Berry Sweet in Watchung Plaza is the latest in a string of self-serve yogurt shops in Montclair that just keeps getting longer. We brought two tween testers to take the place through its paces. Here’s what we learned:
On the sweet/tart scale, Berry Sweet’s yogurt not as tart/tangy as Red Mango, and not as sweet as Let’s Yo — almost like a hybrid of the two other brands. Berry Sweet’s space is smaller than some of the other fro-yo shops (although owners have access to the former Four Paws space and planned to use it as a connecting lounge/game room space for kids, nothing is definite yet) but has a bank of machines, topping station and syrups, as well as a row of pink chairs for sitting and spooning. Last night, customers were enjoying their treats outside and it’s easy to envision the place crawling with kids who already bike/walk to the plaza.
Six machines offers a total of 18 flavors — two primary flavors and a third flavor that comes from mixing those two together. Flavors on deck yesterday included peanut butter, pistachio, cappuccino, cake batter, pomegranate raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, N.Y. cheesecake and dulce de leche. Here’s what else we learned — leave your kid with a $20 and she will spend $7 on a huge yogurt she won’t finish. The owner very kindly gave me my serving gratis when I came back to collect the kids. Favorite flavors among our testers? Peanut butter, Milky Way, dulce de leche and strawberry.
Photos: Ava Marzulli