New Thing #146: Orange Leaf

Orange_LeafOne of the new places in the Wayland Town Center is a frozen yogurt place named Orange Leaf. I had never heard of it - my wife told me they were opening one up there and it meant nothing to me.

But maybe it should have.

According to their website, Orange Leaf is 'America's Frozen Yogurt'.

And there are more than 250 stores open across the country, with 130 more coming soon.

One of those 'coming soon' locations is Belmont, where I work, so there's something to look forward to.

The frozen yogurt is fine - I think I'm coming to the conclusion that frozen yogurt is frozen yogurt.

Two things, though, in my early findings, set Orange Leaf apart.

First, and I haven't noticed this at other frozen yogurt places, but I'll sure start looking for it: they have brownie bits as a topping. That's not something I've seen before. Fudge brownie ice cream is my favorite, hands down. And it's not something you see automatically at every ice cream spot. (I have a couple of go-to spots where I know they have it on the menu.) But if I can get some chocolate frozen yogurt and mix in some brownie out.

Orange_SpoonThe other thing is the spoons. I don't really like the Orange Leaf spoons. The interior of the store has all of this odd-looking (modern-ish) furniture. It's like they're going out of their way to make things look different - even if it's not in their best interests.

I think the spoons fall into that category. Different for the sake of different. They're shaped in such a way that it makes it harder to eat.

I don't know that anyone has ever said, "You know, this frozen yogurt is OK, but this spoon is giving me too much of a bite at a time. I really need a spoon shaped like a guitar so that I don't get as much frozen yogurt with each scoop."

I do not like the spoons.

But if there are brownie bits on that spoon...well, I'm willing to make a sacrifice.