The froyo competitor Tasti-D-Lite has opened for business, relatively on schedule, at Hillcrest and Northwest Highway – one of several locations sprouting up around North Texas. As with most of these self-serve dessert shops, first-time customers can sample several flavors in one visit.

But Tasti-D-Lite isn’t frozen yogurt at all. And it’s not ice cream either. As least, that’s what I was told when I stopped in to try it out. The treats aren’t made with yogurt (except for the Tasti Tart flavor), and they don’t contain enough fat to be considered ice cream. In fact, it’s healthier than both.

Each 4-ounce cup of Tasti-D-Lite has 70 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs, 12 grams of sugar and 45 milligrams of sodium. That all varies depending on the flavor. An average serving of frozen yogurt contains 103 calories, and, of course, ice cream has a whopping 253 calories.

I tried the Nutella, one of the store’s most popular flavors. It’s a blend of chocolate and hazelnut. Basically, it tasted exactly like Nutella brand cocoa, a little bit like Ovaltine and a lot like Cocoa Puffs cereal. Not all that impressive.

I left wishing I had ordered the raspberry cheesecake. It was sweet, smooth and somewhat fluffier than the other flavors. With a practically endless list of flavor/topping combinations, including custom, you’re bound to find something you like at Tasti-D-Lite.

A small size will run run about $4. The shop also has blended drinks with health boosts and a refrigerator full of cakes and pies to take home.

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