Thursday, March 23, 2017

Smucker’s Magic Shell vs. Hershey’s Shell



Fro-yo girl here. I grew up with Dairy Queen chocolate dipped cones. My parents were dipped cone fans and they introduced me to DQ’s dipped cones during a road trip (we didn’t live near a DQ). To this day I still love the chocolate shell that hardens over frozen yogurt but I wasn’t sure which brand of chocolate shell was the best.

I started looking at the available shell options and there aren’t that many. I’ve only seen chocolate shell (and other flavors) offered by Smucker’s and Hershey’s. Smucker’s Chocolate Magic Shell is everywhere. Hershey’s Chocolate Shell is hard to find though you can find it at some Menchie’s locations. I tried them side by side on the same cup of frozen yogurt.

* Texture: Smucker’s Magic Shell was softer. It did firm up but it remained on the soft side. Hershey’s Shell turned into a thin, very crispy shell. Hershey’s Shell definitely won the texture comparison.

* Flavor: Hershey’s Shell had a stronger chocolate taste than Smucker’s and it wasn’t as sweet. Hershey’s Shell tastes better than Smucker’s Magic Shell.

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, March 21, 2017

Yogurt Candy Review: Choceur Milk Chocolate Bars with Strawberry Bits and Yogurt Crème Filling


Fro-yo girl here. I found Choceur milk chocolate bars at Aldi. Choceur is exclusive to Aldi. There were a few varieties but of course Strawberry Yogurt caught my eye. There’s a picture of a jar of yogurt on the front.

Choceur chocolate bars are made in Germany using European chocolate. One bar is 7.05 ozs and contains 11 individually wrapped mini bars. A full size chocolate bar is $1.99.

Choceur Strawberry Yogurt bars feature a thin, creamy milk chocolate shell and a firm, creamy yogurt filling with tiny freeze-dried strawberry bits. The yogurt flavor is a little tangy but mild. The strawberry bits add crunch and pops of strawberry flavor. I quite like these bars.

One serving is equal to two mini bars, 210 calories, 14g total fat, and 16g sugar.

Ingredients: Milk chocolate (sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, lactose, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla extract), sugar, vegetable fat, yogurt powder, cream powder, buttermilk powder, maltodextrin, strawberry pieces, natural flavor, soy lecithin, starch, citric acid.

4 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, March 16, 2017

Future Froyo Shop Pictures: Menchie’s Eagle Rock



Fro-yo girl here. Eagle Rock, a neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles, is home to Occidental College and the famous Eagle Rock (the rock with the image of an eagle with outstretched wings). It will soon have its first Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

The new Menchie’s will be located in the recently remodeled shopping center anchored by Sprouts. It’s a few blocks from Yogurtland’s Eagle Rock location. There will be 12 self-serve flavors a day. They’re hiring. Email your resume to menchieseaglerock@gmail.com 

Yogurt Haven was the first froyo shop in town. It's Boba Time also serves frozen yogurt.

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

* MENCHIE’S EAGLE ROCK: 4929 N Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

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, March 14, 2017

Shingomura Nomu Yogurt Drink Review


Fro-yo girl here. I recently spotted an imported Japanese yogurt drink while shopping at Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, CA. They only had one flavor, plain. It was frozen and sold in little plastic bottles. One bottle was $2.99, 150ml, with 90 calories and 4g of fat.

I defrosted the drink and tried it. It was a lot better than Yakult. It didn’t that Yakult flavor at all but it tasted more like lightly sweetened plain yogurt. It was sweet, thick and a little tangy. The flavor was more mild than the other yogurt drinks I’ve had.

The bottle didn’t say anything about live and active cultures.

Ingredients: milk, oligosaccharide, milk product

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

4 out of 5 stars.

* MITSUWA MARKETPLACE: 665 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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, March 10, 2017

Tutti Frutti Sylmar Grand (Re)Opening




Fro-yo girl here. Sylmar, a city near San Fernando, had three froyo shops, Melados, Lulu’s Froyo and Tutti Frutti. Menchie’s and Yogurtland are also close but they’re in neighboring San Fernando.

This Tutti Frutti location recently changed ownership. This location first opened in 2014. This was my first time at the location, so I’m not sure how much it’s changed since the new owner took over. They have 16 self-serve flavors a day and toppings for 49 cents an ounce. I noticed no sugar options and even a soft serve gelato. In addition to frozen yogurt, the shop has smoothies, crepes, and waffles with dulce de leche and Nutella. They were well stocked with fresh fruit, including blueberries, kiwi, mango, pineapple, raspberries, and strawberries.

During the grand opening celebration (March 10 – March 12), the first 100 guests get free froyo (up to 4 ozs per guest). Don't forget to get one of their cute fruit spoons.

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

* TUTTI FRUTTI: 12902 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

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.

Electro Freeze of Nor Cal Open House Dates and Locations


Fro-yo girl here. If you’re in Northern or Central California and you’re in the froyo/smoothies/dessert business, save the date for an upcoming Electro Freeze of Nor Cal open house. Electro Freeze of Nor Cal has several open houses scheduled for March and April.

At the open houses, you can experience all that Electro Freeze machines have to offer. Check out new technology, equipment and special show pricing. Don't miss out on sample tasting, raffle prizes, goodie bags, and some delicious eats from our vendors. Taste the difference!

Proceeds will benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital.

2017 Open House Schedule


Sacramento
  • March 16-18, from 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Electro Freeze of Nor Cal, 4330 Pinell St., Sacramento, CA 95838
Hayward
  • March 24-25, from 10 AM - 3 PM
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 20777 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541
Fresno
  • April 7-8, from 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Piccadilly Inn Shaw, 2305 W Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
If you'd like to attend, please RSVP on the Electro Freeze of Nor Cal website.

You can also catch Electro Freeze of Nor Cal at the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo on July 12-13 from 10 AM - 5 PM at Neal Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii.


Special Offers


Electro Freeze of Nor Cal is also running a limited time special, 10% off all parts from January through March 2017. Use code "FREEZE" when you call (916) 925-5600 or email Acorrea@norcalfreeze.net


About Electro Freeze of Nor Cal


Electro Freeze of Nor Cal distributes and services all Electro Freeze models in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Electro Freeze of Nor Cal, is in a partnership with Express Refrigeration. Together we have many years of experience in installing, consulting and servicing the commercial refrigeration industry.

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, March 9, 2017

Yoplait Custard Yogurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. Yoplait recently brought back Yoplait Custard Yogurt, a product that they discontinued several years ago. Yoplait Custard fans contacted the company asking for them to bring the product back and they listened.

Yoplait Custard Yogurt has no artificial colors or flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. The available flavors are: banana, blueberry, caramel, lemon, strawberry and vanilla. It’s made with whole milk. One serving is 5.3 oz. It has live and active cultures and is gluten free. It is “partially produced with genetic engineering.”

* Strawberry Custard Yogurt: The texture is different from other yogurts on the market. It’s glossy and smooth but in a way that feels firmer and set (like a custard). The strawberry flavor was faint but noticeable. It had a milky flavor and was tangier than I expected. While it is all natural, the aftertaste seemed somewhat artificial.

The strawberry custard yogurt was 170 calories with 5g of total fat and 19g of sugar.

Ingredients: Pasteurized grade A milk, sugar, modified corn starch, kosher gelatin, yogurt cultures, natural flavor, vegetable juice and beta carotene (for color).

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.