Have you ever dreamed about what life would be like if everything was just one giant, delicious slice of cake? Kind of like the iconic, larger than life-size cupcake outside Google offices. We would probably all end up being very large and um, well-fed, but we can’t deny that many of us LOVE all things cake related whether it’s cute kitchen accessories, bakeware, photos of frosted birthday cake with sprinkles, cake scented candles, cake flavoured ice cream, and actual cake! Well, what if I told you all that you could customize your very own frozen yogurt sundae to taste like sweet frosted cake heaven? That’s right, my lovelies: let us eat “cake” at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt!
You know how I always rave about playing around with different flavour and food combinations at Freshii? I do the exact same thing at Menchie’s and it’s so much fun. Just think, with 12 different flavours of frozen yogurt to choose from on a daily basis (plus a truckload of toppings!), you can essentially create your very own frozen yogurt dessert combination. Want to create a tropical themed sundae? Swirl some pineapple and mango and load on the kiwi! Go nuts with peanut butter and chocolate! And don’t even get me started on all chocolate combinations you could play around – there would be enough to render even the biggest chocoholic tipsy! I have so many fun ideas that I want to try out during future Menchie trips, desserts like strawberry shortcake or cheesecake, a rainbow sundae, a coffee flavoured sundae, and a summery lemon, coconut, and vanilla cake.
So, what flavour combination fun did I get myself into this time around? You guessed it: CAKE! And lots of it! It just so happens that there were four different cake flavours on tap on this particular day and yes, it is possible, I think, to get drunk on frozen yogurt (tap, beer, get it? Ha!) when you’re having this much fun. It was then and there that I made up my mind to create a frozen yogurt “cake” sundae using sweet and creamy vanilla cake batter (quite possibly the undisputed Flavour Queen at Menchie’s), New York cheesecake, red velvet, and chocolate. With four flavours of cake frozen yogurt in my bowl cup, I accessorized my cake with graham cracker crumbs (what’s a cheesecake without a graham cracker crust?), Oreo crumble, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, and to top it off all off, a maraschino cherry!
I loved my frozen yogurt cake sundae (it was truly a smorsgabord of cake insanity) and while the red velvet isn’t my favourite and a flavour I can take or leave (please don’t throw things at me), the cake batter and New York cheesecake are IT. The cake batter always tastes delicious and the New York cheesecake one really hit the spot. And it’s such a versatile flavour. You can combine it with any fruity flavour to create a “fruit” cheesecake (cherry, blueberry, and so on) and you can make it extra decadent by swirling it with devil’s food, peanut butter s’more, and more.
Menchie’s is such a fun, cheerful place to create pieces of edible art and to unleash all your creative food energy. It’s one of the things I love best about being here. Call it playing with my food, call it being creative – the aesthetic means just as much to me as the taste, especially when if I’m going to be posting mouthwatering photos for you guys! Menchie’s just makes every experience an interactive one with new flavours, reaching out to customers via social media, keeping us with press mentions, taking into account what customers like, and appealing to children and adults alike. I’m totally obsessed with their adorable collectibles, merchandise, and free stickers! Give me free, adorable stickers and I will scrapbook them to my heart’s content.
In addition to the frozen yogurt cake excitement, you’ll never guess what else I discovered at the Menchie’s Markham location on this day. Imagine yourself going about your daily business (eating frozen yogurt, for example) and seeing a photo of yourself in a shop. A photo of yourself wearing a blue scarf, a headband, and slurping a smoothie through a straw. A photo from your own blog! I was shocked out of my pants and I literally gasped out loud when I saw MY FACE ON MENCHIE’S WALL! As I was leaving with my best friend, I turned to quickly glance at the Menchie’s Corner cork bulletin board and did a double take when I realized I was looking back at myself – Ate by Ate was featured on Menchie’s bulletin board! The staff had printed out my “Menchie’s Has Breezed Into Markham” post from January and had stapled every single page of my post to their bulletin board alongside fun store photos of staff and customers.
I was absolutely floored. I knew they had seen and viewed my post from Facebook but I had no idea they had gone out of their way to acknowledge Ate by Ate. I feel so happy knowing they liked the photos and post enough to post it on their bullentin board for the entire town to see. Sometimes I feel too tired to blog, sometimes I feel discouraged and cynical about our online experience and existence, and there are times when I wonder if any of this is worth it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers, in the followers, and to compare yourself to others, losing sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. I remind myself why I love to write and scrapbook and blog and everything else I do here on regular basis to keep myself in check and to keep the inspiration and love for it fresh and renewed. And it’s moments like these that remind me why doing this means so much: because stories are being remembered, captured, and passed along and the love for food is being shared. And in this respect, there’s no dessert on this earth that could ever eclipse the joy of doing what you love.
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!