Foraging for Brisbane's Finest FroYo
Gabbi Briner | On 18, Dec 2013
Is it dessert? Is it ice cream? Is it a superfood? No, itâ€™s frozen yoghurt.
When attempting to escape Summerâ€™s merciless mugginess, a velvety yoghurt seems the only sensible solution. Thus, the lacking FroYo niche has been aptly filled by various contenders. All contenders are striving to win over the hearts and stomachs of sweaty Brisbanites.
Froyo’s health benefits are in dispute, yet like any sweet yoghurt it still contains pro-biotics and calcium. Different FroYo places claim their yoghurt elixir has unique health benefits… But they’re all quite similar, and the staff usually have nutritional value onsite. If you’re health conscious, ‘plain’ or ‘original’ contains the least sugar.
Like any food or drink, FroYo vendors range in price, Â taste and atmosphere. In the name of my one true culinary weakness â€“ yoghurt – Iâ€™ve taken it upon myself to embark on a quest to make sense of the abundant FroYo stores, and distinguish the best from the rest.
Every time I turn around, a new Noggi appears, these places are popping up like boils on the Hunger Games II Victors! Noggi offers a standardised frozen yoghurt service, with capped toppings per size. The staff consistently deliver an exquisite finished product, a mini Michelangelo.
Price: 3/5 – If you want extra toppings, you gotta cough up an additional 50c
Taste: 4/5 â€“ The yoghurt is genuine and true-to-flavour, and the toppings are fresh
Atmosphere: 5/5 â€“ The astroturf fitout is pleasantly reminiscent of the Kindergarten days, and paired with the chilled music makes for an inviting space
CRAVE FROZEN YOGHURT CAFE
The blaring Brazilian party music makes breaking out in a salsa irresistible. There are almost a dozen FroYo flavours to choose from, set to satisfy the fussiest of palettes. Be wary of the self-serve, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
Price: 2/5 â€“ $2.60/100g. Yeahâ€¦ It ainâ€™t cheap
Taste: 4/5 â€“ The wide variety of flavours means thereâ€™s something for everyone, and the fresh toppings provide the perfect accompaniment
Atmosphere: 5/5 â€“ The accommodating staff and party-rocking music make for a palatable visit
MOOCHI NATURAL FROZEN YOGHURT
For those reppinâ€™ the East-side, Garden Cityâ€™s Moochi is a must. Named after the coveted gooey, sweet topping, Moochi swears to deliver fresh and natural FroYo. Changing flavours means youâ€™re in for a tasty surprise.
Price: 4/5 â€“ Good value!Â Mini = $3.50, Regular = $4.50, Big $5.90, Massive = $11.50
Taste: 2/5 â€“ I learnt a life lesson that day â€“ never get banana flavoured FroYo
Atmosphere: 2/5 â€“ The food court location presents a problem in creating the cool, chilled FroYo atmosphere
GURTS FROZEN YOGHURT
Abandon the ‘Gurts’ you remember from your childhood – the plastic tubes of yoghurt that were an unusual toxic glow. The 32-wide topping spread are as delightfully decadent as the next, including my favourite, a dense chocolate brownie.
Price: 2/5 â€“Â Kids = $4.50, Reg = 6.90, Large = $7.90
Taste: 4/5 â€“ Innovative flavours which are tart and tangy, sweet and sublime
Atmosphere: 4/5 â€“ We felt looked after as staff took orders Starbucks-style down the queue. Gurts and Gasworks alike deliver a relaxed and pleasant setting to eat your frozen treat.
There you have it – a guide to Brisbane’s FroYo landscape.