It's the fantasy of every actual and inner child to enter a world where sweet treats flow from the faucets and jellybeans rain from the sky. Today's Groupon shatters the candy pane between fantasy and reality with $8 for $16 worth of frozen yogurt at 16 Handles in East Village. The name springs from the rotating cast of 16 different flavors of frozen yogurt on tap every day. Peruse the selection at this fantastical hub of lucid sweet dreams to create a concoction that truly reflects your sweet tooth's bold idiosyncrasies.
Every creation is priced at $0.49 per ounce, even if the content is a drop of yogurt and five ounces of Cocoa Pebbles or vice versa. The average large cup is about $5. Frozen yogurt is an inherently light dessert, with a half-cup serving often containing 100 calories or less. Where the numbers go from there depends on how many half-cup servings you crave and what you top them off with. You won't receive any credit or cash back, so you build a behemoth 32-ounce empire, or use your Groupon toward multiple cups for your kids, yogurt-fueled robodog, or perfect strangers named Balki Bartokomous.
Flavors are constantly changing, with a different assortment of 16 playing the field at any given time, like a precision team of Mathletes. Possible flavors you may encounter and consume include NY cheesecake, Irish mint, peanut butter, or margarita tart. The dessert den also offers sugar-free (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and dairy-free (mango tango, very berry, kiwi strawberry) options to satisfy sensitive bellies.
Try seasonal fruit toppings such as blackberry, mango, and kiwi, or more sweet-tooth-friendly fixings like chocolate-covered pretzels, Butterfingers, cookie dough, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The topping bar stretches as far as the eye can see, which is coincidentally as far as the stomach can eat. Combinations of the 30-plus toppings and 16 flavors are as endless as a colony of ants in a kaleidoscope. Proven mixes are featured on 16 Handles' website, giving curious customers a sense of possible possibilities.
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16 Handles has the press eating out of the palm of its giant, frozen, yogurt-filled hand. The yogurtry was named Best Frozen Yogurt by New York Press and Parents' Pick 2009 Best Ice Cream in New York City on Nickelodeon Parents Connect, and it has been featured on ABC 7 News and in the New York Times:
- I sat down at one of the five cafe tables and wondered if the yogurt would taste as good as it looked. It did. There was no hint of the chemical aftertaste found in some frozen yogurts, and the flavors were true to their names. – Kelly Feeney, New York Times
- …16 Handles has been serving up scrumptious scoops of frozen yogurt "your way"—which actually means that you get to scoop up as much or as little as your sweet teeth desire. – New York Press
Fans scream for ice cream and yelp for frozen yogurt, and that's just what nearly 200 Yelpers have done, giving 16 Handles four stars alongside MenuPagers. Eighty-two percent of Urbanspooners like it:
- …I could not get past the quality and mouthfeel of this yogurt. It was really icy, the mango tango one had the feel of sorbet and not yogurt. The toppings buffet was interesting and I had caramel (so good), strawberries, mango, chocolate chips and a little graham cracker crumbs. – Yogurt fan, MenuPages
With locations in six states, 16 Handles is carving out a delicious space for itself in the self-serve frozen-yogurt world. In addition to rewarding customers’ cravings with a rotating daily selection of 16 flavors—each packed with protein, probiotics, and calcium—the healthy-dessert emporium sets itself apart from its competitors through its eco-friendly practices. 16 Handles not only arms its patrons with biodegradable cups and spoons crafted from cornstarch, but it also works with Trees for the Future, an organization that assists global communities in growing trees for agriculture, food, and animal habitat. Through their partnership, 16 Handles has planted 91,284 trees so far, one-quarter of which grow frozen yogurt instead of leaves.