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The Scoop On Sprinkles

Yesterday marked the long-awaited opening of Sprinkles, Penn's very own self-serve fro-yo shop. As frozen yogurt obsessors, we clearly had to check this out for ourselves. Fourteen flavors, a billion toppings and strawberry water (!) served in a bright, clean space left us satisfied.

Look for a full review in next week's Street, but for now check out the highlights after the jump. And remember, Wednesday they will be giving away free fro-yo and toppings all day (but beware of what will surely be a large crowd). Sprinkles Frozen Yogurt 3606 Chestnut St. Sun.-Thurs.: 11 a.m-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat.: 11 a.m.-midnight

Opening day was a-hoppin' with sorority girls in skinny jeans.

Sprinkles offers 14 rotating flavors. While some are hits (cookies 'n' cream, pure vanilla), others are misses (mint, strawberry). The original tart is decent, and its lemony aftertaste differs from standard Pinkberry imitations. Seven machines contain two flavors each, but the real genius lies in each machine's middle spout which dispenses a swirl of the two (peanut butter + milk chocolate, anyone?). And they have waffle bowls!

The shop's strength lies in its toppings. Not only do they specialize in unusual options like candy corn and Skittles, the dry toppings are served in vertical tubes with faucet-like handles, keeping the toppings fresh and swine flu-free. The cold toppings (some chocolate candy, as well as fresh fruit) are kept in separate open top containers.

The space itself is light and pleasant — the high ceilings make the average-sized storefront seem extra spacious. There is ample seating inside, as well as a few tables outside. Other things we like: the helpful staff, the jug filled with water and strawberries (resulting in a subtly-flavored way to quench your post-fro-yo thirst) and the fact that each ounce costs only 49 cents.