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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mama Em's review of Yogurt Beach in Gardnerville, NV

My six-year-old's teacher this year is using a program called "Class Dojo" to track my child's behavior on a weekly basis. The kids get points added or subtracted based on basic classroom behavior daily, and the points are calculated weekly. The first few weeks of school didn't go so well. Understandably so, since she and the rest of her classmates were still fresh off of summer vacation and adjusting to a new teacher and new surroundings. As a family, we decided that a little bribery was just what we needed to coax little Hope into staying in the "green" points area all week long. If she keeps her points circle full all week, she gets to pick a reward on the weekend. This past week, she jumped up and down and yelled "Let's go for ice cream!" when we reviewed her progress. I had been hearing about Yogurt Beach's new location in Gardnerville, so we decided to switch things up a little and go for some fro-yo instead. From the outside, the building looks average and the dark tinted windows make you second guess whether the place is open - which I'll admit, nearly caused a meltdown before we even got out of the car. Luckily, we were still within business hours, and the employees greated us with hearty welcomes when we walked through the door. The entire place is decked out like a tiki bar - surfboard tabletops, grass skirts around the islands, and pictures of palm trees and other standard beach-isms decorate the walls to match. The topping bar caught the eye of my kids and they both let out a "ooooh" under their breath. A friendly employee came over to ask if we'd been in the store before, and when we all shook our heads, she took us on a tour of the shop and explained how things work. Another employee behind the counter offered up smaller portion sized cups for the kids. We were offered samples of the yogurt before we made our decisions, and then we were on our own. Hope chose a cake batter yogurt and then piled on gummy bears, cherries, and m & m candies. My three-year-old, Raylan, picked strawberry banana yogurt and topped it with cherries, m & m candies, and pineapple slices. The hubby went for the cake batter as well, hid his toppings from me (lol)and then stumbled upon the bar that the kids had luckily missed, where you can top it all off with gooey caramel or hot fudge. He was grinning wider than the kids were. I opted for a half cake batter, half salted caramel yogurt combo, then tossed in some waffle cone pieces, raspberry filled chocolate candies, and some mini chocolate chips. It was divine. Of course, knowing I would be writing a review, I insisted that I taste everyone else's concoctions as well. All of the yogurt flavors were amazing. My favorite was the salted caramel. It was absolutely perfect. The pricing for everything is based on weight. It comes down to about 44 cents per ounce, and with the four of us going overboard on everything, the total came to about $13 - which is not bad. The atmosphere of the store was great, the employees were super friendly and helpful, and the experience was top-notch. We will definitely be back. I'll forever be a fan of Baskin Robbins, don't get me wrong. But when it comes to a fun family outing that ends with a sweet treat, take shopping small in mind and hit up this local family owned franchise. You won't be disappointed! For more info about Yogurt Beach's Gardnerville Nevada location, click here: http://yogurtbeach.com/grnv/location/

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