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DSM provides options for frozen yogurt trend

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It seems frozen yogurt is the new fad around the Des Moines. But with so many options, how is one to choose where to go?

Orange Leaf, what appears to be the most widely known frozen yogurt establishment in Des Moines, has two locations in the area: the original location, which opened in September in West Des Moines, and the new one, which is in Urbandale. Overall, it appears Drake students like Orange Leaf the most.

But what is it about Orange Leaf that so many Drake students like?

“They have a variety of toppings and of yogurt and a good selection of both,” junior biology major Dave Kusner said.

Moayad Baadhaim, also a junior biology major, said that he likes the flavors of yogurt.

“The best is the wedding cake (flavor),” he said.

Lemon Tree, also a new establishment in the Des Moines area, is located in Ankeny. Aaron Ehrlich, a junior music major, said that he considers Lemon Tree his personal favorite frozen yogurt place.

“Lemon Tree is great because it has an excellent selection of flavors and toppings,” Ehrlich said. “I like how the customer determines how much of the icy treat he or she will get.”

He also said that the environment inside is cool, along with great customer service and excellent frozen yogurt. He also noted that he might be partial toward Lemon Tree because he is originally from Ankeny.

Menchie’s is a national chain, also located in West Des Moines. With a colorful childish feel, it is not unlike the other two locations. To some, however, it does stand out as a frozen yogurt location.

“They had a unique arrangement of the toppings, while Lemon Tree and Orange Leaf are more similar in the arrangement of their toppings,” junior health sciences major Kody Lueders said.

Lueders, who has eaten at all three of these frozen yogurt establishments, said that the frozen yogurt at Menchie’s is very good. He also said that Menchie’s had a much wider variety of toppings to choose from as opposed to both Lemon Tree and Orange Leaf.

However, not all three frozen yogurt companies are the same.

“I would suggest to eat at Lemon Tree because it has the flavors and toppings I like, and it is also the cheapest,” Lueders said.

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