Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Berry Fresh Flavors at Pinkberry: Blueberry and Strawberry Margarita





Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry has declared it a “berry good summer” and introduced two new berry fresh flavors. Hello new flavors!

Strawberry Margarita (it’s non alcoholic) is described as fruity + citrus and is “swirled, not shaken. It’s made with real strawberries, lime juice sprinkled with triple berry salt topping for a fun margarita like experience.” The berry salt wasn’t available at my Pinkberry (it’s on the way though). This flavor is  intriguing – it tastes like strawberries and a carbonated citrusy flavor – not straight strawberry + lime, there’s something else going on. It’s got a definite tang, stronger than most Pinkberry flavors.

Blueberry: “Blueberry Pinkberry is made with real blueberries and offers a fresh and fruity flavor that is bound to be a new summer favorite .” I’m happy that they finally make a Blueberry flavor and it’s very good. You can see bits of blueberries. It’s light, smooth and sweeter (yet still tart based).

Suggested toppings: Fresh berries, shortbread cookies, yogurt chips, mochi, almonds

They didn’t have new toppings (except the berry salt which hadn’t arrived yet) or new shakes, but I learned that the shortbread cookies and popcorn are going away soon.  I love the shortbread cookies…they have a slight saltiness that goes so well with 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.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Expansion of Ralph’s Westwood Village Includes Self-Serve Froyo





Fro-yo girl here. Where can you find the largest Ralph’s supermarket in California?  The answer is Westwood Village, at the former location of Bullock’s, on the edge of the UCLA campus. This location is a monster – it looks like a merger of more than one market because one side looks different from the other.  That’s because it was expanded by 40,000 square feet in November 2014.

The Ralph’s of the future/Ralph’s 2.0 is open 24 hours and includes a several prepared food bars (including an organic salad bar), Cork & Tap wine and beer bar with flatscreen TVs, walk in wine vault, Murray’s Cheese counter, staffed sushi bar with counter dining and the Dessert Bar.

The Dessert Bar had its grand opening on Friday, June 26. The staffed area features gelato, cupcakes, a self-serve froyo bar and toppings. It’s the first Ralph’s with a self-serve  froyo bar. There are 10 flavors on tap (housed in five Electro Freeze machines) and a middle handle to swirl two side by side flavors together. The froyo is from Dannon. The flavor signs have nutritional information. The yogurt had a nice creamy, smooth texture (the same Dannon yogurt at Rite Aid, which uses Stoelting machines, was icy and gritty). They had sorbets and no sugar added options as well.

The toppings bar is smaller but they offer some healthy items like hemp seeds, pecans, almonds and fresh fruit, along with candy, cookies, marshmallows, chocolate chips and syrups (even Nutella). Froyo and toppings are 45 cents an ounce.

They’ve done a nice job with the Dessert Bar. Having it staffed helps a lot. The staff person was friendly and offered samples. Plus he kept the area clean.

This Ralph’s also has an excellent select of fresh yogurt and packaged frozen yogurt – it’s like they’re trying to carry everything. 

Get two hours free parking in the parking lot with validation.

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

* RALPH’S FRESH FARE: 10861 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA 90024

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, July 1, 2015

Yogurtland Candy Crush Sweet Treats Campaign Preview










Fro-yo girl here. I’m back from the Yogurtland Candy Crush preview party at Yogurtland HQ! The “Sweet Treats” campaign (#YogurtlandSweetTreats) launches on July 6 and runs through September 13. I’ll have the full scoop later but I have lots of details already.

New Candy Crush inspired flavors: The new flavors are inspired by the Candy Crush game. Every two weeks Yogurtland will introduce two new flavors (on Mondays…mark your calendar). The new flavors with release dates are:

  • Orange Fizz Sorbet (July 6)
  • Maple Donut (July 6)
  • Blue Raspberry Sorbet (July 20)
  • Chocotastic! Sorbet (July 20)
  • Salted Caramel Gelato (August 3) – it’s cultured
  • Candy Clouds (August 3)
  • Lemonade Lake (August 17)
  • Cupcake Carnival (August 17)
  • Butterscotch (August 31)
  • Minty Meadow (August 31)

Candy Crush inspired toppings: Sugary squirms, candy fish, color bombs and blue raspberry candy bears, frosted donuts and chocolate wafer wharfs 

New collectible spoons: There are five new designs. I don’t know the names but the spoons are topped with items you see in the Candy Crush game. There’s a blue candy, teal bear, orange soda bottle, red candy fish and a purple flower candy.



