The summer and I have a slightly cantankerous relationship with one another. You see, I hate the sun, the heat that comes with it, and the fact that everyone want to go DTS, or down the shore, where sand finds a way to creep into every crevasse of my body. On the other hand though, I love backyard barbecues, swimming pools, baseball, and of course ice cream. So I will find the shade like a twinkling vampire in Seattle, jump from air conditioner to air conditioner, and take seven showers a day to remove the sand from places on and in my body that my wife has never seen, in order to partake in my favorite epicurean summer delights.
One of the aforementioned summer treats that I swoon over once the mercury in the thermometer goes above my comfort level is Ice Cream. There are very few of us in this world that have not been subjected the Pavlovian conditioning of the Ice Cream truck. There is something about those bells, whistles, or children’s songs being played over the loud speaker of a rusty box truck that is filled with overpriced ice cream bars that makes even an adult squeal with joy. Unfortunately, as a 32 year old, childless, adult if I approach said Ice Cream Truck, I will look guiltier than Aaron Hernandez being led out of his mansion in handcuffs. Furthermore, if I intend to go DTS, I would rather not be 40 pounds overweight sporting a muffin top over the elastic band of my once slim fitting bathing suit.
There is however an alternative to having to deal with Chris Hanson approaching you while you spill out of your bathing suit like a sleeping bag that was poorly packed while trying to order a WWF Ice Cream Bar that hasn’t been made in 20 years. This tremendous, low-fat substitute, and much less shady looking choice is none other than the frozen yogurt shop, and Fair Lawn is home to its very own. Yogurt Plus, located at 14-25 Plaza Rd. Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, or the clock tower plaza for all the Fair Lawnites, is serving up delicious frozen yogurt complete with all the fixings.
Kat and I have started a weekly pilgrimage to Yogurt Plus every Wednesday evening. After we get done with work, exercising, and dinner we walk the ¾ of a mile down the road with our dog, Lilly, to indulge in whatever magnificent flavors of Frozen Yogurt are being served within the wondrous walls of this establishment. For those of you that have never been to a Frozen Yogurt joint, you need to know a few things.
First off, the flavors rotate sporadically so you can always try something new and exciting. There are only a limited number of machines at Yogurt Plus, so each machine churns a different flavor, thus creating a random flavor line-up from night to night. If you are anything like me and enjoy variety, this system creates the same anticipation as going to a craft beer bar with a rotating tap list.
Secondly, and more importantly, the best part of these Willy Wonka-esque eateries, is not the Fro-Yo itself, but the bountiful toppings that are provided to create the perfect summer sundae. I for one love my ice cream to have more junk in its trunk than J-Lo circa 1999, so this process is perfect for me. Every time I go, I pile on cookie dough, chocolate chips, brownie bites, waffle cone crumble, Reese’s pieces, cookie crunch, and five or six other tasty calorie filled garnishes so my once healthy treat is about as good for you as deep fried green beans. Kat on the other hand tries to keep her summertime delight a wee bit on the fitter side and adds more fruits than candy.
The last thing a Fro-Yo neophyte should know is that you pay by the ounce when visiting these shops. This is something you should keep in mind when you are piling the toppings on your already full bowl of yumminess. If you are not careful when building your leaning tower of deliciousness you may very well be creating a 10 dollar sundae. Granted, I assure you that Sundae will be well worth the money, but if you are on a budget be conscious of what you are crafting.
Most people think that they can eat Frozen Yogurt every day because it is 100% healthy for them. The reality is that it is not healthy per sea but it is much better for you than traditional ice cream. With that said, if your diet forbids you to have something that you truly love, like the delectable, smooth, and refreshing taste of Ice Cream, than perhaps you need to find a new diet. I for one believe that moderation and making good choices is the key to nutritional bliss. So the next time you get a hankering for some Ice Cream, stay off the neighborhood watches radar, forego the Ice Cream Truck, and walk down to Yogurt Plus for a guilt free treat that tastes great.