Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Innovative Soft Serve Shop Spotlight: Frozen Fruit Co. in Santa Monica, CA








Fro-yo girl here. Los Angeles has more frozen yogurt shops than any other city; it is frozen yogurt central. When it comes to froyo/soft serve innovation, expect to find it on the Westside (West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills) where residents are particularly health conscious and affluent.

Enter Frozen Fruit Co., a soft serve fruit shop which opened its doors last month in Santa Monica. It’s not frozen yogurt. They make their soft serve with just fruit, so it’s all natural, vegan, paleo, dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free. The founders, Michael and Victoria, came up with the recipes back in England. They’re both UK lawyers who wanted a frozen treat that was simple, healthy and tasty.

There are currently four flavors but they’re thinking of adding more:

  • Coconut & cacao: very strong cacao flavor, for chocolate lovers
  • Mango & strawberry: the strawberry makes it tarter and better, mango makes it taste indulgent
  • Raspberry & orange: the orange is really strong and it’s quite tangy
  • Pineapple & passionfruit: another tangy but more tropical flavor, a shop favorite

I thought that the soft serve fruit might be icy, gritty or bland – but it was none of those things. The difference is that Frozen Fruit Co. uses the whole fruit so there’s more texture, plus it’s made right there in the back of the shop so it’s much fresher than what you’ll find elsewhere. The texture was thick, smooth and not at all icy. The flavors really popped.

They have healthy toppings like granola, banana chips, coconut, carob chips, fresh fruit, nuts and pretzels. Edible flowers are complimentary. Instagram and tag Frozen Fruit Co. to get a free topping.

Prices: Cone $3.95, Small $4.95, Medium $6.50, Large $7.50, toppings 50 cents each.

The shop is small but adorable with a colorful paisley theme. Earn rewards with Fivestars. Open daily from noon to 10 PM.

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

Rating: 5/5

* FROZEN FRUIT CO.: 729 Montana Ave., Suite 2, Santa Monica, CA 90403, @frozenfruitco, www.frozenfruitco.com

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, August 19, 2016

Yogurtland & Nintendo Game On New Flavor: Koopa Troopa’s Lemon Cupcake & New Luigi Spoon




Fro-yo girl here. The latest Nintendo inspired flavor arrives in Yogurtland stores today, Koopa Troopa’s Lemon Cupcake. Of all the Nintendo Yogurtland flavors, this and Dragon Berry Tart were the ones that I was the most looking forward to trying. I love lemon flavors like Tweety’s Lemon Cream Cookie (Yogurtland Looney Tunes 2013) and Lemon Lime Pinkberry.

* Koopa Troopa’s Lemon Cupcake: “Straight from Koopa Village, this dessert combines the sweet, creamy flavors of lemon zest, gourmet cake and buttercream frosting for a bakery treat no Koopa Troopa would resist.” It’s non-fat and has vanilla wafers in it. If you like sweet lemon chiffon cake, you’ll probably enjoy this sweet, creamy flavor. I love the zesty tang of lemons and that was absent here.

Recommended toppings: Pineapple, coconut, mochi, granola, Nilla wafers

Today was also the first day for a new Yogurtland Nintendo spoon design, Luigi’s green froyo spoon.

Koopa Troopa’s Lemon Cupcake is available while supplies last. Mark your calendar for the next and last new Nintendo flavor, Luigi’s White Chocolate Pistachio, which will be released on August 26.

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, August 16, 2016

Nostimo Greek Yogurt Bars Review



Fro-yo girl here. I think Nostimo Greek yogurt bars have been available for awhile but I only found them recently since Stater Bros is the only supermarket chain in the West that carries them. I don’t live close to a Stater Bros either. I found Nostimo Greek yogurt bars for $3.49 a box ($2.99 on sale). A box comes with 4 bars. It comes in two flavors, blueberry and strawberry.

* Blueberry Greek frozen yogurt bar: It looks like a Yasso bar. The texture was creamy and smooth. The dominant flavor was milk/cream; the blueberry flavor was present but not strong. It was sweet and not tangy at all. The aftertaste wasn’t clean but it was a bit chalky. The bars aren’t bad but I’d prefer a tangier bar with a stronger blueberry and yogurt flavor.

One yogurt bar is 75g, 100 calories, fat free with 13g of sugar.

