Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Menchie’s July Featured Flavors: Watermelon Sorbet & Blue Raspberry Sorbet


Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s has just launched two new Jolly Rancher sorbet flavors, Watermelon Sorbet and Blue Raspberry Sorbet. After visiting two Menchie’s, I’ve only seen one of the new flavors. I’ll have to try Watermelon Sorbet later. I should have gone to Menchie’s Glendale because they have the new flavors.

* Blue Raspberry Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher: The color and flavor were more intense than Yogurtland’s Blue Raspberry Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher. Menchie’s seems to use more Jolly Rancher flavoring. The texture was soft, icy, and smooth. I grew up with blue raspberry flavored candy and ICEEs, so I did like the tangy sweetness of this flavor – though I’ve outgrown that type of flavor. Recommended toppings: Sour Patch Kids or any sour gummi candy.

* Watermelon Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher: I didn’t find it but I know that Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher tastes better than Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Recommended toppings: Nerds.

Both sorbets are nonfat, gluten free, and dairy free. Hurry in because they’re around while supplies last.

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

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

First National Ice Cream Day Celebration at Yogurtland & A New Yogurtland Spoon



Fro-yo girl here. With more froyo shops serving soft serve ice cream these days, this year’s National Ice Cream Day was celebrated by a good number of froyo shops, including 16 Handles, Yogurt Mountain, Pinkberry, Oregon Frozen Yogurt, Yogurt Breeze, The Skinny Dip, Menchie’s (Victorville & Hesperia, CA), and Yogurtland.

This was the first National Ice Cream Day celebration at Yogurtland. All US Yogurtland locations participated by offering a BOGO free deal on Sunday, July 15 from 1 PM – 6 PM, handing out *NEW* Blue Flip Flop spoons, and offering five flavors of ice cream. The BOGO offer is valid for Yogurtland’s froyo and sorbet flavors as well.

The five ice cream flavors offered were:

  • Rich Chocolate Ice Cream 
  • Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream Made With Whoppers® 
  • Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream 
  • Oreo® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream 

Since I’ve tried all those ice cream flavors, I was most looking forward to getting a new Yogurtland spoon. Mission accomplished. I filled my cups with froyo, of course.

Also, I’d like to commend Yogurtland Pasadena (Lake Ave.) for having all five flavors of ice cream and the blue flip flop spoons. They ran out of the EL Fudge cookie sandwiches that I liked, but I’m not surprised. Promotional toppings and flavors are available while supplies last.

By the way, National Ice Cream Month (July) and National Ice Cream Day (July 15) were signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984, with Presidential Proclamation 5219.

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 13, 2018

Yogurtland's First National Ice Cream Day Celebration is This Sunday



Fro-yo girl here. Attention froyo and ice cream fans. Yogurtland is celebrating National Ice Cream Day, on Sunday, July 15, for the first time with a special buy one, get one free deal. They’ll also have *NEW* Blue Flip Flop spoons to commemorate this very special day. And they’ll have five flavors of ice cream, including a returning favorite, Oreo® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream.

The buy one, get one free offer is good from 1 PM - 6 PM local time on July 15 at US Yogurtland locations. You can use it to get froyo, of course. I know I will! I can't wait to get my hands on the new Yogurtland spoons.

Here's the official press release:

Yogurtland Celebrates National Ice Cream Day On July 15, 2018


— Five Handcrafted Ice Cream Flavors Will be Available and Special Buy-one, Get-one Free Offer from 1 – 6pm –


(IRVINE, CA) July 9, 2018 – The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces plans to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at all US locations on July 15 with a buy one, get one free offer from 1:00PM – 6:00PM local time. After introducing ice cream to its lineup last summer, Yogurtland has continued to swirl up delicious handcrafted ice cream flavors for its fans. For National Ice Cream Day, Yogurtland will serve five ice cream flavors as well as other frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors, giving fans a variety of options to create a celebratory treat as unique as they are.

