Like most people, I was drawn to Sunny Blue for a savory reason. This tiny shop on Main Street Santa Monica serves onigiri, i.e. japanese rice balls stuffed with everything from fish to pickled vegetables i.e one of my top five foods on the planet. (And not only do they serve onigiri, but their website is covered in adorable dressed up cartoon onigiri who are serving onigiri and who isn't drawn to that?)
The store, though small, devotes a good portion of their space to their frozen yogurt case, probably because there are so many toppings. (Also, there's never a bad time for fro-yo in LA.) We're talking yuzu, cornflakes, sprinkles, matcha green tea, graham crackers, toasted coconut, organic animal crackers, organic granola, mini marshmallows, gummy bears, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, adzuki red beans, mochi, mixed nuts, Belgian dark chocolate chips, Oreos, condensed milk, Hello Panda Cookies, heath toffee bits and, sweet mamma yes, giant Pocky. That's not even including the list of "seasonal homemade toppings" which range from fresh fig jam to Crispix popcorn mix.
I got the plain frozen yogurt base, which was nicely tart and refreshing. That cool tang was especially appreciated when I loaded it up with toppings. I went for a mix of sweet adzuki beans, crushed up giant Pocky, and a thick ribbon of condensed milk. I never want to eat fro-yo without condensed milk again—it added the perfect creamy sweetness and really bound all the toppings together. I love red bean sweets so I enjoyed the earthy sweetness of the adzuki beans, and the crushed up giant Pocky was crunchy and toasty.
Sweet, crunchy, cool, red bean-y. It has everything. And best of all, it could have more. Hello Panda cookies, I'm coming for you.
About the author: Carrie Vasios Mullins is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios