Adventures in Eating & Cooking
A pang of froyo deprivation hit me when I heard about Red Mango’s new pumpkin spice flavor (which I’m definitely going to try when I go back to NYC next weekend). But then…I heard about Sprinkles! Sprinkles is a self-serve, pay-by-the-pound frozen yogurt shop down Chestnut Street on UPenn’s campus. I had to go! So yesterday, my roomie and I sloshed through heavy rain for her first froyo experience and my salvation.
It took me by surprise! The row of different-flavored frozen yogurt machines made me think that I had slipped in a puddle, fractured my head, and gone to froyo-heaven. There were original flavors like chocolate and vanilla, dessert-like flavors like New York Cheesecake and Cookies ‘n Cream, fruity flavors like berry sorbet and pomegranate, and even seasonal flavors like pumpkin. I wanted to try them all!
Then came the vast array of toppings. They had the Coldstone-esque ice cream toppings, various syrups (chocolate, caramel, butterscotch), and the typical Red Mango/Pinkberry toppings (fruit, mochi, and cereal).
Yesterday I decided to get a cup of green tea tart and chocolate. I topped the green tea with blueberries and mochi, and the chocolate with cookie dough. It was wonderful! I loved both flavors. Although it had neither the smoothness of Red Mango, nor the lightness of Pinkberry, Sprinkles was special in its own way. In fact, it beats its NYC counterparts in many ways. Sprinkles was dense in flavor, so I really got to enjoy the green tea aroma and rich chocolate taste that I cherish. The cookie dough chunks were awesome on the chocolate. I liked the calm Oriental blend of mochi, blueberries, and green tea as well. That cup of froyo was definitely worth getting thoroughly soaked!
I was so impressed by Sprinkles, I went again today with my roomie and Vanilla. This time I got berry pomegranate tart and New York cheesecake. I topped the pomegranate with some blackberries (one of my favorite healthy combinations), and the cheesecake with caramel sauce and brownies. I loved the pomegranate. It was fruity and tart, and I could really taste the blast of berries. The cheesecake was delicious in the beginning, but got heavy later on. It turned out weird as a yogurt I suppose, because it lacked the smooth richness of ice cream. The caramel sauce was great (well I just love liquid caramel), but the brownies tasted funny.
Conclusion: Would definitely come again! Pomegranate’s the best, then chocolate, then green tea, but those three are all ridiculously good. I want to try more flavors…
3606 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104