New collectible cups: You’ll see two collectible cup designs. Look closely at my pictures. You’ll see the cups and the new spoons.

Launch parties: Select Yogurtland locations will have launch parties! I’ll share the locations once I have that info.

Sweet Treats Sweepstakes: You’ll have a chance to win instant prizes like free froyo for a year and the unlimited cup of froyo

Preview party: The preview party at headquarters was attended by various bloggers, mostly lifestyle/mom bloggers. Yogurtland had most of the new flavors on tap, gift bags, temporary tattoo station, photo booth and prize wheel. Attendees received a Yogurtland Platinum card too (I got mine years ago!). 

All of the flavors were very good. My friend and I liked Maple Donut froyo best – it’s not as sweet as a real donut and had a lovely, warm maple flavor. I was pleasantly surprised by Cotton Clouds – it tastes way better than cotton candy because it’s not cloyingly sweet and has more flavor than cotton candy. Orange Fizz Sorbet brought back memories of drinking orange soda as a child. Salted Caramel Gelato had a subtle amount of salt and richer, denser texture. The frosted donut was too much…too sweet…



The temporary tattoos featured Yogurtland and Candy Crush. The photos said Sweet Treats on them. I love the cute Candy Crush socks – they won’t be sold at Yogurtland but they don’t say Yogurtland on them so I’m not too devastated. Yogurtland staff wore green Candy Crush Yogurtland t-shirts.

I started playing Candy Crush a few weeks ago because I wanted to understand the new campaign. I get it – even the toppings are inspired by the game. It’s cuter now that I understand the references.

Check back for more info on the #YogurtlandSweetTreats #YogurtlandCandyCrush campaign and find more pictures on Pinterest, @froyogirl

Thanks Yogurtland for the party!

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, June 27, 2015

Rainbow Yo, the Better, Grown Up Rainbow Sherbet



Fro-yo girl here. Summer and childhood remind me of rainbow sherbet, specifically Thrifty’s Rainbow Sherbet. Thrifty’s Rainbow Sherbet featured orange, raspberry and lime sherbets swirled together. It was so colorful and fun to eat. I also liked that it was creamy and fruity.

The other day I saw a sign for Rainbow Yo outside of Jeni’s Los Feliz and ordered a cup with Black Currant, Lemon and Mango Lassi frozen yogurt. The combination of the three froyo flavors, their vivid color and the creaminess totally brought me back to my childhood days of eating rainbow sherbet, only Jeni’s version was way better – with varying levels of tartness, extra creaminess and quality ingredients like biodynamic yogurt.

Jeni’s also makes a Rainbow Frozen Yogurt with a blend of Red Raspberry, Lime Cardamom and Passion Fruit frozen yogurt. It’s not available year round but you can make your own Rainbow Yo by choosing a couple of Jeni’s frozen yogurt flavors (like the new Black Currant Frozen Yogurt) and eating them together. Rainbow cones have been spotted at Jeni's Scoop Shops.

Rainbowing ice cream or frozen yogurt involves putting two or more different flavors into one container so that when you run your scoop or spoon through, you get all the flavors.

Happy Pride Month! Eat Rainbow Yo!

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

* JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS: 1954 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90027

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, June 25, 2015

Burbank Froyo Guide

Fro-yo girl here. I’ve traveled all over Burbank, CA to visit every froyo shop in town, including frozen yogurt shops that have closed their doors for good (RIP, Yogurtiers, Froyo Bliss). Yogurtiers, which opened in 2008, was Burbank’s first frozen yogurt shop. There are currently 6 frozen yogurt shops in Burbank and only one of these, Pit Stop Froyo & More, is an independent froyo shop. All of them are self-serve.


Downtown Burbank

Yogurtland has two locations in Burbank. The downtown Burbank Yogurtland location (304 N San Fernando Blvd.) turned 5 last year (the celebration included free froyo and prizes). They carried the Yogurtland cookie dividers early on.

Pinkberry (120 E Palm Ave.) is across from the AMC Burbank 16 movie theater and it has the distinction of being the first self-serve Pinkberry location. There are 12 self-serve froyo flavors a day and your typical Pinkberry toppings bar (fresh fruit, popping boba, mochi, candy, nuts, cookies, sauces, Nutella, granola, coconut, cheesecake, brownies, cereal, waffle cookies, and luxe toppings) for 49 cents an ounce. It’s very similar to a regular Pinkberry only with more flavors, larger cups and the self-serve format.




