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Aug 26, 2009 04:25 PM

T.O.'s Best Fro-Yo

I just got back from a week in Los Angeles and while I was there, I became completely addicted to Pinkberry frozen yogurt. It's kind of sour, like actual yogurt is, and comes with fresh fruit toppings as well as other choices like crumbled cookies or carob chips. I don't mind Yogen Fruz, but it is nothing to write home about.

What is the yummiest fro-yo that our fair city has to offer? I'd prefer suggestions in the west end or downtown. I'm no snob — chains are fine if the frozen yogurt is yummy.

I need a fix!

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  1. I have to say that the frozen yoghurt at Swiss Master Chocolatier - I think they have only one flavour per day during the summer - is amazing. Nice and sour, really fruity. They're located at Bayview and York Mills, so not in your area, but if you're out that way, it's worth a try.

    1. I'm also a fan of the Pinkberry/ Red Mango-style frozen yogurt that oddly has no presence in Toronto. I managed to find a similar strain at BnC Cake House on Bloor Street's Korea Town.

      It's a small Korean bakery that dispenses "Yogoberri" frozen yogurt.
      A small (5 oz.) is $2.97 + 95 cents per topping. Medium (8 oz.) including three toppings is $4.99.

      They don't have a zillion toppings but do have a small selection of fresh fruit, nuts, and cereal.

      BnC Cake House
      631 Bloor St W
      between Euclid & Palmerston

      1. there a place in Pacific Mall in Markham called Yutopia (located near the back where the cellphones are). they have i believe vanilla and taro flavor i think and a variety of toppings. worth a try for sure... they are busy.

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        1. re: ttran88

          I like the taro flavour for sure. they had green tea before but it was... off-tasting.

          1. re: ttran88

            is this the one where you create your own yogurt...?

          2. Cefiore is an LA-based Pinkberry clone with an outlet on Walmer just north of Bloor next to Burrito Boyz.


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            1. re: ChalkBoy

              Oh. My. Goodness. Thank you SO much. I will try all of these, gain ten pounds, and live a life of bliss, other than the odd brainfreeze.

              1. re: Sarah Cat

                I went to the Cake House this evening but it was closed. It is Sunday so I wasn't that surprised. Got back in my car and headed to Céfiore and was totally thrilled with it!! The yogurt doesn't taste quite as sour as Pinkberry's, but it's pretty darn close. I got my three favourite toppings of mango, blueberries and granola. The service was friendly. The withdrawal symptoms have finally subsided! I'll try the other spots as soon as possible.

                1. re: Sarah Cat

                  Sarah Cat: there's a new Fro-Yo place modeled on Pinkberry opening on Queen West, near John. I don't remember the name unfortunately. They were giving out free samples and the yogurt was very yogurty, rich and they had several fresh toppings to choose from...

                  1. re: Yum2MyTum

                    It's called Blushberry, and will be on John just north of Queen.

                    Based on the photos & promo material I've seen online, it looks like a TOTAL Pinkberry clone/rip-off. They've even gone so far as to import some Fruity Pebbles cereal from the US, which is one of Pinkberry's signature toppings.

                    I smell a lawsuit...

                    1. re: Yum2MyTum

                      anybody try this place?

                      I am totally hooked on the frozen yogurt from pinkberry, and need a fix here in TO.

                      1. re: AJMC791

                        I've tried it and it is Pinkberry-esque for sure.

                        1. re: AJMC791

                          It's next door to where I work. I found it expensive and not really amazing. There aren't a huge selection of toppings, and I wasn't even a fan of their yogurt.

                      2. re: Sarah Cat

                        The Cake House doesn't have fro-yo anymore! I finally got in there when it was open! So sad.

                        Must try Blushberry. I never get downtown that far anymore, feels like. This calls for a wee trip! Céfiore is good but it's not quite sour enough for me.

                        1. re: Sarah Cat

                          From what I have heard, Pinkberry is now in Canada (B.C.) of course and is coming to Toronto. Not sure when though...
                          The Village Chill at Spadina and Lonsdale has a great frozen yoghurt that is tart...I don't recall the name of it but maybe it was called Mangosteen??? Anyhow, it's addictive!

                          Village Chill
                          325B Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V1X3, CA

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