Fro-yo girl here. The factory part of the name suits this new self-serve frozen shop, which replaced Swirls Frozen Yogurt (a full service frozen yogurt shop) and opened in February 2013. There’s something mass-produced about the look and feel of the shop. It isn’t bad but it does feel safe and formulaic.
Like a typical frozen yogurt shop, Almaden Yogurt Factory has pictures of fruit on the wall, modern looking white pendant lights, and bright walls. The small green tiles on the wall where the frozen yogurt machines are remind me of Yogurtland. It’s a smaller shop located in a strip mall. It’s in a residential area and seems popular with teenagers. There are a few small tables inside and two tables outside. They may offer free wi-fi though I don’t recall seeing a sign.
They offer 10 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day and the usual toppings (cereal, candy, nuts, mochi, fruit, popping boba, sprinkles, syrup, cheesecake, chocolate chips, jellies) for 36 cents an ounce. If interested, ask for whipped cream. The fruit (pineapples, strawberries) that I tried was under ripe and very sour.
The flavors they had were pretty typical (fruit flavors, one tart flavor, the classics: chocolate, vanilla, cookies n’ cream, cake flavors). There was one sorbet. All the flavors were non-fat. They didn’t have a no sugar added option on the day I went. There are sample cups by the register.
The cookies n’ cream and vanilla fro-yo flavors were both quite good: creamy, thick, smooth. Cookies n’ cream fro-yo tasted like Oreo cookies. The vanilla fro-yo was dense and thick like vanilla frozen custard. The original tart was good too – not too lemony, refreshing, not too icy, sweet aftertaste, but the texture was a little off, not the smoothest and too cold.
Cash only for now but they plan on accepting credit cards in the future.
You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.
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* ALMADEN YOGURT FACTORY: 6081 Meridian Ave., Suite 20, San Jose, 95120