Chelsea Welcomes 16 Handles {Grand Opening 5/17}

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16 Handles, New York City's first self-serve frozen yogurt shop, is opening its newest Manhattan location a few blocks from Chez Glamamom, at 19th Street and Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, this Thursday, May 17th.

16 Handles

What started out in 2008 as a single store in the East Village, has since grown to 22 locations city-wide, offering 100 rotating flavors, 16 available for self-serve each day. And lots of toppings options. Rainbow cookie crumble anyone?

We got a sneak peek of the new Chelsea digs last weekend at a small blogger preview with hands-on fro-yo sandwich making, and I'm happy to report 16 Handles Chelsea is both Bubba- and Glamamom-approved.

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest ice cream fan, no less frozen yogurt, but I was pleasantly surprised by the great taste and uniqueness of flavors like "Birthday Cake" and "Greek Honey Yogurt with Sour Cherry." I skipped the traditional flavors but Bubba has consumed several chocolate flying saucers since then, and seems quite pleased. The fact that you serve yourself is the cherry on top for that little guy and he's been begging to go back ever since.

Also cool, 16 Handles uses cornstarch spoons and biodegradable cups, and composts and recycles whenever possible. The company partners with Trees for the Future, planting 16 trees each day (over 70K so far).

The new location officially opens tomorrow with 16% off purchases to celebrate, so if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and "flaunt your flavor."

16 Handles, Chelsea

16 Handles, 178 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

{I was not compensated for this post. We received a gift bag for attending the preview.}