Much like Ted Williams and Barbaro, yogurt is full of so much greatness that it must be frozen so it can be shared with future generations. Today's Groupon gives you a taste of the frozen treat of the present and future: for $5, you get $10 of frozen treats at Swirlberry. Purchase one of the following Groupons to experience the chilled goods at the location nearest you:
- 17382 Haggerty Road, Livonia
- 201 S. Main Street, Royal Oak
Swirlberry serves up a bounty of frozen, fat-free yogurt made exclusively from fresh milk and real yogurt. Expect to find about six of Swirlberry's frozen flavors available on a daily basis, with the original "tart" varietal offered alongside such beauties as Tahitian vanilla, acai energy, peanut butter, and pink lemonade sorbet. The swirl-it-yourself setup of the Royal Oak and East Lansing creameries allows desserters to apply as light or as heavy-handed a heaping of their preferred flavors or toppings as they wish ($0.49 per ounce), while the Livonia location's full-service fro-yo yogis can combine tasters' choices into a small cup ($2.95), large cup ($4.95), waffle bowl ($3.95), or cake cone ($2.25). Most of Swirlberry's offerings weigh in at 29 calories per ounce—as light as the creamy feather of the majestic yogurt-eagle—and are gluten free and kosher. Swirlberry also packs its pabulum with powerful intestine-enhancing probiotics, to ensure ease of travel through the inner tubes of your body's water park.
More than 20 toppings ($0.50 each) are available to sprinkle on your treat at the bright and colorful creameries, with everything from fresh fruit, such as strawberries, kiwi, and blackberries, to sugar-rich sweets awaiting adoption into your stomach. Infuse a cup of deep chocolate yogurt with the antioxidant pulp of fresh pomegranate seeds, or crumble a coating of Cocoa Puffs and Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries over a cup of the coconut crème yogurt for a fast-breaking treat.
The new Royal Oak location will not be opening for another week.
- Can it be a treat if it’s fat free, 29 calories per ounce, gluten-free, and probiotic (good for the gut)? Swirlberry, the Michigan-based soft-swirl frozen yogurt company, says yes. – Hour
- Despite descriptions of the new frozen yogurts as tart, they aren't sour or sharp-tasting. Swirlberry is mildly tart -- less sweet than traditional frozen desserts but not so tangy that they're challenging. – Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press
Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.