Convince me that Pinkberry is awesome
A Pinkberry just opened in my neighborhood, literally across the street from an Orange Leaf and a block from an identical FroYo place. We have froyo saturation. But several Young Hip People have been telling me how excited they are about it, saying that Pinkberry is nothing like those other froyo places, how it's amaaaazing and toooootally addictive, etc.
Frozen yogurt seems like a faux-healthy soft serve, to me. What can I get at Pinkberry to demonstrate its superiority and heavenly qualities?
They were the first in our area, so at that time our then 13 yo daughter and all her friends ran to pay $10 per pound for Pinkberry Frozen self serve yogurt and toppings.
Now three years later, there's a knock off frozen yogurt place in every shopping center and they couldn't care less which one they frequent.
These supposed hip young people are just hung up on pink, they've seen too many Victoria Secret commercials.
I used to wait on line for it when it first came out. Now I don't even bother going near it. Tiny portions for insane prices.
Was there last year, when the moms from kiddie music class decided to treat their kids after class. The location we went to allows unlimited toppings (as long as it'll fit in the cup). My 2yo liked it. I finished her cup and thought it was nothing special. At least they had seating, where the Haagen Dazs down the block had only a few tables (that were taken)
The frozen yogurt craze has long since come and gone here in Orlando. The main difference is that most generic frozen yogurt shops allow you to serve yourself as much yogurt and toppings as you want in a large cup (in any combinations), and then they weigh your cup at the end and charge you per pound.
At Pinkberry, however, they have set sizes, spoon out your chosen toppings for you (usually rather stingily), and you're limited by how much they can fit around the edges of their undersized cups. It definitely had a trendy, "big city" feel that set it apart from most of the other yogurt shops, and was a lot more expensive as a result. In fact, our first Pinkberry that opened two years ago has already closed.
I can be awfully convincing, but this would be a real stretch.
There is now a Pinkberry on St. Marks Place in NYC--a street my parents forbade me to walk on when I was a teen because of the crime and drugs. When I see it (and the 2 or 3 other fro-yo joints that have since joined it), it makes me miss the crime and drugs.
OK this is a bit of hyperbole, but really, I just don't see the attraction. Yes, I have tried it. I still don't get it.
That's sort of the reaction I had to Orange Leaf, etc.
The yogurt at these places is ultra-sweet and comes in wacky flavors like "Wedding Cake" and "Peanut Butter and Jelly". Topped with even a bit of fruit and candy, you're looking at $5 or $6 for a small, super-sugary cup of soft-serve.
Or I can go across the street and get a large cone of terrific actual ice cream for about $3.
In defense of Pinkberry, they do not do wacky flavors. They do flavors like watermelon, lychee, green tea, chocolate, etc. That's one thing I do like about them -- the yogurt flavors are very clean, and "unwacky". I love getting their original yogurt with granola, raspberries, mango and pineapple. Nothing fancy or wacky about it.
When I want something more "fun", I go to Menchies. They have a great peanut butter yogurt that really hits the spot sometimes.
If it were 1995, then I'd tell you about the uniqueness and healthiness of frozen yogurt.
If it were 2005, I'd tell you how Pinkberry was wonderful and different, for being frozen yogurt.
But it's 2013. Pre-diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolimia are looming, disposable income is gone and eating habits have changed.
We too have a froyo place on every corner here as well. I'm not an ice cream or dessert sort of gal (I have type 1 diabetes) but every once in a great while I get a handerin' and when I do I will seek out Pinkberry. It's better than the others places we have in our area (TCBY, Yoforia) in that the frozen yogurt actually has some tang like real yogurt. It's lower in sugar and carbs than most of the others and they have better toppings (no gummy worms or crappy cereal and they offer fresh fruit).
So, there ya go. I wouldn't seek it out but if you have a craving, it's better than some of the others.