Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Belmont, CA

Menchie's Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt

Menchie’s Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Shop

Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s is slowly making its way into the Bay Area and closer to SF. The first Bay Area location opened in Livermore, followed by Brentwood. Belmont is the third Bay Area location. Those familiar with Menchie’s will recognize the signs, the Sweet Friends images, the chalkboard, and the Menchie’s merchandise for sale.

 

Kids can get free Menchie’s stickers and tattoos. Menchie’s fans can buy lip balm, pencils, Menchie plush dolls, t-shirts, cooler bags and more.

 

Menchie’s is good about greeting guests and the sample cups are easily accessible. It’s clear that they emphasize customer service. Employees are friendly. The shop feels cheerful and it’s usually filled with little kids.

 

Menchie's Seating and Froyo Eating Area

Menchie’s Seating and Froyo Eating Area

The Belmont shop offers 14 self-serve kosher fro-yo flavors a day and a toppings bar that features fresh fruit, warm syrups, candy, cereal, cookies, mochi, nuts, sprinkles, cookie dough, cheesecake and more. It’s 42 cents an ounce. You can add a waffle bowl for $1. Toppings aren’t unusual.

 

During my visit they had one tart flavor (original tart), fruity flavors and indulgent flavors like peanut butter, devil’s food cake and chocolate silk. They also usually offer a sorbet. Original tart is average. Its flavorful and creamy but with a heavy aftertaste. The sweet fro-yo flavors tend to be sweeter than average.

 

You can save money by buying the pre-pack pints of fro-yo for $6.99.

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I do love saving the Menchie’s fro-yo spoons. They’re adorable. Earn points for every dollar you spend by signing up for their Smileage rewards program.

 

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

You know you love me.  X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

 

For more on all things fro-yo, be sure to visit my blog: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/

* MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT: 1200 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

Yogurt Hill, Hayward, CA

Yogurt Hill, Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt

Fro-yo girl here. Frozen yogurt has returned to downtown Hayward with the month old Yogurt Hill. Yogurt Hill has taken over the Zuckersuss location and the new look bears some resemblance to the old look. The layout is similar. The mirrors on the wall, the toppings bar and the white piano are remnants of Zuckersuss. The color scheme has changed to a deep blue and aqua.

 

The yogurt has changed. Yogurt Hill carries Honey Hill Farms. They carry 8 flavors of self-serve fro-yo a day with toppings (cookies, nuts, cereal, candy, popping boba, fruit, mochi, brownies, cheesecakes, sprinkles, chips, syrups) and bottoms for 49 cents an ounce. The bottoms bar was inspired by a trend on the East Coast. You add baked goods like cinnamon rolls, pretzels, cookies, brownies and so forth to the bottom of your cup and then top with fro-yo.

 

Seating, FroYo Shop

Ask for sample cups at the register. They had one tart flavor during my visit which didn’t have the right flavor or texture. It was too icy and lacked the rich, pronounced yogurt flavor. The pumpkin pie fro-yo was much better: thick, smooth, dense, creamier. I liked how it wasn’t too sweet, had just a hint of spices and had pumpkin flavor. They also had sorbet and a no sugar added flavor.

 

You’re allowed to bring your fro-yo into the movie theater. You can also play the piano (I think) and surf the Internet using their free wi-fi. CSUEB students get 5% off and they also participate in the Spot On rewards program.

 

Taylor Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Machines

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

 

Rating: 3/5

 

You know you love me.  X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

 

For more on all things fro-yo, be sure to visit my blog: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/

* YOGURT HILL: 1081 B St., Hayward, CA 94541

Yogurt America’s Cup, Costa Mesa, CA

Yogurt America’s Cup, Frozen Yogurt Shop

Fro-yo girl here. Yogurt America’s Cup has been around a long time (16 years and counting) but it’s not the completely old school, even though they do have some Styrofoam cups. There are 13 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day and the typical toppings for (warm syrups, fruit, mochi, nuts, popping boba, cereal, cookies, sprinkles, candy, chocolate chips) for 35 cents an ounce. They also have bins of bulk candy (sold by weight) towards the front but those aren’t fro-yo toppings. You can always buy the candy separately and add it to your fro-yo.

 

Dry-Toppings Bar, Front of Store

The fro-yo flavors included a sorbet, a no sugar added option and mostly sweet fro-yo flavors. They had one tart fro-yo flavor. I sampled several flavors and the fro-yo was runny and too soft. I didn’t find any flavor that I really liked. The Heath toffee fro-yo didn’t have much toffee flavor. The vanilla fro-yo was too icy, too sweet and too bland. Ask for sample cups at the register.

 

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt, Taylor Machines

It’s an older looking shop with bright walls in a non-descript strip mall. There’s limited seating and the fro-yo posters are faded. The fro-yo machines are noisy.  There’s limited seating inside and out. The most appealing thing about the shop is the price.

 

Rating: 2.5/5

 

You know you love me.  X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

 

For more on all things fro-yo, be sure to visit my blog: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/

* YOGURT AMERICA’S CUP: 427 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627