Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why Menchie’s Universal CityWalk Location is Different





Fro-yo girl here. I was surprised when I learned that Yogurtland closed the Universal CityWalk location late last year. That location had a froyo machine dispensing froyo into a Yogurtland cup and that they lit up at night (love). The exterior signage was removed (sadly).

Menchie’s replaced Yogurtland at Universal CityWalk. The location must have opened pretty quietly in May 2017 because I didn’t hear about it. I missed whatever grand opening they had.

The fa├žade isn’t as fancy as it used to be; a giant Menchie replaced the giant Yogurtland froyo cup and spoon. The inside does look fancier than a typical Menchie’s. There’s a cute Wild West mural featuring the Sweet Friends on the wall where the froyo machines are. The lampshades look like leaves.

There are 16 self-serve froyo flavors a day and the usual Menchie’s toppings (candies, cookies, cereal, nuts, popping boba, brownies, cookie dough, mochi, cheesecake, whipped topping, etc.) and sauces for 58 cents an ounce. Fresh waffle cups are available. It’s more expensive here but you’d expect that because it’s at the CityWalk.

They had a small amount of Menchie’s merchandise (plush dolls, Menchie’s apparel) for sale. Menchie’s Bottled water is $2.40.

I was surprised that this location does not participate in the My Smileage rewards program. Hmm. When I asked why, I was told that Universal owns this location. This may mean that they won’t participate in some of the Menchie’s promotions, though they had the Captain Underpants cups. They didn't have the new Mookie spoons that some Menchie's locations are currently offering.

It turns out that Universal owns and manages quite a few of the restaurants at CityWalk, including Voodoo Doughnuts, LudoBird, and more. This is a recent initiative of theirs and it is the reason that multiple restaurants have been replaced. It also means that the employees inside Menchie’s are Universal employees, not Menchie’s employees.

I can’t see coming here often because parking is $20 ($10 after 6 PM) and only full-service restaurants and the movie theater offer validation (with validation, parking is $7, unless you see a movie, then parking is $5). It’s not worth it.

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

By Lolia S.

* MENCHIE’S: Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Grand Opening Celebration at Yogurtland Brentwood on July 8


Fro-yo girl here. Save the date, Saturday, July 8, for the grand opening of Yogurtland Brentwood, 5411 Lone Tree Way #120, Brentwod, CA, 94513. I can’t be there in person, unfortunately, but I’ll be there in spirit. The owners of Yogurtland Brentwood also own the Yogurtland in Pinole.

Here are the deets:

Date and Time: Saturday, July 8, 11 AM – 11 PM

  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Free froyo & toppings!
  • 2 PM – 5 PM: Balloon artist
  • 5 PM – 8 PM: Prizes and giveaways
  • 8 PM – 11 PM: Buy one, get one free

Don't forget to have some free froyo for me.

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

* YOGURTLAND BRENTWOOD: 5411 Lone Tree Way #120, Brentwood, CA, 94513

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Num Noms Series 4.1, Fro-Yo Nums



Fro-yo girl here. Num Noms, from MGA Entertainment, are food themed, cute, scented collectibles, that can be mixed and matched. Nums can fit over Noms. The toys first launched in December 2015 and they’re released by series. The newest series, 4.1, is hitting shelves now and it features frozen yogurt Nums, including a Frozen Yogurt starter pack with three froyo characters. The blind boxes carried on a froyo truck look like frozen yogurt cups. The Noms in the blind boxes are glitter lipglosses and nailpolishes. There are 8 Fro-yo Nums. The starter packs are $9.99 at Target.

Menchie’s Sweet Friends Num Noms Starter Pack will launch in July 2017 and will be available only at Toys”R”Us. Menchie’s stores in the US will also get a “Smell so delicious” campaign makeover.

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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Yogurtland Flavor, Rare Madagascar Vanilla, Will Be Available For Just One Week, Starting June 26




Fro-yo girl here. Froyo fans, I’m back from a special tasting event today for Rare Madagascar Vanilla froyo at Yogurtland HQ in Irvine, CA.

