By Dara Levy
Iris’ chief frozen dessert correspondents investigate the best fro-yo locations in Westfield.
Cherry on Top: All of the products are locally grown, so they really taste like they’re straight from the orchard. Toppings include seasonal fruit, honey and granola. There are no artificial sweeteners, so it’s simply yogurt that has been frozen and comes with less guilt because it’s made with fresh, healthy ingredients.
Melting Point: The only flavor is the plain Original, so this location is not for those looking for the latest frozen trend. The cups are also on the pricey side at $5 with toppings.
Cherry on Top: It might not have fancy lights or bountiful flavor and topping options, but don’t count this option out. FroYo is the birthplace of frozen yogurt in Westfield. While it’s fun to experiment with the self-serve creameries on occasion, FroYo’s Styrofoam cup is a classic.
Melting Point: Compared to Swirl Whirl and Yapple’s options, FroYo’s eight-at-a-time flavors seem measly. And if you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing environment, FroYo is not the place to go.
Cherry on Top: Swirl Whirl provides a tasty array of choices. Be sure to try noteworthy toppings like frosted animal crackers, dark chocolate raspberry cups and seven varieties of fresh fruit.
Melting Point: With all of their similarities, it’s impossible not to compare Swirl Whirl and Yapple, and unfortunately for Swirl Whirl, Yapple wins. Most of Swirl Whirl’s flavors are too sweet to take the cake (or should we say the frozen yogurt?).
Cherry on Top: With 14 flavors at a time and over 40 toppings, there is something at Yapple to please everyone. Many flavors are gluten-free, dairy-free or sugar-free. Try Salted Caramel Pretzel for a unique experience that tastes just like the real thing. The décor is mesmerizing, with a ceiling covered in multicolored lights.
Melting point: Beware of the long lines; on busy nights, the yogurt begins to melt before you can pay. Also, think before adding toppings like mouth-watering raw cookie dough—at $0.49 per ounce, a cup can add up to over $5.