Icebar frozen Yogurt, 105a Victoria Street, Seddon. Phone: 9689 1837
Friend 1 has spoken highly of the Icebear frozen yogurt.
Friend 2 demures, she being something of a sweet treats maven.
So we check it out for ourselves.
Bennie, it has to be said, is a lot keener about this than I.
Him being attracted by the dazzle, the self-serve dispensering and the array of toppings.
For old-school gelati guy me, some of the toppings – the chocolate bits and the nutty pieces – make sense.
But sour cola bottles and the like?
Here’s how it works:
Choose your poison from the available flavours, fill a cone or cup as you see fit, top with toppings – also as you see fit.
The cones are big, and even the smallest cup would seem to be an invitation to over-indulgence.
I warn Bennie to try to keep it simple and not end up with an expensive mish-mash.
He ignores me, though not as spectacularly as he could.
He gets apple pie and salted caramel, topped with choc coffee beans, apple pie coulis and lychee popping balls.
It costs $9.50.
He likes it OK.
I like the yogurty tang of the main ingredients, but also find them way too sweet.
Two of the flavours are labelled “soft gelato”, so that’s how I roll to the tune of $5.40.
A modest excretion each of chocolate and hazelnut, topped with just a sprinkle of choc sprinkles and a couple of wafers.
My dessert is enjoyable, but novelty value aside will never reside in my heart in the same way our beloved neighbourhood gelati joint does.
In the end, Bennie agrees.
Though we suspect there’ll many, many folks whose mileage will very much vary …