Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Color Changing Cups Arrive at Menchie’s




Fro-yo girl here. It’s October and that means the new color changing froyo cups have arrived at Menchie’s! The color-changing cups are available for a limited time and are inspired by my favorite holiday, Halloween. It’s the first time that I’ve seen a color changing cup at a froyo shop.

The cup, which is made out of paper, has Halloween and Menchie’s designs (e.g., ghost, spider, bones, witch’s hat, jack o’lantern) printed on it. The designs look white. Put cold froyo in the cup to start the transformation. The printed images turn green, orange, blue, purple and pink. There’s one design and the cups are available for a limited time only.


What a clever way to encourage you to fill up your froyo cup.

Menchie’s also introduced a new pumpkin flavor for October, Harvest Pumpkin. Harvest Pumpkin features real pumpkin puree, cinnamon and ginger. The cinnamon flavor was very pronounced, more so than last year.

Last October Menchie’s introduced its first color changing spoons, featuring the Sweet Friends, as well as color changing magic crystals (sugar) and a pumpkin froyo flavor called It’s Pumpkin Time.

I’m so happy to see Halloween spirit at Menchie’s and will be visiting multiple times in October.

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, September 30, 2014

New Froyo Spoons from Fru:yo Factory



Fro-yo girl here. Thanks so much to my wonderful friend Tom K. for the new froyo spoons from Fru:yo Factory. He brought the spoons back from Hong Kong.

I’ve been dreaming about these spoons for awhile because they are adorable. They feature the Fru:yo Factory cartoon elephant head. He’s holding a spoon with his trunk and the spoon has froyo on it of course. It looks like he has froyo on the top of his head too.

If you visit one of their shops, you’ll see the giant elephant statue.

It looks like the spoons are available in purple, pink, blue, white and yellow.

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, September 25, 2014

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars Review

Fro-yo girl here. Lifeway introduced a line of frozen kefir bars/pops last year. I hadn’t had much luck finding them in California until a recent trip to Gelson’s in La Canada Flintridge. Gelson’s had two flavors: Tart and Tangy Coconut and Tart and Tangy Pear. Each 15 oz. package comes with six individually wrapped bars. Gelson’s sells a box for $5.39 regular price.

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars are available in four flavors: Tart and Tangy Coconut, Tart and Tangy Peach, Tart and Tangy Green Tea Raspberry and Tart and Tangy Vanilla.

Frozen kefir bars are gluten free, contain no artificial colors or flavors and have beneficial live and active kefir cultures. I was pleasantly surprised that each bar is 60 calories or less.

* Tart and tangy pear: The pear flavor is very prominent. The bar tastes like fresh pears. The texture was very pleasant - soft, smooth and creamy but it holds its shape. I liked the tanginess and the clean aftertaste. Yum! The bar had a milkiness from the kefir but the kefir flavor could have been more prominent.

One 1/2 cup serving is 110 calories and nonfat.

Ingredients: Cultured low fat milk, evaporated cane juice, nonfat dry milk, tapioca maltodextrin, natural pear flavor, natural flavors, stabilizer, turmeric, active kefir cultures

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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

* GELSON’S MARKET: 635 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

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, September 17, 2014

Kroger Deluxe Frozen Nonfat Greek Yogurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. Kroger’s private label line of frozen nonfat Greek yogurt is carried by Ralph’s in Southern California. The Greek frozen yogurt comes in 16 fl oz tubs in three flavors: Honey Vanilla, Raspberry and Blueberry. It retails for $2.99; I found it on sale for $1.99 each. 

The honey and blueberry flavors look like the honey and blueberries aren't blended throughout the frozen yogurt, so I opted for raspberry. The raspberries are blended throughout the raspberry frozen yogurt, with no seeds or chunks of raspberries.

* Raspberry frozen yogurt: I was pleasantly surprised that the flavor was tangy and fruity. It tasted much like raspberry sherbet. The texture was dense and not as creamy as ice cream. It felt lighter. It wasn't as yogurty as I expected.

One 1/2 cup serving is 110 calories and nonfat. 

Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized skim milk, sugar, blueberries, whey protein concentrate, corn syrup, raspberry puree, raspberry juice concentrate, citric acid, cellulose oil, cellulose gum, mono and diglycerides, lemon juice concentrate, carrageenan, elderberry juice concentrate, natural flavor

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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Froyo Returns to Yogurtland, New Flavors Announced




Fro-yo girl here. Fall is back and that means fan favorite pumpkin pie frozen yogurt returns to Yogurtland stores starting today.

There’s also a new flavor in stores today called Rocket Pop sorbet. It’s inspired by the red (cherry), white (lemon) and blue (blue raspberry) ice pop.

* Rocket Pop sorbet: I haven’t had the rocket pop ice pop in a long time but the flavor of rocket pop sorbet reminded me of a kid’s popsicle. Like kid’s pops, it was very sweet. I thought all the fruit flavors were muted/faint and reminiscent of an Icee/Slurpee. It was very refreshing. I spotted a new topping: gummi cola bottles. Recommended toppings: Berries, gummi candy and Fruity Pebbles.

Two new flavors inspired by childhood treats, Chocolate Pudding Pop and Pink Lemonade Sorbet, will arrive in stores on Oct. 13.

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

Read all the details in the press release below:

Here's the press release:

Yogurtland Brings Back Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt and Introduces Three New Flavors


(IRVINE, CA) Sept. 15 2014 – Today Yogurtland announces the much-anticipated return of its delicious Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt and introduces three new flavors that are reminiscent of favorite childhood treats - Rocket Pop sorbet, Chocolate Pudding Pop frozen yogurt and Pink Lemonade sorbet.

