Menchie’s is not a new addition to the frozen yogurt scene. It’s been in Vancouver for more than 1.5 years now but it’s only recently that I visited one of its locations for the first time. I can’t believe the cute little Menchie’s icon didn’t get me to its door sooner!
Mr. and I went to the flagship location on Cambie near the Canada Line station. It was a hot Saturday afternoon, so it was no surprise that the store was packed.
The idea of Menchie’s is similar to Qoola. First you select your own flavour(s) of yogurt at the yogurt bar. Because they charge you by weight, you can choose just one flavour or a bit of everything. They actually place little paper cups for you to sample the 12 yogurt flavours before committing to any flavours. To be honest, it was tempting to just try as much yogurt as we can then sneak out of the place (and I bet some people do do that). But nah, we want the full experience!
After trying almost all flavours, we selected two flavours each (purely tart & red velvet, and green apple tart & ripe pineapple sorbet) and headed over to the toppings section, where you will find endless options of topping.
I mean, seriously, there were just too many things to choose from! We were like kids at a candy shop and Mr. was having trouble with deciding what he wanted. He ended up loading his yogurt cup with topping after topping. At the end, Mr. created a whopping 13oz yogurt cup (yes, your math would tell you that it’s almost 1lb of frozen yogurt and toppings)! It was loaded with various kinds of crushed candy bars, mochi balls, pearls, nuts, chocolate chips and drizzles! Granted, my cup was roughly 9oz which wasn’t that much lighter — but I didn’t go all crazy on chocolatey/sugary candy bars and I was quite proud of myself.
And how was it, you ask? The yogurt flavours were all very good. The Purely Tart reminded Mr. of the yogurt that he grew up eating back in his hometown in China; Red Velvet was smooth and surprisingly rich and chocolatey. Green Apple Tart could give you this sour lemon face but I loved it (Mr. didn’t like it); Ripe Pineapple Sorbet tasted tropical, sweet and refreshing, with a little bit of tartness.
In terms of toppings, the beauty of this concept is that you can add as much or as little as you want. And you can choose whatever you like, so it’s hard to end up with a yogurt cup that you don’t like.
It costs $0.55 + tax per oz and an extra $1 for a waffle bowl. If you have decent self control, this type of self-serve froyo place could be a cheaper option than, say, Pinkberry. That being said, it’s difficult to resist the temptation when you are facing 50-60 types of toppings. Look at Mr.‘s monstrous yogurt cup — and he’s not even a huge dessert person! It could be dangerous, and costly, so consider yourself warned.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
2315 Cambie Street, Vancouver