Sunday, December 27, 2009

Create Your Own Fro-Yo at Creations

To get a feel of how frozen yogurt has reached the saturation point, all you have to do is visit Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley, where there are three fro-yo shops within a three-block radius.

I visited one of the new frozen yogurt shops recently when I stepped into Creations on the edge of downtown. Creations is one of those self-serve yogurt spots with a nice variety of flavors.

This store is definitely new and well kept, with a red-colored theme and a front table counter that reminded me of Red Vine licorice whips.

The yogurt costs 36 cents an ounce and comes in the following flavors: plain, taro, blueberry, lychee, vanilla, cookies and cream, green apple, chocolate and cheesecake. I tried the lychee and green apple, and topped them with fresh kiwi and strawberries.

I really liked the lychee flavor. It was slightly sweet and really tasted like lychee but not over the top. I wasn’t as crazy for the green apple, which was expectedly tart but nothing really special.

I felt the consistency of Creations’ fro-yo was a bit light, almost like it leaned towards the watery side. Sure, I realize frozen yogurt isn’t supposed to be like ice cream, but I had some yogurt that had a nice milky, creamy texture. And this wasn’t like that at all. It didn’t have the annoying icy texture that I hate, but it wasn’t silky and creamy.

There’s still one more fro-yo spot that I have to try in downtown Berkeley (Yogurtland), but I already feel like Creations probably isn’t the best among the three. In fact, I think the senior frozen yogurt spot, Yogurt Harmony, is probably the best so far.

I know I should be eating more frozen yogurt now that my cholesterol is so high, but when I see so many frozen yogurt spots, I just feel like I don’t want to see any fro-yo anytime soon. So I guess I have to stop hanging around downtown Berkeley and find my frozen yogurt somewhere else.

Single Guy's Fro-yo Rankings:

1. Red Mango, Palo Alto
2. Pinkberry, Southern California
3. Tuttimelon, San Francisco
4. YoCup, San Francisco
5. Fraiche, Palo Alto
6. Icebee, San Francisco
7. Yoppi, San Francisco
8. Jubili, San Francisco
9. Tutti Frutti, Oakland
10. SoGreen, San Francisco
11. Yogurt Harmony, Berkeley
12. Creations, Berkeley
13. Yogen Früz, San Francisco

Creations, 2370 Shattuck Ave. (at Durant), Berkeley. PH: 510.841.0280. Opened daily, noon to 11 p.m. (till midnight on weekends).


Hungry Dog said...

Hmm. Doesn't sound too great and that name is kinda lame!

I'm loyal to Pinkberry, myself. :)

Single Guy Ben said...

I agree, I wish Pinkberry (or Red Mango) opened up more locations in the Bay Area.

foodhoe said...

Single Guy, you really are a die-hard froyo head! I haven't been inspired to even look at the menu of a froyo recently... lychee does sound good though. One day I've got to head over to PA (my old stomping ground) to check out your favorite!