No matter what you put into that little pink cup at Menchie's newly opened fro yo corner shop along the busy strip of the Bloor & Bathurst hood, it is simply all fun. Hey, how can you not smile at a fro yo called the "Original Tart". That just speaks to the old broad in me because this old foodster still has some 'tude left in her.
After all, I think I was the only blogger in the fro yo throw down that licked the Menchie's mascot. I have to give some big props to Maryluz Mejia & her partner Mario Stojanac of Sizzling Communications for luring out a bunch of social media online food bloggers to step up to the challenge and create a benchmark fro yo treat just for Menchie's. I called my entry "Some Like It Tart". I just couldn't resist the whole tart thing so this gal went right for the green apple tart & original tart combo, layered with little chunks of of cinnamon laden apple bits, and drizzled with caramel. For the most part, I've never been a fro yo fan. I've often found it cloying and this whole concept that it's healthier and lower in fat that ice cream is just silliness. Menchie's scored big points with me because it didn't give me that fro yo hangover that I often find myself feeling after indulging in these frozen treats. Pricing at Menchie's is also interesting as you pay by the weight. So you can go light on the waistline and the pocketbook at the same time. It is all up to you.
In total there were 15 entries and personally I think there should have been prizes for the judges. I got brain freeze just thinking having to plough through all that sampling, but hey, sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.
Menchie's isn't just a family friendly place, it's just a friendly place, period. There is something on their fro yo wall for everyones taste buds. There are chalkboards for kids of all ages, includng us old tarts, to leave their messages on and side boards laden with fro yo trimmings of candy, chocolate, crunchy bits, chewy stuff, fresh fruit and syrups. The possibilities are practically bottomless. I gotta give props though for the winning fro yo combo, Tropic Thunder, which was a delicious mixture, conjuring up thoughts of Pina Coladas. Only ingredient missing was Malibu Rum. Oh if only Menchie's was licensed!
My fave fro yo concoction name of the day was "Everything But The Bacon". I think food blogger Joel Solish, aka Foodie411, put everything but bacon in his pink cup. Perhaps Menchie's needs to take the bacon option under consideration. Bacon, maple syrup & pecans with their Banana Bread fro yo could be an awesome combo! Then again I'm firm believer that bacon makes everything better.
Highlights of the day for me was getting to hang with other online bloggers and food bro's enjoying the fro yo. It was fun indulging in treats with the tweeps. The final icing on the fro yo was that we all got treated to piece of Menchie's swag so at the end of the day, we were all winners. A girl can never get enough swag!
Menchie's, 511 Bloor St. W. (corner of Bloor & Albany Avenue)