Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yogurt Candy Review: Meiji Yogurt Soft Candy, Senjaku Happy Nikukyu Gummy Candy, Nobel Sours Gummy



Fro-yo girl here. The candymakers in Japan have been busy and yogurt flavored candies are still popular. I found several new yogurt candies on a recent trip to Mitsuwa Market.

Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt Soft Candy Strawberry


Meiji, the maker of Chelsea Yogurt Scotch and Yoglet, now makes Bulgaria Yogurt Soft Candy. Nijiya had one flavor, strawberry. A 33g reseable pouch of Yogurt Soft Candy is $1.89. This was the best tasting candy of the three that I tried. It looks and tastes like a longer, thinner cousin of Mentos. The outer shell of pink strawberry shellac surrounds a firm, chewy interior. It's very chewy and has a slight tartness. It also tastes a bit like bubblegum. The flavor isn't unpleasant but it's not that natural and Mentos tastes better. The candy contains yogurt powder.

Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, vegetable oil, gelatin, yogurt powder, sweetened condensed milk, dried strawberry, soy lecithin, sorbitol, acidulant, guar gum, artificial flavor, shellac, vegetable coloring.

4 out of 5 stars.

Senjaku Happy Nikukyu Gummy Candy: Apple Yogurt


These were very cute. The gummy candy is shaped like a kitten's paw. The bottom layer is white and the top layer is a clear pale peach that sparkles. It's firm and chewy like a gummy candy. The flavor seems sweet and bland at first but it becomes more flavorful and has a slight tartness and milky flavor. The apple flavor does not taste natural.  

Each pouch has one flavor of candy. Flavors include peach, cassis, pineapple and apple. A 40g pouch is $1.59.

Ingredients: Corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, milk calcium, powdered oblart (soy), concentrated apple juice, sorbitol, citric acid, artificial flavor, carnauba wax, anthocyanin, carotenoid color.

3 out of 5 stars.

Nobel Sours Gummy: Strawberry Yogurt


Nobel Sours comes in many flavors. I tried their plain gummy yogurt sours in the past and wasn't a fan. The strawberry yogurt flavor is even worse. I don't like the texture because it's too hard. It's more like a hard gelatin than a gummy. The pink rectangles are coated in a powder. The taste is slightly rotten, slightly like berries, and tangy. 

One 45g pouch is $1.79.

Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, agar agar, corn oil, strawberry juice, oblaat, acidulant, polishing agent, no animal based artificial flavor, emulsifier, anthocyandin, powdered milk.

2 out of 5 stars.

* MITSUWA MARKETPLACE: 515 W Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776

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 16, 2014

Icebee Closes San Francisco Location


Fro-yo girl here. Icebee opened its first location in February 2008 at 829 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103. It was self-serve, the first self-serve froyo shop in SF. The location was convenient for mall shoppers. It survived over 6 years which isn’t too shabby because the yogurt wasn’t that good. I always found their frozen yogurt to be icy so I probably went there two or three times total. Icebee closed in late November 2014.

Yogen Fruz San Francisco, which also opened in 2008, also closed this year. The Embarcadero location was the first Yogen Fruz location in the Bay Area. Tuttimelon closed its Chestnut St. Marina location this year and also the relocated Irving St. shop (Irving St. was their first location), both locations opened in 2008.

2008 was the beginning of the froyo boom in the Bay Area.

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 11, 2014

Meet the Frozen Yogurt Princess



Fro-yo girl here. There is a Frozen Yogurt Princess and it’s not me.

Who is the Frozen Yogurt Princess? 


The Frozen Yogurt Princess is an Adventure Time character. She looks like frozen yogurt (her hair resembles a swirl of vanilla or original tart froyo and her dress looks like an upside down cake cone). She was introduced in an episode called Breezy which aired in June 5, 2014. She dated Finn in that episode. Not much is known about her (hopefully they’ll show more of her on future episodes).

What is Adventure Time?

Adventure Time is an animated TV series that started in 2012 and is about a human boy named Finn and his magical best friend, Jake the Dog. It is shown on the Cartoon Network.

I'm collecting images of the Frozen Yogurt Princess on my Frozen Yogurt Princess Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/froyogirl/frozen-yogurt-princess/

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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New "Test" Flavor at Pinkberry Glendale


Fro-yo girl here. The other day I strolled into Pinkberry's Americana location to take a break from holiday shopping and I was surprised to see a new froyo flavor that I hadn't heard about.

They just added "Popcorn" froyo. It's a test flavor! The flavor has a sweet base (not tangy). The texture was light and smooth. The popcorn flavor was more sweet and buttery than salty. It wasn't that dominant but you could definitely taste the popcorn. Though it's described as sweet and salty, I didn't notice the saltiness. It reminded me of their Butter Pecan flavor.

They also had caramel (pop)corn at the toppings bar.

I'm not sure how long they'll carry this flavor, so if you're interested, check it out soon. Call first to see if it's there.

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

* PINKBERRY AMERICANA: 759 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

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, December 7, 2014

Menchie's Grand Opening Celebration Week Begins in Ventura, CA




Fro-yo girl here. Menchie's opened its first location in Ventura, CA recently and today they kicked off their grand opening week festivities with a ribbon cutting, appearance by Menchie, balloon artist and free froyo.

The first 25 people in line also received a free kid's color in t-shirt. 

The celebration continues all week with special promotions. The first 25 guests on Sunday will receive a free Menchie plushie doll.

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

* MENCHIE'S: 5944 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003

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, December 5, 2014

Win a Free Spaceman USA 6220 Soft Serve Machine


Fro-yo girl here. Want to win a free soft serve frozen yogurt/ice cream machine? Enter the Spaceman USA's holiday giveaway - the prize is the Spaceman USA 6220 countertop machine. The 6220 is incredibly versatile and portable.

It's easy to enter. Like and/or share Spaceman USA's giveaway posts on Facebook or Linked In to enter. Or you can fill out the entry form on the Spaceman USA website: http://spacemanusa.com/holiday-giveaway/

https://www.facebook.com/spacemanus

LinkedIn

Entries accepted until December 19, 2014. Best of luck!


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 2, 2014

Winter Yogurtland Promotion Continues with Two New Festive Flavors: Cinnamon Banana Bread & Eggnog


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland introduced two new festive flavors as part of the Walking in a Winter Yogurtland winter promotion. Eggnog is a returning favorite and features real nutmeg with a hint of vanilla.

Recommended toppings: White chocolate chips, Speculoos cookies 

Cinnamon Banana Bread froyo is a new flavor made with real banana bread, freshly roasted pecans, bananas and a dash of cinnamon. It does taste exactly like banana bread, with that warm baked flavor.

Recommended toppings: Pumpkin bread, cheesecake, almonds, graham crackers

Both flavors are available while supplies last.

Next up: Sticky toffee pudding returns on Dec. 8, inspired by the traditional English treat.

Remember the Yogurtland gift card promotions. From Nov. 10 – Dec. 23, you’ll get a $5 gift card for every $20 in gift cards that you buy. From November 10 – November 30, customers who purchase $7 of froyo will receive a 5-ounce free card.

#WinterYogurtland

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.