“I scream, you scream, we all scream for yogurt!” Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be “ice cream”, but that’s just how I excited I felt when I entered Menchie’s Garneau. The color scheme of the international franchise is an uplifting bright pink and green, the perfect atmosphere for families, children and young adults. The images of cartoon yogurt cones and cow characters seen around the store remind me of a Japanese video game. I guess it could have been the atmosphere, or that I was honored with an invite to the store’s grand opening.
Menchie’s has been opened in Edmonton for 6 weeks now, a first time appearance for this self-serve frozen yogurt chain. As with other self-serve froyo joints, you get to choose your flavor of yogurt, what toppings to put on and of course, how much of each your stomach desires. “Mix, weigh, and pay” is their motto. We were able to sample each and every one of the yogurt flavors available that day. There was a good mix of a variety of flavors, of sweet and tart, light and heavy.
My top flavors include:
1) Green apple tart: light, sweet, tart, good natural green apple flavors
2) Cherry tart: also light, sweet, and tart. Could use a bit more cherry flavor.
3) Peanut butter: creamy and delicious. It had the perfect intensity of peanut butter. Not too much where I felt like I was eating a spoonful of peanut butter, but enough that I could eat it on its own or add Reeses peanut butter cups to it.
4) Red velvet: it was more chocolatey than red velvet, but overall the texture was creamy and smooth. The chocolate was not overwhelming, and again it had a good enough flavor that additional toppings wouldn’t put you into a sugar coma.
Some other flavors included:
1) Irish mint: a good palette cleanser. Too minty for a whole serving. Maybe some oreo cookies or chocolate bits would break the mintyness up
2) Breakfast special: interesting concept. Remember when you were a kid (or last weekend), when you would eat a bowl of Fruit Loops, then drink the milk afterwards? Well turn that into a yogurt!
3) Birthday cake: we were informed that it was one of their most popular flavors, however I found there was a slight aftertaste.
4) Ripe red strawberry: not sweet enough for me, and I found it lacked in strawberry flavor. My yogurt partner Davina said it reminded her of Hi-chew candy.
The toppings were pretty standard. There was a good mix of chocolates, candy, fresh fruit and sauces. They had blueberry mochi available that day, which is a huge winner for me! And the popping bobba, which by the way, I had no idea that was the proper term for it.
The two owners and kind hosts for the Blogurt Fest grand opening held that Saturday morning were wonderful and informative. It was a nice way of welcoming some community bloggers, hold a creative yogurt contest, as well as entice the general public to free yogurt for a generous window of 4 hours. We learned about the founding of Menchie’s, which was originally opening by a Californian couple. The word ‘mench’ meant good and loyal friend., and the “ie” was the feminine conjugation which was the name given to Danna by her husband, the successful husband and wife team of this delicious yogurt shop. Such sweet beginnings to a very successful empire. Prior to the invite, I had never heard of Menchie’s (and I’m a huge yogurt lover!), so I was impressed to learn that there were already 300 stores internationally, and 49 of those were right here in Canada.
After a generous tasting of all the yogurt flavors, the contest began where each contestant were to put forth their unique yogurt creation. A panel of 3 judges scored each contestant on their presentation, taste, and the name of their yogurt creation. I named mine the “red and green goblin”, a twist of green apple and cherry tart yogurt, topped with kiwi and strawberry. It was not one of the winners that morning, but I got to eat free yogurt and it certainly hit the spot!
When the fun and games came to an end and we left the store, a line-up of eager freebie yogurt lovers snaked its way around the strip mall. If it’s one thing that will get Edmontonian’s out of bed on a Saturday morning, it’s free yogurt!
Thanks for a lovely time Menchie’s Garneau, I’m sure you don’t need the good luck, but I still wish you all the success!Menchie’s Garneau
8705 109 Street
Edmonton, AB 780-760-1380