My kids and I saw THE CUTEST character waving at cars while driving up Spring Forest Road at Falls of Neuse Road a few weeks ago and had to check out what he was doing. He looked like a mushroom at first but then we realized he was an ice-cream cone.
Further inspection showed he is actually the little mascot for Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, which we have never heard of before. Never one to pass on sweets, we decided we
needed to should try Menchie’s.
We walked in and loved the theme and style of the design of the shop. Everything is in bright colors and the store is nice and clean and new. The ladies working the counter were so friendly and asked if it was our first time in. It was and they explained what to do and how to do it. Sounds like ordering a frozen yogurt is a no-brainer but it was a little overwhelming at first. Like most newer frozen yogurt places, you get your own yogurt from one of several dispensers, add toppings and then check out.
We were allowed to sample whatever flavors we liked with a little tiny cup which was perfect. There weren’t a ton of flavors to choose from – probably about 10-12 flavors which many were able to be combined for an extra yummy flavor. According to their website, Menchie’s rotates their flavors.
Here it’s the same idea: you can get a large cup/bowl (one size but remember: your final price is based on WEIGHT so don’t feel like you have to fill ‘er up!) and put as much of your fave flavor as you’d like, then move over to one of two topping bars. One had the more yummy (read: bad for you) stuff like crumbled cookie toppings or candy toppings, and the other bar had good-for-you yumminess like fruit and little round balls that look like giant caviar bits but are mango flavored or other fruit flavors. The name for these mysteries currently escapes me. There was also hot fudge and caramel.
My favorite was the pomegranate-raspberry which tasted more like a sorbet than a yogurt. My companion selected “vanilla snow” with maraschino cherries on top. She filled up her cup about 3/4 of the way so her total cost after tax was just under $5.
Even the spoons are darn cute with the Menchie yogurt guy’s face on the end and a little message on the spoon “This is my mix!” I’d probably come back here based on the high cuteness factor alone.
For those of us mindful of our waistlines, Menchie’s offers low-carb, sugar-free and dairy-free flavor options. Most of their flavors (with some exceptions) are also gluten-free.
You can get a “smileage” card (rewards card) and after you acrue a certain number of points (50?) you get a reward for $5 worth of product which isn’t too bad.
We’d like to come back on a day we aren’t so rushed and hang out here for a bit. It’s definitely a neat little place for all to enjoy. Menchie’s is located in the Sutton Square plaza and there are several options to eat a meal before coming here for a dessert.
Then again, Menchie’s is a great place to come any time of the day! :)