Ingredients: Skim milk, Greek yogurt (skim milk, yogurt cultures), sugar, corn syrup, whole milk, blueberry puree (blueberries, sugar, water, pectin, natural flavor, citric acid), milk protein concentrate, maltodextrin, blueberry concentrate, soy lecithin, guar gum, xathan gum, carrageenan

You can use the store locator tool on Nostimo’s website to find their products: http://www.nostimogreekyogurt.com/

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

3.5 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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Yogurtland & Nintendo Game On New Flavor: Shy Guy’s Pineapple Lime Coconut Sorbet



Fro-yo girl here. The latest Nintendo inspired flavor arrives in Yogurtland stores today, Shy Guy’s Pineapple Lime Coconut Sorbet. It’s a sorbet, so it’s not as exciting as frozen yogurt but lime and coconut go well together so it seemed promising. They only have one new sorbet flavor for the Nintendo promotion, so that’s a plus (seems like they usually have more promotional sorbet flavors).

* Shy Guy’s Pineapple Lime Coconut Sorbet: According to the flavor card, “Take your taste buds on a trip to Yoshi’s Island with real pineapple, lime, and coconut water blended together to create a refreshing and light tropical sorbet.” It’s non-fat, dairy-free, vitamin C fortified and gluten free. I usually assume that the flavor that’s listed first is going to be the strongest but this wasn’t the case. The pineapple flavor was noticeable but it wasn’t strong and it didn’t add tanginess. The coconut water was what I tasted first, then the lime, and finally the pineapple. The flavor was light, sweet and refreshing – but I thought it could have been more flavorful.

Recommended toppings: Pineapple, coconut, mochi, granola

Shy Guy’s Pineapple Lime Coconut Sorbet is available while supplies last. Mark your calendar for the next new flavor, Koopa Troopa’s Lemon Cupcake on August 19th. Luigi’s spoon should be released on August 19th as well.

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, August 9, 2016

Jayone Yoger Yoger Review



Fro-yo girl here. I found a new yogurt flavored snack called Yoger Yoger at Good Fortune Supermarket. The cute packaging, which features a cartoon of someone dressed in a bunny suit, caught my eye.

Yoger Yoger is Korean and it’s imported by Jayone Foods. It’s a puffed corn snack that looks like a Cheetos puff or Tohato’s Caramel Corn. It’s firm to the touch and somewhat spongy once eaten. Flavor and taste wise it’s not that different from Tohato Caramel Corn. The thin yogurt coating is on the outside though it tastes more like a white chocolate coating than a yogurt coating. It’s pretty tasty (think of it like a cereal) though it doesn’t taste like yogurt, other than a faint hint of Yakult like flavor.

One package is 1.23 ounces, 165 calories, 6.3g of fat, 6g of sugar.

Ingredients: Whey powder, rice powder, corn powder, whole milk powder, sugar, palm oil, glucose, soy lecithin, yogurt flavor, vanillin flavor, citric acid, salt, baking powder

Yoger Yoger was only 79 cents at Good Fortune.

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

4 out of 5 stars.

* GOOD FORTUNE SUPERMARKET: 935 W Duarte Rd., Monrovia, CA 91016

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, August 6, 2016

Yogurtland & Nintendo Game On New Flavor: Donkey Kong Banana Cream


Fro-yo girl here. The new Nintendo inspired flavor, Donkey Kong Banana Cream, officially started swirling at participating Yogurtland locations on August 5th. My Yogurtland didn’t have the flavor yesterday but it’s available today.

* Donkey Kong Banana Cream: According to the flavor card, “Donkey Kong is going bananas over this extra creamy dessert. We blended real bananas with rich vanilla for a velvety sweetness that will leave you in a banana bonanza.” It’s non-fat and gluten free. I personally find bananas and banana flavors to be vile and disgusting, but I tried this flavor anyway. It wasn’t horrible so that probably means it’s very good if you like banana. The banana flavor was noticeable but not intense. The vanilla mutes it so that it tastes like French vanilla froyo with bananas. Recommended toppings: Peanut butter sauce, mini Nutter Butters, Nilla wafers, chopped peanuts

Donkey Kong Banana Cream is available while supplies last. Mark your calendar for the next new flavor, Shy Guy’s Pineapple Lime Coconut Sorbet on August 12.

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, August 4, 2016

Looking for New 16 Handles Spoons and Other Froyo Spoons


Fro-yo girl here. 16 Handles recently introduced two new froyo spoon designs, a heart topped spoon and a froyo cup topped spoon in two colors, pink and green. I’m looking to trade some of my current froyo spoons or purchase the four 16 Handles summer spoons. 

I am also looking for the following froyo spoons:

  • Joji space girl spoon from Florida
  • Land of Plenty spoons from Germany
  • Moyo spoons from Mexico (the top of the spoon looks like a snow monster/yeti) 
  • Qoola bear spoons
  • Sour Sally green hand spoon
  • Yogen Fruz spoons with cut out smile/U shape
  • Yoppi Hello Kitty spoons from Taiwan

If you think you have some nice froyo spoons that I haven’t mentioned but might be interested in, let me know. I have almost every Yogurtland and Menchie’s collectible 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.