Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Win Yogurtland Gift Cards for Your Most Appetizing Yogurtland Creations, from Fro-yo Girl


Fro-yo girl here. I’ve got a new Yogurtland Top This giveaway for my readers. Three people will win $10 Yogurtland gift cards.
  
Include #YLTopThis and @intlfroyoassn in your Instagram post along with your cup of Yogurtland froyo picture and you’ll be entered into the Fro-yo Girl contest. Enter as many times as you’d like by midnight PST on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
  
I’m looking for the most appetizing Yogurtland froyo creations. Having good froyo swirling skills always helps. At the end of the contest period, I’ll choose three winners. The winners will be announced on this blog and on Instagram.
 
Yogurtland’s Top This Instagram challenge runs through November 8th. Four people will win free froyo for a year from Yogurtland. The Yogurtland contest themes are:
 
  • Most Decadent (9/14 – 9/27): “Make the most indulgent, truly mouthwatering masterpiece.”
  • Most Fruit-a-licious (9/28 – 10/11): “Show us how you do healthy.”
  • Most Whimsical (10/12 – 10/25): “Create the most magical and crazy creation you can.”
  • Most Colossal (10/26 – 11/8): “Pile it to the sky.”
 
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, September 22, 2015

Blue Hill Savory Yogurt Review





Fro-yo girl here. I first heard about savory vegetable-based yogurt when Blue Hill launched in late 2013. During a recent trip to Whole Foods, I spotted Blue Hill in the yogurt section. Whole Foods carried four flavors: Carrot, Butternut Squash, Beet and Sweet Potato. One 5.3 oz cup is $2.79.

Blue Hill Yogurt is made with milk from grass-fed cows in the Northeast. They’re made with vegetable puree and have a lower sugar content. The vegetables are sourced from small farms in the Northeast, including the Blue Hill Farm. Some flavors like Butternut Squash are seasonal.

Available flavors:
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Potato
  • Beet
  • Butternut Squash
  • Tomato
  • Parsnip

The packaging is gorgeous: black background, white typeface, colorful vegetable (squash and tomatoes are technically fruit) in the center and colored foil tops. The yogurt has a vibrant color saturated hue. The consistency is not as thick as Greek yogurt. It’s about average in thickness. The back of the label has suggested mix-ins and a recipe.

Beet yogurt: The sourness and the acidity struck me first. The beet flavor was difficult to discern. I could taste the raspberries more. It tasted like sour raspberry vinegar which I didn’t really appreciate. However once sweetened with agave, I could taste the earthy beets and the tanginess was quite nice.

Butternut squash yogurt: Very sour, the sourness interferes with the appreciation of the flavors and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). Once I added agave nectar, it tasted like a cold butternut squash soup. The flavor was interesting but I wouldn’t eat a lot of it. I prefer hot butternut squash soup.

One serving of beet yogurt (150g) has 100 calories, 180mg of sodium, 4.5g total fat, and 10g of sugar.

Ingredients (Beet yogurt): Pasteurized organic whole milk, beets, honey, raspberries, beet juice concentrate, sea salt, red wine vinegar, live active cultures

These yogurt flavors are intriguing but I can’t see eating a cup for breakfast or even a snack. My advice: use for cooking or if eating out of the cup, sweeten to taste. I appreciate low sugar yogurt but these yogurts are just sour; they also have a fair amount of salt. My labne has 15 mg of salt for each 30g serving, Blue Hill has more than double the amount of salt.

Visit bluehillyogurt.com to look for a stockist near you.

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.

Friday, September 18, 2015

IFYA/Flavormine Contest for SoCal Froyo Shops Ends September 30


Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association and Flavormine are sponsoring a new contest, Switch It Up With Flavormine. The contest promotes Flavormine’s new line of premium liquid frozen yogurt mixes and encourages SoCal frozen yogurt shops to switch it up with a new, better line of frozen yogurt. Prizes include cases of mochi and Flavormine yogurt.

To enter, frozen yogurt shops should complete a short survey about frozen yogurt at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5LL8VZ2

The contest ends on September 30, 2015.

Flavormine is the sales division for Paramount Dairy who manufactures yogurt. Based in Southern California with over 10 years of experience, Flavormine supplies many of the most notable frozen yogurt concepts. It recently launched its own line of premium liquid frozen yogurt mix, now available in Southern California. Flavormine premium liquid yogurt mixes are made with quality ingredients in a Kosher certified facility in Southern California with California milk. Flavormine also sells yogurt toppings.

