Yogurtland, Belconnen

18 May

Yoguurtland’s slogan is ‘You rule’. And it’s right. You have complete control over the experience. If you’ve ever felt like the scoop of icecream you’ve been served is too small, or the toppings too sparse, this place is for you.

This place is also for you if you miss the dessert bars of Sizzler and Pizza Hut. Remember those? Help yourself to as much icecream as you want, with different flavours and sauces, as well as toppings like crushed nuts and little marshmallows… oh yes.

Yoghurtland is like those dessert bars – supercharged.

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The name puts me off a little. I love yoghurt, but the idea of combining it with toppings makes me feel a little queasy (well, not queasy enough to resist!). When we enter, it’s relatively empty, and quickly reveals that it’s a help yourself affair.

The simple steps at Yoghurtland

The simple steps at Yoghurtland

Step 1: grab a Looney Tunes-themed (no idea why – there’s no link to it anywhere else in the shop) cup in small or large size. We opt for small.

Step 2, part 1: approach the yoghurt area.

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There are about 10 different toppings, including French and Madagascan vanilla, french cheesecake, red velvet, strawberry, coconut, double cookies and cream… you get the picture. There’s no limit to how many you can choose. Some of them have handles between flavours – cheesecake might be on the left, and strawberry’s on the right, and then you can ‘mix it up’ by pulling the middle handle and getting a mix of cheesecake and strawberry at once.

On our first trip, I opt for double cookies and cream, red velvet and vanilla.

Toppings time

Toppings time

Step 2, part 2: approach the toppings. Where to begin? There are a lot of toppings, including crushed up Snickers and Flakes, passionfruit, maltesers, freckles, M&Ms, coconut, apple bursts, crushed nuts, marshmallows, chocolate drops, white chocolate drops… it’s hard to work out where to begin – and where to stop.

Step 3: place your creations on the scales, have it weighed, and pay.

On the scales

On the scales

It’s $24/kg, or $2.40 for 100 grams. We’ve both got a few hundred grams on this first trip.

My creation

My creation

As for the flavours? Really good. We have a long discussion about whether some of the yoghurt at Yogurtland is actually icecream, or yoghurt. It turns out it’s all yoghurt, all of it tastes closer to icecream. While there’s a large range of flavours and they all taste good, they don’t taste dramatically different to me.

Boyfriend's creation

Boyfriend’s creation

Madagascan vanilla, red velvet and double cookies and cream

Madagascan vanilla, red velvet and double cookies and cream

The toppings are where it’s at for me – my only regret is not choosing more!

On leaving (or entering), there’s a well-placed hand sanitiser (a rather smart idea when you’re doing the food handling yourself).

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We enjoy it so much we go back the next day. This is what a $2 tub looks like (<100 grams):

$2 tub the next day!

$2 tub the next day!

Date: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May, 2014

Where: Belconnen Mall, near Outback Jack’s, Witchery and Glue

Cost: depends on how much you choose to eat – it’s totally in your hands! Obviously the heavier toppings = a heftier price!

Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile

Want more? Try their website.

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4 Responses to “Yogurtland, Belconnen”

  1. ladyjodie May 19, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    I love Yogurtland, so much so I could never condense my thoughts into a single post. Love this

    • inthetaratory May 19, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      How amazing is it! I tried very hard not to gush. So good.

  2. Rosemarie May 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    Not sure where Outback Jack’s or Witchery and Glue are at, but I’ll find it!!!!

  3. YOFRO August 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    I would feel a great sense of existential angst patronising a store that mis-spelt the primary ingredient of its board of fare, so deliberately.

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