This past weekend was the grand opening of a new frozen yogurt franchise in my neck of the woods. Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt is my family’s new favorite place to go for a treat, and with their ninth location in Illinois – plus other locations around the country – you may get to experience the fun of creating your own coolest combo soon.
The concept behind Yumz is simple. Choice is good. And delicious. It’s a completely self-serve frozen yogurt store. You are in charge of what you create, and each creation is a masterpiece. The flavors aren’t simply vanilla and chocolate and strawberry. No, there are sorbets (that are dairy free, which thrilled Little Miss) and tart flavors and others like the ever-present cake batter, plus red velvet and peanut butter and more. And then come the toppings. And more and more and more toppings.
For someone who likes control. And options. And possibly has a bit of a split personality, Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt is right up my alley. So when they asked if I’d host a party for some friends, you know I was all over it. I couldn’t wait to get in there and have some fun!
Not surprisingly, everyone I invited attended. We were all mesmerized by the wall of yogurt. This isn’t a two or four flavor option. You can have one flavor, be semi-adventurous and mix two similar flavors in a twist, or go for broke and add as many of the flavors into your cup as you choose.
Because Yumz is all about making sure you’re happy with what you want, there are sample cups galore. Not sure if you like Georgia Peach? Taste a little and see. Think the blueberry cheesecake has promise? Make sure before you fill up. Think the boba look cool but you just aren’t sure? Why not – go ahead and test out the toppings, too.
The concept is simple. Pick up a cup. Fill it up with yogurt. Add your toppings. Weigh it, and enjoy.
Shhh. Mine showed just a little bit of a split personality. But ohhh was it good!
For me, it was interesting to see all the different varieties people chose. Some filled their cups with a single flavor (Little Miss loved the raspberry pomegranate sorbet) while others had a hodge podge of flavors mixed in their cups. The same went for toppings, with one boy going strictly with all gummy fruit while others mixed and matched, including the sauces available ranging from caramel to white chocolate to key lime.
And everyone walked away happy.
Only one family had been to Yumz prior to our visit. Her daughter’s volleyball team practices down the road from another Yumz location, and the team goes there often. The rest of us, however, were all new converts. And I am pretty safe in saying that we’ll all be back again.
Yumz is truly unique from the oh so fun decor that sets off the fun and upbeat flavor of the yogurt to the staff happy to answer any questions with a smile. The flavors are definitely different, and even the toppings are out of the ordinary. For the record, boba are little balls with fruit juice inside that you can pop in your mouth. The staff encouraged the wee ones to try each of the different boba flavors since this was a new concept to us, and they fell in love.
Once you’ve found a flavor you love, you can enter it as a Coolest Combo either via the touchscreen in the store or at home via the Yumz website. This stores your creation so you can remember exactly what you did that was so delicious. Even better, creating your Coolest Combo can win you free frozen yogurt from Yumz, too. Each month one is deemed the Coolest Combo of the month, with the person who submitted it winning a free cup from Yumz. And there’s also a Yumz Coolest Combo of the year where the winner receives free Yumz frozen yogurt every week for a year. How fun!
Mister Man, of course, couldn’t wait to enter his combination once he heard about it. He didn’t even finish his bowl of yogurt before heading over to the screen and entering it… 21 times (oops, I promise Yumz folks, it was an accident of a 9 year old; he didn’t realize he did that). So if you’re looking for something yummy, check out his Ultra Bite of Epicness – and yes, that’s his own creative title.
I can only hope that you’re lucky enough to have a Yumz near you. Because we’re heading back there as soon as we have a spare moment this week. With options that are dairy free for Little Miss, plenty of choice for me, toppings galore for Mister Man, and anything for my husband, we’re all happy. Better yet? If you have further dietary restrictions, Yumz has your back. All the flavors of yogurt are gluten free, and if you have a nut allergy, they maintain toppings in their original packaging that you can use to ensure there is no cross contamination.
You’re ready to try Yumz now, aren’t you? I’ll make it even easier for three lucky winners – a $20 Yumz gift card and a Yumz t-shirt (you can exchange sizes in the store if needed) for each winner. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!