Nashville Catches on to The Frozen Yogurt Trend…Finally

by HEAB on December 23, 2008

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Temperatures have been in the 20’s and 30’s this week.  Perfect weather for a frozen yogurt tour of Nashville, no?  I grew up eating ice-cream, and the cold weather never stopped me from indulging before.  Why start now?   Come see what I discovered…

Krave's Tangy Yogurt

Krave's Tangy Yogurt

My first stop was Krave, the newest of our yogurt establishments and Nashville’s answer to Pinkberry.  Despite the cold, I pulled into the parking lot with a desire for some smooth creamy goodness.  The owner of the establishment was quite helpful and let me try several samples.  I decided on the original plain flavor.  So refreshing, and I love that they offer cereal toppings!  I chose Cinnamon Toast Crunch (Sadly, no Puffins), and my new friend behind the counter insisted on giving me at least one raspberry.  I returned to my car, blasted the heat and enjoyed every last bite!  The tang of the yogurt cultures was strong but not overwhelming, and at 17 calories an ounce I thought it was pretty tasty.  The creaminess factor was low – kind of icy.  Price: a little over $5.00 for an 8 oz with 1 topping…I don’t think he counted my raspberry :)

Yogurt Oasis Butterscotch Eggnog Swirl

Yogurt Oasis Butterscotch Eggnog Swirl

Next stop was Yogurt Oasis.  This place is right up the street from me, and I’ve been avoiding it ever since it opened last year.  I feared the addiction factor, and I was betting the yogurt wasn’t too cheap due to the high rent area of the store’s location.  Temperature outside, 24 degrees.  Temperature in my belly, 98.6.   Time to cool off those internal organs!  Surprisingly, I was the only customer and got the owners’ undivided attention.  She informed me the yogurt contained no sugar.  I’m trying to avoid artificial sweeteners and asked her what they used.  Apparently, fructose is not really sugar.  I didn’t feel like debating her because my eyes were focused on Today’s Flavors: butterscotch and eggnog.  Problem #1 – self-serve and price was calculated by weight.  For me, this meant trouble.  I’d much rather be presented with a controlled amount of yogurt, but that’s just me and my issues.  So, I grabbed a 16 oz cup (their smallest) and filled her up with a swirl of yogurt topped with some graham crackers.  Problem #2 – topping selection.  The graham crackers were  the healthiest option available other than some peanuts and granola.  No fruit anywhere – just lots of crushed candy.  I behaved myself and didn’t go overboard.  The creamy factor was definitely high, and the calories were low.  Every flavor contains only 8 calories an ounce.  I would go everyday if it weren’t for the price.  Problem #3 – again a little over $5 :(

Costco's Cheap Eats

Costco's Cheap Eats

Third and final stop…Costco.  For $1.47, I got a 15 ounce cup of the creamiest dreamiest yogurt ever!  Too bad it weighed in at a whopping 390 calories WITHOUT any toppings!  That is about twice the calorie content of my Yogurt Oasis cup.  The question is…would you pay more for lower calories?  My answer (as the husband cringes)…Yes, I would.  Therefore, Heather will not be dining at Nashville’s trendy frozen yogurt establishments because she would like to retire someday.  $5+ on yogurt everyday adds up to $1825 annually.  No thanks.  From now on, it’s the McDonald’s Drive Thru baby.  75 cents for a 150 calorie soft serve cone.  I’m lovin it!

What is your favorite frozen treat?