In what has to be one of my most fun reviews to date, my son and I were invited to an all-expenses-paid visit to Let's YO!, "a yogurt experience."
My first observation was the bright, cheerful color scheme; my second, the way the staff engaged us immediately as we walked through the door. I knew right away that this was a fun place to be.
The seating area includes a row of iPads, several tables, and two large televisions (one showing sports, one showing cartoons). Let's YO! sets up this way to encourage guests to spend time, rather than to eat their yogurt quickly and rush off.
Dave, the shop owner, was kind enough to show us the back room, where we saw the workings of the frozen-yogurt machines and the cold storage space. I couldn't help but notice how meticulously clean everything was.
We have other yogurt shops in the area, so what's different about Let's YO!? For one thing, the yogurt comes in premixed and frozen from the dairy. This eliminates the chalky taste that sometimes accompanies the use of powdered mixes. Also, Let's YO! strives to offer no-sugar-added, nonfat, and dairy-free choices at all times.
The selection of toppings was the widest I've ever seen! From granola and candies to fruits, nuts, and fresh whipped cream ... I couldn't think of another topping that I'd want. Another fun twist was the inclusion of sprinkles in the colors of Rutgers University and our local high school. I was impressed that cold toppings are kept truly cold, nuts are kept separate, and most of the dry toppings are in tamper-proof dispensers.
But let's get to the yogurt flavors. With 14 unique flavors plus seven twists, I didn't know where to start. We were offered the opportunity to sample flavors before we selected what we wanted. This wasn't unique to us, though: if you walked into the shop, you would have the same opportunity. I first tried a swirl of Valencia orange sorbet and Greek honey vanilla. This was absolutely delicious. My son's favorite was Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter, which he liked because it wasn't overly sweet. It's available swirled with Dreamy Dark Chocolate ... a winning combination, to be sure. Chocolate frozen yogurt can have that chalky taste, but this was smooth and creamy.
Pumpkin Pie yogurt tastes just like the filling of pumpkin pie. It can be topped with graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream, or (as shown above) with cheesecake cubes and graham cracker crumbs to make Pumpkin Cheesecake. My son, by the way, found the cheesecake cubes to be the best cheesecake he's ever had. That's really saying something, because his Grandma makes a fabulous cheesecake!
Other flavors we tried were mango sorbet (which tastes like fresh mango), Birthday Cake (which tastes like vanilla cake), and Spiced Apple Pie (yum). My very favorite, though, was Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel. The sweetness combined with the warm flavor of caramel and the saltiness of pretzel was so different and so delicious that I could have eaten it all day.
Which flavor would you most like to try? And, more to the point, what are you waiting for? C'mon, Let's YO!