A Winning Combination at Sweet Lola

Sweet Lola may be the most adorable place in Houston, and I would be lying if I said my inner 5-year-old wannabe princess didn't do a little back flip on a recent visit there. Before heading over, I'd checked the website to see what fro-yo they had on tap, and it said they were serving seasonal flavors like sugar plum berry, cinnamon crème and white apple. Clearly, this was old information from winter, but I'll admit I was disappointed upon confirming they were not serving those delicious-sounding flavors.

I decided to do a taste test of all the current flavors, including "dark & dreamy" chocolate, blush, lavender and "O'Nilla." I didn't get any of the tempting toppings, as I really just wanted to taste the flavors of the yogurt, but did sample the deliciously salty/sweet sea-salted peanut butter croutons.

The first flavor I tasted was the blush. I was expecting a rose essence but quickly discovered a distinct fake strawberry flavor. I immediately became nostalgic, and after a few more bites realized it was because it tasted remarkably like the Danimals strawberry yogurt I used to have for lunch as a kid. It wasn't bad, but a disappointingly generic flavor.

Next up was the O'Nilla, which I assumed was just vanilla with a cheeky name. Once again I was proven wrong by a citrusy flavor I could not identify. After some research on Sweet Lola's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Lola-Yogurt-Bar/96642549323 I found out that "O'Nilla" is vanilla with orange notes. If you like Creamsicles, you will like this flavor. I, however, am not a fan.

Luckily, the second half of my giant, $6 bowl of frozen yogurt proved to be more suited to my taste buds. The chocolate-flavored yogurt was perfect, not too sweet and reminiscent of good dark chocolate. I would even venture to say this was the best chocolate frozen yogurt I've had.

But my favorite flavor overall was definitely the lavender. I was the most skeptical about this flavor, as lavender makes me think of candles or massage oil, not food and certainly not frozen yogurt. However, the folks at Sweet Lola managed to make a perfectly sweet yogurt with distinct floral notes that somehow all came together and really gave off the essence of lavender. It was well-balanced and not as overpowering as I thought it might be.

Before I devoured the entire portion of lavender, I managed to mix a few spoonfuls in with the chocolate and found the winner of this Sweet Lola taste test. The chocolate deepened the overall flavor and nicely cut into some of the lavender's sweetness, making an excellent combination.

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Kristen Majewski
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