Thursday, December 14, 2017

Menchie’s Toasted Coconut Crunch Test Flavor, Fruit Purees




Fro-yo girl here. While I was at Menchie’s University in Encino, CA, I noticed a new test flavor called Toasted Coconut Crunch. It’s made with Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins (the Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins) and has no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup and no partially hydrogenated oils.

* Toasted Coconut Crunch froyo: The texture was creamy and smooth but it tasted like coconut without cookies. I do love cookie froyo flavors, though I’m not a big fan of coconut froyo. So, this flavor was okay for me but a pass because the cookie flavor isn’t noticeable.

I also noticed chilled fruit purees in squeeze bottles in blueberry, strawberry, and passionfruit. I don’t think that I’ve seen these at other Menchie’s locations, so maybe fruit purees will be carried soon at more locations. Yogurtland added fruit purees in June 2016.

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

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

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trader Joe’s Adds Icelandic Yogurt and Yogurt Cheesecake



Fro-yo girl here. I’ve mentioned Icelandic stye yogurt (known as skyr) on this blog quite a few times, because I’ve been a fan since the first time I tried Siggi’s in 2010. Since then, I’ve tried every brand of skyr that I’ve run across. Skyr is strained until it’s rich and thick.

Trader Joe’s has two flavors of skyr, Plain and Strawberry. Both are nonfat. The 8-ounce cups are $1.39 each. Trader Joe’s describes the product as follows, “Just like traditional skyr—which has been a staple of the Icelandic diet since it was brought over from Norway a millennium ago—our Icelandic Style Nonfat Yogurt is strained so that it’s exceptionally thick and creamy. It’s reminiscent of nonfat Greek yogurt, but even smoother and with slightly less bite.”

* Strawberry Icelandic yogurt: This is a blended style yogurt. One container is 190 calories with 0g fat, 26g carbs, 24g total sugars and 20g protein. TJ’s version has more sugar than Smari or Siggi’s, but it’s still got a sourness to it that I like. It’s tangy, sour and pretty sweet at the same time, with intense yogurt flavor. The texture is smooth and thick. Since it has more sugar and isn’t quite as thick as Siggi’s, it doesn’t seem different from Greek yogurt to me. I wish it had less sugar.

Ingredients: Nonfat milk, cane sugar, strawberry puree, strawberries, water, natural strawberry flavor, fruit pectin, locust bean gum, carrot extract (color), streptoccus thermophilus (culture), lemon juice concentrate.

I also noticed that Trader Joe’s now has Chocolate Swirl Icelandic Style Yogurt Cheesecake. It’s huge (650g), so I probably won’t get it but it does sound good, if it’s tangy and not too sweet. You can find this new cheesecake in the frozen foods section with the other frozen pies, cakes, puddings, etc.

3.5 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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Yogurtland Brings Back Eggnog Froyo and Introduces a New Topping



Fro-yo girl here. Eggnog lovers must be enjoying all the eggnog froyo that has returned to froyo shops. Eggnog is one of Tutti Frutti Canada’s winter flavors, one of Menchie’s November featured flavors and now it’s back at Yogurtland, for a limited time.

Yogurtland describes Eggnog froyo as “simple, delicious, and full of holiday cheer. Real nutmeg sprinkled in for a flavor that’s worth a toast.” I don’t like eggnog, so I can’t say that I like Yogurtland’s eggnog froyo. But, I did try a sample and I would pair it with whipped cream, Ghirardelli caramel chips, and graham cracker crumbs.

Speaking of toppings, I did spot a new topping at Yogurtland: Mint & fudge cookies! Yum! These cookies are covered in chocolate.

P.S. I also heard that they’re bringing back Frosted Cookie 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.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Menchie’s Holiday Flavors, Limited Time Flavors Available in December



Fro-yo girl here. Happy December! It’s also time for December’s featured holiday flavors at Menchie’s. They are (with scheduled launch dates):
  • Spiced Gingerbread Cookie (December 1): I’ve had this flavor before, last December and December 2015 as well. I think it tastes like it did before – more like gingerbread spices (cinnamon, ginger) than gingerbread cookies. The texture was smooth and creamy. Recommended toppings: almonds, chocolate shell, brownies
  • Sea Salt Caramel Latte (December 16)
  • Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream made with Golden Oreo cookie pieces (December 1 – available all month)

For some reason, it’s rare for the Menchie’s locations in my area to actually have the new flavors on time. I still haven’t found Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream, even though it’s supposed to be available all month (December) and I really want to try it.