Yogurtland’s celebration of ice cream includes five delicious scratchmade ice cream flavors – Rich Chocolate Ice Cream, Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream,Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream Made With Whoppers®, Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream** and Oreo® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream plus the usual lineup of craveable frozen yogurt flavors.

“Ice cream has become a huge part of Yogurtland’s attraction for those who desire to create their own treats. This is our first National Ice Cream Day celebration and we are bringing in these incredible flavors for this special day,” said John Wayne Carlson, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Development, and Operations at Yogurtland. “Normally we have three ice cream flavors on offer, but for this special event we are bringing back two big favorites that feature Oreo® and Whoppers®. Alongside these great flavors will be Yogurtland’s first Light Ice Cream**, our amazing Butter Pecan. The Whoppers ® and Oreo® flavors will be available again beginning on this day while supplies last, so we urge our fans to come early!”

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually creating craveable flavors that keep fans loving their frozen dessert experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy, and by controlling the frozen yogurt and ice cream making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, United Arab Emirates, Guam, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

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**Fat Content has been reduced from 10g per 100g to 4.8g per 100g as compared to our Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.

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

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Learning How to Make Your Own Kombucha


Fro-yo girl here. If you like kombucha, you should consider making your own. It’s easy once you have a few supplies. I took a three hour kombucha making workshop at Culture Club 101 in Pasadena. We learned the ins and outs of kombucha making from the founder/owner, Elaina Luther. Elaina’s been making kombucha for 25 years, so she’s definitely a kombucha and fermentation expert.

The class covered the history of kombucha, health benefits of kombucha, recommended types of teas to use for making kombucha (some work better than others), how to take care of your SCOBY, and kombucha recipes. We enjoyed multiple kombucha and fermented beverages during the workshop and left with a glass jar with a batch of kombucha and SCOBY, tea towel, cheesecloth, and a jar of kombucha raspberry sauce that Elaina made during the class. We basically had a batch of kombucha ready for home fermentation that we prepared during the workshop. 
The kombucha raspberry sauce was amazing. I love adding it to plain or honey yogurt for extra tang. 

Other necessary accessories for home kombucha brewing include a stainless steel pot, strainer, funnel, ladle, resealable glass bottles, distilled or spring water, sugar, and tea. The SCOBY is best kept at 80-85 degrees. You may want to invest in a heating mat as well. I would recommend getting another glass jar to store your extra scobies. Use the extra scobies to experiment or as insurance, in case some of your scobies get sick or die. The mother SCOBY will eventually need to be retired when she gets dark or yeasty.

Culture Club 101’s housemade kombucha is the best we’ve ever had. Commercial brands aren't as potent. Some taste more like juice or soda than kombucha. We like our kombucha strong and potent.


The workshop teaches you exactly how it’s made, but then you can get creative by adding juice, herbs, and spices. To make stronger kombucha, use more tea. I also found a lot of kombucha brewing tips online, on websites like KombuchaKamp.com and Cuturesforhealth.com. You can also buy kombucha brewing supplies from both of those websites.

I've made several very successful batches of kombucha since the workshop. My favorite addition to the kombucha so far is a sprig of fresh rosemary. 


* CULTURE CLUB 101: 1392 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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, July 10, 2018

Culture Club 101 in Pasadena, CA, Champion of the Human Microbiome



Fro-yo girl here. We recently visited Culture Club 101 and have become regular customers, because they have the best kombucha around. Culture Club 101 is all about supporting the human microbiome. They do this by producing fermented foods and beverages, teaching others about fermented foods, and offering specialized nutrient-dense groceries and prepared foods. What they make is made in small batches, the traditional way. Their foods are heirloom, sprouted, pasture-raised, humanely raised, organic, non-GMO, soy-free, biodynamic, permaculture, sustainable, bird-friendly, etc. They’re eco-friendly to the extreme.