Yogurtland’s Rare Madagascar Vanilla frozen yogurt, is made with pure bourbon Vanilla extracted from choice Madagascar vanilla beans using a cold process method and fresh California milk. 
Because of the recent storms in Madagascar, Madagascar’s vanilla beans are in short supply.

This limited time flavor will only be available in U.S. stores, June 26 - July 1, or while supplies last.

If you’ve been reading my posts, you probably know that I love vanilla froyo. I love vanilla cupcakes. I love vanilla. I grew up eating imitation, cheap vanilla but now I know what high quality vanilla tastes like. Rare Madagascar Vanilla froyo did not disappoint. The flavor is exquisite because they use such high quality beans. It’s rich, thick and creamy. I was reminded of a high quality frozen custard.

If you love vanilla, don’t miss Rare Madagascar Vanilla froyo at Yogurtland. Go early, before they run out. I’ll be stocking up. I can’t wait to cover it in chocolate shell. I think it will go well with every topping at Yogurtland.

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 20, 2017

New Pinkberry Blueberry Muffin Frozen Yogurt



Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry launched a new summer flavor, Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt, and two new Cold Brew Fruit Teas, in Strawberry Hibiscus and Tropical Mango.

While Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt doesn’t sound like a typical Pinkberry flavor or a summer time flavor, July 11 does happen to be National Blueberry Muffin Day. Blueberry Muffin Frozen Yogurt can be topped with blueberry muffin crumbles and fresh blueberries to create the Blueberry Delight. Yes, blueberry muffin crumbles are a new topping, available for a limited time, at Pinkberry.

I tried to find Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt on the launch date but I couldn’t locate it in the Los Angeles area. Strange. Even the Sunset and Fuller location, the one that has the most flavors, didn’t have it. The Beverly Hills location didn’t have it either.

I like Blueberry Pinkberry, though I haven’t seen it much since it was introduced in 2015.

* Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt: I was expecting a sweeter yogurt and was pleasantly surprised that Blueberry Muffin froyo was still tart and tangy. It was light, smooth, refreshing and bursting with blueberry flavor. I didn’t notice any obvious cake/muffin flavor. The blueberry muffin crumbles were soft and fresh.

Recommended toppings: Berries, blueberry muffin crumbles, mochi, and toasted almonds.

I didn’t try the new cold brew fruit teas. They didn’t offer them at the location that I visited. Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt will be available through July 27, 2017. The cold brew fruit teas will be available through September 7, 2017.

Now that it seems like most new froyo flavors are sweet, I have really come to appreciate the light, tangy flavors that Pinkberry still offers.

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, June 19, 2017

New Yogurtland Joy Flavor, Sweet N’ Smooth Peaches N’ Cream Gelato


Fro-yo girl here. A new flavor is swirling at Yogurtland, starting today, Sweet N’ Smooth Peaches N’ Cream Gelato. Yogurtland’s gelato is richer than their yogurt but it still has live and active cultures.

Sweet N’ Smooth Peaches N’Cream gelato is described by Yogurtland as follows, “This summer essential is inspired by the orange cream popsicle—we replaced the orange with juicy peach for a fun twist. Fresh freestone peaches combined with creamy gelato to make a fruity, sweet, and luscious treat.” The flavor is made with real peaches and cream.

Sweet N’ Smooth Peaches N’Cream gelato: It’s rich, smooth and creamy. They put a lot of cream flavor in it and that mutes the fresh peach flavor but the sweet peach flavor is still present. It’s not super sweet but it has no tanginess. Recommended toppings: Whipped cream, fresh mango, Nilla wafers

Summer is considered peach (and stone fruit) season, so Peaches N’Cream gelato is a suitable summer flavor. The flavor is available for a limited time only, while supplies last.

Some Yogurtland locations have been handing out pinwheel coloring sheets with $1 coupons.

