Yogli Mogli sweetens the local frozen-yogurt scene
Acquired tastes can be quite compulsive.
“I always loved ice cream. Frozen yogurt came to me when I was working at Bruster's. We had a few selections, but nothing like it is here,” says Brittany Timko, manager of the Yogli Mogli Frozen Yogurt shop in Mt. Lebanon.
Frozen yogurt became very popular in the '80s, prompting a lot of competitive response from the ice-cream world. But the appeal of frozen yogurt endures and is enjoying a revival.
Yogli Mogli Frozen Yogurt opened in May 2009 in Sandy Springs, Ga., and began franchising its first year. It offers 16 flavors of all-natural yogurt with live and active cultures, plus 40 toppings.
The Mt. Lebanon Yogli Mogli opened on Sept. 21 and is the only one in Pennsylvania. There are two sites in Illinois, but most of the 16 shops are in Georgia.
Timko took over after the initial manager left after just two weeks. She came prepared. She was 17 when she started working for Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Dormont in 2005, and worked her way up to general manager.
“I wanted to own something of my own or run something,” Timko says. “I love driving the sale, and training and teaching employees, and most of all, I love the customers.”
Yogli Mogli enjoys a favorable location in uptown Mt. Lebanon.
“We get a lot of foot traffic, a lot of families,” Timko says. “There are family-friendly stores all around us, family-owned restaurants. I like that. I like when people come here for the experience.”
Customers serve themselves at Yogli Mogli, using 12 or 16 oz. cups. The 16 flavors are dispensed from eight double frozen-yogurt machines, which have a third lever to mix the two flavors. Non-fat and non-sugar yogurt, and non-dairy sorbet are among the options. The frozen yogurt alone is 70 to 120 calories per serving. After adding toppings, the cup is weighed. The price is 44 cents per ounce.
Eight flavors — strawberry, N.Y. cheesecake, cake batter, vanilla, cookies and cream, Dutch chocolate, peanut butter and original tart — are perennials. The others include seasonal varieties, such as pumpkin and apple pie in the fall and snicker doodle and eggnog around Christmas.
The numerous chocolate toppings include purists' white- and dark-chocolate chips and chocolate syrup, as well as mixed commercial flavors, such as chopped-up Oreo, Butterfinger and Reese's Pieces, plus whole M&Ms. Other toppings range from fruits, such as blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and mango, to honey, granola and nuts.
Yogli Mogli also offers catering, and has served a Mt. Lebanon High School cast party and has several church events scheduled for January.
Yogli Mogli Frozen Yogurt, 695 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Details: 412-207-2291 or www.yoglimogli.com.
Mark Kanny is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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