Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day Froyo Offers


Fro-yo girl here. Happy Froyo Valentine’s Day! I hope your Valentine’s plans include froyo. Here are some sweet Valentine’s froyo deals that you can share with your loved one:
  • 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt (Old Town Pasadena): Free red velvet cake on Valentine's Day
  • Awesome Yogurt: Buy one, get one free on Valentine's Day when you mention that you saw the offer on Twitter 
  • FlavorBerry: Enjoy a buy one, get one free offer on Valentine's Day
  • Forever Yogurt Panama: Free hot toppings for Valentine's Day
  • FroyoWorld has a free Valentine’s treat bag for you with a minimum $5 purchase from Feb. 12- Feb. 16, 1 – 5 PM, while supplies last
  • J.Co Indonesia has a buy 2 single size froyos, get 1 free on Valentine's Day, say #ILOVEJCOOL to the cashier to redeem
  • Menchie’s in Willamsburg, VA is offering a buy one, get one free deal on Valentine’s Day, find the coupon at: http://www.williamsburgfamilies.com/
  • Menchie's UBC Vancouver has a buy one, get one 50% off deal for Valentine's Day
  • Orange Leaf has a buy one, get one free deal all Valentine’s Day
  • Pinkberry Edmonton has a buy 2 small, medium or large Pinkberry frozen yogurts for $9.90 Valentine’s special
  • Pinkberry Kuwait The Avenues location has heart shaped frozen yogurt pops (swoon) for a limited time
  • Pinkberry Thailand’s offer runs from Feb. 8 – 22, buy two cups of Pinkberry and get 14% off
  • Red Mango Club Mango members get double points during Valentine’s weekend
  • sweetFrog Southend-on-Sea’s location has a buy one, get one free deal during Valentine’s weekend
  • sweetFrog Danville, VA: Buy 2 cups on Valentine's Day and get 25% off, arts and crafts and a photo booth all weekend long
  • TCBY (North Carolina): Buy one, get one for 50% on Valentine's Day
  • Yo-chi: Free chocolate hazelnut and sour cherry bark on Valentine's Day
  • Yoga-urt (Glendale, CA) is offering a buy one, get one half off deal on Valentine’s Day
  • Yogurt Paradise: Buy one, get one free Friday - Sunday, Valentine's Day
  • Zebra Treats: $1 froyo cones on Valentine's Day

You could order a Valentine’s Day froyo cake from Menchie’s, Qoola, 16 Handles, TCBY, Loreta's or other places that have froyo cakes.

There’s still time to print out a Valentine’s card from Yogurtland and get a gift card to go with it. It’s sure to make a froyo lover smile or even swoon.

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, February 11, 2016

Pinkberry’s International Flavors





Fro-yo girl here. On a recent trip to Pinkberry in Little Tokyo I found a “new” Pinkberry flavor, Green Apple. Green Apple Pinkberry hasn’t been released across the US but it was introduced to their stores in India back in 2013. It was around this time last year that I tried the unreleased test flavor, Pink Champagne (later reformulated and renamed Pink Bubbly), at the Little Tokyo location.

The Green Apple Pinkberry froyo flavor is good, lighter and smoother than ice cream, the flavor is tart and tangy (quite tangy) with lots of bright apple flavor and a sweet finish that seems to have a hint of pear. The yogurt flavor is in there but not prominent.

Recommended toppings: Caramel sauce, honey, agave nectar, almonds, cinnamon crumble

I also ran into their Just Fruit Strawberry dairy-free flavor for the first time. It’s made with just fruit so it tastes like strawberries. I wasn’t too excited by it though it tasted fine. It’s not as smooth as their dairy based products. Dairy makes it taste better.

Recommended toppings: Popping boba, fresh fruit, granola




I’ve also had Pistachio Pinkberry froyo at the Farmers Market. The flavor was first introduced exclusively to the Pinkberry Kuwait location in June 2014. It’s been spotted stateside at a few locations. The flavor is richer and denser than your typical Pinkberry flavor. The smoothness and density with the sweet nuttiness make for a satisfying treat. It’s sweet but not too sweet. The pistachio flavor isn’t that strong.

Recommended toppings: Almonds, shaved milk chocolate, dark chocolate crisps, brownie bites

Pinkberry Kuwait offers frozen yogurt pops. The pops are customizable with dips and toppings. They have heart shaped ones for Valentine's Day. I would love to try one. They also offered a Mint Lemonade Pinkberry flavor that I’ve never tried.

Unfortunately, none of the new test(?) flavors show up on the PinkCard app.

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

* PINKBERRY LITTLE TOKYO: 332-A E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

* PINKBERRY FARMERS MARKET: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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, February 8, 2016

Fifth Annual National Frozen Yogurt Day Celebration at Yogurtland






Fro-yo girl here. I’ve just returned from Yogurtland’s fifth NFYD celebration, featuring free froyo and toppings, the limited edition Hershey’s collectible spoon, and two Hershey’s flavors: Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake and Peppermint Pattie. The line was long and people were excited about NFYD or free froyo (or both) but the line moved quickly because Yogurtland handled the line efficiently (moving chairs and tables out of the way, letting only a certain number in at a time, handing out cups to people in line, handing out spoons and coupons at the register).

The fifth NFYD celebration felt just like the fourth NFYD: same Hershey’s flavors, same co-sponsors, same spoons and even the cups looked the same.

The coupons were new though: 3 ounces off with a minimum purchase of $5 (or about 10-11 ounces worth).

Thanks to Yogurtland for all the NFYD goodies! Remember to return next Monday for Master Shifu’s Honey Graham froyo and spoon.

