Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Froyo Cinco De Mayo


Fro-yo girl here. Happy Cinco De Mayo froyo fans! Yes, it is possible to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with frozen yogurt. Here are a few suggestions for your Froyo Cinco De Mayo:

Pinkberry recently introduced Cinnamon Churro frozen yogurt, along with Raspberry and their first dairy-free flavor, Tropical Mango.

Remember Churro froyo, inspired by Mexico, which Yogurtland introduced as part of Flavor Quest 2015? Use your Yogurtland Real Rewards app to see if you can find Churro in your area.


sweetFrog has a Cinco De Mayo special, get two 12 ounce cups or one 24 ounce cup for $5.55 at participating locations.

Tell the cashier Happy Cinco De Mayo at Mojo Yogurt to get 50% off today.

Yumilicious in Dallas, Texas has a new flavor inspired by Mexico called Chamoyada which they describe as “sweet & tangy Mexican spiced yogurt with a kick.” It's available at all their Dallas Forth Worth locations.


The Arizona Diamondbacks introduced the Churro Dog this year, featuring a chocolate glazed donut stuffed with a churro topped with froyo, caramel and chocolate sauce.

In Ada, Oklahoma you don’t have to leave the restaurant, Fresco’s Mexican Grill &Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, to get your Mexican food and frozen yogurt.

You can always buy a churro and stick it in your favorite cup of froyo.


Be sure to check out the new Pinterest board, Cinco De Mayo Froyo, for Cinco De Mayo inspired froyo images.

Happy Froyo Cinco De Mayo!

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

* FRESCO’S MEXICAN GRILL & GOURMET FROZEN YOGURT: 1010 Lonnie Abbot Blvd., Ada, OK 74820

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, May 4, 2015

Menchie’s Froyo Cake




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been longing for a froyo cake for years but so few places have them. That might be about to change. Menchie’s University in Encino, CA is currently offering ready-made and custom froyo cakes. They come in one size that feeds 10-12 people. A cake is $24.99.

To build your own froyo cake, you choose a base (chocolate cake, vanilla cake or waffle crisp), two froyo flavors (the selection depends on what’s in store), toppings (these go inside your cake) and decorations. They have a library of cake images to choose from (including designs that feature Menchie and his Sweet Friends) or if you email a picture, they can put it on your cake. You can also add sprinkles to your cake. They’re testing adding colors to the frosting. The standard color is white and it tastes like a whipped and sweet. It’s not a buttercream frosting or whipped cream. The flavor is mild.

The froyo cake came in a cute Menchie’s box with a sticker. The sticker had a survey URL; take the survey and get $5 worth of free froyo.

The cake had Mud Pie and Peanut Butter froyo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and chocolate cake. The chocolate cake was dense and not dry. The frozen yogurt was pretty solid but the frosting was very soft. It took a little effort to slice and serve the cake. In terms of taste, it wasn’t a surprise since I’ve had those flavors before and the firmness of the frozen yogurt worked well in cake form. The Reese’s Peanut Butter cups overpowered the Mud Pie froyo flavor though. I might prefer froyo cake without toppings in the middle.Mudslide, peanut butter, chocolate cake, Reese’s PB cups,

Menchie’s University is the training center for new Menchie’s franchisees and it’s your regular looking froyo shop that’s open to the public. It’s the place where new products are tested and where they have events like the Nutella preview event, froyo cake tasting event and coffee testing.

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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, May 3, 2015

Menchie’s New May Flavors: Fudgy Chocolate Sorbet & Creamy Cocoa Hazelnut made with Nutella


Fro-yo girl here. It’s a new month and that means it’s time for new froyo flavors at Menchie’s. May’s new Menchie’s flavors take you to a chocolate-y place: Fudgy Chocolate Sorbet and Creamy Cocoa Hazelnut made with Nutella.

Fudgy chocolate sorbet is a dairy-free flavor that’s gluten free and made with real dutch cocoa. I liked how it wasn’t too icy. It tasted like a fudgsicle popsicle, like many chocolate flavors I’ve tried before.

