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Yutopia

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on June 29, 2011 / review policy

YuTopiaYutopia is the resident self-serve frozen yogurt joint in the Pacific Mall in Markham. It occupies unit A25, which, as anyone who has visited Pacific Mall knows, means absolutely nothing. It's on the first floor, if that helps. East side, in the middle of the mall.

If you do find your way there, you'll come across a small purple stand offering four flavours of all-natural frozen yogurt and an assortment of fruit and dry toppings. The woman at the stand was very friendly, though a language barrier prevented me from learning a whole lot about the company.

She did tell me that all the flavours of yogurt are prepared fresh onsite, and are continually rotated throughout the week. That day, the available flavours were Mango, Taro (a long-standing favourite), Strawberry Cheesecake, and Original. The overall roster is much larger, though, and includes varieties such as Black Currant, Watermelon, Avocado, Green Tea, Ferrero Rocher, and an experimental, mystery Sailor Moon flavour.

In Pacific Mall for almost four years, Yutopia seems to offer the best value for fro-yo in the GTA from what I've seen, at just $0.39 per ounce. Careful, though--its cups are the large plastic container types, so it's easy to go nozzle-happy with the prospect of fresh, delicious Taro frozen yogurt.

I go for a Taro/Mango blend and fill my container maybe about a third of the way. I move on to the toppings, bypassing the chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, cereals, gummy bears, and other dry toppings, and instead opt for some fresh blueberries, strawberries, and a couple of maraschino cherries. The total comes to around $3.70, and I take my cup outside, away from the crowds to dig in. (Note: photo of this combination is not the one pictured above)

The Taro yogurt is pretty good but Mango is the definite winner; very fresh-tasting and rich with mango flavour. Both varieties are a little more icy than creamy, which is good or bad depending on your taste. As someone who opts for sorbet over ice cream the majority of time, I quite enjoy the lightly icy texture but I could certainly see it as a downfall for someone who prefers a creamier composition. Needless to say, though, my cup is empty before I know it, and at $0.39/oz, I could definitely consider going back for seconds.

YuTopia Pacific MallPhotos by Jesse Milns who wanted to take more photos but was told by staff that photos were not permitted.

Discussion

20 Comments

dkz / June 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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In before the 'OMG this isn't BlogGTA'-type comments.
sanjit / June 29, 2011 at 01:30 pm
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Do they have lead and/or Cat flavoring?
Raven / June 29, 2011 at 01:36 pm
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Sailormoon frozen yogurt?

I dont know if I'm intrigued or terrified.
Nick Moreau / June 29, 2011 at 03:54 pm
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Cool, they have a Facebook... http://www.facebook.com/Yutopialicious ... albeit it doesn't list the Sailor Moon flavour on their info page. (They're Twitter link leads nowhere, website is under construction.)
cathy replying to a comment from Raven / June 29, 2011 at 03:55 pm
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Timely, though, as Sailor Moon will be making a comeback this fall. :)
mike / June 29, 2011 at 03:59 pm
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OMG this isn't BlogGTA!!!!111
-__- / June 29, 2011 at 07:53 pm
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When the subway goes out this way, I'll probably go to Pacific Mall all the time. Until then, I'll only wish I could. This place looks fun and they're selling a great snack. Does anyone think it's weird though, that they did not welcome more photos to be taken of their establishment?

me / June 29, 2011 at 08:32 pm
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i wouldn't eat anything from pacific mall even if they were free
Joe / June 30, 2011 at 01:46 am
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Discount fake yogurt? I think i'll pass.. What cheap fill do they use to get the price down?
Alison replying to a comment from Joe / June 30, 2011 at 02:29 pm
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It is actually the only place that I am willing to easy. It is amazing. I go to the mall just for the yogurt. It is good, affordable, and is YUMMY!!( It is definitely not Discount fake yogurt and it is clean there.) Before judging,maybe that you should give it a try don't think?
Raien / July 1, 2011 at 11:32 am
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Out of all the Yogurt joints in Toronto and this is the only place that serves Taro. I'll have to drive up here to visit some Asians. Hopefully they serve it when I arrive. *crosses-fingers.
JT replying to a comment from Joe / July 2, 2011 at 03:53 am
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Yutopia is actually one of my favourite frozen yogurt places in all of Toronto/GTA (and I've tried all of them). They were probably able to keep the prices low by having a smaller store and focusing on their own establishment, rather than competing with the numerous frozen yogurt places popping up all over downtown. They don't even need to spend the extra money on labelling their containers. Keeping it simple benefits both the company and the customers.
Lorie / July 2, 2011 at 11:40 am
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Yutopia is simply the best. I was there yesterday and the salted caramel is amazing.
Alex replying to a comment from JT / July 2, 2011 at 02:14 pm
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As the owner of Yutopia, I can confirm this =)
Nina / July 2, 2011 at 07:21 pm
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Yutopia is great! The staff are always friendly, not to mention the place is clean and well-kept. And the yogurt is YUMMY! My favourites are green tea and taro :D

+ I think they usually update their flavours on their facebook
Alex replying to a comment from Raien / July 30, 2011 at 01:21 pm
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Hi Raien,

Taro is one of our signature flavors from Yutopia. That means you can always find it there. =)

Enjoy!
wovenbyrd / March 8, 2012 at 07:54 pm
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LOVE YUTOPIA
Flavours are amazing and always changing, toppings are always fresh and the deco in the store is AWESOME. I would pick yutopia over menchies or any other fro yo store any day. Very inexpensive.
Grace / June 19, 2012 at 02:27 pm
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I have been a fan of Yutopia for years and have never written a review for them. Definitely try out Yutopia if you would stand by such a philosophy (in my eyes):

- Fresh ingredients, no chemicals/weird things you can't pronounce is put into the froyo, made from scratch with the finest ingredients and ALL NATURAL
- Inexpensive. They focus on their product (froyo) keeping it cheap and spending their funds elsewhere (hence, why their cups are clear & plain as opposed to other shops where it's like as if a rainbow puked on their cup)

I have tried other froyo chains (Menchie's, Yogurty's,pinkberry) and nothing compares to Yutopia. You can REALLY taste the freshness and authenticity in their yogurt. For example, I can taste powders/syrups that the other competition uses (ick, nasty). Whereas I know I am getting fresh ingredients with Yutopia's yogurt. The cost is about 0.35c/oz... SUPER cheap compared to 0.55/oz for chemicals and what not...

Over the years, they have improved on their froyo (more consistent, less icy, more creamy, flavours are great)all thanks to trial and error and constructive customer feedback. Amazing what they have turned it into! It's a shame they are so far :(

Whenever I am in the area, I HAVE to come here! Excellent! Always my #1 froyo shop!

@ Joe, before judging a store by where it is located, I suggest you try it out first. What a way to make an ass our of yourself.
Urbanspoon / June 5, 2013 at 07:22 pm
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Shawn replying to a comment from sanjit / August 28, 2013 at 11:38 am
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sanjit it's got ur moms p.juice flavour try it

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