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, February 4, 2016

Palo Alto Froyo Update





Fro-yo girl here. I have a special place in my heart for Palo Alto, CA since I used to live there and they were also way ahead of the froyo curve with Fraiche and Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt. It’s been awhile since I posted an update on the froyo scene in Palo Alto. Much has happened. Red Mango closed and reopened with Auntie Anne’s at Stanford Shopping Center, Pinkberry opened at Stanford Shopping Center in 2010, Yogurtland opened in 2011, and L’Amour, Yoppi Yogurt and Culture (so sad, it still hurts) have closed. 

Today there are five frozen yogurt shops in Palo Alto: Fraiche (the local froyo spot that makes its own yogurt and has two locations in Palo Alto), Pinkberry, Red Mango, and Yogurtland. Fraiche and Pinkberry are counter-serve while Red Mango and Yogurtland are self-serve. 

I hadn’t visited the Fraiche location on the Stanford campus for maybe a year and there have been changes. They remodeled in May 2015 and they added a new savory menu that includes salads, vegan soup, avocado toast, lox tartine, and egg white wraps. These savory items are currently only available at the Stanford location. The items are healthy and “made from scratch with simple recipes that highlight wholesome ingredients.” The items looked really good (I had to get my SF Chronicle special w/ froyo and steel cut oatmeal though). I tried their dairy-free almond milk soft serve for the first time – the chocolate hazelnut flavor was apparent but the texture was rather icy and it was also pretty sweet. I like their soy froyo better but I like soy better than chocolate.

The Axe & the Palm Cafe on the Stanford campus stopped serving froyo (why bother when Fraiche is steps away?) but it now has boba drinks, popcorn chicken and macarons.

Prices have gone way up at Yogurtland. It’s 52 cents an ounce now. It seems like the ownership may have changed.

Pressed Juicery’s Palo Alto location is one of the few in the Bay Area that offers their Freeze dairy-free soft serve. It’s not froyo but it’s refreshing and clean tasting. 

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

* FRAICHE STANFORD: 459 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Menchie’s is Testing Freshly Made Waffles




Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s University in Encino is where Menchie’s tests new products and flavors and provides training. Recently they were testing a new dairy-free flavor, dark chocolate made with coconut milk. I headed over less than a week later and the flavor was nowhere to be found. I guess the test flavors aren’t there long. I heard they were testing a Marshmallow Peeps flavor next. If I lived closer to Menchie’s University, I’d certainly go there regularly.

During my visit they were testing a new product: freshly made waffles. They’re sold by the weight for the same price as froyo and toppings. Head to the Menchie’s team member and ask for a waffle. The waffle iron is kept next to the round waffle iron they use to make waffle bowls.

A team member pours the batter onto the waffle iron. After a few minutes the hot waffle is ready. The waffle is rectangular (6 squares long, 3 squares wide). It’s a light waffle with deep pockets. The texture is soft and slightly crispy. It is not a liege waffle; the denser liege waffle would hold up to froyo better. Froyo gets absorbed into the Menchie’s waffle and quickly makes it soggy. Pro tip: Put your froyo on the side, not on top of your waffle.

The waffle flavor was okay but not better than those waffles you can make for yourself with a waffle iron at a hotel. The fact that the froyo makes the waffle soggy is a big negative. 

My two cents: If Menchie’s wants to offer waffles, they should make the batter more interesting and make a denser waffle that doesn’t get soggy so easily. Flavored waffles (made with flavored batter) like peanut butter or chocolate sound much more appealing than plain waffles. Or offer waffle bites dipped in different kinds of chocolate, peanut butter, etc. 

I actually like Liege waffles but they’re pretty filling so I probably wouldn’t get one plus add froyo to it.

Menchie’s University is also selling snacks by Brookside, IceBreakers Mints, IceBreakers Ice Cubes and Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe.

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

* MENCHIE’S UNIVERSITY: 17245 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Menchie’s NFYD 2016





Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s celebrated National Frozen Yogurt Day at its US locations on February 1, giving out free froyo (6 ounces per guest) from 4-7 PM. Plus they made the day even sweeter with 20% off coupons and two new limited time flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar, made with Nestle Butterfinger Pieces, and Chocolate Candy Bar, made with Nestle Crunch. 

The location that I visited had the new flavors. PB Chocolate Bar tastes just like Butterfinger, the peanut butter in Butterfinger has a distinct taste and that taste is in the frozen yogurt flavor. The texture was smooth. I liked how the pb flavor was stronger than the chocolate flavor. Chocolate Candy Bar froyo had a rich, deep chocolate taste and though I didn’t see the crisped rice, the flavor did have a different taste. I’m not a fan of chocolate froyo but this flavor was better than average. It didn’t taste like fudgsicle like most chocolate flavors do.

I topped my Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar froyo with Butterfinger and a brownie.

Thanks Menchie’s!!!

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, February 1, 2016

New Yogurtland Kung Fu Panda 3 Spoons: Tigress




Fro-yo girl here. The new Tigress spoons, part of Yogurtland’s Flavor Pandamonium collectible Kung Fu Panda 3 spoons have arrived. The fourth of five new froyo spoon designs features Tigress’ face on an orange spoon. The back of the spoon says Kung Fu Panda 3. Tigress’ flavor, Big Pop Sorbet, is a returning favorite. The sorbet’s colors are similar to Tigress.

The last spoon, Master Shifu’s green spoon, arrives on February 15.

Don't forget that next Monday, Feb. 8th, is Yogurtland's National Frozen Yogurt Day celebration, free froyo and toppings from 4-7 PM. Hershey's Chocolate Milkshake will return along with Hershey's toppings.

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.