Yogurt on the Rocks

by Rodzilla on August 28, 2011 · 12 comments

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, I’ve been adjusting to life back in Western Pennsylvania for about a week now and having quite the time of it. My first day back brought the first real rain I felt all summer. It came while I was 10 miles outside of town on my bike, and it brought it’s friends thunder and lightning.  Weather isn’t the only thing I miss about So Cal, and maybe not even what I miss the most. One of the absolute hardest things I’ve had to deal with is Frozen Yogurt Withdrawal.

Weighing out the goods

On the East Coast I’m an ice cream guy, but when I’m being West Coast Rod it’s strictly FroYo. San Diego is full of yogurt places, I could have (and did) choose any number of them to get my fix, but it didn’t take long for me to establish a favorite in Yogurt on the Rocks. They’re one of the few independent businesses among the larger franchises, and in my opinion, offering a much better product.


I prefer the self-serve operations. I like being able to choose the exact amount of froyo I want and the ability to mix and match any number of flavors. At Yogurt on the Rocksthat number is 14. They do a nice job of rotating flavors, and always offer at least 2 tart and 1 no sugar added selections. I generally went with some combination of coconut, cake batter, red velvet, and/or peanut butter.

Fruit Toppings

Fresh Fruit Toppings

Their topping selection is the best around with 3 separate stations for any mix-in imaginable and a variety of sauces.  I would often an employee dicing fresh strawberries or bringing out a pan of just baked brownies. I lived close enough to be a cheap-ass frugal and add my own toppings at home, but in retrospect I should have added more boba (bottom right)…a lot more boba.

Staff and Toppings area

Unlike the surly-bastards at the local YogurtLand, Yogurt on the Rocks understands the service component to self-serve yogurt. My sometimes twice daily visits were always pleasant thanks to the friendly team of employees.  The owner and his wife were often working themselves, ready to hand out a sample cup or answer any of my froyo inquiries.

Not pretty, but delicious.

I was a bit late in learning about the Yogurt on the Rocks rewards card, which is another draw over  the competition. Buy 9 cups and the 10th is free (up to 16oz). I had my first free cup in 5 days, and went through 2 more within the month. I wasn’t joking about withdrawal.

For now I’m stuck in PA with ice cream as my methadone. I don’t actually plan on kicking the habit, this FroYo hiatus is temporary and solely on account of the 3,000 miles between me and my favorite spot. So if you’re lucky enough to be in the Pacific Beach area and feeling like FroYo, give Yogurt on The Rocks a shot. Just know the signs of addiction, it’s been 13 days since my last cup..it hasn’t gotten any easier.

for another review check out what Erin Jackson has to say at San Diego Sugar
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lot-O-Choc

Mmmm this all looks so good, I prefer fro yo to ice cream I think..theres not that many fro-yo shops over here though :/

2 Malkira

This might be a trek for you, but there is a Simply Yogurt place in South Park, PA. It’s right on the trolley/T line though.


3 Clara

This place sounds great; too bad it’s nowhere near the convention center!

Was the boba the kind that “pops” in your mouth?

Welcome back, by the way!

4 Adam

Western PA, huh? Ever get up to State College and the PSU Creamery? I here it’s the shit and that the JoePa flavor is one of the best.

5 Chuck

Man, I’ve never been to a frozen yogurt like that but it looks awesome. I’ve only seen them on blogs lol. I need to go though, hands down.

I’m seeing Reese’s peanut butter puffs on that bowl, but what are the chocolate O’s? Oh, on second glance, the look like the chocolate Cheerios?

Do you remember Cap’n Crunch Choco Donuts cereal? Those we bangin!

6 Katie

Ugh I hate PA for it’s lack of froyo. New York has it, hell New Jersey has it. We had one Pinkberry like 30 miles away and it got replaced by an insurance company :l

What is that pink sauce there? Oh and nice usage of Reese’s Puffs.

7 Yogurt on The Rocks

Thanks for the review and the kind words – we do our best to please!

8 Kim Valentine

Yum. I think I’ll go get some tomorrow. ;) I love piling mochi on top of my froyo.

9 Karee

I guess as a Californian that’s grown up on Fro Yo I should really appreciate it more than I do. We have a local place in Santa Cruz called “Top a Lot” and I like that is self-serve too, I may need to get some today to be more appreciative…

10 Lisa

fro yo withdrawal hurts….BAD. I got it right now actually. Really could go for some pb fro yo with cookie dough pieces<333
yea, yea I know…so much sugar. I dont care. :P

11 Lisa

“I got it right now?” really? going to nyu and I use that grammar?? shame on me.

12 Rodzilla

Nat – again the UK is slacking in the frozen dairy dept.

Malk – Thanks, I’ve seen a few places around Pitt. I was only a few blocks from Yogurt on the Rocks making it a routine stop after biking.

Clara – it was, and it was actually my first experience with boba. Thanks :)

Adam – Haven’t been there, but friends have brought back ice cream before. It’s about a two hour trek to PSU

Chuck – you need to fix that, ASAP.

Katie – I think that’s just the red velvet yogurt

YG – no prob, you’re doing a good job of it.

Kim – Mochi is my second favorite next to Boba. I found a place that sells it in bulk.

Kare – you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. It’s heavy rain and no froyo today in PA, I’m missing Cali.

Lisa – don’t worry, I’m only a grammar Nazi when comments are negative. I’m all for pb froyo and cookie dough.

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