About Flavormine Frozen Yogurt liquid mixes:

  • Available flavors: Cake Batter, Chocolate, Classic Tart, Coconut, Cookies N Cream, Pistachio, Strawberry, Vanilla
  • Produced with California milk
  • Contain 10 million Live and Active cultures per gram
  • Manufactured in a Kosher certified facility in Southern California that meets HACCP and GMP standards, with 10 years of production experience
  • Gluten free
  • Shipped frozen in recyclable packaging, just thaw and pour (no mixing required)

Prizes:
There are lots of prizes up for grabs and the number of prizes depends on the number of entries received.
   
Level 1: Fewer than 10 entries, 5 winners will receive 1 case of mochi
Level 2: 10 – 29 entries, Level 1 prizes + 5 winners will receive 1 case of yogurt
Level 3: 30 – 49 entries, Levels 1-2 prizes + 2 winners will receive 2 cases of yogurt
Level 4: 50 or more entries, Levels 1-3 prizes + 1 winner will receive 3 cases of yogurt and 1 case of mochi

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to all frozen yogurt stores in within Southern California, the distribution area of Flavormine.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years old, a member of the International Frozen Yogurt Association (membership is free) and the owner/operator or employee of a frozen yogurt shop in Southern California. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY to enter.
  • Limit one entry per member.
  • Full contest rules can be found at: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/switch-it-up-with-flavormine-contest-rules/

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, September 14, 2015

Yogurtland Top This: The Ultimate Toppings Challenge







Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s fall promotion begins today and runs through November 8th. Yogurtland's Top This: The Ultimate Toppings Challenge features three flavors (two are new) and four Instagram challenges.

  • Fresh Strawberry: One of Yogurtland’s most popular flavors features a mix of different types of strawberries. “A delightfully sweet treat blended with real, hand-selected strawberries for a fresh flavor that’s good for you and good for your cup!” This sweet creamy flavor reminds me of strawberry ice cream and evokes feelings of nostalgia.
    • Recommended toppings: gummy bears, Fruity Pebbles, popping boba
  • Vanilla Malt: “Pile it high, pack it on and use the tastiest malted vanilla flavor to create the most whimsical masterpiece imaginable.” The malt flavor is subtle but the vanilla flavor is pronounced, like vanilla soft serve but it still tastes like yogurt too. Yum!
    • Recommended toppings: Malt balls, white chocolate chips, Nilla wafers, toffee bits
  • Chocolate Truffle: “Indulge yourself in this perfectly decadent flavor made with real cocoa sourced straight from Europe. It’s the perfect canvas for your delicious froyo creation.” I generally don’t like chocolate froyo but this flavor was good – like chocolate ice cream with a mild milk chocolate flavor and creamy rich texture. It didn’t taste just like a fudgsicle.
    • Recommended toppings: Brownies, cheesecake, chocolate sauce, cookie dough, Oreos
The flavors are available while supplies last. The three flavors remind me of the classic ice cream parlor flavors you’d find in a traditional banana split or Neapolitan ice cream sandwich. 

While you’re enjoying your creations, be sure to take pictures and share them on Instagram with the tag, #YLTopThis. Or you can share your creation via Snapchat – sent to @YogurtlandInc

The contest themes are:

  • Most Decadent (9/14 – 9/27): “Make the most indulgent, truly mouthwatering masterpiece.”
  • Most Fruit-a-licious (9/28 – 10/11): “Show us how you do healthy.”
  • Most Whimsical (10/12 – 10/25): “Create the most magical and crazy creation you can.”
  • Most Colossal (10/26 – 11/8): “Pile it to the sky.”
Oreo disks are back! And keep checking for the return of Pumpkin Pie froyo. Ask for it if your Yogurtland doesn’t carry it (maybe they’ll order it for you).

New Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/froyogirl/yogurtland-top-this-fall-2015/

Top This reminds me of the IFYA's Froyo Swirling Skills contest though that was a video contest...

