A bunch of friends and I decided to have a froyo run, mostly because one of them had never tried froyo before. Shocking, I know.
We went to most of the main froyo places—Blitz, Bakerlyn, Coffee Bean, and Mochi. We decided against Tutti Frutti because of the outrageous pricing-by-weight. I mean, c’mon… $3.50 per 100 grams?! Highway robbery.
First on our list was Blitz, since it’s at Mabohai and thus the only place not situated at the Airport Mall area. Overall, this place has been one of my firm favourites because it usually has sugar-free froyo and a nice selection of different toppings. I find the froyo light and not overly sweet, and their topping choices include fruit, candies and cookies, and multiple varieties of syrups. Also, instead of just one flavour of froyo, you can choose to have a double-flavour swirl, though the combinations depend on what’s loaded into the dispensers.
Afterward we headed to Bakerlyn at Citis Square and ordered our froyo with strawberry curls and mango. I’m not sure whether it was the froyo, the curls, or combination of all the elements, but it was awful. The froyo was bland and tasted oddly metallic, and in combination with the strawberry curls tasted inexplicably like fried chicken; the mango was a godsend and was the only saving grace. I’d heard good things about Bakerlyn’s froyo and I guess I expected more. I don’t think I’ll be going back.
Desperate to get the taste out of our mouths, we walked over to Coffee Bean at Times Square. Their froyo comes in two flavours: Original Tart and Classic Vanilla. If you’re looking for a non-tart froyo, their Classic Vanilla is the way to go. We chose the Classic Vanilla Caramel Macchiato topped with marachino cherries and it was brilliant. With the splash of espresso, it tasted almost like an affogato. Good stuff. Moreover, we ordered the regular size and it was quite a sizeable serving, so you get value for money too.
All that was left to try was Mochi at the Airport Mall. Honestly, I don’t really enjoy their froyo as much as Blitz’s. Their toppings seemed to cater more to those with a sweettooth; there were multiple flavours of mochi (natch) and other more unique toppings such as popping balls and coconut jelly. Not bad, but I prefer either Blitz or Coffee Bean.
Though we had decided not to try Tutti Frutti, I ventured over later to check out the place. There has to be a reason why people like it despite the crazy prices. Judging from what I saw, I’d say it has to do with their selection of flavours. At a glance, I saw choices like ‘Orange’ and ‘Death by Chocolate’. Plus there’s the novelty of dispensing your own froyo and adding whatever toppings in whatever amount you want. But I’m not sure whether novelty and variety are worth $8, which I saw some lady shell out for her average-sized froyo. She didn’t seem too happy about it either.
Honorable mention: Sharetea (next to KFC at the Airport Mall), the latest bubble tea craze. Fresh and tasty, and a nice way to end the night. Try one of the Rock Salt and Cheese teas, preferably with wintermelon tea, if they have it. Sounds like a gross combo, but it’s brilliant.