Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Vega Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative Review



Fro-yo girl here. Plant-based dairy alternative products keep taking up more shelf space at supermarkets. I spotted Vega Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative at Sprouts for $1.79 on sale ($1.99 retail price). It features 13g of protein, live active cultures (prebiotics and probiotics) and more protein than sugar. Also, Vega’s yogurt is certified vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO project verified. One 150g serving is 180 calories, 8g total fat, 7g sugars, 6g dietary fiber and 13g protein.

* Vanilla Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative: When I peeled the lid back, I was surprised to see such a dark greyish brown looking yogurt. It looked like coffee yogurt, probably because of the chicory root. It didn’t look attractive. The texture was thick and creamy (they use thickeners). The flavor was very strange. I could taste the nuttiness of the cashews but it was super sweet in that weird fake sugar way. It was super sweet but had a sour aftertaste. So weird. It tasted like sweet and sour chalky protein powder. I should have read the ingredients because stevia and monkfruit usually taste horrible. I do like some vegan yogurt, like Kite Hill.

Luckily, Mr. Froyo was interested in eating the yogurt because it has protein and low sugar. He didn't like the taste though.


Ingredients: Cashewmilk (filtered water, cashews), pea protein, chicory root extract, coconut sugar, natural flavors, fruit pectin, guar gum, vanilla beans, stevia leaf extract, monk fruit extract, live and active cultures.

Available flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry

1.5 out of 5 stars.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Easy Breezy Opens in West Portal (San Francisco)





Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been going to Easy Breezy since day 1 of their first location, which opened in Noe Valley (San Francisco, CA) in 2012. I fell in love with their creative, fresh, hand-crafted flavors and their commitment to quality frozen yogurt and toppings. They even had premium and sometimes creative toppings. I’m definitely excited to see them expand; the newest location is in West Portal. The space used to be occupied by Tuttimelon and then Quickly, so I’ve been there many times. In fact, it was the first place that I ever met Mr. Tuttimelon on the day that Tuttimelon West Portal opened.

Since I moved away from San Francisco, I wasn’t able to attend Easy Breezy West Portal’s opening day, March 3rd. But, I did swing by recently during a quick trip to the Bay Area in April.

The shop was super cute with wood accents and the signature blue Easy Breezy color. Breezy, the mascot, appears outside the shop and inside too. The signs are super eye-catching and appealing.

It was very busy during our visit. All the tables inside were taken and people were sitting on the bench outside. The customers were mostly young families.

There were four machines serving 8 flavors. It’s self-serve like the other Easy Breezy locations. Toppings included sauces, candy, cheesecake, mochi, cookie dough, popping boba, fresh fruit (the blueberries and strawberries were organic), brownies, chocolate chips, yogurt chips, local granola, cereal, nuts, sprinkles, etc. I love the Belgian butter waffle cookies that I sometimes find there but they didn’t have any during my visit. It’s 81 cents an ounce.

Flavors of the day:

  • Acai & me (vegan) 
  • Chocolate amaretto (vegan) 
  • Chocolate custard 
  • Vanilla bean (organic yogurt)) 
  • Cookie dough monster (organic yogurt) 
  • Vanilla custard 
  • Original tart (organic yogurt) 
  • Mango tajin (organic yogurt) 

The vegan flavors are made with different bases, including coconut milk and cashew milk. There were lots of organic froyo options, plus indulgent frozen custards as well.

Congrats, Easy Breezy, and welcome to West Portal.

* EASY BREEZY WEST PORTAL: 44 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pinkberry Azusa Closes



Fro-yo girl here. It’s been a tough year so far for froyo shops in Azusa. N Gelato, which closed earlier this year, didn’t last a full year. Pinkberry Azusa opened in 2009. In 2013, they converted the toppings bar to self-serve though the yogurt was still dispensed by the employee. G
oing half self-serve seems strange. 

It seems like there was a change in ownership around then and regulars started complaining that the store had gone downhill. Portions shrunk and fruit wasn’t fresh.

I visited in 2015 and noticed that they were skimping on the yogurt and toppings. I wrote this at the time: “There was a hole in the middle of my froyo and when I asked for raspberries, I only received 3 raspberries. I asked for a waffle cookie and only got ½ a cookie – usually other locations give you the whole cookie. Hmm. Why so stingy?” I was the only customer there at the time and I remember it was dark inside.

The only froyo shop left in Azusa is Yogurtland. Meanwhile, the next occupant of the Pinkberry space is…Afters Ice Cream.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* PINKBERRY: 862 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Ever Changing Yogurt Shop in Valencia - Currently Known as Yogurt N' Things



Fro-yo girl here. I don’t make it out to Valencia too often, but I had a reason to be there, so I thought I would check out the old Brew Le space. When Brew Le closed in late 2016, Things-N-Yogurt took over the space. When I finally found the shop, it wasn’t Things-N-Yogurt. About a month ago, new owners took over and changed the name to Yogurt N’ Things.

Some digging revealed that before Brew Le opened, the space was occupied by Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt. Brew-Le went upscale and offered organic and vegan froyo, along with coffee drinks.

It’s a cute space (when it was Brew Le, it was owned by Sasha Pieterse of Pretty Little Liars fame (Alison DiLaurentis) with a chalkboard wall, dark wood panels, and a tiled toppings counter. Some of the drinks on the chalkboard menu are the same ones that Brew Le offered – the menu wasn’t changed. The frozen yogurt has changed though. They no longer have organic frozen yogurt.

Based on old pictures, the d├ęcor hasn’t changed much from the Brew-Le days. It’s right next to a movie theater and if you present your movie ticket, you get 15% off.

