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Flavor. — Family Time @ Sweet Frog.

on January 10, 2013

How do you flavor your day? 

sweet frog

This is a Tale of Sweet Frog–  Z-Fam Style. And for the record, I swear I do not work for Sweet Frog. Although some days, it does seem like a sweet job (pun intended.) Y has already declared that this will be her first job someday.

It goes a little something like this:

First, we say “Hello” to the big eyed frog.  We walk into a heavenly place of pink and green and white-cloud-globe lights.  Go  quickly by the lime green andirondack chairs. Skip the funky clear tables and chairs and head straight back to the cool tiled wall.

There is usually very little conversation—the excitement is too overwhelming — and we are all focused on the task at hand.

Choose a size. Know Momma doesn’t allow much choice here–one size only.

But then. Then. The world is your … flavor. (By the way, don’t worry, the proverbial ‘oyster’ is NOT a flavor choice.)

Standing before us is a wall…literally a wall of flavor. So many flavors. So many choices.

Ok, not all of these are available all the time, but this gives you an idea of the variety.

Pull the handle. Hold your cup carefully under the spout and fill it up.  The best friend/partner/hubby and I made the mistake —one time—- of not keeping a close eye on the boy child.  Just one time.  We turned around and before we knew it, his little bowl was filled to the rim! From then on, we monitor him very carefully.

X usually goes for the mix of vanilla and chocolate. T and I usually get the no sugar added cheesecake. (We are trying to be intentional in reducing sugar in our world.)

But Y. Y takes her Sweet Frog exploits very seriously. She is more adventurous.  She’s a little bit like Mikey. She’ll try anything.  She still says that Mango is one of her all-time favorites.  Go figure. And … she’ll mix it with stuff like… cake batter. Interesting? Yes.

Then comes the antithesis of the salad bar. It is a ‘salad’ bar of candy and semi-goodness. The first few choices do, in fact, include some fruit choices.  But it quickly turns to sugary nonsense with some random cereal and crackers and granola and just about anything you can imagine crumbled up, ready to be added to your bowl with a spoon.

The hard part is … this Momma set a limit of only two things.  So, choose wisely and carefully. And come on, X, choose quickly! We can’t be here all night. (To which Y declares, “Sure, we can!”)

There are also different kinds of syrups and other liquid additives to the frozen goodness, but that is where I draw the line. No. Move along. I have my dignity as a parent after all.

We take our little cups, add a green spoon and weigh the frozen treat.  Yes, we pay by the ounce.

And, I have to say, it is worth every penny. Not just because it is a yummy treat.  But because it has become a thing. A thing we do.  It has become a family treat.  A treat we do.  Something we enjoy together.

Which makes it all kind of priceless.

And as X says, “Yum!”


3 responses to “Flavor. — Family Time @ Sweet Frog.

  1. Jan says:

    I love taking them to Sweet Frog. 🙂

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