In terms of kilojoules, plain frozen yoghurt is not
too hefty – it’s the serving size and the
toppings that are the real killers.
At Noggi, the original flavour in a
regular cup (210g) will give you a kilojoule
hit of about 1300kJ. But if you add a
tablespoon-sized scoop each of toppings such
as almonds, Tim Tams and Coco Pops,
you’ll be slurping down around 2849kJ - that's the equivalent to three Kit Kats.
The real problem comes with the
self-serve shops, where heavy-handed
serving can mean a serious kilojoule
blow-out. In two of the self-serve shops
we visited, Yogurtland and Yogurberry,
only a huge 500mL size cup was
available. If you half-filled it with
Yogurtland’s Arctic Vanilla you’d be
looking at around 880kJ – and that’s
before loading up on toppings.
Not only is your waist endangered by
the serious lack of transparent nutrition
information at many froyo shops, your
hip pocket is also at risk. Some outlets
set prices by cup size, plus optional add-ons
at 60c or 70c per topping. However,
the self-serve outlets we visited charge
by weight, and the unclear pricing
information could easily confuse
the unwary shopper.
us the price was
59c per fluid ounce,
when he could have
said $20.81g per
kilogram or, even
more helpfully, $5.20
for 250g. A screen
behind the counter
– 59c per 28.35g –
but unless you were
for this information
it would be easy
On our two visits to Yogurberry,
which charges $25/kg, the receipt
showed the weight had been rounded
up by 5g. In one case, the scales read
325g and the receipt showed 330g.
This rounding-up added 12c onto
the total price. When asked, the staff
acknowledged that the weight was
automatically rounded up. But you’ll
only know this is done if you ask for your
We understand this problem has
been spotted in other Yogurberry
franchises; they claim the
rounding-up is a way of
reclaiming the cost
of the container.
National Measurement Institute confirms that
this is in breach of regulations, as customers must be informed of
any extra charges.
We also found that at both self-serve shops we visited, the yoghurt nozzles pour huge dollops very quickly into the cup – making it hard to control the flow and the amount you end up with. One 12-year-old we spoke to was charged $20.80 for one cup on her first visit!
Over the page: the CHOICE verdict - is it time for better labelling at takeaway shops?