I didn't see any holiday spoons.

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, December 5, 2017

Kirby’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. I can always count on Gelson’s for carrying hard to find, new brands. On a recent trip, I found Kirby’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt. Kirby’s is all natural, with live and active cultures and probiotics. One serving is 160 calories, 4g fat, 23g sugars, and 5g protein.

* Strawberry: The frozen yogurt was dense, firm and creamy. It had a pleasant natural strawberry taste but I didn’t taste tang or yogurt flavor. It was more like an ice cream but an icier, lower fat one. The strawberry flavor wasn’t intense but it was noticeable. I prefer tangier froyo that tastes like yogurt, but Kirby’s is a good choice for those of you who like a sweeter froyo that tastes natural.

Gelson’s had four flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee. The pints were $6.99.

Ingredients: Milk and milk solids, strawberries, sugar, strawberry puree, cream, corn syrup, stabilizer (locust bean gum, carrageenan, dextrose), cultures.

For more information, visit http://www.kirbysyogurt.com/

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

4 out of 5 stars.

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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

South Lake Avenue Holidayfest Recap, Yogurtland Update




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve just returned from South Lake Avenue’s Holidayfest. It’s very much kid-focused but they do have a fun scavenger hunt that people of all ages can enjoy and some amazing raffle prizes that you can enter if you complete the scavenger hunt. Yogurtland donated a certificate for catering for 15 people. Other raffle prizes included gift certificates from Celestino, Dunkin’, Float, Nick’s, Salad Farm, Urban lates and The Counter, gift baskets, etc.

I also spotted roaming holiday characters (Olaf from Frozen, Abomindable Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, a toy soldier), free popcorn, free cookies from Corner Bakery, cookie decorating with Williams Sonoma, live music, Santa (available for photos) and horse and carriage rides.

Yogurtland was one of the scavenger hunt locations and they had a special promotion, 3 oz of free froyo with a minimum 8 oz purchase from 12 PM – 5 PM. I also found out that Yogurtland is bringing back to holiday flavors, Eggnog and Frosted Cookie.

I do really like the new topping, Ghirardelli mini caramel chips. They’re crunchy and not too sweet.

For full details, see: http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2017-holidayfest-12-5pm/

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, November 30, 2017

Original State of Frozen Yogurt Research from the International Frozen Yogurt Association

Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association just completed its state of frozen yogurt industry survey project. There were two sets of surveys, with data gathered from online surveys this fall.

The research project was inspired by the desire to learn more about the frozen yogurt industry by asking consumers and shop owners. Some of the goals of the research were to:


  • Give shop owners a chance to learn how they compared to other frozen yogurt shops and to hear what consumers were looking for
  • Provide suppliers information about frozen yogurt shops and how the shops felt about their suppliers
  • Allow members and others a chance to provide suggestions on how the IFYA could better serve its members

National Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey

The IFYA sponsored the first National Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey during the fall of 2017 and received 174 responses from across the US.

The survey included questions about loyalty, current consumption, future consumption, frozen yogurt attitudes, and preferences and demographics. Consumers were asked how much they liked the major frozen yogurt chains, what shop attributes were important, what might increase their frozen yogurt shop visits, how often they consume frozen yogurt, taste preferences, etc. In the analysis, the IFYA looked at differences based on gender, age, region (geographic location) and frequency of froyo shop visits.

The full results are available for $150. To order the report or for more information, please contact info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey

In September 2017, the IFYA invited frozen yogurt shop owners in the United States to take an anonymous online survey. The survey included questions such as how many hours a week do you spend managing the shop, what items does your shop sell (besides frozen yogurt), how well is your shop doing in terms of sales compared to this time last year, how satisfied are you with your decision to open your business, etc.

The IFYA received 59 responses from frozen yogurt shop owners. During the analysis, the IFYA looked at differences based on age of the shop, how much time the owner spends managing the shop, whether the owner had experience managing a foodservice business, and several other variables.

The full results are available for $150. To order the report or for more information, please contact us at info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

About the International Frozen Yogurt Association


The International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA) serves as an unbiased source of support and information for current and prospective frozen yogurt store operators. The Association sets and promotes standards to elevate the quality of frozen yogurt stores through the Swirl of Honor™ program. IFYA represents frozen yogurt shops, suppliers and consumers across the world. Visit the IFYA website, http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/, for additional information.


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.