Tuesday, July 7, 2020

IFYA’s Summer 2020 Froyo at Home Photo Contest



Fro-yo girl here. It’s time for a summer froyo contest from the International Frozen Yogurt Association! It’s been a tough year for many of us, so this year’s photo contest is inspired by the joy of lounging comfortably at home with froyo. And so, the prize is a comfy Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt t-shirt and sweatshirt (you choose the size).

For a chance to win, show your froyo at home style. Bonus points for cute slippers and pajamas! Be sure to show some frozen yogurt in your photo.

Here’s how to enter: 


Post your lounging at home with froyo original froyo photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #froyoathome and #froyoassociation. The original photo must be posted using a public Instagram or Twitter profile. The photo must be posted during the contest entry period: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – midnight PST on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Alternative method of entry by email: Send your lounging at home with froyo photo to info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com by midnight PST on July 20, 2020.

The winner will be announced on Instagram and Twitter on or before July 27, 2020. If the winning entry was submitted via email, the winner will be notified via email.

Who’s eligible to enter:

The prize will be mailed to US addresses only. Entrants must over 13 years old.

For the complete contest rules, visit https://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/ifya/official-rules-for-the-froyo-at-home-contest/

Good luck froyo fans!

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 3, 2020

July 4th/Independence Day Froyo Specials



Fro-yo girl here. National Frozen Yogurt Month (June) may be over, but July is still prime froyo consumption time and Independence Day (4th of July) is a big day for frozen yogurt. It’s easy to get in the spirit of Independence Day by creating a patriotic red, white, and blue swirl like the new Rocket Pop swirl from Orange Leaf.

Note, some shops are closed or have special hours on the 4th. Some have froyo specials and here they are, in alphabetical order:

  • Arctic Ape (San Antonio, TX): 4 oz free and 4th of July spoons on 7/4/20 
  • Brain Freeze (New Albany, MS): $1 off any size cup from 7/1-7/4/20
  • CherryBerry: BOGO 50% off froyo, show offer post on IG or Twitter @CherryBerry_MN
  • Cool King Frozen Yogurt (Huntington Beach, CA): 10% off for VIPs July 3-5, 2020
  • Creations Frozen Yogurt (Lodi, NJ): Buy 2 cups of froyo (min $5 cup), get a free 6 oz cup on July 3 & 4, 2020
  • Cup N Spoon (Morganton, NC): $5 flat rate 16 oz cups, $3.50 16 oz pre-packs on July 4
  • Frugos (Yucaipa, CA): All you can fill 8 oz cup for $4 for kids, pre-teens and seniors, 10% off for everyone else, vets get 20% off
  • Kiwi Loco (Rexburg, ID): $4 cups on Independence Day, up to 24 oz
  • Menchie’s San Tan Village (Gilbert, AZ): IG contest to win a 4th of July froyo cake
  • Menchie's Rancho Cordova, CA: BOGO free on pre-pack froyo on 7/4
  • Menchie’s Redstone, SC: IG contest to win a 4th of July froyo cake
  • Menchie’s Highbury Centre (West Valley City, UT): 4th of July special – get 4 medium cups with 2 toppings each for $17.76
  • Orange Leaf: New dairy-free flavors: Cherry, Lime & Blue Raspberry, swirl together and you have Rocket Pop
  • Orange Leaf Firestone Farms (Columbiana, OH): BOGO free on 7/4
  • Paradise Yogurt (San Diego, CA): 20% off any soft serve on July 4
  • The Patio (Coldwater, MI): Wear red, white & blue on July 4 to get $1 off a bowl or shake
  • Peachwave (Holland, MI): Wear red, white & blue and enjoy 20% off your beverage on July 4
  • Sweet Lics (DeLand, FL): Buy a hot dog on the 4th, get a free small cup of froyo
  • sweetFrog (South Bend, IN): $4.44 flat rate small cups from July 3-5
  • sweetFrog (Bear, DE): BOGO 1/2 off on July 4 when you mention the offer 
  • sweetFrog (Bangor, ME): Small cups just $4.44 on July 4, mention offer
  • sweetFrog (Cromwell, CT): Small cups just $4.44 on July 4-5
  • sweetFrog (Fleming Island, FL): Rewards Members get BOGO 50% off (coupon can only be applied once) on July 4
  • TCBY: Double dollar day on July 3 & 5, $2 off on July 4 ($10 minimum purchase)
  • Yagoot: Buy 3 pints, get 1 free on 7/4/20
  • Yogart (Edgewater, NJ): On July 4, get a complimentary slice of classic vanilla/chocolate froyo cake with any purchase of $30 or more
  • Yogurt Beach (Naperville, IL): $5 froyo cups on July 4
  • Yogurt Beach (Kennewick, WA): BOGO 50% off on pre-packed quarts on July 4
  • Yogurt Breeze (Lake Nona, FL): 10% off on July 4
  • Yogurt on the Rocks (San Diego, CA): Get 5 cups of froyo for $25 July 3-5, 2020
  • The Yogurt Shoppe (Pacific Palisades, CA): Decorate your bike for the 4th, bring it to the shop on July 3 or 4 to be entered into the contest to win TYS gift cards
  • Yogurtini (Plaza & Shoal Creek, Kansas City, MO): Buy one, get one 50% off on July 4
  • Yogurtland (St. George, UT): Text USA to 91011 to get free froyo on July 4
  • Yoville (Oroville, CA): BOGO free on July 4 & 5

