Need a sweet treat? Let’s go for some fro-yo!


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Flavor, flavor, flavor can be found in Austin’s fro-yo scene.

The next time you get a hankering for frozen yogurt, consider these Austin shops.

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a trip for fro-yo.

There’s nothing quite like the satisfying, creamy swirl of frozen yogurt as it fills the cup or the delicious creativity that comes with choosing between thousands of topping combinations.

Now that summer is in full swing, here are some ideas to help you plan your frozen yogurt excursion. We’ve focused primarily on local shops or chains, but the list is by no means comprehensive. Have a favorite you’d like to recommend? Let us know at kfinan@statesman.com.

BERRY AUSTIN

Berry Austin is very, very Austin, from its city-limit sign to its antique street maps. “I love Austin, and I like to think Berry Austin captures the essence of what Austin’s about,” said owner Kathy Steele. “Fun, a little funky, environmentally friendly, and it has something for everyone. It’s a local business for Austinites — and all those who wish they were.”

The colorful decor incorporates discarded and obsolete material (think CDs) as well as second-hand items and made-from-scratch Austin-themed resin tabletops.

“I love it when friends and neighbors run into each other unexpectedly at Berry Austin,” Steele said. “They come in happy (because who is not happy when they are going to get frozen yogurt?) and we do our best to make sure they are even happier when they leave.”

Recent flavors: Mango sorbet, tart, strawberry banana, pomegranate raspberry, cookies n’ cream, cake batter (the most popular), chocolate, salted caramel, sweet Irish mint and vanilla.

Recent toppings: Graham cracker, Skittles, chocolate raisins, M&Ms, Butterfinger, fresh fruit.

Sample-cup situation: Administered by request from a shop employee.

Cool extra: The shop offers a frequent visitor program where customers can collect points to temporarily re-name one of the frozen yogurt flavors.

Info: 5523 Balcones Drive. 512-323-0606, berryaustin.com. Additional locations at 200 Congress Ave. and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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YO-WAY

The motto at this South Austin yogurt shop is “Frozen Yogurt the Way You Like It!,” and with nearly 50 toppings, there’s no shortage of options for everyone in your party. We went for a hazelnut-chocolate swirl with sprinkles, yogurt chips and a waffle-cone crisp, which provided just the right amount of crunch. Want to linger with friends? Pull up a seat at an inviting interior table and attempt to solve one of the Trivial Pursuit cards left out for guests.

Recent flavors: Strawberry lemonade, mango sunrise, sweet coconut, Hawaiian pineapple, cake batter, country vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate.

Recent toppings: Cookie dough, cheesecake, pineapple chunks, sprinkles, Nilla wafers, Andes mints.

Sample-cup situation: Readily available.

Cool extra: Don’t miss the special spoons that change color when you plunge them into your creamy creation.

Info4301 W. William Cannon Drive, Suite #160. 512-892-2222, yo-wayfrozenyogurt.com.

YO SO COOL

The atmosphere at this South Congress Avenue fro-yo shop is, well, cool, from the serene blue walls to the formidable hanging art of a cherry, strawberry and gummy bear. Twelve flavors (six swirl combinations) are available, as are cakeballs on a stick and mini-doughnuts. You can swirl your creation into a color-changing cup, too, for an additional charge.

Recent flavors: Alpine vanilla, Dutch chocolate, New York cheesecake, strawberry, cake batter, mango sunrise, original tart, cookies n’ cream, horchata, dulce de leche and pink lemonade.

Recent toppings: Nearly a dozen types of fresh fruit, boba, granola, almonds, brownies, sour gummy worms, rainbow snow caps.

Sample-cup situation: Available upon request.

Cool extra: Actually it’s more of a hot extra — this shop includes a full-service espresso bar, named, appropriately, Yo So Hot.

Info: 6501 S. Congress Ave. 512-215-0908, yosocool.com. A second location is at 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Suite 1290.

YOGURT PLANET

The atmosphere at this locally owned yogurt shop is light and breezy, combining a cool color palette with cool flavor combinations. The shop offers several flavors and toppings that can be hard to find elsewhere, including taro, mochi and Nutella by the scoopful.

Recent flavors: Taro, mango tango, original tart, strawberry, cake batter, cookies n’ cream, chocolate, vanilla, dulce de leche, hazelnut, raspberry, Hawaiian pineapple, pink lemonade and salted-caramel corn.

Recent toppings: Coconut, cheesecake, mandarin oranges, kiwi, mochi, peanut-butter cups, Nutella, brownie bites, chocolate raisins, Cap’n Crunch, jelly beans.

Sample-cup situation: Available upon request.

Cool extra: The Domain location faces a playground and lawn, perfect for little ones who might need a little movement to counteract their sugar rush.

Info: 3220 Feathergrass Court, Suite 136. 512-339-2988, yogurtplanet.com. Additional locations at Hill Country Galleria and the Triangle.

It’s not yogurt, but …

D-LITES

This Southwest Austin shop that serves up soft-serve ice cream is worth mentioning because of its multitude of flavors (there are 300 in rotation) and its commitment to offering low-fat, low-sugar, kosher and cholesterol- and gluten-free ice cream. The good news? It tastes good! The shop is also fun, with a dedicated kids’ corner and cards on the tables with conversation starters that include, naturally, “What’s your ultimate ice cream sundae?”

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Recent flavors: Toasted coconut fudge, Nilla wafer, chocolate cake batter, Pay Day, chocolate and vanilla.

Recent toppings: Lucky Charms marshmallows, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, pumpkin granola flax, Reese’s Pieces, Nerds, waffle cone bits.

Sample-cup situation: Sample cups are not sitting out, but employees are happy to let you try anything you’d like.

Cool extra: There’s an adorable pint-sized ice cream shop inside the store where youngsters can pretend to serve up their own frosty treats.

Info: 4404 W. William Cannon Drive. 512-891-0396, dlitesaustin.com.

FRONT PORCH FROZEN DESSERTS

Attention Round Rock residents who are craving fro-yo: Front Porch Frozen Desserts has you covered. This family-owned fro-yo shop has been serving up sweet treats since 2013. 

Recent flavors: Strawberry, cheesecake, home-churn vanilla, sugar cookie, chocolate chip cookie dough, yellow cake batter, chocolate fudge brownie, strawberry cream cake, banana Italian ice. 

Recent toppings: Andes mints, chocolate rocks, Raisinets, sea salt caramel truffles, crystalized ginger, Butterfinger, granola, fresh fruit. 

Sample-cup situation: Available by request. 

Cool extra: Front Porch is also known for its fantastic shakes. 

Info: 3107 S. Interstate 35, Suite 770 in Round Rock. 512-388-6339, frontporchfrozendesserts.com

 

TCBY PARKSIDE VILLAGE

I’m going to break my own rule of excluding national chains because every time I’ve visited this Circle C shop I’ve been impressed with the friendly, local-hangout vibe, the wide rotation of flavors and the well-stocked toppings bar. The shop also serves up eight flavors of hand-dipped yogurt that’s scooped just like ice cream. 

Recent flavors: White chocolate mousse, golden vanilla, chocolate, Italian tart, marshmallow, peanut butter. 

Recent toppings: Gummy frogs, mini-M&Ms, yogurt chips, whipped cream, fresh fruit. 

Sample-cup situation: Readily available.

Cool extra: The TVs are always tuned to something fun and upbeat that will appeal to the shop’s many tween and teen customers. 

Info: 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, B100. 512-505-8229, store.tcby.com/home/parksidevillage.

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