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fro-yo etiquette question

Ruth Lafler Sep 10, 2010 01:41 PM

I was in a pay-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt place near my office yesterday and was amazed by the selection of toppings, several of which were things that I would buy to munch on on their own. At 45 cents per ounce they were cheaper than if I bought them at the candy store. So my question is: is it okay to buy just a cup with some chocolate covered sunflower seeds (for example) and no yogurt?

  1. Quine Sep 10, 2010 01:49 PM

    Since it is something being served to you, I would probably say er, no. But I think you could get away with asking for it on the side, with some vapid excuse.

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    1. re: Quine
      Ruth Lafler Sep 10, 2010 01:59 PM

      I guess I should clarify that this is self-service: you put whatever yogurt and toppings you want in the cup and the cashier weighs it.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Quine Sep 10, 2010 02:02 PM

        Oh then go for it! I used to do that when my local salad bar had Pine Nuts as well as a wonderful Blu cheese there.

    2. Emme Sep 10, 2010 07:40 PM

      i've bought a large tub of rainbow sprinkles from a local place...

      1. ipsedixit Sep 10, 2010 09:39 PM


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          piccola Sep 11, 2010 09:30 AM

          That sounds like a great deal on froyo! Where is this place?

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          1. re: piccola
            Ruth Lafler Sep 11, 2010 11:09 AM

            Yoppi, 101 California St, San Francisco (even though it's in the 101 California building, the entrance is actually on Pine, between Davis and Front).

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              piccola Sep 11, 2010 05:30 PM

              Ah, figures it's nowhere near me. I don't think anybody sells froyo by the ounce here.

              1. re: piccola
                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Sep 11, 2010 06:27 PM

                Orlando, FL is full of frozen yogurt shops that charge around 45 cents an ounce, with unlimited toppings: Menchie's, Mochi, Yogurtopia, Tutti-Frutti. We just got our first Pinkberry as well, although that one has set sizes that the attendants serve you.

                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
                  piccola Sep 12, 2010 04:28 PM

                  We've got tons of good froyo places, but they all go by size. Although we're apparently getting a Menchie's soon...

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                    Big Bad Voodoo Lou Sep 12, 2010 04:34 PM

                    The pineapple Dole Whip flavor at Menchie's is my favorite, but it might be a sorbet instead of actual fro-yo.

                  2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
                    carlee134 Sep 22, 2010 03:59 PM

                    I love mochi! This post reminds me I haven't been in a while...

                2. re: Ruth Lafler
                  DarkRose Sep 15, 2010 02:58 PM

                  There's a chain of self-serve fro-yo places here on the Central Cali Coast as well, called Yogurt Creations. Five stores between Paso Robles and Santa Maria, all featuring eight yogurt flavors a day, plus more topping choices than you can shake a spoon at. I think they charge $.38 an ounce.

                  1. re: DarkRose
                    toodie jane Sep 22, 2010 04:24 PM

                    I love the original, Bali's, both downtown SLO and on Foothill. The other places are just too corporate.

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                bluemoon4515 Sep 11, 2010 02:16 PM

                We have a ton of these kind of places in Bham, and the last time I went to YogurtLab they had the chocolate candy coated sunflower seeds and I wondered the same thing! For days I kept thinking I should go back and just buy a cup of those seeds...

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                  catbert Sep 15, 2010 02:27 PM

                  i can't see why not unless they flat out told you no. afterall, they are a business in it for the money.

                  personally, i get my toppings on the side (truth is, i eat the yogurt plain and my lil sis eats the toppings), but i don't go to the diy places. haven't met anyone who has deplored this yet.

                  1. Cheese Boy Sep 15, 2010 10:18 PM

                    How good are these chocolate covered sunflower seeds? This might be something I have to explore especially if the going rate for them is $7.20 a pound. Wow.

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                    1. re: Cheese Boy
                      Ruth Lafler Sep 15, 2010 11:21 PM

                      Actually, I just did a search online and it looks like the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds usually go for between $5-6/lb. On the other hand, the chocolate rocks they have are at least $10/lb.

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