|Opening night at Tutti Frutti in Fulton|
This is part of a three-year wave as similar yogurt stores opened across the area. (I'll try to catalog them Tuesday.) But the Tutti Frutti franchise in Fulton seems to have adopted all the good parts of the trend -- a bunch of yogurt options, a bunch of spoon-your-own toppings, design by Ikea & Friends, and some places to sit outside and enjoy your dessert.
To me, Tutti Frutti stood out because I'd never seen banana, coconut or orange yogurt before. I made a mixed cup with those and the purple taro flavor. They also had one treat new to me on the toppings tray -- fruit flavored "boba," jelly balls that burst with a liquid center when you bite them.
There are already Tutti Frutti franchises on Rte 40 in Ellicott City and near the Target in Columbia. I think they're all independent, and these yogurt shops can vary based on the vibe of the employees and the selection and freshness of the yogurt and toppings. I'm not sure that I'd drive past one to go to another, but then there are definitely places that seem more fun.
Separately, there is a Red Mango yogurt shop under construction in Clarksville. Last I heard, the shop in the River Hill village center hadn't been open on Saturday. Please let me know if it opens.
8170 Maple Lawn Blvd
Fulton, MD 20759
NEAR: Tutti Frutti is in the Maple Lawn development. That's on Rte 216 just west of Rte 29. When you pull off Rte 216 onto Maple Lawn Boulevard, make the first left and you'll see Tutti Frutti on the right. Park in the lot behind the office buildings.