– Kendall Fields
Organic. Handmade. Local.
These words can be associated with a lot of things in Eugene, Oregon, but rarely frozen yogurt. That is, until now.
Vanilla Jill’s Frozen Yogurt at Coburg Station in Eugene, is serving up cold treats that are surprisingly healthy.
Vanilla Jill’s, which opened in March of this year, has been dazzling Eugene’s taste buds with frozen yogurt flavors ranging from the conventional vanilla to the more creative carrot-cinnamon.
Husband and wife, Tim and Megan Stevens, decided to open a frozen yogurt shop of their own when they noticed that Eugene didn’t really have many choices when it came to frozen yogurt.
The end result was a frozen yogurt shop infused with the essence of Eugene. From the sustainable products, the recycling bin, the locals who come in and hang out with a smoothie or a cup of frozen yogurt and the hardworking and passionate founders, Vanilla Jill’s is a true reflection of Eugene.
“I want the place to be like a hub where people can have fun and hang out with their friends and eat healthy food,” co-owner Megan Stevens said.
Vanilla Jill’s uses local ingredients, such as Nancy’s kefir, to create “real” frozen yogurt, setting it apart from other yogurt shops in the area.
Vanilla Jill’s has five flavors of yogurt that can be mixed and matched with a variety of syrups and toppings. They also offer a flavor that is sugar-free and sweetened with all-natural Xylitol for diabetics. They also have a soy-free flavor for vegans.
Their most unique item is a sundae consisting of basil syrup, fruit salad and chocolate.
“It’s a really gourmet experience. When most people think of basil, they think it belongs on a pizza, not frozen yogurt. But the basil and chocolate actually go really well together,” Megan Stevens said.
Customer Sean Engel ate one of the house specials, a sundae entitled “Strawberry Shortcake,” with vanilla yogurt, pomegranate syrup, fresh strawberries and yellow cake.
“The yogurt tastes great,” Engel said. “I feel good eating it, knowing that it is healthy and supports local owners.”