Yogen Früz

Restaurant: Yogen Früz
Cuisine: Desserts/FroYo/Ice Cream/Smoothies/Drinks
Last visited: July 1, 2011
Location: Burnaby, BC (Burnaby South)
Address: #1213 – 4700 Kingsway (In Metrotown Mall)
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: n/a (didn’t try enough)
Service: 3
Ambiance: n/a
Overall: n/a
Additional comments:

  • Since 1986
  • Franchise
  • Started in Toronto
  • Specializes in frozen yogurt
  • Frozen & fresh fruits
  • Real fruit frozen yogurt
  • Fresh fruit toppings
  • Low fat/non fat options
  • Probiotic yogurt
  • Healthy desserts
  • Sugar free option
  • Smoothies
  • Ice cream available
  • Mall hours

**Recommendations: Old fashioned real fruit frozen yogurt

I have very fond memories of Yogen Früz. It used to always be my treat at the shopping mall and something I would look forward to. Unfortunately I’m going to have to hold on to those precious memories, because this experience left a sour taste in my mouth. Pun intended.

For this post I’m going to refer to the old fashioned frozen yogurt at Yogen Früz as “frozen yogurt” (where they use real fruit to make the frozen yogurt), and then I’m going to call the ‘new generation’ frozen yogurt “fro-yo” (where they use pre packaged yogurt mix).

Yogen Früz is what I consider one of the original frozen yogurt franchises. It was there before frozen yogurt became such a trend, although what they offered was different from the “new age, probiotic, one hundred thousand trillion bacteria, fat free, super healthy, fro-yo” they have nowadays.

I actually like both versions and it’s almost like comparing apples to oranges. The flavour and texture is completely different. It’s quite obvious that the “new generation” fro-yo is here to stay though, and that’s probably why Yogen Früz has recently rebranded themselves and broadened their menu to keep up with the times. They now offer a soft serve low fat, non-fat, fat free, etc. etc. “fro-yo” with a toppings counter!
I admit, they were in desperate need of an update, but I’m glad they kept the original old fashioned stuff too. The biggest difference is that Yogen Früz uses real fruit and real yogurt to make their frozen yogurt, whereas the new “fro-yo” places will use pre-packaged mixes of frozen yogurt. They both carry the healthy probiotic bacteria though. My go-to place for real fruit frozen yogurt like Yogen Früz will usually be Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt in Steveston Village.

I had just finished a fro-yo from Qoola upstairs, and I don’t know what inspired my friend and I, but we decided to go for more “fro-yo”. Actually, I probably “inspired” that decision. I brought up wanting to try Yogen Früz after they rebranded, so we decided to check it out.

We hesitated for about 3 seconds on whether we should get one, but they’re Nü Mixes seemed way too tempting to pass up. Sadly, the Nü Mixes we ordered really didn’t work, and they sounded a lot better on the menu than they tasted. Maybe it was because both flavours we ordered were cinnamon based, but they really didn’t work with the yogurt. Even my cinnamon lover friend didn’t like them. However if their original real fruit frozen yogurt is still the same, then I give the benefit of the doubt that their old fashioned stuff is still a solid bet. I haven’t tried one in years so I have to come back to be sure, and I will! Just not today…

I have to add that after this we ended up getting yet another “frozen yogurt”, but this time from TCBY. It’s at the concession stands inside the mall movie theatre. Hey walking there counted as exercise! It was epic… three frozen yogurt desserts AND I came back later that night and had another TCBY! Four frozen yogurts in one day is more than a girl can ask for… just not this girl. I pretty much always have room for any ice cream-like dessert.

On the table:

Autumn Spice Apple Pie Crumble 1/6

  • Vanilla Fro-yo, Yummy Apples, Autumn Spice, Graham Cracker Crumbs $4.50
  • You can choose a base of low fat or non-fat frozen yogurt.
  • This certainly caught my eye and I’ve had an apple pie gelato before so I thought this was going to be similar. It wasn’t.
  • The frozen yogurt tasted exactly like packaged apple cider, but not in a good way.
  • It was incredibly strong with cinnamon flavour and and it wasn’t spicy, but it was quite sweet too.
  • It had an underlying tang of yogurt and the apples almost came unnoticed. I didn’t see any frozen or fresh apples available, so I don’t know where the “yummy apple” part really came in.
  • There were no pieces of actual apple in it and the method they used to “infuse” the apple flavour just did nothing for texture or flavour.
  • The graham crackers were the best part, but overall the frozen yogurt part was not good, and it didn’t taste like an apple pie at all.
  • I did like that the frozen yogurt doesn’t melt fast though. Compared to Qoola it’s firmer, holds up for longer, but isn’t as smooth or soft.
  • It’s also not as sweet as TCBY, and sweeter than Qoola, but it’s not that noticeable to probably most people.
  • I prefer a baked apple pie McFlurry from McDonald’s – that’s when I ask them to whirl a a baked apple pie with ice cream and serve it as an “Apple Pie McFlurry”. It’s delicious, but it melts fast, so you just have to eat it even faster!

Chai Tea Latte 1.5/6

  • Vanilla Yogurt, Chai Spiced Tea, Sliced Almonds $4.50 (or a bit cheaper)
  • You can choose a base of low fat or non-fat frozen yogurt.
  • I originally wanted to try the Matcha Lychee creation, but they ran out of lychee, so I went for my second choice which was the Chai Tea Latte.
  • The best part was the mound of almonds they sprinkled on top.
  • It tasted like cinnamon flavoured frozen yogurt and then there was that underlying frozen yogurt tang and it just didn’t work again.
  • It was less cinnamon tasting than the apple pie crumble though.

  • It didn’t taste like a Chai Tea Latte and I wouldn’t have guessed they were using any infusion of Chai tea leaves at all.
  • Again the frozen yogurt doesn’t melt as fast as say Qoola. It’s firmer, not as smooth or soft as Qoola, and sweeter than Qoola, but not as sweet as TCBY.
  • I really didn’t enjoy this, and that’s part of the reason why we headed upstairs to TCBY for a guaranteed delicious frozen yogurt after.

And here is my proof and post for TCBY – see here! Delicious!

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