Thursday, April 5, 2012

Why I Will Never Call Frozen Yogurt "Fro-Yo"

     I never had a habit of creating nicknames for anything. If that is what something was called, that is how I said it. I never called a teacher "Mr. P" or shortened the name of a person, place or thing to make things easier for myself. If said person, place, or thing was referred to in nickname form, I wouldn't go out of my way to call it/them the full name. For example, I grew up being called "Kate" instead of "Katherine" and I will never respond to anyone calling me by my full name. It was just naturally what I was called, and natural is how my name stayed. But I will never refer to frozen yogurt as "Fro-Yo." Call it frozen yogurt. It is what it is. I am a Kate, so that is what is what I will be called.
     My post for today is a debate between Pinkberry frozen yogurt and 16 Handles frozen yogurt. My friend has also recommended a frozen yogurt place in Brooklyn that she claims is much better than both. I will have to take her up on this, and then I'll add it to the debate. We have an ongoing argument on whether Brooklyn is better than Manhattan, and it is probably going to continue until the end of time.
     Anyway, here are the pros and cons of Pinkberry and 16 Handles:

     Pros: All the different choices of frozen yogurt are really flavorful, the flavors change seasonally, the yogurt is smooth and thick which makes it filling, all the toppings are fresh, the calories are relatively low, and there are other options like hot chocolate and cones that can be purchased.
     Cons: There are only about six flavors of frozen yogurt: original, chocolate, peach, salted caramel, pomegranate, and leche, the employees serve the yogurt and put toppings on for you, there's not a lot of room to sit down and eat, and the merchandise you can buy is limited.

16 Handles
     Pros: There are a lot of different flavors and options for toppings, plenty of room to sit down and eat, you serve yourself and your purchase is weighed before paying, merchandise such as t-shirts can be bought, the company has connections with non-profit organizations that donate money, and the design of the company is very bright and flashy.
     Cons: The flavors aren't very thick and lean towards ice cream rather than frozen yogurt, the calorie count is a lot higher, the toppings are sugary and not as fresh, not a lot of employee interaction, and there is visually too much going on in the design.

Both Pinkberry and 16 Handles are very good frozen yogurt places, and they both have different ways of appealing to costumers. 16 Handles appeals to a more west-coast, family crowd to please little kids. The general age group is younger which is why there is so much going on to stimulate them. Pinkberry appeals to a more general crowd on the east-coast. Smaller kids aren't going to enjoy all the fruit and rich flavors that Pinkberry has, but I prefer it, taste wise, to 16 Handles. In terms of marketing (now I know I sound like my mom) 16 Handles is appealing to a much broader range of people. I just don't think I fall into that place.

I still have a Pinkberry punch card and one for 16 Handles, but I think I'll just be using the Pinkberry one more.


P.S. Here's the link to Pinkberry and 16 Handles:


16 Handles-

P.P.S. I'm writing this just as I'm about to walk out the door to go to the airport. Where you may ask? To London! I'm so excited, I can't wait! But expect a post soon about beans, tea, and british accents!


  1. Hi Marcia and Kate, great meeting you on the Tube this morning. Have bookmarked your blog and will follow along. Get in touch if you come up to see Camden Market this weekend. Have fun in London!

    All the best, David

    1. So great to meet you as well! I wish I had known about you before we booked out trip, as the tea and jam tour is right up our alley! I'm sending your website info to a couple of friends who are heading to London this year -- one of them is a member already of the Historic Trust Fund and I'm sure she'll love your website. Thanks for making us feel welcome on our very first day!