“I’m pretty sure eating frozen yogurt every day would solve 100% of my problems”

I love frozen yogurt but my problem with a lot of places is that the flavors taste fake or too sweet and of course sometimes the toppings aren’t what I’m looking for at all. AyeladaOn top of it all, a good number of frozen yogurt places in the area are national franchises. That is, until I found Ayelada (1210 Troy Schenectady Rd/Rt 7, Latham). To be honest, I didn’t actually find them I was invited. I drive past Ayelada every day to and from work and though I’ve always wanted to stop by, after work I’m usually exhausted but now that I’ve been there, that will most certainly change.

I walked in and was immediately impressed, the place is incredibly clean. There are a great number of different types of toppings & some are local. At first glance, you can tell that this place is different. Unlike a lot of frozen yogurt places you’re used to, the employees put your toppings on for you. I kind of prefer this, that way I don’t over-weigh my yogurt with a bunch of stuff, the employees do it by the spoonful. Also, on the wall are local farms that they partner with which, of course, I love. To name a few (the rest are listed on their website): Bowman Orchards, Lloyd Spear Beekeeper, Our Daily Bread, Ronnybook Farm, Saratoga Peanut Butter, Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge and more!

The ingredients? Fresh skim milk and yogurt from independent farms and fresh flavors and fruit. The dairy does not contain antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones and loaded with probiotic. As they explained to me, every yogurt starts out with the same basic ingredients and then the flavor is added. Ayelada2For example, to make key lime pie they add key lime, for blueberry pie they add actual blueberries. So though you could taste the flavor there, it wasn’t overpowering so you could honestly add any topping and it could go well together. What surprised me was when I had a taste of the creamsicle, I assumed it was going to come out orange but it was the same color as the rest – no artificial coloring. The yogurt is created in small batches fresh each day at each location, meaning no prepackaged mixes. Can’t get any better than that!

I was also pretty impressed with the prices (taxes included). Mini -3oz ($2.50), Small- 5oz ($3.50), Medium – 8oz ($4.50), Large – 12oz ($5.50) & Pint – 25oz ($6.00). One topping is $1, two toppings are $2.50 and Loaded (3 or more) is $1.75. Have a gluten allergy? Make sure you tell your server and be sure to try the gluten-free cone ($2.50).

Overall, I LOVED their yogurt and I can’t believe I’ve driven passed this place so many times and didn’t stop after work because I was tired. Frozen yogurt makes everyone feel better, anyway, right? Keep an eye on their website to see which flavors they’re featuring that day. There’s also a sign on the street if you can’t get to the site. If you can’t decide, check out what the staff suggests and maybe give that a try!

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