And I’ve collected July the 4th inspired froyo images on my July 4th/Independence Day Froyo Pinterest board.

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 2, 2020

2020 Burbank Froyo Guide


Fro-yo girl here. Back in 2015, I visited every place in Burbank, CA that offered soft serve froyo and found six froyo shops. Since that time, Pit Stop Froyo and Yumz Express went out of business. Otherwise, not that much has changed. No new froyo shops have opened, although Yalla Mediterranean offered Greek froyo for about 2-3 years. Yalla (1781 N Victory Pl) is part of that huge strip mall off the I-5. The casual Greek eatery opened in October 2015. I used to come for their Greek froyo, which is made with their house recipe. They had one flavor, plain, which I enjoyed topped with baklava. For years, you could check in on Yelp and get a free Greek froyo w/ a topping. The soft serve machine seems to have broken down, just like it has at their location in Seal Beach. Froyo is no longer on the menu, so I don’t have a reason to eat there.

Where you can get froyo in Burbank:

  • Yogurtland (304 N San Fernando Blvd.) is in downtown Burbank. I like this location (it’s friendly and clean), but it’s across the street from Pinkberry, so I tend to go to Pinkberry instead. It’s not that I go to Pinkberry more often, but there are fewer Pinkberry locations than Yogurtand locations. I usually go to Yogurtland closer to home.
  • Yogurtland (2400 W Victory Blvd.) is in a strip mall called Landmark Shopping Plaza closer to the airport. I’m rarely in that area but I’ve had a few pleasant visits there. It’s the highest reviewed froyo shop in Burbank, based on Google Reviews.
  • Pinkberry (120 E Palm Ave.) is across from the AMC Burbank 16 movie theater in downtown Burbank and it has the distinction of being the first self-serve Pinkberry location. There are 12 self-serve froyo flavors a day and your typical Pinkberry toppings bar (fresh fruit, popping boba, mochi, candy, nuts, cookies, sauces, Nutella, granola, coconut, cheesecake, brownies, cereal, waffle cookies, and luxe toppings) for 49 cents an ounce. It’s very similar to a regular Pinkberry only with more flavors, larger cups and the self-serve format. Surprisingly, the price hasn’t changed in years. It was 49 cents when I wrote the post in 2015 and it’s still 49 cents. I used to like to visit this location because they had more flavors and sometimes even test flavors, but during a recent visit, the texture of the froyo was way off. 
  • Menchie’s (3800 W Verdugo Ave) is in a strip mall. The ownership changed over a year ago and it’s actually gotten better since then. They renovated the shop. It seems cleaner and friendlier now. They also had a new flavor that I had a hard time finding closer to home.

Interestingly, all the froyo shops are self-serve. The froyo shops that closed definitely weren’t as good as the ones that are still open. Yumz was horrible and Pit Stop was okay. Burbank never had innovative froyo options.

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, June 30, 2020

Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars Review

Shao Mei & I-Mei boba ice cream bars

Shao Mei bar

Shao Mei bar, interior

I-Mei bar, interior

I-Mei bar



Fro-yo girl here. I first heard about boba ice cream bars last year. They kept selling out, so I didn’t track any down. Fast forward a few months and the boba ice cream bars are now easier to find. I found three different brands at 99 Ranch Market in Alhambra, CA. No, they don’t contain yogurt.

Shao Mei is the most popular boba ice cream brand. A rival brand, I-Mei, produces a similar product. Both are Taiwanese brands. I-Mei calls their product Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Ice Bar. Both offer 4 individually wrapped bars per box. They were even priced the same, $7.99/box.

