Alli and I love frozen yogurt. Ever since our first tastes of Pinkberry in NYC we have been hooked. We’ve continued our enjoyment locally with Yogen Fruz, sure it’s not as good (and has gone downhill lately) but it still can hit the spot on a hot day. Luckily, in the last month Williamsville has seen a couple new local frozen yogurt places pop up, FroYo Culture and Yo Betty. While running some errands last week, Alli and I decided to stop by FroYo Culture after hearing some good things about the place and I’m glad we did.
While the restaurant is locally owned and operated, the shop still somehow comes off as a part of a larger chain. Everything from the brightly designed interior, yogurt signs showcasing the various flavors and their professional setup with yogurt machines/topping dispensers have a very professional look. So either there is some sort of franchising involved (though as of right now I don’t think that is the case) or an extraordinary amount of time and effort has been put into the restaurant by the Krakowiak Family.
- Restaurant Type: Casual, DIY Frozen Yogurt
- Cuisine: Chocolates/Ice Cream
- Prices: ~$4/bowl, depending on toppings
- Location: Williamsville
For those who aren’t familiar with Frozen Yogurt or how FroYo Culture operates, there are large signs with step’s helping you figure it out. You start by grabbing a bowl and choosing a flavor or two (or five) of yogurt, they have about 10 different flavors and like Yogen Fruz you can mix several flavors together. Afterwards, you can put several different cereals and crunched up cookies on top (Oreos, Cap ‘n’ Crunch, Animal Crackers, etc), then you choose from candies (Gummy Bears, Chocolate Crunch, Marshmallows, etc) and fruits and finally there is an option for a chocolate/caramel topping at the end. Finally the entire bowl is weighed and you pay per ounce. We ended up paying ~$8 for two very full bowls.
Alli went crazy with her toppings, trying out the tart yogurt and angel food cake flavored yogurt. I tried the tart yogurt (the only non dairy flavor at the time) and I think it compared very favorably to Pinkberry’s signature flavor. Alli topped hers with cheesecake squares, M&M’s, strawberries and Cap’N Crunch. I ordered their strawberry yogurt and chocolate yogurts, they both had a strong flavor with a ice cream like creamy texture. I decided to go with rainbow sprinkles and pieces of Peanut Butter Cups, they might have been a little overwhelming and covered the flavor of the yogurt too much but it was a pretty delicious treat (albeit not that healthy).
If we lived closer to this area or I could get there quicker on a lunch break from work, I would be back and start making my way down their menu. The entire place is very easy to navigate and their selection of toppings and yogurts is bigger then anything I’ve seen locally with Yogen Fruz. The only advantage I can give to Yogen Fruz is the ability to mix their tart yogurt with fruits, otherwise it’s no contest. I’m looking forward to trying out Yo Betty in the near future since it’s easier to get to from my work, but until then FroYo Culture has the early lead for my favorite frozen yogurt place in WNY.