Yogurtland – West Lake Mead Boulevard
Samples – Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake, Coconut, Peanut Butter Cup, Double Cookies and Cream, Rocket Pop Sorbet
Yo Frappe, Salted Caramel Pecan, Birthday Cupcake Batter with Brownie Chunks, Cheesecake Bites, Caramel, Marshmallow Sauce, Whipped Cream
Impressed by a lone visit to the Flamingo location, the all-natural ingredients including antibiotic and hormone free Milk rich in active cultures admittedly a surprise to someone who typically assumes chains to focus on nothing but the bottom-line, business in the area of West Lake Mead Boulevard and I-95 proved ample reason to stop in for another taste at a different location, the layout now familiar and the counter again featuring nothing but fun ingredients and smiling faces.
Presumably America’s favorite Fro-yo, the 200+ flavors rotating in and out of stores depending on date or season, the California-based company is currently promoting a series of flavors celebrating the Hershey company as well as their own birthday, an online search available to tell patrons which flavors can be found at each shop while the topping bar and price-by-the-ounce format allows for an almost limitless degree of customization.
Doing a fair bit of sampling by way of little paper thimbles, the Hershey choices including a lightly-malted Chocolate flavor and a one that really did liken Peanut Butter Cups quite closely, those with fond memories of Rocket or “Bomb” Pops will be transported back to childhood by the Citrus Sorbet, though eating a full bowl might prove a challenge.
Chilly and raining outdoors, not exactly “Ice Cream Weather” in a city that can top 110°F during summer, comforting flavors proved a bit more tempting than they may otherwise during February, the special Birthday Cupcake Batter a spot-on riff of Yellow-Cake mix while two different versions of Salty Caramel were also tasty, the Pecan-tinged option indistinguishable from the Praline tasted last time while “Yo Frappe” targeted millennials by way of light Cocoa and Espresso flavors.
FIVE STARS: Achieving its goals and continuing to impress crowds, everything from fat-free to vegan choices plus good ingredient sourcing making it hard to believe anyone would have difficulty finding a favorite, Yogurtland is the rare ‘chain’ that seems as focused on its execution as the almighty dollar and although it still is not “health food,” the option is certainly there to dine deliciously, yet less indulgently, for those looking to do so.
RECOMMENDED: Birthday Cake Batter, Coconut, Yo Frappe, Brownie Chunks, Marshmallow Sauce.
AVOID: Trying to guess on weight, the well-filled small cup with all those toppings more plenty to satisfy a sweet tooth for $4.53.
TIP: The online flavor finder shows a pretty significant variance amongst the city’s ten franchises. Those interested in a specific flavor are advised to take a peek.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.