How could you ever say anything bad about a frozen yogurt shop that has a little smiley face ice cream cone as its mascot? If Macons current fro-yo shop and Hello Kitty had a baby, Menchies in Warner Robins would be it.
When we entered the tiny establishment, it was jam-packed with folks hankering for yogurt flavored to taste like other things. The setup is pretty neat and compact, but it will be easier to navigate as the buzz dies down. The cashier asked if we had been there before and when we said we hadnt, he said that we had to get the full effect.
Since he had his hands full, he asked another employee to give us the welcoming spiel and he was friendly, full of facts and funny. With that, we grabbed our cups and joined the fray.
The cashiers are in the center of the shop and customers work their way counter-clockwise around the circle past 14 flavors of frozen yogurt. On this particular trip, they had sugar-free coffee and mint, low carb angel food cake (which was a favorite) and snickerdoodle, plus New York cheesecake, mud pie, mango tango, cake batter, kiwi and Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. All flavors except original vanilla, chocolate and tart are rotated to keep things interesting.
Our least favorite was the tart orange, which tasted exactly like childrens aspirin. Two of our favorites were tart watermelon, which would be so refreshing on their outdoor area in the summertime, and the pomegranate raspberry. Many of the flavors also are kosher, and some are dairy-free.
The next station you rotate to is the toppings. There are all kinds of candy bar bits, cereals and nuts to mix into your yogurt. I put graham cracker sprinkles on my New York cheesecake. The system for the toppings is very sanitary and a little less sneeze-guard-y than other places. Past that station is the Chill Bar, filled with fresh fruits and mochi. If you havent had mochi balls before, they are gelatinous little spheres filled with a viscous liquid. Sounds delicious, doesnt it? I promise they taste better than they sound. At the end, you can add hot toppings like hot fudge and caramel sauce.
So whats the damage at the end? It all depends on you. Since the whole thing is 44 cents an ounce, you can get as much or as little as you wish. It ends up being about $3 if you dont fill it all the way up. They have an incentive program that gives you $5 worth of yogurt for free when you have 50 points on your card. Theyll give you 25 points just for signing up the first time.
Menchies will be a busy place once summer gets here, so try it soon before it gets too busy. Its an international chain, and if Selena Gomez and Justin Beiber like it, I bet you will, too.
Menchies Frozen Yogurt
Address: 3030 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Medium
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $0.44 an ounce
Rating: 2.5 stars