They carry specialty foods, like farm fresh eggs, bird friendly coffee, cashew cheese, raw dairy products, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, etc. Then they make a lot of fermented foods – many kinds of kraut, kraut juice, water kefir, kombucha, fermented soda, etc. I haven’t seen some of what they make elsewhere – e.g., water kefir, jun, bird friendly coffee that they roast themselves. The café serves pastries, healthy bowls, salads, toast, paninis, coffee, bone broth, etc. They don’t have frozen yogurt, but they do have an abundance of probiotic foods.

The komucha ($4/bottle, available on tap) is made in small batches on site, the old-fashioned way. It’s stronger and not as sweet as commercial kombucha. It’s got a real bite. It smells like and tastes like vinegar but with a pleasant, sweet, apple cider aftertaste. If you like it stronger or weaker, take the kombucha making class and brew your own.

Culture Club 101 is more than a store but it’s more about a lifestyle. You can become a member if you believe in their mission or donate to their Go Fund Me campaign. If you love fermented foods, want to improve your gut health or want a healthy, nourishing meal, visit them.

* CULTURE CLUB 101: 1392 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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 7, 2018

New Froyo Stories Contest for Froyo Fans



Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association would like to hear your froyo stories. Share your story of how you’ve demonstrated your love of frozen yogurt for a chance to win the Sweet Summer Prize Package. 


HOW TO ENTER 


To enter, post your original froyo story to the comments section on IFYA’s contest post on Instagram (IG: @intlfroyoassn) from now until midnight, July 18, 2018. Or you can email your frozen yogurt story with the subject line, Froyo Stories Contest, to info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com.

Each entry received during the contest period will be judged for creativity and evidence of frozen yogurt passion. One grand prize winner will be announced on July 29, 2018. There is no minimum word requirement. Multiple stories from the same author are welcome.

Note, Instagram has a limit of 2200 characters (about 400 words). If your story is longer than Instagram's limit, send it via email. 


SWEET SUMMER PRIZE PACKAGE


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Sweet Summer Prize Package which includes the following: 

  • Mini Squishable Soft Serve Ice Cream plush toy 
  • Menchie’s dodge ball with pump 
  • 3 drink mix packets from Frozen Bean 
  • Soft serve froyo cone sidewalk chalk 
  • Toly Moly mini blueberry lip balm 
  • Sour watermelon gummies 
  • Other surprises 



ELIGIBILITY


This contest is open to US residents (age 13 and over please).

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


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 5, 2018

Cado Avocado Ice Cream Review



Fro-yo girl here. Cado is the first avocado based ice cream or non-dairy frozen dessert. It checks all the boxes: it’s dairy-free, vegan, gluten free, plant based, organic, soy free, non-GMO, nutrient dense, and has heart healthy fats. Cado has less sugar than the leading brands of non-dairy frozen desserts. It’s made with fresh avocados.

Doesn’t everyone or almost everyone love avocados? I know that I do. Mr. Froyo does and he loves the idea of using avocados to make a creamy faux ice cream.

Available flavors: Deep Dark Chocolate, Lemon, Mint Chocolate Chip

Whole Foods Pasadena had all three flavors. Cado was $6.99 for a pint. Simply Lemon sounded appealing to me, since I love the tartness of lemons.

Simply Lemon: The lemon flavor was super strong and very tangy. I’d say it was too strong since I couldn’t taste anything but lemon juice concentrate. Lemon juice concentrate isn’t quite as tasty as lemon juice. The texture was firm, creamy, dense, smooth, and almost chewy. One ½ cup serving is 170 calories, 12g total fat, 13g sugars, 18g total carbohydrate, and 1g of protein. 


Mr. Froyo ate most of it because it was healthy and simple, but he feels the lemon flavor is unnecessary.

Ingredients: Organic Avocado Puree (Water, Organic Avocado), Non Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Lemon Oil

I’d like to see a plain version. Why mask the flavor of avocado? Cado is trying to be like regular ice cream with traditional flavors. They emphasize the fact that their ice cream doesn’t taste like avocados. But, what’s wrong with tasting like avocados???

P.S. Cado is not frozen yogurt. 


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.