The froyo is still self-serve. There are 10 flavors a day and toppings. The price is 55 cents an ounce. Toppings included: candy, granola, chocolate chips, cookies, mochi, coconut, fruit, cookie dough, popping boba, nuts, sprinkles, and syrups. They had some interesting flavors like unicorn yogurt and White Russian gelato.

Service was friendly. Unfortunately, Yogurt N’ Things seems just a continuation of Things-N-Yogurt. Even the name is similar. And the shop is walking distance to Menchie’s and Yogurtland.

* YOGURT N’ THINGS: 24415 Town Ctr Dr., Ste 125, Valencia, CA 91355

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Want Want Yogurt Smoothies Review



Fro-yo girl here. On a recent visit to Lohas Fresh Mart in Arcadia, CA, I spotted Want Want Yogurt Smoothies in the frozen section. This was my first time seeing Want Want Yogurt Smoothies for sale. The soft serve picture on the packaging definitely caught my eye. It doesn’t look like a smoothie but maybe something got lost in translation. Want Want Yogurt Smoothies are imported from China. They are manufactured by Want Want Holdings, the largest rice cake and flavored drink maker in Taiwan.

Lohas was selling a package of Want Want Smoothies for $2.69. Each package contains 4 individual packaged smoothie pouches. Each pouch is 80ml. Each package has two flavors. One had Strawberry & Blueberry smoothies. The other had Peach and Vanilla smoothies. The pouches are small, about half the size of Korean frozen smoothie pouches.

The directions on the pouch were in Chinese with no English translation. The product was frozen solid, so the directions probably involve defrosting. Then you twist the top off, squeeze the pouch, and consume. After about 15 minutes of defrosting, the product was ready for consumption.

Blueberry yogurt smoothie: The frozen smoothie was creamier than the Korean frozen milkshake. It seemed to have more dairy. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t taste like Yakult but tasted more like a sweet milky blueberry candy. Yes, it was sweet but it tasted better than the Korean frozen yogurt milkshake.

Strawberry yogurt smoothie: The strawberry flavor was similar – creamy with a sweet strawberry flavor. It wasn’t the most natural tasting but it wasn’t unpleasant either.

One serving has 120 calories, total fat 5g, sugars 13g and total carbohydrate 7g.

Ingredients (strawberry yogurt smoothie): Water, sugar, whole milk powder, refined coconut oil, glycerol, citric acid, pectin, propylene glycol alginate, lactic acid, succinylated monoglycerides, sucrose, fatty acid esters, artificial flavor (strawberry flavor), sodium carboxymethylcellulose, potassium sorbate, sodium citrate.

3.5 out of 5 stars

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* LOHAS FRESH MART: 1304 S Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Outshine Frozen Yogurt & Granola Pint Review



Fro-yo girl here. Another froyo bar maker has just introduced frozen yogurt pints! Nestle Outshine launched a new line of pints. The non-dairy frozen dessert is banana-based (yuck), so I won’t be trying it. The Yogurt & Granola pints have hit the shelves at Target and they’re supposed to be available nationwide in April (this month). The flavors are:

  • Peach 
  • Blueberry Acai 
  • Strawberry 

Target sells the pints for $3.99 (regular price). One pint is 14 ounces. A serving is ½ a cup, 140 calories, 4.5g total fat, 17g sugars, and 6g protein. My Target only had the strawberry yogurt flavor and two non-dairy flavors.

The product is described as follows: “Each spoonful of Outshine Yogurt & Granola is made with creamy yogurt swirled with crunchy granola and real fruit. It’s the snack that refereshes you from the inside out.” It’s made without high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors. Outshine Yogurt & Granola is kosher and gluten-free.

* Strawberry Yogurt & Granola: The frozen yogurt had a mild, sweet strawberry flavor. It reminded me of refrigerated yogurt. There was a fair amount of granola though the granola wasn’t chunky – it mainly seemed like rolled oats. I was surprised to see some chunks of frozen strawberry. The texture wasn’t very creamy but it wasn’t icy either. It was in between. I'd recommend letting it soften before you try to eat it because it does freeze into a very hard consistency. Overall, the product is somewhat bland but inoffensive.

Ingredients: Yogurt (Skim Milk, Cane Sugar, Strawberry Puree, Strawberries, Cream, Milk Protein Concentrate, Pectin, Beet Juice Concentrate Color, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Carob Bean Gum, Live and Active Cultures [S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Delbrueckii Subsp. Lactis, B. Lactis, L. Acidophilus]), Granola Clusteres (Granola [Oats, Honey, Canola Oil], Coconut Oil, Cane Sugar, Salt, Spice).

Outshine isn’t the first frozen yogurt with granola. Haagen Dazs came out with vanilla honey & granola frozen yogurt years ago.

3 out of 5 stars.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Menchie’s New Flavors: Classic Cookie and Toasted Coconut Crunch



Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s has partnered with Mrs. Thinsters Cookie Thins for this month’s featured flavors. The two new flavors, both made with Mrs. Thinsters Cookie Thins, are:

* Toasted Coconut Crunch: This is a lowfat flavor. The texture was creamy and smooth but it tasted like coconut with a hint of cookies. I think coconut fans will really like this flavor. The cookies do make it taste a little different than a plain coconut flavor. Recommended toppings: Coconut, almonds, Nilla wafers

* Classic Cookie: Classic cookie is a sugar cookie. I was surprised by this flavor. It tasted like a butter caramel with a hint of cookie flavor. It was super sweet or maybe just too caramelly for me? Recommended toppings: Almonds, Nilla wafers, bananas.

Both flavors contain no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup and no partially hydrogenated oils. I didn’t spot any Mrs. Thinsters cookies in the toppings bar.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.