Fast Casual Review: Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt from Spoon Me
Note: The following letter was never actually sent to Utah-based Froyo chain Spoon Me.
Dear Spoon Me,
Being the biggest fan of pumpkin flavored products (as in the history of like, ever) I was extremely excited to try your seasonally themed Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt. I was so excited, in fact, that I invited several friends to try it out with me. Lured by the promise of a healthy treat that would make me “look so damn sexy,” I could think of no better place than to get my grub on with these four friends, all of whom, may I add, were young women. Throw in a coupon and a promotion for a free extra topping, and the stage was set for my first visit to a real live froyo shop to be nothing but a positive experience.
Well Spoon Me, somehow you managed to screw it up. Pardon me for expecting pumpkin flavored frozen yogurt to taste like pumpkin (or that, you know, it would be orange), but I guess the expectation of naming a flavor doesn’t carry the same connotation that it used to. You know, had I really wanted a relatively flavorless frozen yogurt and a tablespoon of almonds and graham cracker crumbs, I would have gone to Walmart and got enough of the ingredients to make myself ten bowls of the stuff for half as much as the five dollar retail price of your regular size frozen yogurt. And had I wanted this lack of flavorage to make me have to throw out half my froyo and wait around while my shanghi girl friends babbled about girly stuff, than I would have gone to the spa for the day, and at least gotten a nice facial or something while I was there.
Needless to say, myfirst foray into the froyo world did not live up to expectations. In fact, by the false flavor of your pumpkin frozen yogurt, you managed to soil the entire concept of the frozen yogurt bar to me. I knew I hated the Jetsons-like decor walking in, and while your hipster chic chairs and tables may impress the likes of skinny jean wearers and water bottle drinkers, they failed to hypnotize this discerning foodie, who from here on out will swear only to indulging in frozen pumpkin desserts that contain both fat and pumpkin flavor, and preferably an orange hue.
So, thank you Spoon Me. You’ve ruined the froyo experience for me even before I gave it a chance. You’ve cheated me out of five bucks (well, technically four, because I had a coupon) and made my weekly afternoon fast food excursion with the girls one to forget about. And, to my knowledge, you have neither made me a better dancer, nor have you improved my overall sexiness, per the claims of your website. Also, I believe the live and active cultures in your non-pumpkin flavored pumpkin frozen yogurt have made ingesting further food over the course of the proceeding weekend very unpleasant*.
Hugs and kisses,
*Although, there is a good chance this is due to my obsession with Extra’s new Dessert Delights gum.
Pros: Free topping Friday. Vanilla wafers have nice crunch and good sweetness. Almonds actually work well in froyo, balancing tartness. Coupon. Yogurt isn't overly tart and actually has decent sweetness.
Cons: Has absolutely no pumpkin flavor whatsoever, and doesn't even have much of an orange color. Fairly expensive at five bucks for 8 ounces, and comes standard with three toppings (would be better to pay to add on). Having to waste food, while being forced to listen to girl talk while everyone else finished their bowls.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00
Price: 5.00 (For a 8 oz. container and 3 toppings)
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25 (Mediocre)
Spoon Me Frozen Yogurt
Serving Size: 4 oz. (1/2 a normal bowl with no toppings)
Sodium: 14 mg (1%)
Total Carbs: 20g
Vitamin C: 50%