dollars.

Both chains allow samples of their frozen yogurt and there is an employee standing by with little teeny size cups so you can taste before you buy.  Personally, I’m not a fan of the concept but that is possibly me just being grumpy.  People come in and seriously sample every single flavor.  At Red Mango, this isn’t as much of a problem as it is at Yogurtland.  At Yogurtland, there are these weird glass partitions, so if you know what flavor you want, you can’t go around the people sampling every flavor.  You must wait impatiently behind them as they hem and haw.  It drives me a little crazy.  Patience is a virtue and all…  Nick thinks the glass partitions look like shower doors.  I don’t think he’s too far off.

Yogurtland - Shower Enclosures

Now the toppings.  At Red Mango, all the fruit toppings (which are the only toppings I get, in addition to granola) are fresh.  They will even slice up a banana for you if you ask.  At Yogurtland, some of the fruit toppings are definitely frozen.  The solid strawberries with the ice crystals were a dead giveaway. They also have considerably less in the way of fresh, healthy toppings and have way more … how shall I put this … crap.  Fruity Pebbles.  Brownie Bites.  Cheesecake Bites.  Frosted Cookies.  Butterfinger bars. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I’m sorry.  Gag me.  The IDEA of frozen yogurt is, presumably, to offer an alternative to the calorie-laden richer desserts out there. This whole processed topping bar defeats the purpose.  Sure, a few of those is fine.  All things in moderation, I say.  But the garbage toppings far outweigh the healthier selections.

They also don’t keep up with the toppings bar very well.  This is what it looked like this afternoon.  Emptying fast and messy.  Yuck.
Yogurtland - Topping Bar

One last gripe.  Then I’m done.  Swear.  At the register, after you pay, the cashier asks what color spoon you’d like.  For the first few weeks, the choices were green or pink.  Today they had blue.  I honestly think that is such a waste of time.  Either give everyone the same color after you ring them up, or leave them in a canister for the taking.  It holds up the line unnecessarily.
Yogurtland - Spoon Choice

All that being said, we will, of course, go back.  And we have.  Yogurtland is less than 10 minutes away, Red Mango is about 20.

Yogurtland - Whipped Topping
Oh.  I lied.  One last thing.  One of the toppings offered is sweetened condensed milk.  REALLY.  So besides the two obvious grammatical errors on the bottle, since when was that considered a substitute for whipped cream?  Although one of my kids begs to have the can when I’m using sweetened condensed milk for a recipe, taking after his father and grandfather’s penchant for it, it is hardly a topping for frozen yogurt.

Yogurtland - My Favorite

Bonus Photos – July 29, 2011
Recycling
Methinks I need to do a little recycling from my desk at work.

Me and Ma Monkey
Me and my monkey.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristine @ SugarBeams July 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

Just a BTW, we have a YogurtBuilderz here in Phoenix and something they offer the others don’t is a big ol’ 60 oz cup that you can fill with yogurt with no toppings for only $7.50, so we get that and layer different flavors and then add our own toppings at home. This way you can enjoy it for 3-4 days and it is super cost effective! I would see if any of your local joints have something similar :-)

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Cate July 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Thanks for the suggestion – will definitely ask about it next time!

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Joanne July 30, 2011 at 5:17 am

So Yogurtland sounds to me like it’s a bad version of 16 Handles which is a chain with a similar concept. I love 16 Handles though…they have rainbow cookies as possible toppings. Awesome.

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claire July 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

The yogurt place I’ve been to you can mix and match flavors…so, do as many as you want. I usually get a couple-3 to try, all in small volumes. As to the sweetened condensed milk…kind of strange for yogurt but AWESOME on snocones! Some of my favorite flavors are made with it…homemade ice cream (vanilla and SCM), peaches and cream (peaches and SCM)….SOOOO good!

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Kris #40 July 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Haven’t been yet. Katie keeps asking me to go. I like Cups – it has 30 flavors. We’ve been to the one on Rt. 3 – wondering if East Hanover opened yet.

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Karen July 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I live about 10 minutes from Cups and I go there pretty often. I have to admit that I love the “crap” toppings. I always sprinkle a few Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch on my fro yo. I am not a big granola fan and I need a little crunch.

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Cate July 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Kris and Karen – funny you mention Cups – actually just went there yesterday for the first time. Review coming soon!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch sounds like a great crunchy topping!

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Ramona August 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

I wish we had some of those places. Don’t remember seeing any. Could be in the malls or shopping centers, but since I avoid those I haven’t seen them.

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Denise August 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Must say I was pleasantly surprised by yogurt land. With the exception of sticky, sloppy floor, I found the experience to be more pleasant than the “family owned” ice cream shops in the area where you wait for an hour to be served an overpriced cup!

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guteuiw April 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

This place is amazing go their great service and delicous yogurt i give you my word they are the best Frozen Yogurt place EVER EVER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bye amigos

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Nome Joda December 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I love this place. We are a family of 5 and come in about 1 a month. My kids recived awared from their school and were happy to see that they recived along with the aware a free 10 oz from Yogurtland so we we went in with our coupon butthe kids had torn the coupon and the manager told me that next time i would have to bring the award with me or he would not be able to honor it. Well they recived yet another one and they tore the aware again and my little one lost it! :( I had coupons to Baskin Robbins and its much closer to my house so thats where we eneded that day. :)

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