Monday, July 25, 2016

Yoga-urt Turns One with a New Flavor and New Menu Item





Fro-yo girl here. This time last year, I attended the soft opening of Yoga-urt, LA’s first all organic, non-dairy, vegan, kosher, soy free frozen yogurt shop. Here’s the story from last year, http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/2015/07/innovative-froyo-shop-spotlight-yoga.html

This past weekend was the first anniversary weekend at Yoga-urt. To commerorate the special occasion, Yoga-urt introduced a new menu item, dairy-free, organic yogurt parfaits made with coconut meat and almonds and a new flavor, Radiant Golden Rose made with rosewater, turmeric and saffron. During the anniversary weekend they offered a $1 discount from 2-5 PM. They also have an Yoga-urt Turns One Instagram photo contest that combines yoga and froyo, the two things that inspired the business.

The shop has a new look with yummy looking pictures of their products on the walls.

* Radiant golden rose: This unique flavor has a beautiful rich yellow color and tastes mostly like saffron with a hint of rosewater. The texture is thick and dense and yet it’s still light and refreshing. It’s sweet and not tangy. Radiant golden rose reminds me of a Middle Eastern inspired dessert – so good! So different too.

Congrats to founder, Melissa Schulman!

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

* YOGA-URT, 1407 ½ W Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91201

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.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Find Waldo Local, Waldo Hiding at Yogurtland Pasadena


Fro-yo girl here. I was at my local Yogurtland (415 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA) the other day when I spotted the Find Waldo passport by the door. Find Waldo Local in Pasadena is being hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore. As part of the scavenger hunt, your task is to find Waldo at local businesses in July. Yogurtland Pasadena is one of the 15 participating businesses. When you spot Waldo, tell the store and get the store stamp or signature. Once you’ve collected 10 stamps, bring your passport to Vroman’s to claim an “I Found Waldo” button (for the first 125 spotters) and be entered into the prize drawing.

Vroman’s is hosting a Where’s Waldo party and prize drawing on Friday, July 29 at 5 PM.

This is the fifth Find Waldo Local event. The nationwide event is co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association. Two hundred fifty bookstores participate every year.

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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

New Yogurtland & Nintendo Game On Flavor: Goomba’s Iced Coffee



Fro-yo girl here. Goomba’s favorite froyo flavor has arrived at Yogurtland, Goomba’s Iced Coffee.

It’s the latest Nintendo inspired froyo flavor at Yogurtland.

I love coffee flavored froyo like Yogurtland’s Caramel Macchiato and Sumatra Coffee, so I was looking forward to this flavor.

* Goomba’s Iced Coffee: The flavor card says, “There’s no Goomba that wouldn’t want to take a bite out of this iced coffee froyo that blends together real Sumatra coffee and espresso for a lightly sweet and creamy guilt-free treat.” Goomba’s Iced Coffee is a No Sugar Added flavor that’s non-fat. It tastes very similar to Yogurtland’s Sumatra Coffee only it’s NSA; the Sumatra coffee gives it a distinctive taste but it's not harsh or bitter. I like crunchy chocolate with my coffee froyo. Recommended toppings: Chocolate shell, almonds, white chocolate chips, toffee bits

There was a new topping, sour twin cherries gummy candies. I don’t think sour twin cherries complement coffee froyo but I would add them to Plain Tart.

Goomba’s Iced Coffee is available while supplies last. The next new flavor is Princess Peach Tart which comes out on July 29, along with the Princess Peach spoon.

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, July 21, 2016

New Fage Line: Crossovers Review



Fro-yo girl here. In the yogurt world, the competition is heating up for the snack market with a new wave of savory yogurts. Fage’s new line which was launched in May, Crossovers, promises “chef level snacking” with distinct, delicious flavors, lowfat Greek strained yogurt and crunchy toppings. The seven flavors are:

* Olive thyme with roasted almonds

* Carrot ginger with roasted pistachios: Interesting, with bits of carrot and bits of ginger, mixed with tangy not too sweet yogurt, the carrot adds texture, seemed thick and smooth, filling

* Caramel with honey roasted salted almonds: This was nice because the caramel wasn’t too sweet or overwhelming, the tangy yogurt flavor was still the star and the honey roasted salted almonds were crunchy and deliciously salty, sweet and nutty

* Coconut curry with cashews: Not a big fan of coconut but I really liked this flavor because the curry flavor is so distinctive yet not strong, it was still creamy and sweet with bits of coconut and the roasted cashews were so good

* Tomato basil with almonds: Very interesting and possibly my favorite, remember that tomatoes are a fruit, this yogurt plays on that. The tomato flavor isn’t strong but it’s lightly sweet with pops of basil flavor. I liked how the yogurt was tangy and not too sweet nor too salty

* Maple syrup with granola: The maple flavor wasn’t strong, the cinnamon and tangy yogurt flavors were stronger, the crunchy ancient grain granola was great too – with millet, amaranth, chia seeds, quinoa flakes

* Coconut with dark chocolate

The all natural yogurt is Greek strained and lowfat. The toppings are kept separate using the split cup container. You can fold the split cup over to easily add the toppings to the yogurt side.

I like yogurt and nuts as snacks and yogurt in savory applications (e.g., tzakiki, raita), so this seemed like a product that I would like. The combinations sounded good to me though the sweet ones were less interesting/less novel.

One serving is 5.3 ounces. The carrot ginger variety has 210 calories, 9g of total fat, 260mg of sodium, 13g of sugar and 15g of protein.

I really liked all of the flavors that I tried because the flavors were different and interesting, the tangy flavor of yogurt was still present and the yogurt wasn’t too sweet or too salty. The combinations were thoughtful and balanced. All of the toppings were delicious.

