It certainly doesn’t seem like only two months ago that So Fun! Frozen Yogurt in the Lower Nazareth Commons as the first of a planned chain of yogurt shops.
Maybe it has something to do with the place being so consistently busy. Or it could be because since its opening, So Fun! has become a weekly staple for me. And apparently I’m not the only one.
“The support from the community has been amazing,” said So Fun! manager Jon Harada. “We have people that come in every day, sometimes more than once.”
Those of you who haven’t tried it yet are probably saying, “It’s just frozen yogurt. What’s the big deal?”
First of all, So Fun! is completely self-serve. You choose from one of two cup sizes, 16 or 20 ounce, and head over to the bank of yogurt dispensers.
On any given day there are 16 flavors to choose from, all low-fat, some nonfat, and at least one that is dairy-free. These 16 are rotated regularly from a selection of more than 80 flavors.
Here’s some food for thought: The peanut butter flavor has the highest fat content of all varieties, at five grams per four ounces. Compare this to real peanut butter, which averages around 14 grams of fat per ounce.
And still the majority of So Fun’s flavors are fat-free.
According to Harada, out of those 16 daily flavors, around 14 are safe for people with food allergies. So Fun! makes sure to clean their machines daily and doesn’t mix flavors in between.
“We get kids who can’t eat peanuts or can’t eat ice cream, and we’re able to help them out,” he said.
All of the varieties that I’ve tried have been just as rich and tasty as soft-serve ice cream. It wasn’t until my third visit that I mustered the courage to mix yogurt flavors. A word to the wary: give it a whirl, especially if they have both chocolate and cake batter on your next visit.
Once you’re satisfied with your yogurt selection, you then move along to the toppings bar. For the health-conscious, there’s plenty of fresh fruit to choose, like kiwi, pineapple and strawberry.
For everyone else, the sky’s the limit. Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s, cookie crumbs, peanuts, cookie dough balls, sprinkles, hot fudge and--the one I haven’t yet found the gall to try--Cap’n Crunch pieces. To name a few.
“You can be as healthy as you want, or as bad as you want,” joked Harada.
When you think your yogurt is complete, you move down the line, drop it on the scale, and pay not by size, but by weight -- 49 cents per ounce.
An average-sized yogurt comes in around four bucks, while a veritable mountain of yogurt with a hot-fudge moat of floating M&M’s and studded with cookie pieces may weigh in closer to $8.
And that’s the appeal of So Fun! -- not just that it’s tasty, but that it’s completely your choice. There are no rules.
Weekends and late evenings tend to get busy, but don’t be discouraged if it looks like the wait is long; the line moves quickly, and the upbeat music played over the speakers keeps the mood cheerful.
All I know is, I’m on my second punch card in two months (10 punches gets you a freebie, one punch per yogurt). Again and again I find myself in the bright pink-and-green shop, and not feeling the least bit out of place.
is at 3770 Dryland Way, next to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The store is open seven days a week: Monday-Friday, noon to 9pm, and weekends, noon to 10pm.