Summers in Florida are long, very warm, and fairly humid; and, nothing is more refreshing than a delicious, and healthy cool treat. The TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) commitment to customers is “to offer you nutritional value and variety” when it comes to their products.  

General Manager and co-owner Jenifer Silar-Mills, stays true to that commitment and more at her TCBY location at the Mitchell Ranch Plaza in Trinity.  It’s a family affair for Silar-Mills as her parents, Patti and Jay Silar are co-owners as well.  All take pride in the quality of products and service they deliver to folks in the Trinity area seeking a refreshing treat without the guilt associated with most desserts.  

In 2010, Jay and Patti discovered a self-serve TCBY yogurt store and liked what they tasted!  Though retired, they saw this as a great business opportunity.  After doing their research on the company, they discovered TCBY is the oldest frozen yogurt company in the country, celebrating 38 years this year, since September 1981. They opened in August 2011 and celebrated eight years of success in August.

In that same year, TCBY introduced their Super Fro-Yo.  The standards required to meet this category of yogurt include four or more grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, seven types of live or active cultures, low in fat and no more than 120 calories per serving. Super Fro-Yo is also a great source of calcium and vitamin D.  No guessing is involved when trying to select one of the more nutritional options, as all the flavors meet the Super Fro-Yo standards.  

Variety of products = something for everyone!

There truly is something at TCBY for everyone. Vegan, GMO, gluten and dairy-free products are offered as well.  A no sugar added and Greek yogurts are also among the selection of flavors. Flavors are often changed so if you’ve been there recently, go again because chances are, the choice of flavors have changed since you were there last.  Want more than one flavor?  You’re in luck!  Each of the five self-serve yogurt machines features two compatible flavor options.  If you want to combine both flavors of a particular machine, you can swirl the two flavors together for a double delight!  For example, the traditional favorites, vanilla, and chocolate are always among the selection of one machine.  Patrons can fill cups with one flavor or swirl them together.  Seasonal flavors are also featured at different times of the year such as peach during the summer months and pumpkin during the fall and winter seasons.  

If Super Fro-Yo isn’t healthy enough for you, Patti explains they always have what she calls “the healthy machine.”  It’s the machine which features the no sugar added and Greek flavors, which are both non-fat selections.The no sugar added flavors that are rotated every two weeks and include flavors like chocolate chip mint, cappuccino, butter pecan, blueberry delight, lemon custard, salted caramel, and pistachio nut. The Greek yogurt is flavored with honey and vanilla and contains more protein, calcium, fiber, and probiotics than any other Froyo. “Our products really are a healthy treat no matter what you pick,” Patti said. “TCBY yogurt is patented and made only for us, so you will not find our superior quality anywhere else,” said Jay. “All the flavors are also kosher and Halal certified,” he added.

There’s more to TCBY than meets the eye

If you still want the nutritional value of yogurt for your ice-cold treat but crave the added crunch of an ice cream cone, TCBY offers that option, too!  Their hand-dipped yogurt case features a variety of flavors that can be nestled into a waffle cone or bowl for your added enjoyment!  

The variety does not end at flavor selection.  With more than fifty toppings to choose from, the fun is just beginning!  Sprinkles, chunks of cookie dough, candies, chocolate chips, fresh fruits and more adorn the toppings bar.  Squeezable toppings such as marshmallow, Hershey’s syrup, raspberry, coffee, and salted caramel are flavor options. If hot fudge or caramel is your preference, they’ve got you covered there as well as both are always on hand and available.  

After making your yogurt flavor selection, don’t forget to check out the options available in freezer display! Frozen yogurt Cakes and Pies are available, all made in house, reasonably priced with a multitude of choices in yogurt, cake, crusts, toppings, and icing colors. The new alternative “Party To Go” allows you to order yogurt and toppings ahead of time and simply stop by and pick it up, and it will be ready for your special occasion. Also available are Yogwiches which feature flavored frozen yogurt sandwiched between two outer layers of Oreo cookie. The freezer selection also caters to those who want to take home the refreshing dessert.  Fro-yo pints are ready to grab and go!

A great place to be on both sides of the counter

TCBY regulars, Dede Dickinson and Rae McMann are walking testimonies of quality of products and customer service they receive at TCBY.  These ladies work at the nearby Medical Center of Trinity.   “We have to be careful about what we have for lunch every day so we can have room for this.  It’s our ritual,” chuckled Dede.  Rae added, “We just love it.  One of my favorites is cake batter with hot fudge!” 

For the owners, creating a great atmosphere for customer’s means creating happy employees as well. Everyone at the store enjoys working for the Silars. Patti explained for those seeking a first job, it’s important to them to provide a safe, supervised and fun opportunity.   “This is a family store and emphasize customer service, greet each customer and serve samples, the same as you would welcome a guest in your home.” Many of the customers seen daily are familiar faces.

At TCBY Trinity, they love to give back. “We try the best we can to help those in need and contribute to the common good,” said Patti. “We get involved through donations, fundraisers and spirit nights for schools, churches, and non-profit organizations to earn money.”

Stop in soon for your nutritious summer cool-down treat!  Located at 3140 Little Road, Trinity, 34655. Store hours are noon to nine Sunday through Thursday and noon to ten Friday and Saturday.