The Dark Skim Cup at Blk513 | steppanyaki

Looks like Blk 513 is located where the old Sugarhouse used to be.
Looks like Blk 513 is located where the old Sugarhouse used to be.

Blk 513, in case you haven’t gotten wind of it online, is making waves not just for its taste, but its appearance. That’s because it’s black (actually, more like an ash gray) frozen yogurt. The reason behind its color is because it’s charcoal-activated.

Yep, you heard that right. Charcoal is used to improve the yogurt–supposedly it helps with ridding your body of harmful toxins, promotes cardiovascular health, and has anti-aging properties, among other benefits.

Who knew we could infuse charcoal in food? And no, Blk 513’s frozen yogurt doesn’t have a “charcoal” taste or smell. You just have that asim-kilig sourness from the natural Greek yogurt, which, by the way, is gluten-free.

There are three steps to ordering at Blk 513: first, choose if you’d like to eat out of a cup or a chocolate cone. Since I’m not into eating sweet cones, I went for the Dark Skim Cup. The beauty of Blk 513 is that you get to choose what ingredients to mix in, so no frozen yogurt combination is ever quite the same.

A close up look at some of the crunch options
A close up look at some of the crunch options

I got to choose one “crunch”–I had “Fool’s Gold”, which is actually cereal bits; two fruits–I got mangoes and lychees; and one “sauce”–I picked “Cereal Milk With A Twist” (includes coconut flakes).

I have a penchant for ripe mangoes, so that automatically went in.
I have a penchant for ripe mangoes, so that automatically went in.

For crunch, other choices included cookie, chocolate and Oreo. For the fruits, I noticed there were what looked like peaches and strawberries, too. And the sauces had a peanut butter as well as a chocolate and salt option.

I'd like to go back and try the other sauces--I'm just not a fan of chocolate.
I’d like to go back and try the other sauces–I’m just not a fan of chocolate.

The verdict: the sourness of the Greek yogurt can be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you taste the sauce, you get to enjoy the contrast the sweetness brings. The fruits and the crunch add texture, and the deeper you get into the cup, the more you’ll get a helping of the sauce, the fruits and the crunch. Definitely a sweet ending.

Interestingly enough, Greek yogurt's bite was delightfully tempered by the cereal milk with coconut sauce.
Interestingly enough, Greek yogurt’s bite was delightfully tempered by the cereal milk with coconut sauce.

It can be a bit pricey at P185 (the cone option is at P170), but I found that the serving size is actually good for two. Since it’s gluten-free, too, you don’t feel as guilty digging in.

And capturing the peculiar-looking but oddly delicious charcoal-enhanced frozen treat on Instagram is only the cherry on the top. 😉

Blk 513 is located at the 2nd floor of SM Megamall Building A. To learn more about Blk 513, visit its Facebook page or follow their Instagram account, @blk513ph.

I do not claim to be a food expert, and the item above was personally paid for.

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