Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yogofina Elmwood in Berkeley, CA Closes


Fro-yo girl here. My froyo tipster reports that Yogofina Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) is now permanently closed. There’s a for lease sign in the window.

The shop first opened in September 2016. There were only four reviews on Yelp and three of the reviewers rated it 1 star, the other rated it 2 stars. People complained that the yogurt was too sweet and artificial tasting.

* YOGOFINA: 2911 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705

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

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yogurtland Tests Drinks at Huntington Beach Location




Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland Edinger in Huntington Beach, CA is currently testing Yogurtland flavor to go, two new beverages: Frozen Brew Coffee and Vanilla Shake. It’s the only location that has these new drinks. Neither contains yogurt.

Frozen Brew Coffee and Vanilla Shake are self-serve. Ask for plastic sample cups. The fun thing about the new drinks is that you can combine them and top them with whatever you’d like from the Yogurtland toppings bar for a flat rate of $2.49. They’re dispensed from the same machines that the yogurt comes out of but they’ve adjusted the settings.

* Frozen Brew Coffee: It’s pretty strong and not too sweet with tiny bits of ice. I love a good strong coffee flavor, so I was a fan. This flavor has milk, cream and sugar.

* Vanilla Shake: This was sweet, creamy and soft. The flavor seemed very mild to me, maybe a little plain but you can add candy, nuts, syrups, etc. to customize the flavor.

I combined ¾ Frozen Brew Coffee with ¼ Vanilla Shake, to maintain a strong coffee flavor but add a bit of sweetness and creaminess. I was ready to top it with whipped cream, which the store normally has, but they were out of it during my visit. I added crushed Butterfingers on top for my custom Java Shake. It was really good and better than what you’d get elsewhere because you can customize it to your liking. Also, I love coffee drinks.

The test period might end as soon as the end of this month, so if you want to try to create your own shake, hurry to Yogurtland Edinger.

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

* YOGURTLAND EDINGER: 7598 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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, September 18, 2017

New Yogurtland Hope Froyo Flavor, Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland has introduced the last of the new Hope flavors, Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond (No Sugar Added) frozen yogurt. This lowfat flavor is made with real almonds and pistachios. Yogurtland describes the flavor as paying “tribute to the pistachio, which is very popular in desserts from Italy. Real roasted pistachio butter and roasted almonds give a rich flavor with a very light cherry background note.”

* Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond: I tasted the pistachio first, and then the almond. The flavor was creamy, smooth and not too sweet. Recommended toppings: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, granola

Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond frozen yogurt is available for a limited time only, while supplies last.

Remember to pick up your donation Hope cup for $1. The donations will go to three charities, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Exodus Cry and Rescuing Lives. There’s still plenty of time to spread hope.

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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wanderlust Creamery Introduces Greek Frozen Yogurt Flavor (For the First Time)




Fro-yo girl here. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that Wanderlust Creamery, one of my favorite ice cream scoop shops, had made a Greek Yogurt with Pomegranate-Rose Jam ice cream. It’s one of their new September flavors. I think it’s the first Greek yogurt flavor they’ve had? There was a Yuzu Yogurt Charcoal Sorbet before, but that was made with yogurt soda.

* Yogurt + Pomegranate-Rose Petal Jam ice cream (frozen yogurt): It’s Greek yogurt ice cream, swirled with a jam of whole pomegranate seeds & Greek style rose petal confiture. The yogurt base is creamy, smooth, dense, rich and luxurious (it must be full fat). I could see bits of rose petals. The pomegranate seeds added some crunch though some bits were very hard. Flavorwise, I loved it – it tasted like extra tangy rose yogurt. The pomegranate probably makes it extra tangy.

When I visited the shop, they didn’t have any Yogurt + Pomegranate-Rose Jam left in the case. They get their pomegranates from Florida and Hurricane Irma disrupted their supply. It’s unclear when they’ll be able to make this flavor again.

