Have you heard of ORANGE LEAF YOGURT STORES?  Well, I had never heard of them until they opened a store on the west side of Cedar Rapids a few weeks ago.  Don’t you love their funky decor?  Well, I should have never walked in the door.  It could be trouble for my hips, thighs, and rear end!  It is a bit like COLD STONE CREAMERY, where you pick your ice cream and toppings.  But that is where the similiarity ends.

When you walk in, you will go straight to the numerous Soft Serve Yogurt machines and choose a flavor.  This could take you awhile…they have several to choose from….(not all of these are available all the time at every location)  I chose Raspberry, Cheesecake and White Chocolate.  Put as much or little of a flavor as you want.  You are in charge.

Birthday Cake
Blueberry Banana
Brownie Batter
Butter Pecan
Chocolate Caramel
Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate Cherry
Chocolate Coconut
Chocolate Mint
Chocolate PB
Chocolate Raspberry
Classic Tart
Cookies & Cream
Cotton Candy
Dole Pineapple
English Toffee
Green Apple
Green Tea
Key Lime Pie
Mango, Strawberry, Banana
NSA Chococlate
NSA Vanilla
Passion Fruit
Peanut Butter
Strawberry, Banana
Pumpkin Pie
Raspberry Banana
Raspberry Lemonade
Red Velvet
Strawberry Banana
Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry
Wedding Cake
White Chocolate

Then you get to add your toppings.  I chose White Chocolate Chips.  But, again, they have tons to choose from.  I thought the Fruity Pebbles would have been fun to try too!  Next time!

Kiwi, Pear, Mochi, Pecan, Peach, Honey, Mango, Banana, Granola, Coconut, Nuts, Pineapple, Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Honey Dew, Jelly Bellies, Cranberries, Watermelon, Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Brownie, Gummy Bears, Dark Chocolate, Captain Crunch, Sunflower Seed, Dried Fruits, Graham Cracker, M&M’s, Sprinkles, Marshmallows, Butterfinger, Reeses Cups.

Then you pass your bowl over to the cashier, she weighs it and you pay and you are done.  I would say my bowl was average size and I only had one topping so it wasn’t too heavy and I paid $3.48 for my bowl of deliciousness.

They also have these funky spoons that make eating your yogurt so much more fun!

What I loved best about ORANGE LEAF YOGURT was how quick I got in and out of there.  I didn’t have to wait for someone to mix up my ice cream and then mix in my toppings.  I was in control of the amount I put in my bowl and how much time I spent deciding what to put in the bowl.  My only time waiting was for the 5 seconds to see how much I owed!

Once this place catches on, I expect it to be super busy. I haven’t even told my kids about this new place because I know they will be begging me to go there every time we go to town.  I plan to surprise them with it one of these days.  Thanks to ORANGE LEAF YOGURT for coming to Cedar Rapids and especially to the WEST SIDE!

If you would like to find out more about them, check out www.orangeleafyogurt.com.  Once on their website, you can find links to follow them on Facebook or Twitter as well.

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  1. Sincerely, Jenni on January 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Yum! We got one of these over in West Des Moines by Jordan Creek. I haven't tried it yet, but my husband and kids are ADDICTED! I think they've each been there half a dozen times already!

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