Berry Freeze and J.P. Licks need to watch out. Competition for the best frozen yogurt in Coolidge Corner is heating up with the newest addition to the neighborhood, 16 Handles. The frozen yogurt shop, which is a franchise the national chain, opened on Beacon Street a couple of weeks ago, and I had my first taste of it last weekend. I’m impressed.
16 Handles’ decor is modern and upbeat, with bright pink chairs and flashing blue lights on the walls. Yogurt machines with 16 flavors line the walls, and countless containers of toppings fill the space before the register. The perfect place to meet up with friends for a frozen treat.
Like many other frozen yogurt shops, 16 Handles allows customers to fill and top their own yogurt creations. Always a plus! They also let customers sample a few flavors before choosing, and my friend and I tried many of the delicious options available. While every once in a while I’m in the mood for some healthy tart yogurt topped with fruit, most of the time when I’m craving my favorite frozen treat, I’m looking for something sweet and covered in chocolate. So, I was pleasantly surprised with the sweetness of 16 Handles’ flavors. Of course they also have healthy, tart, fruity flavors and fruit toppings, but that just wasn’t what I was looking for. Current sweet flavors include birthday cake, chocolate love affair, cookies and cream, salted caramel and more.
I decided on a combination of mocha, chocolate, and creme brulee, and topped it with Butterfinger pieces, cookie dough, chocolate chips, and mini peanut butter cups. To make a great experience even better, 16 Handles has hot fudge! Not just cold chocolate syrup, but actual hot fudge! Not too many other spots have that option, so needless to say, I was very excited.
My creation was the perfect combination of sweet, chocolately, and creamy. The yogurt was smooth, the flavors tasted exactly like their names described, and topping choices made it the ideal sundae.
With 16 flavors and around 50 toppings, the options to satisfy your sweet tooth are endless. I’m sure I’ll be back very soon to try a new combination…My ice cream addiction can only go so long without being satisfied.