Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What’s Going On at Cups Frozen Yogurt?

Fro-yo girl here. CUPS Frozen Yogurt, based in NJ, had 23 locations, mostly on the East Coast in 2014. They opened locations in California, in Westminster, Torrance, Northridge, Torrey Hills, and Irvine. It was in the news quite a bit in 2013 as the Hooters of frozen yogurt and was one of the fastest growing frozen yogurt franchises at the time.

CUPS is known for its club like ambiance, featuring dance music and a lounge area. People used to line up to go to CUPS, though I never saw that at the CA locations. Perhaps it was a Jersey thing?

In New Jersey, they’ve closed the following locations (most were open for 1 – 2 years):

1. Bayonne

2. Bridgewater

3. East Brunswick

4. East Hanover

5. Edison

6. Franklin

7. Freehold

8. Morristown

9. New Brunswick

10. Paramus

11. South Plainfield

The main complaints have been price, runny yogurt, loud music, cleanliness and indifferent employees.


The Torrance location closed in March 2017. It rebranded and reopened as Friza Frozen Yogurt.

The CUPS website lists 2 locations in Florida, 1 in Texas, 5 in New Jersey and 1 in New York, for a total of nine locations. Three California locations are still open as far as I can tell (Irvine, Northridge, Torrey Hills), but they are not listed on the website. The Northridge location opened in April 2015 and the Irvine location in 2016. Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since January 2017. The last tweet was in October 2016. They’ve been updating their Instagram account regularly though. They’ve never been that active on social media but they’re quieter than ever. 

“CUPS was created and is owned/operated by The Briad Group, one of the largest and fastest growing hospitality companies in the US. The Briad Group’s entities are: licensed franchisees for Wendy’s, TGI Fridays™, Marriott, Hilton and a licensee for Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. The Briad Group is the largest TGI Fridays franchisee in the world.”

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Customer Appreciation Day at Yogurtland Claremont


Fro-yo girl here. I don’t make it out to Claremont too often and I’ve never been to Yogurtland Claremont, but now I have a great reason to make the trek. Yogurtland’s Guest Appreciation Day is this Sunday, August 20, 2017.

They’ll have FREE FROYO from 11 AM – 1 PM and fun activities all day long.

If you can’t make it to the Guest Appreciation Day, Yogurtland Clarement has a 50% off happy hour Mondays and Tuesdays in August from 1 PM – 4 PM. On Saturdays in August, they’re hosting Kids Corner, with free games, crafts and activities from 12 PM – 2 PM. There was a $5 Unlimited Cup event on August 9 that I missed.

I have to build up my froyo appetite now, by not eating froyo for a few days. 

Follow Yogurtland Claremont on Instagram, @yogurtlandclaremont or Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/YogurtlandClaremont/

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

* YOGURTLAND CLAREMONT: 101 N Indian Hill Blvd Suite 103, Claremont, CA 91711

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, August 11, 2017

Future Froyo Shop Picture: Bloomfield Creamery to Take Over The Blissery Space in Pasadena


Fro-yo girl here. The space that Yoguroo occupied that later became The Blissery will be occupied by yet another dessert shop. The sign is up for Bloomfield Creamery. According to the banner, Bloomfield Creamery will offer ice cream, edible cookie dough and of course, frozen yogurt.

While Pasadena has many places to get froyo, these locations are concentrated in west Pasadena. Bloomfield Creamery will serve northeast Pasadena/East Washington Village. It won’t be the first business in town to offer edible cookie dough; 21 Choices has been making its own cookie dough for years. However, I don’t think there’s a cookie dough place in east Pasadena and edible cookie dough has become the treat of 2017.

I took a peek inside and it didn’t look that different from before – the counter was still in the same place and there were tables and chairs on the left.

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

* BLOOMFIELD CREAMERY: 1727 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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, August 10, 2017

Innovative Soft Serve Shop Spotlight: Zooies





Fro-yo girl here. I love finding innovative froyo shops. Zooies is definitely a hidden gem. It’s inside a gas station convenience store called We Got It! They opened a few years ago in San Diego as a cookie and ice cream shop inside the We Got It! United Oil convenience store. Now they’re in LA at the We Got It! The United Oil gas station looks new and the gas prices were the lowest in the area.

The convenience store looks new too. Zooies is to the right when you walk in. They had over 20 kinds of cookies and bars to choose from, including vegan, paleo, diabetic friendly, and gluten free options. The staples are there: chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and some creative kinds like s’mores, baklava and morning glory.

The froyo is self-serve and they have four flavors. The froyo is average but what stands out is the toppings bar. The toppings are their chopped up cookies!!! The limited time special is a steal, $3.50 flat rate for a 16 oz cup. The only toppings they have are cookies and syrups but who cares. They have over a dozen types of chopped up cookies. The baklava cookies have a strong cardamom flavor. Love.