I found Fage Crossovers at Sprouts but they didn’t carry all 7 flavors. They were priced at $1.79 each. Ralph’s had Crossovers for $1.59 each regular price and 10 for $10 on sale.

Find crossovers with the store locator tool: http://usa.fage.eu/yogurts/fage-crossovers

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

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Yogurtland Chino Hills Nintendo Launch Party/Guest Appreciation Event






Fro-yo girl here. I’m back from today’s Yogurtland Chino Hills Nintendo Launch Party/Guest Appreciation event. It was my first time at the Yogurtland in Chino Hills and I have to say that I’m very impressed. The people in and around Chino Hills are lucky to have such a well-run Yogurtland with a franchisee who really cares about his customers.

The day started with the VIP Platinum Card Holder Event. The doors opened earlier than usual at 10:30 AM. Platinum card holders with RSVPs received a cup of free froyo to fill up as much as they desired and a VIP Yogurtland gift bag. The gift bag contained many gifts, including a full set of the Nintendo Yogurtland spoons (even the ones that haven’t been released yet!!!), a Mario fan, Yogurtland water bottle, Yogurtland bracelet/wristband, Yogurtland lanyard and a dozen Yogurtland coupons. Ten of the coupons featured 10 different designs, one for each of the characters being featured in the Game On Nintendo promotion.

This wasn’t the first platinum card event at Yogurtland Chino Hills. The owner had a party for VIP platinum card holders two years ago (partnering with Charming Charlie), followed by a black tie event last year. He’s planning another platinum card holder event for this September. Other YL locations should learn from YL Chino Hills and show some extra love to their platinum card holders.

I wasn’t able to stay for the entire event (it’s all day) but here’s the schedule (there’s still time to go).
  • 12 PM – 3 PM: $5 unlimited cup, first 100 people in line get a free gift
  • 3 PM – 9 PM: Prize wheel
  • 5 PM – 8 PM: Face painter
  • 6 PM – 10 PM: $5 unlimited cup, first 100 people in line get a free gift
Nintendo costume contest: Come dressed in your best Mario or Luigi costume for your chance to win Yogurtland and Nintendo prizes.

Be sure to visit the Yogurtland Chino Hills Facebook page to see pictures from the event, including the costume contest winners.

P.S. If you’re not a Yogurtland Chino Hills Platinum Card holder yet, you should be.

Thanks Yogurtland Chino Hills for the invite and for making it such a special event!

* YOGURTLAND: The Commons, 4505 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills, CA 91709

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.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Yogurtland & Nintendo Game On New Spoon & New Flavor: Yoshi’s Honeydew & Yoshi Spoon






Fro-yo girl here. There’s a new Nintendo froyo flavor at Yogurtland stores today: Yoshi’s Honeydew. According to the flavor card, “Honeydew melons are sweet, juicy, delicious and packed with vitamin C, just like Yoshi’s creamy honeydew flavor yogurt.” Yoshi’s Honeydew froyo is non-fat, gluten free and vitamin C fortified.

* Yoshi’s Honeydew: The yogurt was very thick and creamy (and yes, it’s non-fat). It does taste like honeydew melon (and the honeydew flavor is strong, there wasn’t any natural tangy yogurt flavor) and it’s sweet but it had a bitter gum like aftertaste that might have been the guar gum. It’s also strange to experience a creamy, rich honeydew dessert. Maybe a sorbet would have been better? Multiple people told me that they really like the Yoshi's Honeydew so it could just be my sensitivity to guar gum. Recommended toppings: Popping boba, honeydew, mochi

The new green Yoshi spoons are adorable. The spoon only shows part of Yoshi.

Yoshi’s Honeydew is available while supplies last. The next new flavor is Goomba’s Iced Coffee which comes out on July 22.

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, July 13, 2016

Nintendo Launch Parties at Yogurtland Westgate West (San Jose) and Chino Hills


Fro-yo girl here. A few weeks ago I attended a Nintendo launch party at Yogurtland CSUF in Fullerton, CA. Additional Nintendo launch parties have since been announced for Saturday, July 16 at Yogurtland Westgate West (San Jose, CA) and Chino Hills, CA.

Both parties will have invite only VIP events, followed by a launch party for the general public.


Yogurtland Westgate West, 5395 Prospect Rd., San Jose, CA 
  • Date: July 16
  • Time: 2 – 4 PM
  • Details: Enjoy buy one, get one free froyo, win prizes by spinning the prize wheel, take pics in the photo booth. Dress up as your favorite Nintendo character and enter the ultimate costume contest. They’ll also have raffles, temporary tattoos and more.
Yogurtland Chino Hills, 4505 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills, CA
  • Date: July 16
  • Time: 12 PM – 10 PM 
  • 12 PM – 3 PM: $5 unlimited cup, first 100 people in line get a free gift
  • 3 PM – 9 PM: Prize wheel
  • 5 PM – 8 PM: Face painter
  • 6 PM – 10 PM: $5 unlimited cup, first 100 people in line get a free gift
  • Nintendo costume contest: Come dressed in your best Mario or Luigi costume for your chance to win Yogurtland and Nintendo prizes. 
Be sure to collect your Nintendo spoons while you’re there and try the newest flavor, Yoshi’s Honeydew.

Remember that fans of Nintendo and Yogurtland can also enter a sweepstakes with cool prizes, including the Wii Usystem and one year of free frozen yogurt. Enter at yogurt-land.com. By entering the contest, fans are also eligible for instant giveaways, including unlimited frozen yogurt cups, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, as well as shiny new Nintendo 3DS systems that come with one game.

Update: I found out that Yogurtland Murrieta and Manhattan Beach are also having Nintendo launch parties on July 16.

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.