TCBY- Serves Up Delicious Fun!
Trinity became home to the first TCBY Self-Serve on the West Coast of Florida on August 19, 2011, when owners Patti and Jay Silar opened the store with their daughter and Marketing Manager Jenifer Silar-Mills. Opening a local TCBY Self-Serve franchise idea first came to Patti and Jay about three years ago when they enjoyed visiting a TCBY Self-Serve store in Charlotte, North Carolina. With classic favorites like Golden Vanilla, Chocolate and White Chocolate Mousse and many monthly rotating flavors – all at 96, 98, or 100 percent fat free – it’s understandable why Patti and Jay decided TCBY Self-Serve would be a great business to open back home in Trinity.
“The Country’s Best Yogurt,” or TCBY, originally opened in 1981, and is the country’s oldest frozen yogurt company. The company has high health and quality standards that also appeal to Patti Silar who is a retired RN. Patti says, “TCBY purchases products that are of high quality. Fresh fruit is sanitized to meet TCBY requirements, and we don’t use frozen fruit because it turns to mush on our topping bar. Our canned fruits are in their own juices instead of syrup.”
Jay Silar adds, “Our yogurts and most of our toppings are also Kosher and Halal certified. We want to meet our customer’s needs."
TCBY’s yogurt is delicious, smooth and creamy. The possibilities of flavor combinations and toppings seem endless, but you may not have known it has a great nutritional value, too. TCBY offers a number of yogurts that are considered Super Fro-Yo’s. A Super Fro Yo is a new classification of frozen yogurt that sets a high standard for nutrition within the frozen yogurt industry. To qualify as a Super Fro-Yo, TCBY’s frozen yogurts meet or exceed (based on a 4 oz., ½ cup serving) having at least 3 grams of fiber, 7 types of live and active cultures, 4 grams of protein, and 20% DV of Vitamin D and Calcium. The fiber and probiotics in TCBY yogurt help you feel satisfied and aids your body in digestion, boosting your general health. It is a great source of Vitamin D and Calcium, which are essential for your bone and muscle health. The protein in TCBY yogurt contains amino acids that help proper muscle maintenance. Eating healthy has never tasted so good!
TCBY’s latest product, Silk® Chocolate Almond, is the first ever national dairy-free, almond milk-based frozen yogurt option, and has proven immensely popular since its introduction at Trinity’s TCBY. Fans have spoken and have helped make Silk® Chocolate Almond the company’s most successful product launch since TCBY was the first to bring Greek frozen yogurt to the market in 2012, continuing the brand’s commitment to innovation in the frozen yogurt industry.
Part of the popularity of Silk® Chocolate Almond can be attributed to the fact that for the first time in the company’s history and in the industry there is a non-dairy, plant-based option allowing guests with dietary restrictions the ability to enjoy TCBY’s famous product. Residents of Pasco and Pinellas Counties who were previously unable to enjoy TCBY due to milk allergies can now dig in and savor delicious Silk® Chocolate Almond.
When you first enter TCBY in Trinity, you notice that it’s bright and colorful atmosphere, including a light wall that changes colors with the music, adds to the fun of getting a treat. The warm greeting you get from the staff, along with an offering of a sample, let’s you know that TCBY isn’t just in the yogurt business, but the people business, too. You choose between a 16 oz. or 25 oz. serving cup, and then decide on one of their ten flavors, a swirl of flavors, or even a smaller portion of multiple flavors. Nine of their flavor choices are soft serve frozen yogurts (including the delicious new Honey Vanilla Greek yogurt, which has become a local favorite) and one is a refreshing Ruby Red Grapefruit sorbet. Their topping bar has over 50 different toppings to choose from, including fresh fruit, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and kid favorites such as gummy bears and chocolate rocks! You can top it off with hot chocolate fudge, warm walnuts in syrup, hot marshmallow crème and hot caramel. Another option is to ask the staff to put your creation through the Shiver Machine, to blend your treat.
Cakes and pies make a great takehome option with flavors such as Red Velvet Mousse cake with White Chocolate Mousse yogurt on Red Velvet cake, topped with white frosting and red velvet cake crumbs. Pies include Turtle Ripple pie, Cookies and Crème, and Peanut Buttery Fudge pie, which swirls chocolate and vanilla yogurt with ribbons of peanut butter on a fudge covered chocolate cookie crust. This treat is too good to wait for a birthday as an excuse to eat it! Many cakes and pies are available for immediate purchase, and can be personalized.
Jay, Patti, and Jenifer are involved in many community projects and fundraisers, like Taste of Trinity and Long Leaf Fall Festival. As a community member said, “Jenifer Silar-Mills and her family have been a constant source of support for our community. They continue to shower our students at Seven Springs Middle School with opportunities to enjoy the oh-so tasty yogurt through organizing dine-out’s, as well as gift cards for Student Achievement awards. As for my family and myself, every time we’ve visited the store, we’ve been greeted with smiles, happiness, and delectable delights. All in all, we are so thrilled to have this family (and their store) in the Trinity area. They can never, ever, EVER go anywhere!”
TCBY provides the Trinity area with a scrumptious and healthy yogurt shop that is perfect for taking the kids for a treat, birthday celebrations, or date night. When you go make sure to ask for a Rewards card that gives you 1 point for every dollar you spend, and after 30 points you earn a $3 coupon, or a stamp card that rewards you with a free yogurt up to $5 after nine stamps.
TCBY of Trinity is located at 3140 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza. They are open Sunday – Thursday, Noon – 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, Noon – 10 p.m. For information call (727) 375- 1177. Visit them at TCBY of Trinity’s Facebook page for upcoming events and/or visit their website at www.tcbytrinity.com.