Recommended toppings: Cap’n Crunch, coconut, banana, cheesecake

Creamy cocoa hazelnut made with Nutella was creamier (it’s a frozen yogurt) and much more indulgent, especially with the Nutella topping. The Nutella frozen yogurt tastes like you’d expect (like Nutella). The Nutella sauce is thick and dense. The “yogurt” flavor was difficult to discern.

Recommended toppings: Almonds, raspberries, Nutella, Heath bar and a waffle bowl (not a topping but the crunch would pair well with Nutella)


Both flavors are available for a limited time. Menchie's associates have new Nutella t-shirts and I also spotted a big inflatable Nutella jar. Cute.

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, May 2, 2015

Flip Flop Yogurt Shoppe Wins the "If Your Flavor Dreams Came True" Contest



Fro-yo girl here. Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt, a leading manufacturer and international wholesaler of soft serve mixes, and the International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA) announced the winner of the If Your Flavor Dreams Came True, a new contest to help make your flavor dreams come true.

Frozen yogurt shops were invited to submit their dream frozen yogurt flavors for a chance to win the grand prize, 3 cases of Nanci's Frozen Yogurt, worth $2,430.

And the winner is...drumroll...Flip Flop Yogurt Shoppe of Crystal River, Florida. Owner Lindsey Hodgkins submitted her dream flavor, Cannoli, inspired by her Italian heritage.

Flip Flop Yogurt Shoppe is located at 4 NE 5th St, Crystal River, FL 34429. If you're in or near Crystal River, check out the shop!

Congrats to Flip Flop Yogurt Shoppe! Fingers crossed that we'll see Cannoli frozen yogurt in the near future.

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


About Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt

With more than 25 years of frozen yogurt experience, we’ve perfected our mixes for optimal taste, texture, and nutritional value. Each product is designed to be a stand-alone mix that you can put directly into your soft serve machine or a neutral base that you can flavor with one of our 100+ flavors. With convenient flexibility, our dry frozen yogurt mixes are perfect for self-serve frozen yogurt stores. Nanci’s mixes are sold across the United States and in more than 25 countries, including India, Australia, Greece, South America, Africa, and Europe.

Our products are made with the highest-quality, gluten free ingredients, including pure crystalline fructose, a natural sweetener found in fruit, berries, and sweet corn. We also use PowerPro Active Cultures, encapsulated probiotic cultures that are protected in the dry form and deliver all the health benefits you expect from frozen yogurt.

With research and development done in house, we can provide custom formulas and private label mixes. Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt is family owned and operated, and we pride ourselves on providing unparalleled customer service. We’ll work with you on everything from product choice to business strategy. For additional information, please visit www.nancis.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 works to set and promote standards to elevate the quality of frozen yogurt stores and recognizes those that meet the Swirl of Honor™ standards of the industry. IFYA represents frozen yogurt shops, suppliers and consumers across the world. Visit the IFYA website, http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/, for additional information.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Starbucks Evolution Fresh Smoothies Review


Fro-yo girl here. Starbucks introduced handcrafted Evolution Fresh Smoothies in select locations in late March 2015. The smoothies, which feature proprietary Dannon Greek nonfat yogurt and Evolution Fresh cold pressed juice, are available in three flavors: Sweet Greens, Strawberry and Mango.

Dannon’s Greek yogurt has no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

The in-store signage had pictures of the smoothies but did not describe what was in the smoothies. The baristas I spoke to weren’t sure what was in the smoothies. I asked one if Sweet Greens contained banana and he said no. Sweet Greens has banana puree. Another one wasn’t sure but looked at the list of ingredients.

The smoothies are available in one size, Grande, for $5.95. They’re made to order. The barista combines ice, yogurt and bottled juice.

* Sweet Greens: I’ve had Evolution Fresh’s green juices. They’re not as good as many other cold pressed juice places (e.g., Pressed Juicery, Juice Shop, Living Greens). I was expecting Sweet Greens (vegetable juice) with yogurt added to it. I was surprised that the smoothie also contained mango and banana. Bad idea. The flavor was muddled…it tasted sour and unpleasant…imagine sour bananas…it wasn’t creamy. It wasn't made well. The ice chunks were too big and there was too much ice. I couldn’t taste the yogurt. I couldn’t drink more than a sip. So gross…how did this pass the pilot test? 


