Aside from some great books, beautiful lip glosses, sweet cards, and fun times with friends and family, I received one other fabulous Christmas gift this past December: the gift of yummy frozen yogurt! In true bright pink, fuschia, and lime green fashion, Menchie’s breezed into my neck of the woods in Markham just in time for the holidays. I know, I couldn’t believe it either when I found out! To my fellow Markhamettes (I just made that up, so humour me): we have a Menchie’s now! I’m so used to making trips downtown or into the 416 to visit most of my favourite shops, restaurants, and bits and bobs that having one of them open up another location so much closer to me feels so surreal!
I was so excited when I found out Menchie’s was going to have a location in Markham not only because I adore indulging in frozen yogurt and toppings bar heaven when I’m there (pulling down those frozen yogurt levers makes me feel all sorts of happy), but also because both my mum and dad have taken quite a liking to the self-serve frozen yogurt fun!
I introduced my brother and my mum to Menchie’s on Bloor St. this past fall and at the beginning of December, I took my dad there and had the funnest time showing him the ropes, pointing out the different stations, flavours, and sweet toppings. My dad has always had a soft spot for soft-serve ice cream, so naturally, frozen yogurt fit the bill. What’s not to love? Over 12 flavours every day, the ability to create your own flavour combinations, and the fun in choosing sauces, fruits, boba, cookies, sprinkles, chips, chocolates, candies, and every other sweet confection under the sun to outfit your cool treat.
The new Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop is located by Warden Ave. and Hwy. 7 right beside the Future Shop and I have to say, this location is fabulous. I don’t know how long this is going to be around for, but I can’t get over how insanely adorable the giant inflatable Menchie’s frozen yogurt dessert cup is on top of the shop! It sits there, beckoning and flagging everyone in town and it’s cuteness makes me giggle.
It doesn’t look very big from the outside, but geez louise is it ever large and spacious on the inside, even more so than the one on Bloor St.! There’s an ample amount of seating with large windows (hurray for natural light streaming in!) and plenty of space around the self-serve station areas. This is especially important for when it gets busy! The last thing you want is to end up with the toppings on you as opposed to in your belly when you start elbowing others just to get to the chocolate fudge sauce.
I love the location of the shop. For starters, it’s accessible by public transit. I know, I know, YRT/Viva are both on strike right now, but we know they’ll come back eventually (I’ve certainly done my sharing of grumbling over the holidays about this predicament!) and there’s fortunately the option of getting here via Warden Ave. As well, the outdoor ice rink unveiled its shiny surface in December, across the street at the Markham Civic Centre. Finally, from Menchie’s perspective, the presence of a high school down the road and across the street equals big business.
My family and I went all out, each one of us grabbing a bottomless pit frozen yogurt cup (really, these cups are huge!) to fill with whatever our heart desired. Before I get to the actual frozen yogurt flavours and toppings, I have to gush about the spoon. I was absolutely smitten with the lime green spoon with the Menchie’s smiley face and logo on the handle! I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog, but I love collecting colourful utensils and kitchen accessories. I have a small collection in our utensil drawer at home of bright coloured spoons from different ice cream and frozen yogurt places and I happily added Miss Menchie to the mix.
Now, onto the froyo. I swirled myself some cake batter, frozen hot chocolate, and green frozen yogurt and topped it all off with chocolate sprinkles, mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and crushed Oreo cookies. Can you tell I was going for a hot chocolate and cookies type of combination?!
In hindsight, I shouldn’t have added the green tea flavour because it didn’t exactly mesh with the theme I was aiming for and although it taste bad, the green tea one wasn’t my favourite. The cake batter I love to death and the frozen hot chocolate frozen yogurt was absolutely delicious, but the green tea one didn’t do it for me. For whatever reason, I tasted a little too much citrus in it and it didn’t have that punchy matcha taste that I enjoyed. The nuances were just a little off for this one.
The frozen hot chocolate one on the other hand, nailed it. It wasn’t fudgy in a chocolatey, brownie kind of way (which wouldn’t have been true to frozen hot chocolate), but instead, it was like a rich, chocolate slushie in flavour. It was great and it went really well with the cake batter frozen yogurt. I much prefer the green tea frozen yogurt from Ninka in the underground PATH downtown, but I enjoyed my holiday froyo dessert very much nevertheless!
Menchie’s in Markham is special to me because it’s hard finding something that everyone can enjoy and take part in. I’ve mentioned my family’s different palates and tastes for food on more than one occasion on the blog and it makes me happy knowing that this is something all four of us can agree on! My mum and dad adore it so much they suggested going once a week! Can’t say I blame them. And I certainly don’t plan on arguing with them on this point 😀
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Markham is located at 3828 Highway 7 East, at the northeast corner of Hwy. 7 and Warden Ave. beside Future Shop. Check out my Menchie’s on Bloor St. blog post here and take a peek at the Markham location’s Facebook page here!