“We’re excited to offer these new flavors and give our fans a delightful surprise that can take them back to their favorite childhood flavors. Our Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt is one of our most popular flavors, and our fans have been looking forward to enjoying this fall flavor,” said Scott Shoemaker, senior director of product development.

Using the highest quality best ingredients, Yogurtland creates custom, hand-crafted flavors that taste just like the real thing.

Yogurtland’s Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt is a non-fat, gluten-free treat made with real pumpkin and the perfect combination of spices.

Rocket Pop Sorbet combines cherry, lemon and blue raspberry flavors, a delicious All-American favorite.

Chocolate Pudding Pop frozen yogurt is a rich creamy satisfying gluten-free treat.

Pink Lemonade Sorbet uses real lemons for a perfect sweet and tart experience that is vitamin C fortified.

Pumpkin Pie will be available September 15 through Thanksgiving. Rocket Pop will be in-store Sept. 15 through Oct.12, and then Chocolate Pudding Pop and Pink Lemonade sorbet will be served Oct. 13 through Nov. 9

During the first week of the new flavors, Yogurtland fans who register for the Real Rewards program will receive double points to earn free yogurt faster.

When introduced last year, Yogurtland’s mobile app and Real Rewards program quickly became popular amongst its fans. Nearly 500,000 consumers have downloaded the app and use it to track Real Rewards points, find locations, and see what flavors are being served at the Yogurtland near them. To find the app, search Yogurtland in your mobile app store.

The Yogurtland Difference

Separating Yogurtland from competitors is the company’s team of Flavorologists,™ who develop the proprietary recipes for the brand’s more than 150 different and customized flavors. Whether traditional or exotic, each flavor uses real ingredients sourced from their original locations. By controlling the entire frozen yogurt making process, Yogurtland has raised the standards for flavors and quality to new heights and much to the delight of millions of fans.

Naturally occurring calcium makes Yogurtland’s frozen yogurt a healthful, refreshing treat. All of Yogurtland’s frozen yogurt flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non- and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy, gluten-free and no sugar added choices.

Presently there more than 300 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Mexico and Venezuela with more than 50 additional locations scheduled to open over the next six months. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

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.

Let’s Make Froyo the State Food of California


Fro-yo girl here. Listen up froyo fans, there’s a new petition on Change.org to make frozen yogurt the official state food of California. Being named the official state food is an honor for the frozen yogurt industry and a recognition of the importance of frozen yogurt to California. 
http://www.change.org/p/state-sen-mimi-walters-sponsor-a-bill-to-make-frozen-yogurt-the-state-food-of-california

The goal is to get as many signatures as possible so sign it and tell others to sign. We can do this!

Reasons Why Frozen Yogurt Should Be the State Food of California

While frozen yogurt was invented in New England in the 1970s, the new wave of frozen yogurt was popularized in California. The second wave started when Pinkberry opened its doors in 2005. The Pinkberry brand has been designed and managed by a LA-based branding firm called Ferroconcrete. It has appeared in numerous TV shows,  including Gossip Girl and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Pinkberry is in the Urban Dictionary - the definition is: "Los Angeles frozen yogurt chain that's more addictive than crack."

Pinkberry's public relations strategy involved leveraging the popularity of Pinkberry with celebrities. Celebrities  (e.g., the Beckhams, Reese Witherspoon, Mila Kunis, Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner, Rachel Zoe, Charlize Theron, Rob Lowe) living in LA have often been captured visiting frozen yogurt shops by paparazzi.

Both Pinkberry and Red Mango opened their first US shops in the Los Angeles area and California is the home to the leading players of the frozen yogurt industry, including Pinkberry, Yogurtland, Menchie’s, Tutti Frutti, Cherry on Top, Nubi Yogurt, and Golden Spoon. Chains like Pinkberry, Yogurtland and Menchie's have the majority of their locations in California.

California has the most frozen yogurt shops and is second in yogurt production (behind New York). California has inspired frozen yogurt shops across the world. Some shops are named after CA, including California Berry in the Philippines, California Yogurt Kraze in Alabama and California Frozen Yogurt in Margate, NJ. Honey Hill Farms, a leading frozen yogurt mix producer, has a frozen yogurt flavor called California Tart.

Sign the petition today!

http://www.change.org/p/state-sen-mimi-walters-sponsor-a-bill-to-make-frozen-yogurt-the-state-food-of-california

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, September 11, 2014

Greek Pastures Greek Yogurt Review



Fro-yo girl here. Greek Pastures is a new Greek yogurt line featuring grass-fed milk from local Georgia farms made in small batches. Their unique flavors also set them apart. Each cup is 6 ozs. The yogurt is Kosher, gluten free and rBST free. Most flavors are fat free. The yogurt is all natural and has live and active cultures.

The line comes in six flavors: Cherry & Port Wine, Karma Java, Mixed Berries, Vanilla & Caramel, Tropical Sweet Heat (Pineapple, Mango, Habanero), Peach & Ginger

* Vanilla & Caramel: It has the thick, dense, creamy texture of Greek yogurt. I liked how tangy the flavor. The caramel flavor was difficult to discern. The vanilla flavor was more noticeable. It wasn’t as sweet as some yogurts but still fairly sweet. Tastes like real yogurt (yay)!

* Mixed Berry: The berries are cooked in a kettle and left chunky. The fruit isn’t on the bottom. You get bursts of fruit flavor and the seeds are left in. This flavor seemed much sweeter than the Vanilla & Caramel though it still had some tanginess. It was too sweet for me (though all their flavors have 11g of sugar).

I found Greek Pastures at Whole Foods for $2.09 on sale ($2.49 regular price).

Ingredients (Mixed Berry): Cultured pasteurized non-fat milk, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pure cane sugar, orange juice.

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.