Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, Oakland, CA

Tutti Frutti front entrance.

Tutti Frutti front entrance.

Tutti Frutti’s Montclair Village location (a quaint neighborhood in the Oakland Hills) is their newest in the Bay Area and its third location in Oakland.

Tutti Frutti is one of the largest frozen yogurt chains in the world and one that allows store operators more freedom to carry other non-frozen yogurt offerings. Their Oakland Chinatown location offers sushi. Their Milpitas location sells boba milk tea drinks, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, snow ice and roti buns. The Montclair Village location sells boba milk tea drinks.

The Montclair Village Tutti Frutti is a smaller location with limited seating and simple, cheerful décor. They offer 10 self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and a small toppings bar with candy, chips, brownies, nuts, mochi, popping boba, jellies, cookies, cookie dough, and fruit for 43 cents an ounce. While they didn’t have many types of toppings, they did have some nicer offerings like madeleines, cream wafer cookies, three flavors of mini Kit Kats (milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate), and wafer roll cookies.

This is where the Fro- yo magic happens.

This is where the Fro- yo magic happens.

Tutti Frutti’s soy frozen yogurt is hard to find and it was disappointing not to find it here. Also, there was only one tart flavor, original tart. The Thai iced tea frozen yogurt was creamy, very sweet, mild and pleasing. Original tart was a good rendition because it was flavorful, thick, creamy and tangy. Their fruit flavors tend to be overly sweet and not natural tasting.

The fro-yo flavor selection was disappointing because they only had one tart flavor and no soy flavors (though Tutti Frutti heavily promotes its soy frozen yogurt). The price is higher than average and they didn’t have the cute Tutti Frutti signature spoons with the fruit shapes.

Rating: 3.5/5

* TUTTI FRUTTI: 2066 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611

Yoogl, Mountain View, CA

Front View of Yoogl!

Front View of Yoogl!

The closest frozen yogurt shop to Google is…Yoogl. When Yoogl first opened, the logo looked very much like Google’s. The logo has since been redesigned to be less Google like. The self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings are 43 cents an ounce.

It’s a family owned, family friendly shop with free wi-fi and board games. The décor is simple but cheerful. At the front of the shop there’s a gelato case with 24 gelato flavors and the cash register. Get your frozen yogurt sample cups from the cashier. The bonus cards are at the register.

The shop has six frozen yogurt machines with 12 potential flavors but one machine wasn’t turned on. They had basic flavors like vanilla, chocolate and plain tart, along with a no sugar added flavor, a sorbet and some more unusual flavors like matcha green tea, oatmeal cookie, mint and cardamom pistachio. The current frozen yogurt flavors are listed on their website. Unlike most frozen yogurt shops, most of Yoogl’s flavors are low fat, though they did have 2 non-fat flavors during my visit.

Nice ambient lighting, near the fro-yo machines!

Nice ambient lighting, near the fro-yo machines!

The toppings bins were nice and full and all the toppings were labeled. They had fresh fruit, several flavors of popping boba, mochi, nuts (including huge walnut pieces), candy, cereal, cheesecake bites, chocolate covered things, chocolate chips, sprinkles, graham cracker crumbs, and syrups. They had a few interesting syrups, particularly rose.

Take a look at the yummy topping bar!

Take a look at the yummy topping bar!

         The frozen yogurt flavors that we sampled were all quite creamy and smooth. The cardamom pistachio didn’t have much pistachio flavor but it was pleasant and sweet with a much appreciated hint of fragrant cardamom. It was sweeter than average and didn’t have yogurt flavor. With the cardamom pistachio frozen yogurt and rose syrup, one can create a tasty Indian inspired frozen yogurt. The matcha frozen yogurt was sweet and creamy; the matcha flavor was not strong.

Rating: 3/5

 

* YOOGL FROZEN YOGURT CAFE: 260 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

Yogurt Haven, Los Angeles, CA

Yogurt Haven's Fro- Yo Machine.

Yogurt Haven’s Fro- Yo Machine.

Fro-yo girl here. Independently owned, Yogurt Haven prides itself on its creativity. They’ve offered frozen yogurt flavors like Nutella, salted caramel corn, horchata, cinnamon roll, cotton candy and even organic cabernet. There are two locations in Los Angeles, one in Eagle Rock and the other in North Hollywood.

Front View of Yogurt Haven.

Front View of Yogurt Haven.

The interior of the Eagle Rock shop has an abstract mountain theme, perhaps paying homage to the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. Some of the flavors have mountain inspired names. The North Hollywood location has a similar look and feel. They offer 10 self-serve frozen yogurt flavors a day and a generous amount of toppings, including syrups, fruit, mochi, sprinkles, popping boba, cheesecake bites, nuts, cereal, candy, coconut, etc., for 35 cents an ounce. They had a few toppings that I don’t see all the time, like Reese’s Puffs and peanut butter chips. Toppings are all neatly labeled.

Take a look at Yogurt Haven's setup!

Take a look at Yogurt Haven’s setup!

The frozen yogurt that I tried was firm and too icy, though not watered down. Salted caramel corn tasted mainly like caramel and it was too icy. Euro Tart had a lemony taste and was hard and icy. Big valley vanilla was mild and sweet but also on the icy side.

It’s a spacious place with some picnic style tables, TV, and free wi-fi. Ask for sample cups at the register.

If you’re not in the mood for yogurt, they also have boba drinks.

Rating: 3/5

 

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* YOGURT HAVEN: 2256 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041