Shao Mei Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars: The bar had a deep brown marbled appearance and a prominent brown sugar scent. The first bite surprised me with contrasting flavors and textures. The exterior was an icier brown sugar shell. The interior was white, rich, milky, and creamy. I also bit into a boba which was sweet, soft, and chewy. The tapioca pearls were chewier than I expected. The flavors meld together in your mouth like a sip of a creamy brown sugar boba drink. I didn’t detect any tea flavor. Still, I really enjoyed the different textures and flavors. Yes, I would buy them again. One bar is 154 calories, 5g total fat, 16g total sugars, 25g total carbs, and 1g protein.

I-Mei Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Ice Bars: The bar had a lighter brown marbled exterior. The brown sugar flavor wasn’t as strong and tasted more like caramel than brown sugar. The interior wasn’t as creamy as Shao Mei’s. The bar was firmer and chewier because it had a lot more boba. The tapioca pearls were chewy and soft, though not as soft as Shao Mei’s. Also, Shao Mei’s bars were more flavorful. One bar is 160 calories, 5g total fat, 17g total sugars, 27 total carbs, and 1g protein.

I’d give Shao Mei 4.5 out of 5 stars and I-Mei 4 out of 5 stars. They’re both good!

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, June 25, 2020

2020 Glendale, CA Froyo Roundup



Fro-yo girl here. Back in 2015, I visited every place in Glendale, CA that offered soft serve froyo and found six shops. I included Pressed Juicery, even though its plant-based soft serve, Freeze, is not technically frozen yogurt. That was five years ago. Since that 2015 post, the three of the six shops have closed: My Yummy Yogurt, Pinkberry, and Yoppi Yogurt. One of the Haagen Dazs locations, the one inside Glendale Galleria, no longer offers froyo. Ice ‘N’ Cream inside the Glendale Galleria was open in 2015, but it wasn’t serving froyo at that time. They were serving soft serve ice cream in 2015. The last time I checked, they were serving froyo. 


I'm so sad that Pinkberry was replaced by a medical office called Forward. The Americana location was my favorite Pinkberry in the area.

Since 2015, three new froyo shops have opened in Glendale, and Ice ‘N’ Cream, inside the Glendale Galleria, started offering froyo.

Yoga-urt, which I’ve written about many times, opened in July 2015 in Kenneth Village. It’s the best place to get froyo in Glendale, hands down. Glendale is lucky to have such an innovative small business. Yoga-urt is LA’s first all organic plant-based froyo shop, with handcrafted, probiotic, all-natural soft serve. The froyo is also kosher, soy-free, and gluten-free. Toppings and cones are gluten-free and soy-free as well. Their soft serve tastes so natural and fresh and it’s thick and dense. It’s not self-serve but that’s a good thing because servings are generous and pretty. They just added breakfast and the gluten-free, soy-free, vegan waffles are so good! You can get a waffle topped with froyo! Breakfast is served Wednesday - Sunday from 9 AM - 1 PM.

Menchie’s opened in downtown Glendale in February 2017. I was there for the grand opening and I still swing by occasionally. It’s a good location, better than most in the area, but they’re slow to get the new flavors of the month. There are 12 self-serve flavors a day, plus froyo cakes.

Go Greek Yogurt, which offered self-serve Greek froyo and Greek fresh yogurt, opened inside the Glendale Galleria in 2018 and closed in 2019. Another froyo concept, Prinkipia, is taking over their kiosk though. 
Prinkipia is a chain that is primarily mall-based. Some locations have boba drinks and no froyo. Others are have froyo and no drinks. It looks like the Glendale location will carry froyo. 

Ice ‘N’ Cream
is an old school snack stand inside Glendale Galleria that opened in 1988. The menu includes fresh juices, gelato, Thrifty Ice Cream, fruit cup, bionicos, smoothies, slushies, nachos, frozen bananas, ICEE, boba milk tea, etc. It’s has a Mexican fruit/dessert/snack shop feel. They had 6 types of froyo and sorbet during my visit. I was disappointed in my froyo and wouldn’t go back. 

Pressed Juicery hasn’t changed that much, though they added new flavors of Freeze and developed another frozen dessert with a coconut cream and almond base called Frozen. Frozen is scoopable. 

Current places to get froyo (or plant-based soft serve) in Glendale:

  • HAAGEN DAZS: 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
  • ICE ‘N’ CREAM: 100 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210
  • MENCHIE’S: 251 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
  • PRESSED JUICERY: 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
  • YOGA-URT: 1407 ½ W Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91201

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, June 23, 2020

Yogurtland PremiYUM Rewards Day, June 23, Recap



Fro-yo girl here. Today was PremiYUM Rewards Day at Yogurtland, a customer appreciation event for Real Rewards members. Originally scheduled for June 9, the date was changed to June 23. Anyone who joined Real Rewards by June 22, 2020 received the 8 oz free reward good for June 23 only.

