Tutti Frutti Ecstasy in Pinecrest

When gluttony seems more appealing than gnawing on a celery stick, the new Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt spot is one place that's guaranteed to satisfy. Now, before you go turning up your nose, thinking perhaps you should stick to a pint of Edy's, there's one phrase you should hear and let digest: unlimited toppings.

This national chain figured out the secret to raving fans is to not only let us pump as much yogurt as we please, and even try free samples, but also then allow us to top our cold concoctions with at least 30 choices, including cereal, fruit, baked goods, sauces, and candy. Yee-haw!

With ten yogurt flavors to choose from, you can only imagine the combinations are limitless. Cheesecake and lychee yogurts swirled and topped with coconut shreds, cheesecake bites, Fruity Pebbles, and colored sprinkles? Done. Chocolate and strawberry with Cap'n Crunch, Twix bars, marshmallows, Sno Caps, and hot fudge? Sure.

Or perhaps you're one of those who just likes plain ol' vanilla. That's fine. Throw some Andes Mints, M&Ms, or even mochi on there to get a little crazy. The best part is that you get to do it all yourself.

The bad news, however, is that Tutti Frutti charges by the ounce. And though its website claims to pump us for only 35 cents per ounce, the Pinecrest location (11429 S. Dixie Hwy.) charges 48. So half a cup with about six toppings will cost roughly $4.50. But who cares? Going hog wild there is so damn fun. And isn't yogurt supposed to be healthful anyhow?

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Riki Altman