Food Stuff: Frozen Yogurt

Noa Glow | April 2012

Cold, creamy and often lower in fat and sugar than ice cream, frozen yogurt enjoys a solid presence in Vancouver. Here’s our roundup of the coolest “fro-yo” spots in the city.

Scoop on 4th Avenue in Kits features up to 30 “fun and amazing” toppings you can spoon onto your own fro-yo, including fruit, candy and homemade mochi (sweet Japanese rice balls). The store is stocked with board games and a foosball table so you can scoop, stay and play.

English Bay’s Qoola makes creating your very own masterpiece easy with fresh vanilla, chocolate and green tea fro-yo flaves, plus 40 yummy toppings ranging from gummy bears to Greens+. In warmer weather try a Qrush: frozen yogurt blended or layered with a thirst-quenching slush.

Besides its original “sweet and tangy” fro-yo, Pinkberry in Park Royal serves up seasonal offerings like blood orange, salted caramel and PB and J. Go online for suggested toppings to pair with—and enhance—each flavour.

Yogen Früz, in Oakridge and Metrotown malls, makes some of the most customized frozen yogurt around. Rather than pre-made flavours, Früz lets you blend low-fat, no-fat or no-sugar-added fro-yo with your choice of fresh fruit; then, top your creation however you like.

The newest kid on the block, Menchie’s, recently set up shop by City Hall on Cambie Street. This fun fro-yo parlour features nearly 100 rotating flavours, dispensed from self-serve machines that keep the frozen yogurt constantly swirling. The menu includes dairy-free, low-carb and no-sugar-added options you can combine with toppings like cinnamon apples and cheesecake bits.