Healthy TREAT

Unique TCBY store of­fers de­li­cious ‘'fro-yo' ‘

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Her Eats - By Lind­sey Wells

TCBY, also known as The Coun­try’s Best Yogurt, is back in Hot Springs with a big­ger and bet­ter lo­ca­tion af­ter mov­ing from the Cor­ner­stone Shop­ping Cen­ter to its new lo­ca­tion at 1340 Hig­don Ferry Road. The new lo­ca­tion is equipped with a drive-thru win­dow and, ac­cord­ing to store man­ager Cody Webb, is the only TCBY in Arkansas to sell Mrs. Fields Cook­ies.

“It’s unique — it’s the only one in Arkansas and it’s ac­tu­ally, from what cor­po­rate told us, it’s the only one in the na­tion that’s a TCBY/ Mrs. Fields co- brand that has a drive thru,” Webb added. “So that makes us very unique in that sense, be­cause most of the Mrs. Fields stores are in malls and stuff like that.”

Webb and his fam­ily opened the first TCBY store in 2012 af­ter be­ing in­formed of a Face­book con­test in which a Rogers man won a TCBY store.

“TCBY started here in Arkansas and we used to have one in Hot Springs about 15-16 years ago,” Webb said. “We don’t have any yogurt stores here around town and I was talk­ing to my par­ents about it and we called cor­po­rate just to kind of see how ev­ery­thing was and what we’d have to do, and we just kind of fell right into it.”

Webb is the son of Dr. Ti­mothy Webb, an on­col­o­gist at Ge­n­e­sis Can­cer Cen­ter. Webb said his fa­ther fre­quently sends pa­tients over to TCBY to get a cup of yogurt for the

health ben­e­fits.

“What kind of sets us apart — TCBY stands for The Coun­try’s Best Yogurt, which, I’m bi­ased, but it re­ally is. Look­ing up the calo­rie con­tent, fat con­tent and all of that with other stores, we just blew them out of the wa­ter and we’re ac­tu­ally con­sid­ered a ‘su­per fro-yo,’ which is a su­per frozen yogurt, and you have to meet cer­tain qual­i­fi­ca­tions for that,” Webb said.

What makes TCBY’s prod­uct so good, he added, is that, based on a 2,000-calo­rie diet and on a 4-ounce serv­ing size, all of their yo­gurts, with the ex­cep­tion of sor­bet, have a cer­tain amount of pro­tein, fiber, vi­ta­min C, vi­ta­min D, vi­ta­min A, and they all have seven dif­fer­ent kinds of live, ac­tive cul­tures of pro­bi­otics.

“Any­one go­ing through treat­ment for can­cer — it puts a hurt­ing on your body. I worked at Ge­n­e­sis for a cou­ple of years and you just see what these pa­tients go through and it’s hard for them to eat, so a lot of peo­ple like a lit­tle healthy treat,” he said. “It goes down eas­ier, it’s nice and cold so it helps on your throat and puts all this new live, ac­tive bac­te­ria back into your body af­ter chemo and ra­di­a­tion kind of kills a lot of that stuff.”

He said it also helps with crav­ings and ap­petite, helps fight in­fec­tions, and is great for gas­troin­testi­nal is­sues.

“With all of those pro­bi­otics, in­stead of hav­ing to go buy pills, just get you a cup of yogurt,” he said.

TCBY Hot Springs also makes Mrs. Fields cookie cakes and of­fers cater­ing ser­vices.

“We’ve done a lot of cater­ing to Ge­n­e­sis and we did the Arkadel­phia Re­lay for Life. We baked all these cook­ies and we hand-dec­o­rated them with dif­fer­ent col­ors for the can­cer rib­bons,” Webb said. “We try to be as strongly com­mu­nity- based as pos­si­ble. I’m sixth gen­er­a­tion Hot Springs, so I’m all about giv­ing back, so that’s what we try to do here.”

The yogurt shop is open Mon­day through Thurs­day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri­day and Satur­day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun­day from noon to 9 p.m.

TCBv of­fers a va­ri­ety of top­pings for its frozen yogurt.

TCBY frozen yogurt

The ex­te­rior of the Hot Springs TCBY store.

The lobby of the Hot Springs TCBY store at 1340 Hig­don Ferry Road.

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