Thursday, July 20, 2017

IFYA Launches the Menchie’s Num Noms Photo Contest


Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA) announced the launch of a new contest, the Menchie’s Num Noms photo contest. In this Instagram photo contest, IFYA is looking for the cutest photo that features Menchie’s.

PRIZE


* Menchie’s Num Noms Starter Pack (retail value, $9.99)

This is a limited edition starter pack and it’s scented. The Sweet Friends Limited Edition starter pack is available exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide and online for $9.99.

HOW TO ENTER

1. Follow the International Frozen Yogurt Association (@intlfroyoassn) on Instagram and post your Menchie’s photo on Instagram with the tag #menchiesnumnomscontest. The photo must be posted using a public IG profile.

2. The photo must be posted with the tag, #menchiesnumnomscontest, during the contest entry period: 7/19/2017– midnight PST on 7/27/2017.

3. The winner will be announced on Instagram on 7/30.

The prize will be mailed to US addresses only. Entrants should be at least 13 years old.

To find your closest Menchies, see here: http://www.menchies.com/locations.php

This contest is not sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are at least 13 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

For the complete contest rules, visit http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/official-rules-menchies-num-noms-photo-contest/

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


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Menchie’s Num Noms Starter Pack Now on Sale at Toys R Us



Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s Sweet Friends Num Noms Starter Pack is now available exclusively at Toys”R”Us. I’m looking at mine now. It comes with:

  • Barry (strawberry scented)
  • Menchie (vanilla scented) - the only one that looks like froyo
  • Mellow (marshmallow scented
  • Chip Gloss-up (chocolate scented) - lip gloss
  • Mini Menchie’s cup
  • Mini Menchie’s spoon that says Num Noms on it

Chip fits into the Menchie’s cup and he can be combined with Barry, Menchie or Mellow to create a froyo mix. The packaging is cute because it has Menchie's friends before the Num Noms transformation.

This is a limited edition starter pack. The Menchie’s Sweet Friends Limited Edition starter pack is available exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide and online for $9.99.

Be sure to stop by your local Menchies and see the “Smell So Delicious” makeover that offers two exclusive Num Noms-themed limited-edition frozen yogurt cups.

And stay tuned for an announcement later this week of a new IFYA Menchie’s Num Noms contest.

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

Here's the official press release about the Menchie's Num Noms partnership:

MGA ENTERTAINMENT TEAMS UP WITH MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT FOR NATIONWIDE NUM NOMS THEMED PROMOTION BASED ON POPULAR MENCHIE’S CHARACTERS

“Menchie’s Sweet Friends™” Limited Edition Starter Pack Available Now Only at Toys“R”Us®

Van Nuys, CA (July 2017) – Summer is getting a little sweeter as the world’s leading private toy company, MGA Entertainment, Inc. (“MGAE”), and Menchie’s, the nation’s largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, partner for a nationwide promotion available only at Toys“R”Us®. Num NomsTM, the hottest collectible with more than 400 characters and 50 smell variations, are launching an exclusive Menchie’s “starter pack” featuring the Menchie’s Sweet Friends including Menchie, Barry, Chip and Mellow.

“We are excited to see our Menchie’s Sweet Friends transformed into collectible, scented Num Noms characters that are sure to make people smile,” said Amit Kleinberger, Menchie’s CEO. “

“Menchie’s stores are colorful, fun and friendly, bringing a smile to every guest in much the same way that Num Noms creates a truly unique and engaging experience for its fans,” added MGAE’s Head of Global Licensing, Juli Boylan. “We’re excited to offer everyone a special way to celebrate summertime with delicious Menchie’s yogurt and a new exclusive Num Noms toy.”

In addition to the launch of the Sweet Friends Limited Edition Starter Pack, approximately 420 Menchie’s stores throughout the United States will get a “Smell so delicious” makeover and offer two exclusive Num Noms-themed limited-edition frozen yogurt cups.

Num Noms, which first launched in the U.S. in December 2015, has continuously delighted millions of children with each new series release. With the newest edition to the franchise being Num Noms Lights, more characters and combinations will be coming to market in summer 2017.

The Sweet Friends Limited Edition starter pack is available exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide and online beginning July 2017 for $9.99.

To find a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location near you, please visit Menchies.com

About Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Menchie's creates lasting memories by providing an unparalleled guest experience with a mission to make every guest smile. Menchie's is a world-leader of ensuring best-in-class products and is the ambassador of frozen yogurt quality worldwide. With 550 stores, the franchise has locations open in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, and more. Menchie's expects to celebrate 600 stores in 2017. Guaranteeing happiness in every cup, the brand offers guests premium rotating yogurt flavors and delicious toppings for unlimited combinations in every bite. The proprietary collection is made from the milk of "smiley" California cows, which have not been treated with artificial growth hormones (rBST). Menchie's frozen yogurt contains live and active cultures and has received the Live and Active Culture (LAC) seal indicating its endorsement by the National Yogurt Association. For more information, please visit www.menchies.com. Like Menchie’s on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/MyMenchies or follow on Twitter and Instagram at www.Twitter.com/MyMenchies andhttps://www.Instagram.com/MyMenchies/.

About Num Noms

A cup full of cuteness and a spoonful of surprise make Num Noms so special. Targeted at girls ages 5–9, the food-themed, scented and super-cute collectibles can be mixed and matched to create flavor fusions. With the ability to mix, match and stack to create super special recipes with more than 400 characters and 50+ scents, kids love to display, trade and collect them all. Each Num and Nom character is full of surprises!

To learn more information about Num Noms, go to http://www.NumNoms.com or to the official Num Noms YouTube, Instagram,Facebook or Twitter pages.

