Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pinkberry Introduces New Power Berry Froyo


Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry just came out with a new flavor, inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures movie, Wonder Woman. Power Berry frozen yogurt is a combination of strawberry and raspberry flavors and the recommended toppings are fresh raspberries, honey almond granola and dark chocolate crisps. The flavor is available at participating US Pinkberry stores until June 13. The film will be released on June 2, 2017.

I didn’t see any new toppings to accompany the new flavor but my local Pinkberry did have the Wonder Woman Power Berry signs.

* Power Berry frozen yogurt: I like strawberry tart and raspberry tart frozen yogurt, so I liked Power Berry. The strawberry flavor is the one that I noticed first, followed by raspberry. It was sweet, tangy, and light – not as tart as my favorite tart flavors but still good. I liked how the “yogurt” flavor was pronounced. Recommended toppings: Berries, mochi, pomegranate juice and toasted almonds.

P.S. It looks like they finally updated the Pinkcard app!

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

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

San Marino Gets Its First Froyo Shop, Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is Now Open





Fro-yo girl here. This is embarrassing; a froyo shop opened in my area and I didn’t know about it until a month later. Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor (2136 Huntington Dr., San Marino, CA 91108) replaced Quenelle, the ice cream shop that sometimes had froyo flavors. Swirlz is described as “a frozen dessert parlor featuring organic and vegan options + various custards, gelato, and sorbets.”

They change flavors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the flavors can be found on their website and on Twitter, @swirlzsoftserve. The flavors that I encountered during my visit were different from the ones posted on their website on 4/18 and on Twitter. I guess the flavors hadn’t been updated. It’s a little frustrating to not find updated flavors because it should be easy to send a tweet.

The shop is small with few signs. There are eight self-serve flavors a day, a wall of toppings, refrigerated toppings and organic sauces. Some of the toppings were organic. They had mochi, cheesecake, popping boba, jellies, fresh fruit, cookie dough, brownies, nuts, cereal, sprinkles, different kinds of chocolate chips, candy, nuts, etc. A few toppings were unusual: soybeans, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. I didn’t see the price anywhere and I didn’t receive a receipt, but apparently it’s 59 cents an ounce. They also have pre-packed quarts.

Available flavors:
  • Lemon custard: Creamier and thicker but tasted like lemon candy
  • Raspberry gelato
  • Vanilla ice cream (organic)
  • Chocolate froyo (organic)
  • Coffee froyo (organic): On the icy side but it did have a strong coffee flavor and wasn’t super sweet
  • Tart froyo (organic): Not tart/tangy and pretty bland, icy
  • Tropical coconut milk
  • Dole whip pineapple
There was only one table inside but there were a couple of tables outside. They had a case for soft pretzels but no soft pretzels.

Ask to join the reward program. Once you spend $50, you get $5 off.

The new shop has more options for people with dietary restrictions. They always have vegan soft serve. So far the flavors they’ve had haven’t caught my eye and the tart froyo needs improvement.

San Marino is such a small area (2014 population of 13,423, over half of residents are Asian) with only a few businesses that it didn’t even strike me as strange that it didn’t have a froyo shop. There are plenty of froyo shops in the surrounding areas of South Pasadena, Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel.

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fruit Dips Premium Frozen Fruit Bars Dipped in Greek Yogurt Review



Fro-yo girl here. I spotted boxes of Fruit Dips, “premium frozen fruit bars dipped in Greek yogurt coating,” recently. Fruit Dips is manufactured by PhillySwirl. There are four flavors: Wild Blueberry, Sunny Raspberry, Tropical Mango and So Fresh Strawberry. One box has 6 pops/bars and one pop is 55g, 120 calories, 4g total fat, and 16g sugar.

* Sunny Raspberry pop: The Greek yogurt coating was a thin, smooth shell, similar to Magic Shell in texture. It had a waxy, sweet flavor that didn’t complement the raspberry fruit bar. The raspberry fruit bar didn’t have the strongest raspberry flavor but it did taste like a natural raspberry fruit bar and it wasn’t too sweet.

Ingredients: Raspberry puree, water, sugar, Greek yogurt coating (Greek yogurt powder, skim milk solids, bacterial culture, lactic acid, natural flavors), coconut oil, soybean oil, lactic acid, soy lecithin, skim milk powder), natural flavors, pectin, chokeberry juice, carrot juice, salt.

