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BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 11:49 AM

We recently tried "Let's Yo" that offers self serve frozen yogurt(some with no added sugar)with toppings a la carte....with a weighing area/pay for whatever it weighs train of thought. The product has passed everyone's tastebuds in my family. We enjoy the no sugar added mint, and vanilla. The other flavors are also delicious. There are 3 new establishments in the Middletown vicinity. One in the ShopRite plaza in Middletown on rte35, one in the UnionSquare plaza(RedBank)zip code, across from WholeFoods, and one in the Holmdel Commons(next to Barnes&Noble, and the Turning Point)....i think it's worth a try, also have wi-fi set up.
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  1. bgut1 RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 12:51 PM

    I'm not familiar with this particular frozen yogurt chain but I've tried others in the area (Fro Yo Cravings in Ocean, Top It in Long Branch and Frozen Peaks in Monmouth Mall). These frozen yogurt self serve "bars" seem to be the craze du jour with countless stores opening in Monmouth county. As it did with the hamburger, coal fired pizza and cupcake crazes before it, the herd should thin out shortly with the better ones surviving. Personally, while I generally enjoy making my own frozen yogurt sundaes, the pricing can get a little out of control (especially if you have big eyes).

    1. dan RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 01:37 PM

      They opened one of these in Montclair.. I was disappointed it wasn't a Yo-Yo store.

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        HillJ RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 01:57 PM

        Self-serve flavors, ala carte toppings and one employee to ring you up, turn on the radio and clean the counters. I should have walked out immediately over this business model but instead we gave it two trys.

        We tried the location near Trader Joes (Shrewsbury) and the one in the Holmdel Commons. First time, strawberry without any fixins, second time Coffee with chocolate crumbs. The strawberry flavor was faint and the yogurt chalky. The coffee flavor was okay but the chocolate bits were too big. We paid $7.00 for each serving, crazy arse price. Got over it real fast.

        Don't care for the concept or the business model....but we tried.

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          BEACHAHOLIC RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 04:13 PM

          I believe the cost is 49cents/ounce. The container is weight is tared, so the rest is dependent on the amount you put in the cup(plus any added toppings), as a family of four we usually leave having spent $20. I can see how children and people whom may endulge can get caught up in the concept of mixing flavors, and adding plenty of toppings. If you are fond of the flavors, as we are, and become "regulars" it is not hard to be mindful of your serving size. Having said that, it's not a concept I would expect from my 12 year old son....so be aware before you go, as most kids love to fill there cup.
          For anyone out there whom is looking for a product that is a treat without added sugar, the mint and vanilla were both delicious. Our family truly enjoys it because it is a nice stop that each of our family members can enjoy(unlike most ice cream stops). They usually have 6 to 8 flavors to offer(with 2 being no sugar added) as well as some nutritional toppings such as slivered almonds, dry peanuts...and carob chips. The added protein can't be beat!
          BEACHAHOLIC :)

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            MichelleM131 RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 04:14 PM

            Actually, the yogurt store in Union Square is not a Let's Yo! but a family-owned place called Sadie's.

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              BEACHAHOLIC RE: MichelleM131 Aug 21, 2012 06:08 PM

              Hi MichelleM,
              Thank you for correcting that. I'm glad you were aware, I wouldn't want to put the wrong info out there. My apologies.
              BEACHAHOLIC

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                HillJ RE: MichelleM131 Aug 21, 2012 07:27 PM

                How's the frozen yogurt @ Sadie's?

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                coldsolderjoint RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 08:33 PM

                My fiancee and I like it. We spend $12 to $13 on two cups when we go.. it is a bit pricey. But they have tons of toppings and it makes it fun. We are trying to watch what we eat too.. so if we go with the low fat/non sugar ones.. and stick to mostly fruit toppings.. its much less harmful to the belt line.

                Its frozen yougurt.. so I guess you cant go in expecting custard type ice cream.

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                  ebchower RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 21, 2012 08:38 PM

                  I tried the Let's Yo in Colts Neck a few weeks ago, where they have their corporate office. There's certainly no shortage of young attractive girls working these various fro-yo automats (I've never seen just a single employee handling one as HillJ states). I suppose it's a more desirable type of place to work than a fast food restaurant, and they can be selective with their hiring choices.

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                    HillJ RE: ebchower Aug 22, 2012 05:38 AM

                    The location in Shrewsbury had one young man working the register and explaining to customers how the setup works. No young girls that day. I don't recall who served us in Holmdel but we were the only people there on a Thursday around lunch time.

                    I really like frozen yogurt and I wouldn't expect frozen yogurt to taste like custard or hand packed ice cream.
                    What we didn't enjoy was the Let's Yo brand.

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                    harrison RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 22, 2012 06:56 AM

                    I've tried the one in Montclair (home now to 5(!) frozen yogurt shops). They all have that same generic taste but i might put Let's Yo close to the top. Just beware the giant cups - I try to stick to a flavor or 2 and go easy on the toppings barely filling half the cup. usually comes out to $3 or so.

                    Frozen Yogurt talk always brings me back to this

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIr6v5...

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                      HillJ RE: harrison Aug 22, 2012 07:08 AM

                      Food episodes on Seinfeld all rock.

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                        MarlboroMan RE: HillJ Aug 22, 2012 09:01 AM

                        What I'd really like to see, but probably never will, is a full-fat frozen yogurt. And since I can dream, ideally a full-fat, sugar-free yogurt.

                        My 3 year old loves "Let's Yo".. or perhaps more accurately, loves the toppings. I think I've figured out she could care less about the actual yogurt part. :)

                        When we went to the one in Shrewsbury (same plaza as Trader Joe's), all they had were the biggest cups I had ever seen.. they looked like a quart size. Of course, they want you to fill it up. Rather awkward to feed a 3 year old out of one of those.

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                          HillJ RE: MarlboroMan Aug 22, 2012 09:09 AM

                          LOL, MMan. I often smile @ your comments.

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                            ebchower RE: MarlboroMan Aug 22, 2012 09:19 AM

                            Isn't it funny how buffets utilize small plates and serving spoons. But these pay by weight yogurt places conveniently give you an enormous cup with an endless choice of toppings.

                            Was surprised to see that the Colts Neck Perkins lets the Let's Yo next door advertise on their community board since Perkins really pushes their own desserts.

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                              taste test RE: MarlboroMan Aug 23, 2012 04:06 AM

                              Oh gosh, full-fat sugar-free frozen yogurt....that's my dream too. I've often thought that I should just buy an ice cream maker and try making a batch myself.

                        2. melissa2287 RE: BEACHAHOLIC Aug 24, 2012 11:19 PM

                          I never liked Let's Yo. I always though the yogurt - no matter what the flavor - tasted like Big Red gum. It was so gross to me. I love Yo Mon in Freehold but I'd probably never go back there. I know a few people who work there, and past employees as well and there is huge favoritism going on in that place with the owners. I walked in to get myself something and overheard the owners calling the girl on the cash register a knucklehead and say how she wasn't attractive enough. Not to mention she was the only one out there by herself, cleaning, ringing up customers, etc. I chatted with the girl for awhile and she told me how she loves it there but they went from giving her 5 days a week to 1 day with only 3 hours in that day. Went in the next week, didn't see the girl there and asked about her. They got rid of her.

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