As a regular drinker of green juice, I don't like the idea of adding mango and banana to what is mostly a vegetable juice.

* Mango Carrot: This was smoother and not as icy as Sweet Greens. It was also much sweeter. I couldn’t taste the yogurt and the aftertaste wasn’t clean.

Somehow adding yogurt to Evolution Fresh juices makes the juices taste worse. Starbucks, bring back your froyo smoothies...

2 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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Yulu Aussie Yogurt Review




Fro-yo girl here. Yulu Yogurt is a new “Aussie style” yogurt brand introduced earlier this year by Colorado based, WhiteWave Foods. The yogurt is “double smoothed” and inspired by an Australian recipe. The yogurt is full fat and all natural. Each cup is 5.3 ounces and 170-180 calories.

I found Yulu at Von’s for $1.99 each. I tried two flavors.

Vanilla bean: The texture was smooth, creamy and slightly whipped, making it lighter/less dense than your usual Greek yogurt. The vanilla bean specks were visible. The yogurt was less sweet and even a bit sour but the aftertaste wasn’t clean (look at all that they add to it, the locust bean gum is bitter). It’s all natural but it didn’t taste clean/pure.

Blueberry: The blueberry puree was at the bottom. The texture was whipped and smoothed. The blueberry puree made the bitterness less pronounced; it tasted better than the vanilla.

Available flavors: Blueberry, Honey, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean

Ingredients (Blueberry): Cultured grade A milk, cream, cane sugar, blueberry puree, milk protein concentrate, corn starch, whey protein concentrate, natural flavor, honey, agar, pectin, locust bean gum, fruit and vegetable juice concentrate (for color), live and active cultures.


If you're looking for a better tasting Aussie style yogurt, try Noosa.

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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stonyfield Petite Crème Review



Fro-yo girl here. Have you taken the Stonyfield personality quiz? Answer four questions and you’ll be paired with the Stonyfield product that best matches your personality.

According to the quiz, Petite Crème best suits me. I’m surprised because it’s not yogurt, though it is yogurt like. Petite Crème is Greek yogurt’s less tangy French cousin. It’s described as mild, silky and less tart. It’s inspired by the French fromage blanc, a sweet fresh cows’ milk cheese.

The reason I love yogurt is its tart and tangy quality, so the idea of a more mild, less tart isn’t appealing. In fact I saw Petit Crème months ago but it wasn’t on my “to try” list because it isn’t yogurt.

I found Petite Crème on sale at Whole Foods, 4 for $5. The suggested retail price is $1.99 (Whole Foods charges $2.19). A cup is 5.3 ozs with 10g of protein and 2.5g of total fat.

Flavors: Vive La Vanilla, La Vie en Strawberry, Belle Blueberry, Mon Cherry Amour, Ooh Lala Peach, Plain & Simple, Strawberry-Banana Menage

  • Vive La Vanilla: It’s clumpier than Greek yogurt but otherwise similar in consistency and thickness. The flavor is less tangy but still has some tang. It’s fairly sweet. I found it less flavorful than a good Greek yogurt and more “cream” tasting. It wasn’t noticeably cheesy.
  • La Vie en Strawberry: Similar in consistency to Vive La Vanilla but the strawberry gave it more flavor. I liked the tiny strawberry bits. It was still sweeter and less tangy than I prefer. Mr. Froyo felt that it was not significantly different from yogurt.
  • Belle Blueberry: Thick, creamy, sweet yet some tang, more bland and less tangy than Greek, a few tiny blueberries at the bottom have little flavor 

My favorite flavor: La Vie en Strawberry

Ingredients (Vive La Vanilla): Cultured pasteurized organic nonfat milk, organic sugar, organic cream, organic corn starch, organic natural vanilla flavor, organic guar gum, organic vanilla bean specks

The product is interesting but not as different from yogurt as I thought it would be. I did like it better than Stonyfield Oh My Yog!

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.