About MGA Entertainment 

MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products company headquartered in Van Nuys, California, manufactures innovative lines of proprietary and licensed products including toys and games, dolls, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery and sporting goods. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as Little Tikes®, Lalaloopsy™, Project Mc2 ™, Bratz®, Num Noms™, Gel-a-Peel™, and Zapf Creation®. Visit us at www.mgae.com.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Yogurtland Flavor, Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart



Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtand’s Joy promotion continues with the introduction of a new hand-crafted flavor today, Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart. It’s described as follows, “A Guest favorite, Alphonso Mango Tart, gets a fun makeover for summer. Sweet and lightly tart apricots with juicy mango make a tart treat we’re sure our Guests will love!” The flavor is nonfat.

* Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart:
I could definitely taste the Alphonso Mango, which is sweet and juicy. The apricot flavor is there too – it makes the flavor tangier and more interesting. It's a heavier tart flavor. The flavor coated my tongue and it didn't leave a clean finish. It was filmier. I would keep it simple to enjoy the flavor of the fruit. There’s no need for toppings, though some fresh mango would be nice and maybe some Nilla wafers.

Who remembers Yogurtland’s Apricot Tart flavor? It was first introduced in 2011 during the 12 Days of Yuletide Yumminess promotion. I remember seeing it again in 2013.

Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart is the last of the JOY flavors. It’s a limited time flavor, so get to Yogurtland before they run out. Stay tuned for the next Yogurtland promotion – Hope.

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, July 15, 2017

Yogurtland Tejon Ranch Has Closed


Fro-yo girl here. It’s been awhile since I’ve driven past Tejon Ranch on the I-5. In February 2012, Yogurtland opened at Tejon Ranch. I visited the location in 2013 and was pleased to see the giant Yogurtland spoon door handles. I remember some of the fruit wasn’t fresh during my visit. A few years later, the Yogurtland symbol appeared on the big Tejon Ranch roadside sign.

I noticed the sign had disappeared and sure enough, the Yogurtland location has closed. The last Instagram post was in September 2016.

It was the only froyo shop in town and a pleasant stop on during a long drive.

* YOGURTLAND: 5602 Dennis McCarthy Dr, Lebec, CA 93243

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Reminder: IFYA is Looking for Far Out Froyo Flavors in a New Contest


Fro-yo girl here. There's still time to share your far out froyo flavor ideas with the International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA).

THE PRIZE


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Sweet Gift Bag that includes the following (contents are pictured above):
  • Froyo tote bag
  • Miniso pink cat nap pillow with pockets 
  • Miniso black coin purse with key ring
  • Miniso grey hardcover notebook
  • Miniso mini lips frying pan
  • Daiso pink popsicle pencil case
  • Livework pen & pencil set
  • Sugarfina Bear-y Smoothie bears, small cube, 3 oz
  • Pressed Juicery & Sugarfina Green Juice gummy bears, limited edition, half size, 7.6 oz 

The prize pack will be mailed to a US address.

HOW TO ENTER

Flavor ideas are being accepted on Instagram (follow IG: @intlfroyoassn, repost the IFYA's IG contest post with the tag #faroutfroyoflavors and your flavor idea), from now until midnight, July 18, 2017 or by emailing the frozen yogurt flavor idea with the subject line, Far-Out Froyo Flavor Contest, to info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com. If submitting your idea on Instagram, your IG profile needs to be public. 

This contest is open to US residents (over 13 years old please). Participants can enter multiple frozen yogurt flavor ideas.

Each entry will be judged for originality, appeal and practicality. One winner will be announced on July 29, 2017.

RULES

For the complete contest rules, visit http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/official-rules-far-froyo-flavor-contest/

Good 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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

N Gelato Opens in Azusa


Fro-yo girl here. If you’re wondering whether N Gelato has frozen yogurt, of course it does. It has much more than gelato. N Gelato has customizable liquid nitrogen frozen desserts where you choose the base and the mix ins. The dessert is then blended together. Or, you can get soft serve froyo, gelato, and sorbet with or without mix-ins. You can also add toppings like cereal, candy, fruit, sauces, nuts, cookies and cheesecake bites.

N Gelato opened in late April, across the street from Azusa Pacific University and very close to Yogurtland. They took over the old Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt space. Tutti Frutti had different froyo machines and furniture, so N Gelato actually remodeled the place and bought their own Stoelting yogurt machines.

I haven’t tried it yet because I was full from lunch and I thought it was just a gelato place.

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

* N GELATO: 992 E Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

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, July 11, 2017

Central Coast Froyo: Yogurt Creations Has Closed in San Luis Obispo


Fro-yo girl here. San Luis Obispo, one of the largest cities on the Central Coast, has been a hotbed of froyo shop activity. Years before cities like Santa Maria had froyo, SLO had multiple frozen yogurt shops like Bali’s, Country Culture and Froggie’s. Bali’s had self-serve froyo years before anyone else in the area.

As froyo took off, other shops opened, like Yogurt Creations (the first of the newer self-serve froyo shops), Dlish, Teaberry, Snofari and Yogurtland. Many of these shops were very close to each other. Older shops closed, including Bali’s in 2015.

Yogurt Creations opened in downtown SLO in 2008. I visited a few months after it opened. I noticed that they only had one tart flavor at the time. Yogurt Creations became the dominant player in the area, with locations in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Atascadero and at Cal Poly. I was able to try Bali's before it closed and I preferred Bali's to Yogurt Creations.

The Yogurt Creations location in downtown SLO recently closed. It was a great location but also very close to Teaberry and Yogurtland. There is considerably less froyo in downtown SLO now but more froyo in the Central Coast area.

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

* YOGURT CREATIONS: 1075 Court St., Ste. 130, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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.