The yoghurt: In New York, Bloomingdale’s frozen yoghurt has a bit of a cult following. Frozen yoghurt is soft and creamy by nature, but Bloomie’s achieves new heights on this front and the Dubai branch doesn’t disappoint. However, there are only two flavours (plain and chocolate), which may be a letdown for some.
The toppings: The offerings here are pretty standard: there’s fresh fruit and a few different types of crushed biscuit, but nothing that’s particularly out of the ordinary.
Other products: Forty Carrots is set up as a café, so as well as frozen yoghurt the space also sells a selection of healthy sandwiches
The store: Too often, frozen yoghurt is served from an uninviting counter top. Forty Carrots, by comparison, is a blissful haven with soft chairs and sofas. After trolling the massive expanse that is Bloomingdale’s, it’s refreshing to have a proper sit-down.
Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5333). Dhs25 for a small yoghurt with one topping.
The yoghurt: It’s luxuriously creamy, but a tad too sweet. The flavour selection is fairly limited (there are four), but what’s on offer is unique. Pomegranate and citrus are winners, though strawberry is a bit syrupy.
The toppings: Again, not a huge selection, but it’s a good one – fruit, crushed biscuits and nuts are the order of the day. Froot Loops cereal is the most original standout, and there are several fruity sauces to choose from.
Other products: There are smoothies, a few home-made cakes and organic coffee, as well as the odd sandwich and salad. We recommend sticking with the yoghurt.
The store: It’s a large, empty space in the new Festival City building, which is still being built. There are tons of tables – good for a quiet time-out.
Festival Centre (04 232 8887). Dhs12-14 for a small plain yoghurt, Dhs22-12 with four toppings and syrup.
The yoghurt: The plain variety has a nice combo of tart and sweet, though the pomegranate is the real surprise: fruity, creamy and lush. Green tea is nice as well, and doesn’t have the chalkiness of other brands.
The toppings: Fairly limited. Expect fresh fruit, a couple of cereals and various chocolate toppings.
Other products: There are smoothies, fruit parfaits and little else.
The store: A beautiful little haven in Mall of the Emirates. The space is decorated to look like an outdoor patio, with vegetal chairs and paved floors.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 1378). Dhs12-14 for a small yoghurt, Dhs22-23 with four toppings.
The yoghurt: The plain flavour is perfectly tangy – it tastes the same as plain non-frozen yoghurt. The texture, though, is a bit on the icy side. Also on offer is a pleasant green tea-flavoured variant.
The toppings: Pretty basic: just some nicely ripe fruit and a few chocolate shavings. Still, it feels healthy loading your yoghurt with oozing raspberries.
Other products: Smoothies and a yogurt fruit tart (a tart base meets fruit and yogurt topping. We’re intrigued).
Dubai Festival City (04 232 8289). Dhs13 for a small yoghurt, Dhs22 with unlimited toppings.
The Frozen Yoghurt Factory
The yoghurt: The plain yoghurt isn’t as exciting as some of the other contenders, but the many flavours available do inspire. Fruit varieties taste like real fresh fruit, as opposed to fake additives – mango is our fave.
The toppings: What don’t they have? Fresh fruits galore (including coconut and pomegranate seeds) and every cereal and chocolate bar under the sun. Just for irony’s sake, we topped ours with Nestle Fitness cereal before lopping on a Twix.
Other products: They also sell crêpes and smoothies, but these aren’t as exciting, and don’t follow the same pick-and-mix format as the yoghurt.
The store: There are stools if you want to sit down, but this is more of a takeaway affair: it’s set up like a candy shop so patrons can run around topping off their yoghurt (much more fun than the average takeout stand).
The Dubai Mall (no number). Dhs1.6 per 10g.