Peachwave: Oklahoma City fro-yo smackdown, part six
It’s nearing summer time again and that means it’s time to talk about fro-yo. If you’ve followed our site for a while, you may be familiar with our ongoing series, the Oklahoma City fro-yo smackdown. We’ve covered five Oklahoma City fro-yo options in the series so far. You can see those reviews at the following links:
- Part one covering Passionberri
- Part two covering Pink Swirls
- Part three covering Orange Tree (Orange Tree has since closed and has been replaced by Peachwave, the subject of this review)
- Part four covering Lushberries
- Part five covering Fruiti Yogurt
This is my first contribution to the smackdown, and I would like to weigh in and recommend my most-frequented fro-yo spot, Peachwave. Though I have not tried all of the frozen yogurt stores in town, Peachwave’s flavors, options and fresh fruit toppings have won me over as a regular customer.
Though Peachwave is a chain (currently with 30 locations across the country), they are headquartered here in Oklahoma City, so I feel they are still deserving of some attention on EatAroundOKC. They operate in what seems to have become the “typical” fro-yo model, self-serve yogurt and toppings charged by the ounce. If you’re unfamiliar with the fro-yo concept in general, you can read the previous fro-yo posts linked above to get up to speed.
At any given time, A Peachwave store offers 18 flavors out of their available 30. They also offer 40 toppings, which seem to be divided into healthy options and items that are less healthy. The healthy side contains a myriad of fresh fruits, while the little less side contains candy bars, cookies and a variety of syrups.
My favorite flavor is Green Apple, with the Pineapple as a close second. My standard fruit toppings on the Green Apple are fresh raspberries, blackberries and two marachino cherries. I go with straight fresh pineapple on the pineapple yogurt. Be sure and stir the fruit into the yogurt to get a nice, crunchy cold shell on the fruit — delicious, especially in the hot summertime.
Hubs, of course, being the dessert man he is, always goes for the Red Velvet Cake or Cupcake flavors. And he ALWAYS tops his with crushed Oreo cookies, though he typically stands at the less-healthy side of the toppings bar debating himself for 20 minutes before making his standard choice.
Nowadays there are quite a few fro-yo places in OKC, all with the standard self-service approach and bright, colorful atmosphere. We’ve covered many of them in our smackdown posts. So, what makes Peachwave stand out?
I posed that question to Tim, and here’s what he had to say:
“I’ve typically favored LushBerries and Pink Swirls, but recently, Peachwave has been edging up in my rotation. To me, it’s the creaminess of their product verses the others, which can be a bit more icy in texture. Also, I think Peachwave has greatly improved it’s fruit topping offerings over time. The fruits are always fresh, colorful and very tasty. My typical order at any fro-yo place is Original Tart with strawberries and blueberries, and Peachwave’s version is becoming one of my favorites if not my favorite in town. Pink Swirls still draws me in for the smoothie option, and I still enjoy LushBerries if I’m in Edmond, but for straight-out yogurt available in multiple locations, Peachwave’s product is hard to beat.”
I also appreciate that Peachwave provides a nutritional information piece in their stores, which is posted in the area from which you choose your bowl. The in-store version is somewhat limited, but complete nutritional information is available on their website.
I appreciate Peach Wave and all of our OKC fro-yo places offering low-fat and non-fat yogurt with fresh fruit topping options. It’s one of my favorite treats, and it makes dessert “legal” for people with special dietary needs.
Please let us know what you think about Peachwave in the comments below. What’s your favorite fro-yo configuration? And how does Peachwave compare to other fro-yo places in your opinion? We look forward to hearing from you!