It doesn't take more than a drive by a few strip malls in our region to learn that frozen yogurt is all the rage these days.
It seems like one version of the trend is popping up on every corner. These are the self service yogurt shops where you can try all the flavors in teeny cups and then fill up a bowl with frozen yogurt and toppings and pay by the pound ... or ounce, depending on how hungry you are.
My first introduction to the froyo craze was in 2010 when a shop called Local Yogurt opened up in north Raleigh. Intrigued, we stopped by for a treat after a day at the pool. We were hooked. I was hooked, particularly on the plain, or original, flavor - a tart, but sweet concoction that resembles plain yogurt that's been frozen.
Local Yogurt eventually closed its Raleigh location, but it's going strong elsewhere, including Durham, where it's based. The shop was Durham's first independently owned frozen yogurt shop, according to its website.
I've been to many other frozen yogurt shops since that first taste of Local Yogurt. But, for old times' sake and this series, I made a special stop at the shop on University Drive in Durham the other week. The big, open space with tables and chairs at a counter also includes a corner for kids with a kid-sized table and a large chalkboard.
This isn't a serve yourself location. A very nice employee got our order ready for us. The shop features four flavors each day. When we were there, original, kiwi strawberry, chocolate and caramel pretzel were on the menu. Toppings include all kinds of fruit, candy and other options.
I chose the original flavor, of course. My younger daughter went with chocolate topped with gummy bears. My older daughter opted for the kiwi strawberry topped with those popping juice bubbles.
It was everything I remembered ... creamy, delicious frozen yogurt.
Local Yogurt has locations in Durham, Elon and Greenville.
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