Froyo flavors of the day:

* Vanilla: creamy, like soft serve ice cream

* Chocolate

* Plain tart: didn’t have much tang and didn’t have a clean finish

* Passionfruit orange sorbet

They also have coffee cake and coffee drinks. There isn’t any place to sit. If I lived nearby, I’d fill cups with chopped cookies and froyo and freeze them for future consumption. Also note that they close earlier than the gas station.

Rating: 4/5

* ZOOIES: 9815 National Blvd., Los Angeles (Cheviot Hills), CA 90034


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, August 8, 2017

$5 Unlimited Cup Tuesdays Coming to Yogurtland Lakewood


Fro-yo girl here. Froyo fans, do you love the challenge of creating a spectacular unlimited cup? Do you love showing off your swirling skills?

Be sure to mark these $5 Unlimited Cup dates on your calendar: Tuesdays, August 22 & August 29 from 11 AM - 5 PM at Yogurtland Lakewood, 5017 Lakewood Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712. This promotion does not apply to Yogurtland's Custom Shakes.

That's right, Yogurtland Lakewood has Custom Shakes. Pick the froyo and toppings you'd like in your shake to create the perfect shake for you. Custom shakes are just $5.99. Try one before, after or during the Unlimited Cup event. After all, you can never have enough froyo.

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, August 7, 2017

Yogurtland’s Hope Promotion Begins






Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland launched its new Hope promotion today. The Hope promotion which runs from August 7 to October 1, features five new handcrafted flavors, two new limited edition spoons, limited edition cups, and new toppings. During the promotional period, Yogurtland will also collect donations for three charities that it supports, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Exodus Cry and Rescuing Lives.

During my visit, I spotted two new flavors, Banana Toffee Pie and Lava Cake Gelato, a new topping (Coconut Caramel Cookies), two new spoons, and the Hope cups. The new 3D spoons are nice and hefty. It’s cute how the Yogurtland symbol has been incorporated into flower designs.

New flavors (and release dates):

  • Blissful Banana Toffee Pie (8/7): This lowfat flavor is made with real banana and graham crackers. It’s inspired by Banoffee Pie from England. Bananas are my least favorite food in the world, so while I tried this flavor, I can’t say much about it other than the warm toffee is a nice edition. Recommended toppings: almonds, whipped cream, toffee bits.
  • Molten Lava Cake Gelato (8/7): This cultured gelato flavor is inspired by the French soufflĂ© and made with two different cocoas and shortbread cookies. It’s rich and has a cake flavor that chocolate lovers will appreciate. Recommended toppings: whipped cream, chocolate shell, coconut caramel cookies.
  • Spicy Sweet Chili Mango Sorbet (8/21)
  • Simply Sublime Pear Tart (9/4)
  • Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond (9/18)

New toppings:

  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • Coconut Caramel Cookies

New spoons:

  • Pink flowerpot 
  • Yellow sunflower


New cups:

  • Hope Cup
  • Donation Cup

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

Here’s the official press release from Yogurtland:


Yogurtland's Newest Scratch-Made Flavors Share Deliciousness and Hope with Every Cup

Featuring New Hope Cup to Support Charities And Two Limited Edition 3D Collectable Spoons 


(IRVINE, CA) August 7, 2017— Inspired by delicious desserts from around the world, Yogurtland’s newest flavors are a way to continue to enjoy all of life’s favorite moments while providing hope for those less fortunate. Along with a line-up of five new delicious, handcrafted flavors, Yogurtland is introducing a “Hope Cup” where guests can help support Yogurtland Cares and charities that support children and women in need.

Before embarking on their flavor journey, guests will decide to fill an original Yogurtland cup or for an extra $1 they can choose the Hope Cup to fill with their handcrafted flavors and topping choices. All proceeds from the Hope Cups will equally benefit the following three Yogurtland Cares supported charities:

- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – Providing treatment, comfort and hope to millions of sick kids and their families.

- Exodus Cry – Assisting and empowering victims of exploitation around the world.

- Rescuing Lives – Rescuing and caring for widows and orphaned children in poverty stricken areas around the world.

“At Yogurtland, we are grateful for the support our guests show us every day, and we feel it is important for us to share that support and become a beacon of hope for others. Our new Hope Cup will allow us to team up with our fans and provide needed support for children and women in less fortunate circumstances,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland.

The new promotional flavors, available from August 7 to October 1, give froyo lovers the chance to explore new delicious yogurt combinations and pairings while collecting two special edition spoons. For the first time, Yogurtland is offering three-dimensional spoons. These specially designed spoons reflect the theme of hope with a bright yellow sunflower shape and a charming pink flowerpot shape.

