For us living in the Southern Hemisphere, we have officially entered into the Autumn season, weather should be cooling down and trees should be turning brown with leaves falling off…But that did NOT happened :( We’re half way through March but temperatures in Melbourne was still over 30 degrees Celsius and last week I parked my car under the sun for half and hour and when I returned…the themometer inside read a crazy 46.5 degrees!
I don’t do very well in the heat :( Give me cold winds and snow ANY DAY over the scorching sun. And because of the heatwave, I have been eating icy cold desserts every day sometimes twice! One of the new places Mr Bao and I checked out was Tuttu Premium Frozen Yoghurt & Desserts in Carlton. Even though I went primarily went to Tutto for the Froyo, I was also interested because they offered other desserts such as macarons and cupcakes :D
Tutto wasn’t a self-serve froyo bar, there were pre-made parfaits with one or two flavours of froyo and then toppings that to match. Or you can pick your own froyo flavours and 3 toppings were $2.50.
We decided to go DIY because Mr Bao is quite picky with the toppings. Ended up choosing the original and Tiramisu froyo topped with mango pearls, vanilla almonds and a Pocky chocolate stick.
The original frozen yoghurt had a good tang but not too sour and had a very similar texture to Cacao Green for those who have visited you will know what I mean :) While the Tiramisu was also smooth with a good coffee hit to it, I think I still preferred the original as the tanginess didn’t really work with Tiramisu in my opinion ~ Toppings were nice but nothing too fancy, I just felt that they could have been a little more generous with the vanilla almonds, there were so little I couldn’t really see or taste them >_<
I think tried their Red Velvet cupcake which was rather nice, with a spongy and moist cupcake then topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting. If I wanted to be a cupcake-critic hehe I would say the cupcake was slightly dense and frosting could be sweeter. But overall, it was yummy :)
Mr Bao was quite full but I insisted in trying the macarons lol I don’t think Tutto make the macarons themselves but I’m not too sure who their stockists are. I was talking to Vien (We Dare Food) the other day and she suggested Cacao as they look the same, and I think she might be right hehe
I picked my two favourite flavours, salted caramel and pistachio. The shells were more on the chewy side and I liked the pistachio macaron more as it had good flavours. While Mr Bao commented that the salted caramel filling needed a little bit more salt ~
I think Tutto Premium is a good addition to the Froyo community in Melbourne :) I also like how it closes quite late every night and not only on the weekends. Perfect for when you want to do a late night froyo run and can also grab a cupcake on your way out :P
Another Froyo store we went too was Yo-Chi in Balaclava :) I’ve been meaning to visit for the longest time, but it’s quite out of our way and when we dine around that area, I usually get dessert at the cafe or restaurant we’re going. But finally on the weekend, it was another 35 degree day we made it to Yo Chi ~ I’ve heard so many good things about it!
It was quite busy when we got there as everyone was trying to cool down with some froyo, I was super excited because Yo Chi was a self-serve frozen yoghurt bar, meaning you can try as many flavours and toppings as you want! LOL I felt like a child again.
The system is simple :) you start at the very end of the store, with all the froyo flavours, when we went they had – Original, Soy (Lactose and Gluten Free), Coconut, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Passion fruit and Mixed Berry. You pick what size you want – small, medium or large and off you go, put as much or as little froyo as you want into your paper bowl :)
LOL Mr Bao went a little crazy and tried 5 different flavours, original, chocolate, hazelnut, passion fruit and mixed berry :) I wanted coconut but then they ran out damn… now to the toppings.
I think Yo Chi probably has the largest variety of toppings compared to any other froyo stores in Melbourne.They had the usual nuts (almonds, hazelnuts) and fruit (strawberry, kiwifruit) but then they had some impressive toppings such as almond crumble, dried figs and most importantly whole pot of caramelized bananas! Not only that hot chocolate sauce and caramel sauce, seriously I’m in HEAVEN!
This is our creation with 5 different flavours of froyo topped with strawberry pearls, green tea jelly, almond crumble, dried figs, desccinted coconut AND caramelized bannaa :D It cost us a total of $12 because at Yo Chi you pay according to weight and they charge $2.80 per 100grams. I think it is reasonably priced and probably cheaper than Tutti Frutti but with a lot more flavours and toppings to choose from.
Mr Bao and I really liked Yo Chi! So much that I was tempted to go back and grab another frozen yoghurt when we finished it…but kind of felt guilty so we drove home instead :( Even though Yo Chi is kind of out of the way for us it’s worth the effort! As a matter of fact, I have already planned to come back to Yo Chi next week!