Like most bitches, I heart froyo. It's frozen, it's yogurty...it's delicious. 

Here in DC, as with most big cities, there are a $h!t ton of places where one can get his/her froyo fix. Some places serve custard-style froyo whereas other stores opt for a more icy meets soft serve variety. Some places are self-serve while others fill your froyo [pimp] cup for you. And, most importantly, some froyo shops charge extra for toppings, while others allow you to layer the rainbow sprinkles, gummi bears, and shredded coconut on for free. So, who has the best tasting froyo and where can you get the best frozen yogurt bargains? Well, as a part-time frugu (that is meant to mean "froyo guru") I have compiled my list of the top five froyo franchises in the district.
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5. FroZenYo

Texture: Creamy
Toppings: Self-Serve
Cost: By Weight
My Thoughts: If you like creamy, "fun flavored" froyo like cake batter, red velvet and mint chocolate chip, then FroZenYo is likely right up your tastebud alley. BUT (and that's a big but), if you are like me and prefer euro tart or something with less chemicals, then FroZenYo is probably not the best choice. That said, FroZenYo does do well in the "bargain category" in the sense that they do sell 29 cent bottles of water as well as the fact that the hot fudge and caramel sauce station (if you're into that) is located past the registers and can be loaded on after you pay making these two weight inducing toppings free.

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4. Sweet Green

Texture: Icy
Toppings: Comes with 3 "small" scoops of your topping of choice
Cost: $4 Small / $6 Large
My Thoughts: I like the tangy to sweet taste of Sweet Green's froyo, however the texture is a little too icy for my tastebuds. That said, I do like the fact that toppings are included seeing how, if it's not self serve, a tablespoon of blueberries will likely spike the cost by $0.50 or even $1.00. 

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3. Yogi Castle

Texture: Icy meets Creamy meets a smidge more Icy
Toppings: Self-Serve (endless options)
Cost: By Weight
My Thoughts: My boss is actually the one who introduced me to Yogi Castle. It's her favorite and, for a long while, was my favorite as well. One of YC's best qualities, besides the fact that there is one located a few blocks away from my apartment, is the fact that "all Yogi Castle frozen yogurts proudly bear the Live and Active Cultures seal of National Yogurt Association." Obviously this means you can eat more of it. #FroyoWin

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2. Pinkberry

Texture: Perfection
Toppings: Expensive. Behind Counter.
Cost: Arm and a Leg
My Thoughts: I know, I know...Pinkberry, how cliche of me. Then again, there's a reason Pinkberry is so big and the reason is because it's soooo good. It's creamy without being overly rich tasting and it's tangy without being tart. Personally, I am a big fan of their strawberry flavor sans toppings. Then again, I'm a Jew (and therefore cheap) and don't want to pay extra for said toppings. Oh, and for the record, Pinkberry also has the "Live and Active Cultures" seal, in case you were wondering.

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1. IceBerry

Texture: Again, Perfection.
Toppings: Pricey. Behind Counter.
Cost: Up there, but not soooo up there that I'm turned away.
My Thoughts: I didn't discover IceBerry until recently and let me just tell you, it's one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It's tangy and ends on a sweet (but not too sweet) note. Best of all, it reminds me of Bloomingdale's froyo (i.e. Forty Carrots...but that's a whole other NYC Edition post) which, for this Washingtonian, is an amazing feat. 

 


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