Burbank Bob Hope Airport/Magnolia Park

I’m not too familiar with this area but it has strip malls and Magnolia Park has interesting retro/vintage boutiques (apparently it's a new shopping hot spot). FroyoFace recently morphed into Pit Stop Froyo & More (3503 W Magnolia Blvd.). Pit Stop has six self-serve froyo flavors a day (from YoCream), juices, smoothies, and boba drinks. About a block away, the ARCO station has a Yumz Express (3701 W Magnolia Blvd.) with four flavors of froyo. While you can serve yourself, the pricing is based on cup size. The frozen yogurt we tried was horrible…definitely avoid – it’s the worst place in town. Pit Stop and Yumz are right by Porto's Bakery and the Magnolia Park shopping district.

Menchie’s (3800 Verdugo Ave.) is also close by and the Yogurtland (2400 W Victory Blvd.) has a nice outdoor patio. Both are in strip malls.

Scoopable Froyo

You can also get scoopable froyo at Quenelle, Cold Stone Creamery and Ben & Jerry’s but why bother?

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, June 23, 2015

Frozen Yogurt at Circle K, Electro Freeze Fuzionate in Action



Fro-yo girl here. You may have noticed that frozen yogurt machines are showing up outside of froyo shops – and inside gas station convenience stores, drugstores, and supermarkets. Recently the Circle K 76 gas station in Alameda

This Circle K convenience store is about a year old and near downtown Alameda. Circle K has a frozen treats area with a case of Thrifty’s Ice Cream (sold by the scoop) and an Electro Freeze Fuzionate machine, which carries 9 flavors (a base flavor and others made by adding flavor syrup). Surprisingly, the froyo isn’t self-serve.

This is the first time I’ve seen Fuzionate at a shop so it was definitely exciting. Grab an employee if you want froyo. A small cup is $2.99 and a large $3.99. Toppings are 59 cents – I’m not sure if you can add your own toppings but the toppings were accessible so maybe you can. I didn’t see fruit toppings but they had cookie dough, popping boba, mochi, jellies, granola, cheesecake and syrups. The toppings were covered (good idea).

The flavors on the board didn’t match the flavors on the machine – so that was confusing. The idea behind Fuzionate is appealing – lots of flavors available from one machine – but in order for it to appeal, the flavor syrup needs to be well mixed into the base flavor and taste appealing.

The raspberry froyo that I tried had little flavor syrup so it mostly tasted like vanilla.

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

* CIRCLE K 76: 1716 Webster St., Alameda, CA 94501

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, June 20, 2015

Father’s Day Froyo 2015

Fro-yo girl here. I’ve compiled a list of froyo shops with Father’s Day froyo specials this year. With chains, be sure to call ahead to make sure the location is participating. Some froyo shops announce their specials on Father's Day so if you don't see your shop on this list, ask them if they have a Father's Day special or check their FB, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Here’s a list of froyo shops offering deals on Father’s Day:

  • Craze: 6 ounces free for dad
  • Frozu: Buy one, get one free for dad
  • Goji’s (Riverview, Trinity, Dieppe, Shediac): Buy one, get one free
  • Goji’s Kelowna: Dads get a coupon for free froyo
  • Hoopla: 12 ounces free for dad
  • Menchie’s Cambie St.: Buy one, get dad’s ½ off
  • Mimi’s: 50% off for dads
  • Mochi Frozen Yogurt: 6 ounces free for dad
  • Orange Leaf (Chelsea, Columbia, Needham, Oxford, Parker, Saugus): 8 ounces free for dad
  • Orange Leaf (Holly Springs): 6 ounces free for dad
  • Orange Leaf (Canton): Up to $4 free for dad
  • Peachwave: Buy one, get dad’s free
  • SummerSweet: 6 ounces free for dad 
  • Suzy’s Swirl: Free for day from 11 AM – 7 PM
  • TCBY: Free 6 ounces for dad
  • Toppings: Up to $4 free for dad
  • UU Yogurt: Free cup for dad (up to 10 ounces) 
  • Yeh!: Buy one, get dad’s half off
  • YoFresh Jenkintown: Free for dad
  • Yogurtland Mesa: Buy one, get dad’s free
  • Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt: up to $3 free

Happy Father’s Day to all froyo loving dads!

Be sure to check out my new Pinterest board: Father’s Day 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.