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Yoco Froyo

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on August 28, 2012 / review policy

yoco froyo torontoYoco Froyo is sure to be a hit. I can just feel it. It has a Yorkville address, fat-free options, and an area monopoly on a thriving sweet trend. Were it five years ago, I'd say cupcakes would be the ticket, but now it's self-serve frozen yogurt. And Yoco's got it.

yoco froyo torontoIn a lower level space on Cumberland Street, it first occurred to me that Yoco might be infringing on Summer's territory. And perhaps it is. But frozen yogurt is indeed a different animal (or dessert) than the typical scoop-and-serve parlour. While Summer's might tote that classic old-school parlour charm, Yoco has a bit of an urban Candyland vibe, LED menu boards and all.

yoco froyo torontoThe owner's daughter, Nancy, tells me her father was looking to open a shop somewhere in Toronto for the past year. "My uncle has a store called 'Yomii' in Florida," she says as we take a seat on the leather couch beyond the self-serve machines. "We modeled this store after my uncle's place."

yoco froyo torontoOpened about one month ago, Yoco offers 10 flavours of frozen yogurt from a roster of about 30. The staples — original, chocolate, and vanilla — are typically available on any given day, with other varieties such as cheesecake, sugar-free cappuccino, and dairy-free raspberry switching out on a daily basis.

yoco froyo torontoNancy tells me she and the team tasted endless different concoctions before settling on the Yoco blend. With most of the dairy options made with skim milk, Yoco combines dry yogurt powder with naturally sourced flavourings from Italy to make its frozen yogurt on location. The yogurt can then be topped with all sorts of candies, sauces, fresh fruits and more, priced at $0.55 per ounce with the option of a waffle cone for an extra $1.

yoco froyo torontoNow, I know that froyo lore says that powder-based frozen yogurt isn't typically as good as the liquid yogurt-based stuff, but I was actually quite impressed with the samples I tasted at Yoco. First was the original flavour, which had a clean, smooth texture and tasted just as bona fide frozen yogurt should. Next was chocolate — more of a treat with an extra bit of sweetness. But my favourite was the dairy-free raspberry, which had an authentic "raspberry" flavour (albeit, somewhat "candied") with a few seeds throughout.

yoco froyo torontoAll of the flavours have the fat content listed above the nozzle (this is Yorkville, after all), and of course, are all self-serve. (The cups are huge, in characteristic self-serve froyo fashion, so the trigger-happy should be careful). The shop also offers bubble tea and smoothies, as well as some outdoor seating, several tables inside, and free WiFi. Yes, Yorkville, your froyo has arrived.

yoco froyo torontoPhotos by Morris Lum

Discussion

9 Comments

HC / August 28, 2012 at 11:10 am
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The worst Fro-Yo in the city. Sour tasting, powdery texture. Pass.
RJT / August 28, 2012 at 11:55 am
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I enjoyed it, what I liked most was the heated chocolate cookie crunch. Such a nice addition to froyo.
CJ / August 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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When is this fro-yo trend gonna die?
jer replying to a comment from CJ / August 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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Definitely seems to come and go in waves...

Anyone remember TCBY? Where are they now. Only difference is they have made it "self serve".... I like Yogurty's myself but they are all pretty $$ for what you get.
Nikolas / August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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YOCO is a big NONO.
bobo / August 28, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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This is another one of those places where the product really should be called "frozen dessert" or something like that. That's what it is, and that's what it tastes like. Calling it yogurt isn't really accurate. The only flavoured frozen yogurt place I've found in Toronto that seems to be natural is menchie's, and you can really taste the difference.
Alice / September 15, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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Very yummy yogurt! I was offered samples by a girl standing outside, and she was super friendly and helpful!
Easy / December 22, 2012 at 02:53 pm
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I liked yoco a lot! Way better than Menchies - the coconut flavour is my favourite! I'm not a fan of super sweet flavours so I really enjoyed the fresh light coconut. I also tried the chocolate but wasn't impressed should of got all coconut!
Lisa / February 2, 2013 at 07:31 pm
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30% off NOW!!!!!!!! The froyo is delicious, and not overly sweet... unlike other froyo shops!

Great service too

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