Within the last year or so, the Cleveland area has been invaded by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Shops. There are now 8 where there were none. The expansion has been sudden with not nearly enough advertising to support it. I had to look for information on what a Menchie’s was, and I did so just because I drive a lot and started noticing how many there are.
My kids love the idea: self serve frozen yogurt with just about every possible topping imaginable. I love that it tastes good and seems to be made from quality ingredients. I also love that in addition to every crushed candy bar I can name, there is a chilled buffet bar with fresh fruits.
My favorite thing to do is use a small amount of yogurt, top it with fresh fruit (bananas, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, whatever is available) a little granola, and then I allow myself a little hot fudge and a tiny bit of marshmallow topping. Of course I also get 1 solitary maraschino cherry. I feel completely indulged without feeling super guilty.
My kids add every bad thing: oreo cookies, twix bars, sprinkles, reese’s pieces, reese’s peanut butter cups, caramel, hot fudge, and everything else they can sneak on.
This is all great. But I have one thing that bothers me every time I go to Menchie’s. It’s those spoons. I’m not joking. They are adorable. Look:
They are really well made. But they are not recyclable. I wish that Menchie’s would institute a recycling program on its own. There is enough plastic in each one of these spoons for at least 2 normal disposable spoons. And, unless you’re taking it home, you need a spoon as the yogurt is served in cups. The very first time I went to a Menchie’s, this stuck out as absurdly wasteful to me. I finished my yogurt and immediately started looking for a recycling container. I really couldn’t believe there was none. And I do go less often simply because of the spoons.
As an aside. I just saw a press release saying that the local franchise owner wanted to open 20 shops in Ohio by well, now. The Menchie’s website lists 13 sites in all of Ohio. I don’t know if they are all owned by the same guy, but he’s 7 short of his goal.