The next new flavor in Yogurtland’s JOY promotion is Larger than Life Mud Pie, with an expected arrival date of July 3.

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, June 16, 2017

Father’s Day 2017 Froyo Specials


Fro-yo girl here. Dads, including mine, love froyo. They deserve froyo on Father’s Day. Here’s the list of places with Father’s Day froyo specials, in alphabetical order. Unless noted, all these specials are good on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017.
  • 3 Spoons (Waco, TX): 50% off for dads
  • Alpine Chill: Free 16 oz cup for dads
  • CherryBerry (Haines Ave., Rapid City, SD): Bring your dad in for 3 oz free
  • Chiller Bee: Free froyo for dads
  • Di'lishi Greensboro: 3 ozs free for dad 
  • Feeney's: Tell the cashier you are celebrating Father's Day for 4 oz free
  • Froco Fresh Frozen: $4 flat rate cups
  • Froyo Earth: Buy two, get one free or buy one, get one 50% off
  • Froyo Heavenly Cafe: Bring your dad for 25% off your entire order from 2-9 PM
  • FroYo Junction (Junction City, KS): Bring your dad and ask for 20% off 
  • Froyoland: Buy one, get one free all Father's Day weekend
  • Frozen Yogurt Bar (Arles, France): Buy a cup for yourself, get dad's cup for free
  • House of Yogurt: Buy yours, get 50% off of his
  • Iceyo (West Hollywood, CA): Buy one, get one free for yogurt, smoothies, ice floats and sodas
  • La Creme: Buy one, get one free up to $5 at all three locations 
  • Limeberry (Dallas, TX): Dads eat free
  • Menchie's (Tyler, TX): First 5 oz free for dads
  • Menchie's (Maple Ridge, BC): Buy your cup, get dad's cup for free
  • Mojo Yogurt: Dad's froyo or smoothie is 50% off 
  • My Mochi Yogurt (Jacksonville, FL): 8 oz free for dads
  • Orange Leaf: Dads get a free beginner cup of froyo
  • Oregon Froyo: Buy your cup, get dad's cup free
  • Purple Penguin: 10% for dads
  • Qoola: 25% off froyo from 3 PM - 6 PM
  • Red Mango (McAllen, TX): 20% off any item
  • Simple Sugars: 10% off for dads
  • Sweet CeCe’s: $1 Sweet Cups for dads
  • sweetFrog (Danville, VA): 50% off for dads
  • sweetFrog: Buy dad a cup of froyo on Father's Day, get a Leap Back card good for a return visit 
  • Swirl Bliss: Buy one yogurt, get one half off for dad
  • Swirl It (Gilbert, AZ): Dads receive 6oz of free froyo 
  • TCBY: the annual free 6 oz of froyo for dads event is back at participating locations
  • The Skinny Dip Ghent: Tell the dipper on duty why you love your dad so much and dad gets his bowl of froyo for free, discount up to $3 off with purchase of an additional item of greater value
  • Twist (Portland, OR): Dads get 5 oz free froyo
  • Urban Swirl (Granger): Up to 6 oz free for dad with purchase of any other froyo
  • Yogurt Beach (Kennewick): Buy a cup of froyo, get dad's free, offer valid with equal or greater purchase
  • Yogurt Breeze (Lake Nona, FL): 3 oz free for fathers
  • Yogurtland (Fairfield, TX): $1 off for dads
  • Yogurtys: Bring your dad and he gets 50% off froyo
  • YoYo's Yogurt Cafe: Buy yours, get dad's free
  • Zoyo (AZ): Dads get a free root beer float or 6 oz of yogurt


I’ll keep updating this list as I learn about more Father’s Day froyo specials. Many shops announce these specials on or the day before Father’s Day. Ask your local shop if they have a Father’s Day froyo specials. Or, order a froyo cake for your dad.

Happy Father’s Day to all froyo loving dads!

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.