Fruit Dips are sold at Publix and retail for $3.79 a box.

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Yoga-urt’s New Flavor, Lavender Blossom


Fro-yo girl here. Yoga-urt introduced a new flavor on Earth Day, Lavender Blossom (with a hint of orange). The color is a beautiful pale purple. I noticed a lot of people were buying it. I did try it but to be honest, I don’t love the flavor of lavender. If I loved lavender, I’m sure I would have loved Lavender Blossom because the lavender flavor is strong. But it has some other spices in it that make it very intriguing. I think I would have preferred orange with a hint of lavender than the other way around. The texture was super thick, typical for Yoga-urt. You can really taste the quality of their product. Of course, lavender blossom is organic, vegan, kosher, gluten free, pro-biotic, and all natural.

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

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

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

21 Choices Frozen Yogurt Pasadena – It’s Back





Fro-yo girl here. Pasadena froyo eaters, the day you’ve been waiting here has finally arrived. After ten long months, during which their building was being seismically retrofitted, 21 Choices has reopened as of today, April 22, 2017. The marble slabs aren’t working though, so they’re only doing soft serves this weekend.

The opening flavors are:

  • French vanilla
  • Old school chocolate
  • Simply yogurt (plain tart)
  • Princess peach 
  • Circus animal cookie
  • Nutella malt
  • (Non-dairy) Peanut butter pretzel: Made with natural peanut butter, pretzels, chocolate chips and organic soy milk
  • Root beer float

I like getting the soy milk non-dairy soft serve when it’s available. It’s one of the few places to get soy based froyo. Their peanut butter flavors are great too.

The interior looked similar to what I remember. Mix-ins will be available this Tuesday.

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

* 21 CHOICES: 85 W Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

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.

The Konery Hand-Rolled Artisanal Cones




Fro-yo girl here. Happy Earth Day, froyo fans! This is the perfect day to highlight froyo cones, the eco-friendly option. I’ve been admiring the Konery’s cones from a distance for years now. They have a distinctive pattern and they’re so pretty. The Konery was inspired by the idea of creating a modern, flavorful waffle cone. Each artisanal cone is handmade in Brooklyn, NY with fresh herbs, spices, natural extracts and gourmet ingredients. Their cones are dairy free and all natural. The Konery also makes waffle bowls, cup dividers, and fortune cookies.

Cone flavors: French vanilla, Chocolate hazelnut, Toasted coconut, Red velvet, Cinnamon brown sugar, Salted blue corn, Birthday cake, Orange creamsicle, Peppermint

I spotted the Konery cones at Home Goods in La Canada Flintridge, CA. They had three flavors, French vanilla, Chocolate hazelnut and Birthday cake. One package contains six cones. Home Goods was selling the packages for $5.99 each.

* Birthday cake cone: The crunchy texture, thickness of the cone, and flavor reminded me of a fortune cookie and I like fortune cookies. The birthday cake flavor, which comes from “cake extract,” was faint and tasted a bit like coconut. One birthday cake cone is 90 calories with 8g sugars and 2g fat. I was expecting the cone to be more flavorful.

Find the Konery using their product locator, http://www.thekonery.com/locations/

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, April 21, 2017

21 Choices Pasadena to Reopen Any Day Now



Fro-yo girl here. I know I’ve posted several updates about 21 Choices reopening. The retrofitting of their building took longer than anticipated. However, I do have good news to report. Today, the window shades at 21 Choices were down for the first time in months and I spotted four people inside. One guy was polishing the floors. The shop looks ready to reopen. They even had froyo in the machines today and some toppings…BUT they are waiting on one last permit, so they’re not sure exactly when they will reopen. It will be any day now – tomorrow, Sunday or Monday is the best guess. And yes, they really missed you too.

The other businesses in that building have all reopened, including a new clothing retailer from NYC.

Check 21choices.com – if you see the flavors listed for Pasadena, you’ll know that they’ve reopened. This is my last update till they actually reopen. 


UPDATE: They'll reopen on April 22, Earth Day!

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

* 21 CHOICES: 85 W Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

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.