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Ode to frozen yogurt

Written by 14 July 2010 9 Comments

“I like ice cream a whole lot. It tastes good when days are hot. On a cone, or in a dish. This would be my only wish. Vanilla, chocolate, or Rocky Road, Even with pie a la mode.”

Remember that poem from little Vaida Saltenfuss in My Girl?  Well, now that we in Berlin are melting in temperatures that can easily compete with summer in Marrakesh or Nairobi, ice-cream is my only wish as well.

An ice-cream fan for 28 years now, I have recently made a discovery that has quickly gone top of the list when it comes to my favorite summer snacks – frozen yogurt.

During trips to the USA I had often heard people talk about this dessert creation invented in the late 70s. Back then, I saw it in the supermarket, but couldn’t make out what it wassince, at the time, we did not have an equivalent in Europe (none that I was aware of anyway). This year, in Austin, I finally tried a scone of frozen yogurt rom a shop which prided itself on being America’s best. I figured that anyone so sure of themselves that they could get away with charging 4 dollars for an ice cream would have to have something to show for. And what can I say: 200ml of green tea and original tart frozen yogurt had me see stars and fireworks – it was that good.

From then on, I was hooked. And staying next to a frozen yogurt place in Santa Monica did not help (the only thing keeping me from having more than one a day was the fear of the look I’d get from the salesdude).

Finally, in San Francisco, or Berkely, to be more exact, I thought I had found heaven – a shop called


BLISS! Is Yogurtland currently accepting immigrants? I need citizenship for life! Here you can choose from more than 10 different flavors and put as may toppings as you want in your cup as you only pay by weight.

So this baby:


fetauring at least 8 of the 10 flavors as well as 4 different toppings cost only about $2.50.

I recently noticed a place selling Frozen Yogurt in Berlin, not too far from Nordbahnhof. Unfortunately I’m never really in that neighborhood to purchase my favorite food. But today, with delight and exitement and surprise I noticed a frozen yogurt bar in Prenzlauer Berg, really close to where I live. Yobarca is the name and it’s the real deal. 3 different sized cups (2,50 to 4 euros) come with 1 free topping and 0,30euro for each additional topping.

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So what’s so special about frozen yogurt? First of all, it’s 0% fat because it’s not made from cream (like ice-cream) but from pure milk. It’s also often pro-biotic and always extremely delicious. At less than 100 calories per serving it’s probably the best/skinniest summer snack out there.


topping buffet at Yogurtland in Berkeley

Whoever came up with it, thought it would be fun to have it with a variety of toppings such as chocolate chips, fruit, fruit sauces, pieces of cheese cake or cookie, nuts or smarties. The list is long and likely to make any mouth happy.

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topping buffet at Yobarca in Berlin

Yobarca is located at:

Simon-Dachstraße. 40 in Berlin, Friedrichshain

Schönhauser Allee 122 in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg

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Frozen Yogurt from Yobarca with toppings red fruit sauce and blueberries

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  • Frank said:

    oh my god, this looks totally made for me. I have once heard of a frozen yogurt place near the natural museum but I never come by that area. my favorite type of icecream is yogurt, so frozen yogurt sounds like heaven to me. MUST CHECK OUT!

  • katja said:

    frank, it’s a date :)

  • jaclyn said:

    mmm and now i suddenly have a craving….

  • Lynne said:

    Bubble tea!? Bubble tea? I know that this post was about (amazing) frozen yoghurt but do I read bubble tea? I need to move to Berlin. Now.

  • ina said:

    Yesss! LOVE frozen yoghurt! i used to bike all the way to Invalidenstraße for a large serving at Yoli’s- they just opened another store near Hackescher Markt, as I discovered yesterday.

    Katja, you might also like this guy: (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/YoMunchy/118097841567386?ref=ts) He rides around Berlin in a truck selling frozen yoghurt and posts his current location on facebook ;)

  • iHeartBerlin.de » Blog Archive » Frozen Yogurt Dreams said:

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  • Peter said:

    If you are a frozen yogurt fan you musct check out Efa´s frozen yogurt. They will open up in April their shop in Weinbergsweg close to Rosenthaler Platz. I met them at the Berlin Festival. Its absolutely delicious and organic!

  • gabi fayton said:

    LiloBop, Kurfürstenstrasse 28, 1785 Berlin, direkt Ausgang U1 Kurfürstenstrasse.
    No other Frozen Yog like this one in Berlin, yogurt is vorbereitet in griechischen art. Fresh fruits are on top here but Oreo, Raffaello or Kinder are possible too. For your taste agreement you can also find great waffeln (why not trying here the Waffel with Frozen yogurt for only 3€!?), and the biggest choice french macrons berlin (25 permanent flavors)

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