Kaitlyn Quinn & Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
Brianna and Kaitlyn ventured out to compare food once again, this time in search of delicious frozen yogurt. Three frozen yogurt locations around Lasell were sampled: Bits and Bites of Waltham, Swizzles of Needham, and Orange Leaf of Canton. Brianna sampled chocolate frozen yogurt and Kaitlyn sampled vanilla frozen yogurt.
Bits and Bites
912 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451 (781) 899-0500
There were only a couple of tables to sit at, but this location delivers. The frozen yogurt comes in one size, about a 16 oz. cup. The chocolate frozen yogurt tasted more like ice cream than frozen yogurt. It was more thick and creamy, which made it taste more like a chocolate Frosty from Wendy’s. It was not very sweet either and came to a total of $3.84. 2.5 out of 5 stars
The yogurt is all one size, at $3.84. There are a lot of toppings listed on the board along with the four flavors of yogurt they offer; none you can actually see in front of you. You get a large amount of frozen yogurt, but it is very bland. The consistency is watery; not the hard yogurt you’d expect and has brown dots and clumps in the yogurt. On top of all of this, the environment was uncomfortable. 1.5 out of 5 stars
1450 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492 (781) 444-3840
Swizzles has a do-it-yourself, chose-your-own flavor set-up and is more relaxed. There are many choices for toppings. The chocolate frozen yogurt had rich chocolate flavor. The total price of just the chocolate frozen yogurt came to $2.98. 4 out of 5 stars
There is a large variety of yogurt that you can choose. You can mix them together yourself. Swizzles has a large variety of toppings in a fun party environment. At $2.81, you get much more flavor and the consistency is nice and thick. 4 out of 5 stars
95 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021 (781) 821-0281
The environment here is very clean and well kept. You are greeted as soon as you step foot through the door by a friendly staff, who are very willing to help you sample a flavor for free. Orange Leaf has many different self-serve flavors with a huge variety of choices for toppings. The chocolate frozen yogurt was tasteful, thicker, and smooth. The price varies because it is priced by weight. The price for mine came to $1.68. 4.5 out of 5 stars
You pick your own cup and choose from the plethora of flavors, including Brownie Batter. There are many toppings, including both milk chocolate and white chocolate dipped strawberries. While jamming out to current music, you feel instantly relaxed and are enjoying your time. At $1.84, the quality was outstanding. The vanilla flavor was smooth and flavorful while the consistency was perfectly thick. 5 out of 5 stars
If you are looking for a place that delivers and like the taste of ice cream more than a frozen yogurt, Bits and Bites is the place for you. It is more on the pricey side and there is a minimum charge of $9.00 for delivery. Swizzles has a laid back environment and is just a 15 minute drive from campus. It is a little on the pricy side, but there are lots of flavors and toppings to choose from. If recycling, cleanliness, friendliness, and fun are the most important things to you, then Orange Leaf is the place. The price is also reasonable for college student’s budget.
The Orange Leaf owner (above left) was informed their frozen yogurt was the best out of the three locations. He was extremely happy to hear this and we were able to sit down with his daughter, Nicole (above right), for an interview. Nicole was asked what made her place stand out from the others. “It’s a family environment. We try to make people have fun here. We don’t want them to pay an arm and a leg for frozen yogurt that doesn’t taste good.” She also informed us that there would be free eight-ounce smoothies served on Monday, April 1.