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Not long ago, we heard from a mother and daughter who had enjoyed a visit to The Creamery Co. in Marysville.
I thought it was all about ice cream, and so, with a week left to enjoy National Ice Cream Month (a Congressional designation), my editor and friend Sara Bruestle and I made an afternoon stop there.
Nope, I was wrong. The Creamery is about coffee, baked goods and frozen yogurt. In fact, the full name of the business is The Creamery Co. Coffee House &Frozen Yogurt Shoppe.
While it appears to have previously been a Blu Berry frozen yogurt joint, the Creamery is many times better than any fro-yo chain store we’ll ever encounter.
Light-filled and cheery with homey decor, the Creamery has comfortable chairs, flowers on the tables and a fireplace with Pandora music playing on a TV screen above. It opens early for people who need their coffee and stays open late for people who need a little dessert with their coffee.
The other day, the bakery case displayed cupcakes and sand dollar sugar cookies. The shop serves a long list of espresso drinks and offers a generous grouping of yogurt toppings.
Fill your paper bowl with your favorite flavors of fro-yo, add your toppings, weigh in and check out. Simple, and geared to your desires.
I chose three flavors. Coconut cream pie yogurt topped with toasted coconut. Mango tart yogurt, on which I sprinkled some sliced almonds. And to the chocolate brownie batter frozen yogurt, I added a bit of chopped peanuts and a small house-made brownie square.
After tasting a few flavors, Sara also did a trio: The same coconut and chocolate yogurt, but with a rocket pop sorbet fashioned after the popular red, white and blue Bomb Pop frozen confection. Sara opted for a purist take and skipped the toppings.
The slightly sour element of fresh yogurt keeps this frozen treat from being sickeningly sweet. It was refreshing on a warm summer afternoon.
And it was inexpensive. At 49 cents an ounce, two bowls of frozen yogurt came to just under $10.
I am eager to return to try a few of the Creamery’s espresso smoothies and milkshakes.
As with many eateries in Marysville, the Creamery is located in a little strip mall, but don’t let that deter you. This is frozen yogurt served with style.
The Creamery Co. Coffee House and Frozen Yogurt Shoppe
1206 State Ave., Suite A, Marysville. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call 360-386-8694.