The Food Guy, Steven Keith Eating his way through the state, plate by plate

It’s pretty appropriate that I wrote about ice cream last week, as I was spending most of that time lounging around the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast eating as much of it as I could possibly get my hands on.

Silky Peanut Butter Pie, Blueberry Cheesecake, Deluxe Moose Tracks, Mocha Almond Fudge, Cappuccino Cream, Coconut Explosion, Fudge Brownie Batter, Banana Pudding, Mint Chocolate Chunk.

So now it’s back to the real world where one can’t eat ice cream every day. But frozen yogurt’s OK, right? Here’s the scoop on the new Yogurt Mountain at Books-A-Million.

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Although I conducted a respectful moment of silence after the passing (closing) of the Joe Muggs coffee café inside Books-A-Million at Dudley Farms, the Yogurt Mountain shop that moved in is a worthy replacement.

I’d still rather cozy up with hot cup o’ joe and a book (frozen yogurt + bookstore = a little disconnect for me) but the newly opened sweet spot will draw plenty of fans. It’s built around a concept I’ve seen in bigger cities, but is making its first debut in the Charleston area.

You go in, grab a cup and walk up to a self-service wall of 16 flavored fat-free and low-fat frozen yogurts – everything from traditional choices like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry to coconut, cookies ‘n’ cream, peach, red velvet and more.

After filling your own cup, you move on to a bar featuring more than 50 toppings, sprinkling or coating as much as you want in any combination you want. Chocolate chips, nuts, candy, fruit, granola, crumbled Pop Tarts, the list goes on and on.

So you pick you own yogurt, pick your own toppings and build any type of treat you wish. Cool, but dangerous.

Just like at the Kroger salad bar, you pay based on the weight of your finished treat and all of those heavy, sugar-laden goodies add up. Fast.

If you’re not careful, you’ll pay dearly with both waist and wallet.

On a recent trip two of my boys and I just wanted a taste, so we each made our own little sundaes and escaped for just over $4 total. But many people pay that much for a single cup because they just load the wagon, consequence and cost be damned.

It’s a great place and you should enjoy it for an occasional splurge. Just proceed with caution.

IF YOU GO: Yogurt Mountain at Books-A-Million, Dudley Farms/Southridge, 304-746-2984,