I came across Smooy whilst travelling around Spain last year and practically lived off it in Malaga having a smoothie for breakfast, a tub for lunch and sometimes even another tub later that evening!
Long gone the days where summer involves over indulging in full-fat Mr Whippy’s, frozen yoghurt is on its way to becoming the next big thing. Frozen yoghurt chains are popping up all over Spain and the UK. Although slightly more expensive than others, Smooy in Spain is by far my favourite. I even admit that one of the reasons why I chose to stay near the small town of Santa Pola on my recent break to Spain as opposed to the city of Alicante solely because of the fact Santa Pola has a Smooy.
Smooy’s open shop front enables you to walk straight up to the counter from the street without having to open any doors, making it airy and cool in the Spanish heat. The decor is minimalistic and clean-looking with a white plastic counter, tables and stools, each hosting a menu. The menu consists of four flavours of frozen yoghurt (natural, chocolate, Ivory and a ‘special’ which frequently changes) plus a selection of smoothies and frozen desserts. The yoghurt is available in three different sized tubs and there is a vast selection of over 50 toppings to choose from, ranging from fresh fruit and nuts to chocolate brownies and toffee sauce. What I love most about Smooy is that it can be healthy but just as delicious as any other iced dessert. As a perfect healthy alternative to ice cream, Smooy frozen yoghurt is low in fat and toppings, such as fresh Strawberry and Kiwi, are super good for you.
Smooy can also be a naughty treat with my favourite being a huge tub of chocolate frozen yoghurt topped with brownies, nuts and peanut butter sauce. YUMM!! On this occasion I was a little full from my cake at breakfast so unfortunately I couldn’t manage my usual treat so I went for a mini tub of natural yoghurt topped with a drizzle of peanut butter sauce. The natural frozen yoghurt was sweet but had a slightly more sour taste than ice cream, like regular yoghurt. That said, it was sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth like mine. The peanut butter sauce provided extra sweetness and although the drizzle was generous, the consistency of the sauce meant that it was light enough not to leave you feeling overfull.
Smooy is currently only available in Spain but as you may have guessed, the branding and menu is almost identical to frozen yoghurt chain Snog which is located throughout the UK, South America and the Middle East. I’ve had a couple of Snog’s in London and I am convinced both Snog and Smooy are owned by the same company, the only difference being some of the toppings which are country specific, depending on cultural taste.
I highly recommend frozen yoghurt as a healthy alternative to ice cream as it is just as satisfying, it contains real fresh chunks and there is greater choice in flavours. If you are in Spain, make sure you visit Smooy but if you are staying in the UK this summer then Snog is just as nice. Guilt-free frozen desserts, it’s a win-win situation!
Living life, loving cake,