PremiYUM Rewards Day is one of several recent promotions from Yogurtland. In the LA area, recent grads received free froyo last weekend at some Yogurtland locations, many locations also gave out free prepacked froyo cups with purchase in May, and the new flavor, Orange Blossom White Peach light ice cream was finally introduced (the introduction was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic).

I knew that I couldn’t miss out. I was delighted to find Peanut Butter froyo nearby, plus Nutter Butter cookies, peanut butter sauce, chocolate shell and Teddy Grahams. I was surprised to find that you could serve your own froyo at Yogurtland Eagle Rock but an associate adds the toppings.

All Real Rewards members earn points that can be redeemed for free froyo. You can join at any Yogurtland location, on the Yogurtland website, or by downloading the Real Rewards app from the Google Play or App Store.

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.

Where to Get Froyo for Breakfast (Los Angeles)

Chill, Studio City

Penguin's, South Pasadena

Fro-yo girl here. With Yoga-urt adding breakfast items to the Glendale location recently, I was able to enjoy froyo for breakfast again. I also realized that I hadn’t updated my froyo for breakfast post since 2013!

All the places that I mentioned in the 2013 post have since closed, except for Caffe Ambrosia in downtown San Francisco’s Financial District. Sadly, I can no longer get my favorite froyo for breakfast item, the SF Chronicle Special (Slow cooked, warm steel cut oatmeal, your choice of five toppings in between and your choice of yogurt or frozen yogurt on top) at Fraiche Yogurt. The ownership changed and the froyo went downhill.

Of course, now that Yoga-urt has breakfast, my froyo for breakfast woes are over. And, it turns out that a lot more places are serving froyo early than I thought. So, here’s an updated list of places to get froyo for breakfast in and around Los Angeles. These shops are open at 10 AM or earlier.

  • The Bigg Chill, 10850 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA 90064: This froyo institution has been around since the 90s. It’s not self-serve but they pile on the froyo and toppings. People love their housemade vegan cookie dough.
  • Bon Bon Berry, 1848 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA 90025: Bon Bon Berry is known for acai bowls. They also have froyo (not self-serve), smoothies, oatmeal bowls and other drinks. The acai smoothie comes with a swirl of froyo on top.
  • Chill Café, 11706 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604: Chill Café serves bagels, crepes, sandwiches, coffee, and self-serve froyo. I haven’t been there since the ownership changed last year.
  • CoffeeWalk YogurTalk, 700 S Flower St., Los Angeles (Downtown), CA 90017: I went once and didn’t like it but it’s convenient if you work right downtown near the BLOC. The space is small but they manage to offer self-serve froyo and toppings.
  • Crepes N Shakes, 7105 Eastern Ave, Ste H-A, Bell Gardens, CA 90201: When I visited this shop, it was called Tutti Frutti. I think they still have self-serve froyo, plus crepes, waffles, milkshakes, and more.
  • Go Greek (Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Woodland Hills): Fancy, high end Go Greek Yogurt offers fresh Greek yogurt and frozen Greek yogurt. The yogurt is actually from Greece, where the founder is from. You can serve yourself and add healthy toppings, including some Greek toppings. 
  • Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt, 1105 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030: They open at 7 AM every day except Sunday! They serve Peet’s Coffee. It’s an old school froyo shop with lots to choose from: soft serve, shakes, smoothies, sundaes, and even ice cream. The froyo side usually opens at 10 AM though.
  • Pinkberry, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230: Since it’s a mall-based location, Pinkberry Culver City opens when the mall opens. 
  • Pressed Juicery (various locations): Not every Pressed Juicery location has Freeze, their dairy-free soft serve product but Freeze would be delicious for breakfast. The best sauce is the almond butter. Get extra almond butter! 
  • Red Mango, 1011 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles (Downtown), CA 90015: Since Red Mango at LA Live offers juice, smoothies and acai bowls, in addition to self-serve froyo, they open early. 
  • Yoga-urt, 1407 ½ W Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91201: The homemade waffles are gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and yes, still scrumptious. You can get them topped with a scoop of vegan froyo, toppings, maple syrup, and Cocowhip. They might even be good for you? I like how the waffles aren’t too sweet and they have a chewiness that remind me of moffles (mochi waffles). 

Business hours have changed due to COVID-19, so check with the froyo shop before heading out there. 

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.