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Wild Cherry Yogurt Shop- Chinatown

jcess7 May 24, 2013 12:20 PM

Went to Wild Cherry yesterday during their grand opening. Its a self service yogurt shop where you pull your own flavors and scoop your own toppings. They offered me a sample of any flavor. I ended up getting very small pulls of the pineapple, dulce de leche, and original tart flavors. The pineapple was the standout! They gave out a reward card to lead up to a free cup. There is only one size cup to put everything into. I would have liked to have seen at least 2 sizes to choose from, as my small pulls look silly in the quite large cup. The toppings bar offered fresh fruit ( kiwi, banana, avocado), canned fruit ( longan, lychee), couple flavors of bubbles, traditional candy toppings, ( reeses, m&ms, etc) and much more. There is limited seating. Glad this is near my work, can't wait to go again especially in the hot weather.

 
 
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    hargau RE: jcess7 May 24, 2013 01:34 PM

    These place are all the rage now, i see them popping up everywhere, all based on the same formula.. All with the same reward card, flavors, toppings, etc... yet different names.. Usually with a fruit in the name "Orange Leaf" "Sweet Kiwi" "Wild Cherry"...

    I even found one that had hot fudge, which most do not.

    The ones i have been to though, have all had yogurts full of chemicals which i dont want to eat.For instance Sweet Kiwi has Sorbitol in all their flavors..

    I just noticed online that Orange Leaf uses Cane Sugar in a lot of theirs which is good.

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      Luther RE: hargau May 25, 2013 02:39 AM

      Fear of teh chemicals aside, I don't like the feeling that these shops just ordered themselves up a yogurt bar from the same catalog, unpacked the boxes, and are waiting for the money to roll in. Or rather, I would like it better if they were all the same chain, instead of putting a cute independent brand on it when it seems they're all basically selling the same stuff.

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        hargau RE: Luther May 25, 2013 02:48 AM

        yea it is a bit strange even down to the small mosaic tiles they use on the walls and furniture in some of them. Oh and the boba bubbles these places have are nasty liquid filled things, not at all like the boba you get in bubble tea but more like a skin filled with that nasty liquid like used to come in those wax bottle candies...

        1. re: hargau
          Prav RE: hargau May 25, 2013 09:53 AM

          That stuff is "popping boba", definitely a different breed than the chewy tapioca stuff.

          Your'e right that many of these yogurt places are all the same, however, Sweet Tart, in Newton Centre is vastly superior to anything I've ever tried, both in variety/interestingness of flavors, and quality of yogurt.

        2. re: Luther
          Allstonian RE: Luther May 26, 2013 06:57 AM

          Interesting and relevant article on the fro-yo craze (and food fads in small businesses) in today's Sunday Globe Magazine. I'd post a link but it's behind their paywall.

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            MC Slim JB RE: Allstonian May 26, 2013 07:51 AM

            Googling "The Great Fro-Yo Gold Rush" should get you there.

            The piece does a nice job describing what an obvious bubble this category has become.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      2. MC Slim JB RE: jcess7 May 25, 2013 04:04 AM

        The place I went to in Coolidge Corner like this was awful. We tried six flavors, each more grossly artificial than the last, before giving up and going to JP Licks up the street. Not surprised to learn it has since closed.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Prav RE: MC Slim JB May 25, 2013 09:54 AM

          That place smelled like medication, like when you open up the pill bottle.

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