Cool off at local frozen yogurt hot spots

Madison Perry, a CSUSM freshman enjoys his favorite flavor, vanilla at the San Marcos Menchie's on Aug. 22. (Julia Mills/The Telescope)

Madison Perry, a CSUSM freshman enjoys his favorite flavor, vanilla at the San Marcos Menchie’s on Aug. 22. (Julia Mills/The Telescope)

Summer equals heat, and nothing says relief to heat like a delicious and healthy treat, frozen yogurt. San Marcos and the surrounding area has many options for your frozen yogurt needs. Here are a few of the choices.

Best hangout: FroYoLove

(34 cents/oz) because of its fabulous atmosphere. If you’re a college student looking to get a great treat at a low price, and have a fun place to hang out at the same time, go to FroYo Love. It’s located right across the street from Cal State San Marcos, making it a go-to study spot for students, though there are usually a lot of kids there. The selection of 16 delicious yogurt flavors makes it a hard decision on what to get. It’s very spacious, with lots of room to breathe indoors, and great outdoor seating as well. There is free Wi-Fi, two wide-screen TVs and comfortable leather couches and chairs to relax on. There are also two kid tables, for those who have kids or feel like being a kid. 300 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, Calif. Sun-Thurs 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Best place to grab and go: Yogurtland

(33 cents/oz) is a sleek and easy place, just walk in, get your yogurt, and leave. Try a few samples before you decide what you want. This place had the most exciting yogurt flavor selection. There were three or four unique flavors besides the classics that sounded really good. There’s a good amount of toppings, organized neatly so that you can easily find what you want to get out as fast as you want. But the best part of all: free water! Frozen yogurt and all those toppings can make you pretty thirsty, so having that free water is a plus, especially when other places make you buy water. 1284-A Auto Park Way Escondido, Calif. Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.

Best toppings place: Menchie’s

(39 cents/oz), in the Grand Plaza across the train tracks from Palomar. Menchie’s is very kid friendly, with a mascot and tons of fun memorabilia for sale. There is plenty of room to bring your friends, and the flavors make it appealing to anyone. The toppings bar is very large, with a wide variety that will be sure to rack up the calories and the price per ounce. For an extra dollar, you can get a waffle cone for your yogurt. The My Smilage Rewards program gives you $5 on your account for every 50 points you accumulate. Menchie’s also offers bring-home yogurt. 133 S. Los Posas Road, Suite 144 San Marcos, Calif. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Best multi-tasking place: Oasis Frozen Yogurt

If you’re ready for dinner but craving a sweet treat at the same time, (36 cents/oz), which not only offers self-serve froyo, but also offers sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and salads (all $5.25). Plus, browse the Internet with free Wi-Fi and save the earth at the same time (they use biodegradable utensils). According to the website, Oasis recycles 5 percent of profits back into the community. There are only 10 flavors offered, with not too many standout flavors, but if you’re a fan of the classics, this place is for you. Almost all of the flavors are fat free. 133 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road San Marcos, Calif. Mon-Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun 11:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.



Author: Kaity Bergquist

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