Berry Chill

Freshly diced mangos and blueberries at Berry Chill are the highlight.

Freshly diced mangos and blueberries at Berry Chill are the highlight.

The words “yogurt couture” were enough to get us out the door to try the latest hot summer offering, Berry Chill. The line was out the door on a Sunday afternoon and we had high hopes of finding a new way to beat the summer heat.

Toppings are the best part of the visit but the choices can be overwhelming.

Toppings are the best part of the visit but the choices can be overwhelming.

When you walk in, your eyes are hit with menu boards in constant motion. It was good to spy toppings from local favorite Sarah’s Pastries inserted among a scrolling host of cereal brands, sprinkles, cookies and fruits. However, what the boards didn’t tell you is what might pair well with each of their yogurt flavors. The kids might like gross-out combos, but I want flavors that compliment. Fortunately, the guy who took our order was able to help out.

Pistachio should stand alone but needed an assist of chocolate toffee.

Pistachio should stand alone but needed an assist of chocolate toffee.

I ended up with my favorite flavor, pistachio, topped with chocolate pistachio toffee from Sarah’s Pastries. When I took my first bite, I expected a lovely nutty coolness. Instead, I got a sharp, tangy taste that was almost but not quite completely unlike pistachio. Ugh. Fail. Bridget had the same experience with her mango/peach yogurt. Nasty. Fortunately, the toppings helped both of us get through the experience.

Berry Chill encourages recycling of their heavy green plastic containers and color-changing spoons. I appreciate that, but it’s not enough to save the planet — you have to make something worth eating, first.

A small, flavor-of-the-month yogurt with toppings will set you back about $5.50. Save your money and go buy a pack of Flav-or-ice if you want to stay cool this summer. It’ll last you longer and taste a hell of a lot better.

Berry Chill
635 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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