Monday, February 27, 2012


I went to Naticakes when it just opened up in the Suncrest Towne Centre. It's great to see businesses finally opening up there. Naticakes has a cool story about why it was started, and 10 percent of all its proceeds go to the Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation, which is committed to improving the lives of children throughout the world.

I have never been to a solely frozen yogurt shop, so I was excited to try a new place. When you walk inside, it has a Victorian-esque feel. The decorations are slightly mismatched in a very elegant way, and some of the tables are so white, they're sterile, while others are weathered and fancy.

As soon as we walked in, we were greeted. The young man explained the process to me. Basically, there are a dozen choices of frozen yogurt and a plethora of toppings to put on. He asked us if we'd like to sample any of the frozen yogurts. He had small cups that he filled with whichever yogurt we wished. I tried the peanut butter - not bad, the cookies and cream - very creamy, cheesecake - had some bite to it, the original tart - a unique flavor, and a few others. They also had some sorbet - fruity and slightly tart.

After tasting most of them, I grabbed one of the cups that are located to the left of the machines and filled it to my heart's content. Naticakes prices your dessert upon weight. So it doesn't matter how many yogurts you put in it or how many toppings you choose, it just matters what the total weight is. So, I filled half my cup with cookies and cream and the other half with pomegranate raspberry sorbet. That way I could try the fruity toppings and the chocolate toppings.

I scooted over to the toppings area. It was packed: Reese's, Snickers, Twix, Oreos, Gummi Bears, Gummi Worms, chocolate chips, M&Ms, Heath bars, Whoppers, Butterfingers, Reese's Pieces, Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, pound cake, coconut, Junior Mints, nuts, Rice Krispie treats, sprinkles, raspberries and strawberries - I probably missed a few, too.

I scooped as much of the candy and chocolate onto my cookies and cream side, and the gummi candies and raspberries onto my sorbet side. I put it on the scale, and my total came to around $5. That's not too shabby.

The pomegranate raspberry sorbet was nice and sweet, refreshing and fruity. The small bits of fruit added another dimension with some texture. The gummi bears were fun. The cookies and cream yogurt was rich and creamy. I had a little bit of Snickers, Reese's and Butterfinger in there, which basically boiled down to the taste of chocolate chunks in the yogurt. It was fun, tasty and interactive. I'm not sure there's anything like this in town. I liked customizing my dessert, free of restriction, to my exact specifications. And it was cold, creamy and light. I'll be back.

Grade: A
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