Fro-Yo

YUM.

When I was in the U.S., I noticed a new-to-me phenomenon: Fro-yo. Of course I know what frozen yogurt is. I worked at the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory; I have a slightly abnormal amount of knowledge about frozen treats.

What I had never witnessed are the fro-yo shops where you go in, pick up a cardboard bowl, serve yourself from various flavors of soft-serve frozen yogurt, then add all the toppings you want and pay by the ounce. I went to two different places: Menchies in St. Paul and one whose name is escaping me at the mall in San Jose.

I fully support this new phenomenon. There is a part of me that wants it to catch on in Chile, because it’s delicious. The other part of me hopes it never comes because although I have enough will power to avoid the McDonald’s soft-serve, I’m not sure I would be able to resist a place like Menchies.

Cultural side note:

I showed the above picture to a Chilean friend, and he asked what the tan balls were above the gummy bears. I told him they were cookie dough and he was disgusted. 

“You mean you eat cookie dough,  like the raw cookie dough!?” 

I explained that chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (invented by Ben and Jerry themselves, thank you very much) was a really common flavor in the U.S.

“You mean you never liked licking the bowl after your Mom made cookies?” I asked.

Then I remembered. Chileans don’t make cookies.

“We don’t make cookies,” he confirmed, “we buy them from a store, already made. It’s easier.”

True. I guess cookie dough is an American thing.  

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2 thoughts on “Fro-Yo

  1. Cookie dough is definitely an American thing but I love the flavour of it. 😀

    There seems to be a big thing for yogurt here in D.F. too – I’ve noticed about twenty Yogurtlands just in my neighbourhood. Will have to give them a try one day.

  2. Cookie dough is definitely an American thing but I love the flavour of it. 😀

    There seems to be a big thing for yogurt here in D.F. too – I’ve noticed about twenty Yogurtlands just in my neighbourhood. Will have to give them a try one day.

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