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

* WANDERLUST CREAMERY ATWATER VILLAGE: 3134 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles (Atwater Village) 90039

* WANDERLUST CREAMERY TARZANA: 18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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, September 14, 2017

Target Closes Freshii Locations In Southern California


Fro-yo girl here. Freshii opened inside several Los Angeles/Southern California Target locations back in mid-2016. On my last visit to Target in Old Town Pasadena, I noticed that Freshii looked permanently closed. They turned off the flatscreen monitors, removed the snacks, and removed much of the equipment. I asked a Target employee about it and he said that Freshii didn’t do as well as they had hoped, so Target closed all the Freshii locations in the area.

Those locations include:

· Brea

· Culver City

· Irvine (2 locations)

· Pasadena

· Valencia

· West Hollywood

· Woodland Hills

I didn’t call all the locations and verify that the Freshii was closed, but a few of these locations have already been reported as closed on Yelp. I did go to Freshii inside the Target in Pasadena once and I found out that they changed their frozen yogurt. They used to offer plain tart frozen yogurt but they changed to a sweet vanilla frozen yogurt. To be honest, their frozen yogurt has never been good or even average. It also annoyed me that they only offered one size (huge) when I was looking for a snack. The service that I received at Freshii inside Target was poor and the food took forever even though they weren’t busy at all and they didn’t have to cook anything to get my order ready. The Air Canada Freshii deal makes sense for them because people on airplanes don’t have much choice in terms of what they eat (captive audience), so they might even be hungry enough to eat Freshii.

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

* FRESHII at TARGET: 777 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

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, September 12, 2017

Sugarfina Bear-y Smoothie Gummy Bears Review




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve had yogurt gummy candies before but not these Bear-y Smoothie ones that I found at Sugarfina. These are imported from Germany and sold for $2.50 for a 1 oz bag of $7.50 for a 3 oz clear candy cube. Each bear is about 1 inch in length. It’s made with skim milk yogurt powder. There were three flavors in the package.

The candy is described as, “Sweet berry juice is blended with creamy frozen yogurt in these bear-shaped, berrylicious bites. Soft and fluffy, these fruity gummy bears have the fresh taste of a delicious berry smoothie.”

Pale purple: Quite tangy and fruity, plus a little creamy. The texture is soft, spongy and chewy. It’s tangier than I expected though there isn’t much yogurt flavor. It might be blackcurrant.

Cream colored: Also tangy and creamy though it doesn’t taste like yogurt, it tastes like lemon

Pink: Tastes like a tangy cherry flavor but creamier.

Ingredients:

Glucose syrup, sugar, fructose, gelatin, skim milk yogurt powder, citric acid, lactic acid, lemon juice concentrate, sorbitol, pectin, natural flavors, natural colors (spirulina, black currant, carrot), acerola fruit powder, palm kernel oil, beeswax, carnauba wax

These are tasty gummy bears.

4 out of 5 starts.

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, September 11, 2017

Share Your Thoughts About Frozen Yogurt for a Chance to Win Prizes


Fro-yo girl here. There's still time to be part of the first National (US) Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey before time runs out. The survey closes on September 20, 2017.


Complete the Frozen Yogurt Survey for a Chance to Win Froyo Gift Cards


The International Frozen Yogurt Association is conducting the National Frozen Yogurt Survey to better understand the US frozen yogurt market. They would like to hear from frozen yogurt consumers across the country about their frozen yogurt consumption, attitudes and preferences. The results of the survey will be shared with frozen yogurt stores and others in the frozen yogurt industry.


There will be eight winners of $25 froyo shop gift cards.* Winners can choose a gift card from any froyo shop that sells online gift cards. The survey is open to anyone over 13 who lives in the US. Responses will remain anonymous.

For a chance to win froyo gift cards, just complete the short 5 minute survey: 
http://tinyurl.com/nationalfroyosurvey

Be sure to tell your friends and loved ones to take the National Frozen Yogurt Survey too!


Share the Survey URL to Gain Access to the Survey Results


Anyone who is interested in the survey results simply needs to share IFYA’s pinned Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/froyoassociation/) by midnight PST on September 13, 2017, and then send a private message with an email address after sharing.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. For complete rules, see: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/official-rules-national-frozen-yogurt-consumer-survey-sweepstakes/

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.