When you add a year of planning and a year in business, cap it with flavor and topping varieties galore and sprinkle on some hungry college students, youâ€™ve got this yearâ€™s Best of CSU Frozen Yogurt winner ÂÂÂÂâ€“â€“ Mahalo Yogurt.
â€œThey should put one on campus,â€ said Stacy Queen, freshman journalism major.
Mahalo Yogurt, named after the Hawaiian word for thanks, gratitude and admiration, opened in November 2009. Owner Megan Liddicoat, a 2001 CSU alumna who majored in nutrition, wanted to bring the frozen yogurt popularity from California into Fort Collins.
â€œWe were the first and believe we always have been, and still are, the best,â€ said Liddicoat in an e-mail to the Collegian. â€œWe are the original, and there is something to be said for originality.â€
The frozen yogurt shop lets customers choose from eight different flavors that rotate constantly. Then they can spoon on toppings including hemp granola and cheesecake bites, fresh fruit, several types of cereal and more. Payment is calculated based on weight, costing 39 cents an ounce.
Flavors range from a green team or pomegranate raspberry tart to red velvet cake or root beer float. During the holidays the froyo shop brings out the eggnog, pumpkin and chocolate peppermint-flavored frozen yogurts.
â€œItâ€™s fast because itâ€™s so simple and easy,â€ Fort Collins resident Seamus Armstrong said.
Zak and Seamus Armstrong visit Mahalo Yogurt every Friday after Seamus gets out of class at Lincoln Junior High School. The local business aspect of Mahalo Yogurt is what interests them.
â€œWe always try to do local stuff over chain stuff,â€ Zak Armstrong said.
Despite competition from other frozen yogurt stores such as Spooners, Coolberry and the newest frozen yogurt store, the Boulder-imported Maiberry, Mahalo charged through as the low-calorie dessert favorite.
â€œWe are all very excited and proud,â€ Liddicoat said.
Staff writer Samantha Baker can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1109 W. Elizabeth St.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily