As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an ice cream addict. There’s no better way to end a stressful day of work than cold, creamy goodness topped with chocolate, candy, fruit, and sauces. As I’ve also mentioned before, I started my first full-time “real” job this spring, which created a lot of stress. Now I know my favorite part of waitressing was that no matter how busy a night was or how many angry customers I encountered, when I went home for the night, that was it. I didn’t have to worry about anything. Needless to say, many nights this summer were spent making the under 10 minute walk from my apartment to Coolidge Corner for some ice cream. And by “many” I mean at least 5 or 6 nights a week.
Now Coolidge Corner is amazing. Three places to get ice cream all right in a row. First is Berry Freeze, a couple of stores down is Friendly’s, and finally there’s J.P. Licks. I was in heaven.
Each place has their specialty. I like J.P. Lick’s unique homemade flavors (apple crisp is my current favorite), Friendly’s sundaes (I’ll always love their 3-scoop Reeses Pieces sundae), and Berry Freeze’s create-your-own sundaes.
Berry Freeze is great because you can get exactly what you want. Their ice cream (well actually it’s frozen yogurt) is priced by weight. You walk in, grab cup, and go over to their soft serve machines. There are always unique flavors to choose from. My favorite combinations are either strawberry or blueberry and a little chocolate. Once you have your frozen yogurt, you go over to the toppings. So much to choose from! Snickers, raspberries, kiwi, chocolate chips, mango, skittles, coconut, graham crackers, strawberries, Raisinets. The possibilities are endless. You scoop how ever much you want into your cup.
My go-to creation, pictured above, is the blueberry and chocolate softserve, topped with a few M&Ms, a few chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, chocolate sauce, a little caramel sauce, and crushed graham crackers. At any other place, I could never afford a sundae like that. With all of those toppings it would be over $10! At Berry Freeze, though, you’re able to put on as much of each topping as you want. If you want only 4 M&Ms, then just use 4 M&Ms. The combination of a little bit of everything allows people to create their dream frozen yogurt sundae each time. I’ve made some pretty big creations, and I’ve only paid over $5 a few times. Usually it was around $4.
To add to Berry Freeze’s appeal, it’s also much healthier than regular ice cream. Their frozen yogurt is 100 calories per serving (3.5 ounces I believe?) and has actual nutritional value. The fruit is all fresh, not the sugary sauces at other ice cream places. So you can have a treat and your recommended amount of fruit at the same time.
The only thing I don’t love about Berry Freeze is that their yogurt always melts really quickly. Other than that, I think it was a completely acceptable way to spend a large portion of my first “real” paychecks.
Real ice cream still has a place in my diet, but Berry Freeze is definitely a more healthy, delicious alternative. As the temperature drops, I probably won’t eat it as often, but I’m sure that even when winter comes, I’ll brave the snow storms for my favorite frozen yogurt sundae and a pink spoon.