Ode to frozen yogurt
“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.
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.
topping buffet at Yobarca in Berlin
Yobarca is located at:
Simon-Dachstraße. 40 in Berlin, Friedrichshain
Schönhauser Allee 122 in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg
Frozen Yogurt from Yobarca with toppings red fruit sauce and blueberries