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The search for the best froyo in Boston: some Coolidge Corner options

Yogurtland froyo with the best chocolate sauce

Yogurtland froyo with the best chocolate sauce

Coming in second place on the list of top favorite things of my life: frozen yogurt. Well actually, I guess froyo is tied for second with ice cream. Either way, they are both cool, deliciously sweet addictions. And I just can’t get enough.  Recently, my froyo addiction has grown even larger with multiple-times-per-week trips to the various froyo shops in the Coolidge Corner area with one of my roommates.  Currently, within a ten minute walk, I can visit three different locations, each with their own features and benefits.  Since I already wrote a post on 16 Handles back when they opened in the winter (sidenote: who opens an ice cream place in the winter), I will focus this entry on my other two favorites: Ice Berry and Yogurtland.

Until discovering these recent additions to the Brookline frozen yogurt scene, I was more than content with my hard frozen yogurt from JP Licks (favorite flavors including mint chip and chocolate chocolate chip) and self-serve, soft serve frozen yogurt from 16 handles (hot fudge, nuttella, whip cream?!? who can beat those toppings). Now, though, my horizons have expanded, and I’ve learned that although JP Licks has delicious hard yogurt flavors and 16 handles has amazing toppings, the flavors and consistencies of the yogurts at Ice Berry and Yogurtland are actually better.

My Ice Berry creation

My Ice Berry creation

Ice Berry, located the closest to my apartment on Beacon Street west of Coolidge Corner, is one of my favorites.  Yes, they are a little out of the way from Coolidge Corner (a three minute walk) and a 10 minute walk from Washington Square, but they should not be overlooked. On the contrary, they actually have the best yogurt flavor I have ever tried: Java Caramel Cup Greek Yogurt. Amazing. Mixed with chocolate and vanilla yogurt and topped with chocolate chips, strawberries, and nonpareils, even better.  I hope that others in Brookline realize how great their yogurt is and give it a chance. I’m confident that they will be impressed.

If I decide to 2 minutes head deeper into the Coolidge Corner area, I can always visit Yogurtland.  This yogurt shop replaced Berry Freeze (a former love of mine and the first self-serve froyo place that I visited), and I was hesitant to try it at first. I had JP Licks and 16 Handles within 20 feet of each other, what more could I need. Also, I had heard some not amazing reviews of Yogurtland…and they have weird Looney Tunes posters in their windows. How do the Looney Tunes and froyo go together? Anyways, my roommate wanted to try it, so we walked in one day, grabbed some tiny cups of free samples, and then left to go to Ice Berry.  A couple of weeks later, they switched their Looney Tunes flavor of the month to Devil’s Food Cake (chocolatey so it must be good), and we decided to give it another shot.  This time, I was happily surprised with their selection of froyo that didn’t melt very quickly. I filled my cup with a combination of Devils Food Cake (chocolate, as I mentioned above, always wins), Pistachio (usually not one of my top picks, but tasty and not too sweet), Vanilla (average), and a small amount of Red Velvet Cake (a little too sweet). And topped it with strawberries, cookie dough pieces, chocolate chips, and Giraldelli chocolate sauce…yes, you read that correctly. Giraldelli. Amazing. 

Overall, choosing between the three is very difficult. All have something to offer. 16 Handles has Nutella, hot fudge, and whip cream; Ice Berry has an amazing greek yogurt flavor, which I’ll assume has the same amount of healthy protein as regular greek yogurt does; and Yogurtland has some delicious flavors and Giradelli chocolate syrup.

I guess the verdict is…..I need to try them all. Again. At least 5 times. The winner will be decided in a few months. Check back, please!

Some of Yogurtland's many flavors

Some of Yogurtland’s many flavors

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The search for the best ice cream in Massachusetts: J.P. Licks

J.P. Licks logo- from their website

In one of my last posts, I mentioned that this summer I would begin my quest for the best ice cream in Massachusetts.   I figured I would start with one of the places I know and love, and that’s located within a 10 minute walking distance from my apartment- making it easy for those late night ice cream cravings, J.P. Licks.

J.P. Licks, an eclectic Boston ice cream chain known for its unique homemade flavors (avocado? el diablo with cayenne pepper?), fun atmosphere, and cow logo, was started over 30 years ago in Jamaica Plain with a focus on simple, delicious ingredients.  The chain has since grown to include 10 stores selling a huge variety of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, lactose free ice cream, ice cream cakes, shakes, coffee, pastries, and more.

A couple of times a week I, a cow-card carrying fan, make the short walk from my apartment to Coolidge Corner.  As I’ve said before, Coolidge Corner is amazing because it has not one, but three, ice cream places right in a row: Berry Freeze, Friendly’s, and J.P. Licks.  I love all three for different reasons, but J.P. Licks is definitely my favorite.  Whether I’m in the mood for a unique flavor of soft serve yogurt (my favorite is peanut butter and cookie twist), great hard frozen yogurt (love the mint chip), or a sundae, J.P. Licks hits the spot.

With flavors from vanilla to brownie batter to mint oreo to cookie dough, J.P. Licks has something on the menu for everyone.  Each month, they also have around five flavors rotating flavors.  One of my recent favorites was May’s strawberry cheesecake.  I’m not usually a huge strawberry ice cream fan, but the swirls of cheesecake and graham cracker crust mixed throughout won me over.

I’m also a big fan of the sundaes from J.P. Licks.  I try to avoid these and only indulge occasionally, but sometimes there’s no better way to end a long hard day than cool sweet ice cream topped with goey fudge, candy pieces, and whipped cream.   I always go for the small sundae, which includes a little more ice cream than the small dish and three toppings. Three toppings! At Friendly’s you can only get one topping on a small sundae without being charged an extra 69 cents. Here you get three. Amazing.  I usually go for the hot fudge, a little bit of marshmallow or peanut butter sauce, and either M&Ms or  Reeses Pieces.  Sometimes I switch it up, though.  The best part is that the small sundae is a much better deal than the plain dishes or cones.  I believe the small dish is close to $5 and for around $1 more you get more ice cream and three toppings. You can’t beat that.

There will definitely be more stops for ice cream this summer. I’ve been watching a lot of Anthony Bourdain on Netflix recently and I’ve been wanting to say this for awhile. Hopefully I’m not stealing anything copy-righted.  Don’t sue me, I’m just having fun:  I’m Alicia Puputti. I write, I travel, I eat ice cream, and I’m hungry for more…

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