Additionally, Yogurtland is offering two promotional toppings - coconut caramel cookies, available August 7, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds, available, September 4. The five delectable promotional flavors are:

- Blissful Banana Toffee Pie- Available August 7 and inspired by the English dessert ‘banofee pie,’ this flavor will have froyo lovers enjoying every spoonful. By combining real bananas with a toffee base and adding hints of graham cracker and shortbread, this tasty froyo perfectly captures the spirit of this popular, decadent dessert pie.

- Molten Lava Cake Gelato- Beginning August 7, guests can enjoy this flavor that derives its taste from the French classic soufflĂ©. This flavor exemplifies a perfect chocolate cake, mixing cocoa and shortbread cookie creating every chocolate lover’s dream flavor.

- Spicy Sweet Chili Mango Sorbet- Guests will be able to explore this tasty treat beginning August 21. As a tribute to the popular combination in Mexico, this flavor brings together Alphonso mango with hints of red chili and lemon flavors. This refreshing flavor delivers the perfect balance of sweet and spice in every spoonful.

- Simply Sublime Pear Tart- Reminiscent of the Asian pear, this scratch-made flavor will be offered in stores beginning September 4. Starting with a pear puree made with Bartlett pears, this flavor mimics sweet, fresh, and ripe in every spoonful. This tart based flavor will have froyo enthusiasts feeling as though they are biting into a deliciously ripe pear.

- Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond- Starting September 18, this no sugar added pistachio almond yogurt will have froyo fans satisfied without the added guilt. Incorporating roasted pistachio butter and real almond butter, this flavor provides the perfect nutty combination that will be sure to please all yogurt lovers.

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

All of Yogurtland’s 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-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

Yogurtland Cares is a charity arm of Yogurtland, serving children and women in need through various charities in the US and abroad. Yogurtland Cares operates as a 501(c) 3 non-profit (Tax ID # 27-1491723). For more information and to learn about the charities Yogurtland Cares supports, please visit www.yogurtlandcares.com

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, August 4, 2017

IFYA Contests Conclude, Winners Selected

Fro-yo girl here. The winners of the two International Frozen Yogurt Association contests have been selected. 

Far Out Froyo Flavors Contest


In the Far Out Froyo Flavors contest, frozen yogurt fans were invited to share their most creative and appealing frozen yogurt flavor ideas from July 4 – July 18, 2017. Each eligible entry was judged for originality, appeal and practicality.

The winning flavor, White Peach Oolong Tea frozen yogurt, was submitted by @xtracetracex on Instagram.

The sweet prize package included a froyo tote bag, Miniso nap pillow, Pressed Juicery x Sugarfina Green Juice gummy bears, Sugarfina Bear-y Smoothie bears, Miniso black coin purse, Miniso lips mini pan, Daiso popsicle pencil case, Miniso notebook, and a Livework pen & pencil set.

Susan Linton, President of the IFYA said, "We created this contest in honor of the IFYA's fourth anniversary. Our creative frozen yogurt flavor contests in the past were for frozen yogurt shops. This year we wanted to give frozen yogurt fans the chance to share their creative frozen yogurt flavor ideas with us. We were inspired by the fact that far out frozen yogurt flavor ideas can come from anywhere. We think it’s important for the frozen yogurt industry to stay innovative and open to new ideas.”

Linton added, “We received great flavor ideas. The winning flavor stood out. It’s a flavor that we haven’t seen before. White peach oolong tea frozen yogurt sounds like a complex, light, refreshing, and fragrant flavor. Imagine the different notes from the tea and the white peach. It sounds like a flavor we would love to try.”

Congratulations to our winner, @xtracetracex.

Menchie’s Num Noms Photo Contest


For the Menchie's Num Noms photo contest, frozen yogurt fans were invited to submit photos that featured Menchie’s and Num Noms on Instagram from July 19, 2017 – July 27, 2017.

The cutest photo contest winner, @db_pottery, won a limited edition Menchie’s Sweet Friends Num Noms starter pack. The Sweet Friends starter pack is available exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide and online beginning July 2017 for $9.99. Num Noms features food based collectible, scented characters. The line was launched in December 2015 and it now has over 80 licensing partners, 400 characters and 50 scent variations.

Susan Linton, President of the IFYA said, "We created this contest to highlight the partnership between MGA Entertainment and Menchie’s, which included the “Smell So Delicious” makeover of Menchie’s locations in the US, Num Noms cup designs and the Sweet Friends Num Noms starter pack. The winning photo featured the Num Noms cups, Menchie holding a trophy and a prize worthy froyo creation. We encourage everyone to look for the winning entry on Instagram, using the hashtag #menchiesnumnomscontest.”

Congratulations to our winner, @db_pottery.

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.