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

Here’s the official Yogurtland press release for Top This:

One Year of Free Yogurtland for Winners of the Ultimate "Top This" Challenge
Yogurtland Introduces Two New Flavors

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 14, 2015) - For Yogurtland fans who like to pile, style, and go the full mile with toppings on mounds of frozen yogurt, now is the time to show your stuff. Today Yogurtland kicks off the ultimate Top This Challenge, inviting guests to use Instagram and Snapchat to showcase their topping skills for a chance to win free frozen yogurt for a Year.

Yogurtland guests are encouraged to literally play with their food by coming up with most colorful, patterned, abstract and clever frozen yogurt monuments they can imagine. Those who rise to the occasion by making giant self-served frozen works of art can post their creations to Instagram using the hashtag #YLTOPTHIS for a chance to win a year of free Yogurtland frozen yogurt. Yogurtland is also introducing its Snapchat channel, and fans are encouraged to share the making of their creation with Yogurtland at @yogurtlandinc.

Yogurtland's Top This Challenge runs through Nov. 8 and features four categories -- Most Decadent, Most Fruit-a-Licious, Most Whimsical and Most Colossal.

"We think yogurt toppings are a reflection of our culinary and artistic creativity, and we can't wait to see our fans' inspired creations," said Scott Shoemaker, Yogurtland's chief flavorologist.

To give fans a solid flavor foundation for their creative topping efforts, Yogurtland is introducing two new flavors -- Chocolate Truffle and Vanilla Malt. All locations will be serving these flavors along with Fresh Strawberry throughout the topping challenge.

Using only real cocoa sourced directly from Europe, the velvety and decadent sensation from Yogurtland's new Chocolate Truffle frozen yogurt will leave chocolate lovers with a lasting impression difficult to forget.

As the perfect complement to any topping, Yogurtland brings guests back to that glorious aroma and smoothness of vanilla flavor frozen yogurt with their creation Vanilla Malt.

The Yogurtland Difference

At Yogurtland, a modern, bright wall of flavors and a colorful appealing topping bar filled with healthful and indulgent options welcomes guests. Paying by the ounce, guests can choose daily among 16 yogurt flavors and more than 60 fruit and premium toppings to create their own delicious frozen treat and top it off their way.

Separating Yogurtland from competitors is the company's team of flavorologists who develop the proprietary recipes for the brand's more than 100 different and customized flavors. Whether traditional or exotic, each flavor uses real ingredients sourced from their original locations. By controlling the entire frozen yogurt making process, Yogurtland has raised the standards for flavors and quality to new heights and much to the delight of millions of fans.

Naturally occurring calcium makes Yogurtland yogurt a healthful, refreshing treat. Fruit flavors are also fortified with Vitamin C. All of Yogurtland's flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for "live and active culture frozen yogurt" and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non- and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices.

Presently there are Yogurtland locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com.

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.

Dole Soft Serve Starter Kit Offer Ends Tomorrow



Fro-yo girl here. The FREE Dole Soft Serve Starter Kit offer for members of the International Frozen Yogurt Association ends tomorrow.

The starter kit contains:
  • 2 samples of Dole Soft Serve – your choice of flavors
  • Dole bucket with lid: to be used to make Dole soft serve, the bucket has instructions printed on the outside
  • Wire whisk

The starter kit has an approximate retail value of $50.

To qualify for the complimentary starter kit, you must be an IFYA member and operate three or more frozen yogurt shops. Please complete the contact form to request your Dole Soft Serve starter kit.

This offer is good until September 15, 2015. The offer is not limited to the US but international availability varies by country.

Kent Precision Foods Group is also offering a rebate on purchases of Dole Soft Serve. Get up to $500 back on your purchase. The rebate is good for purchases made in 2015. The rebate forms will come with the Dole starter kit.

Join the IFYA at internationalfrozenyogurt.com to take advantage of its membership benefits, like discounts on supplies for your frozen yogurt shop. Membership is free.

A Brand Consumers Love

Do you love Dole Whip? Chances are you answered yes and you know many people, including your customers who feel the same way. Dole Soft Serve has 97% brand recognition and is loved by countless customers. Dole Whip fans are known as Dole Whip Devotees.

Dole’s most popular flavor is Pineapple. The famous Dole Whip (aka, Dole Pineapple soft serve) has been a sensation at Disneyland’s Tiki Room for over 35 years and is now served at Disneyland and Disney World. Customers have been known to stand in line for over an hour for their Dole Whip fix. Dole Whip has been drawing customers into frozen yogurt shops that serve it because it reminds people of their trip to Disneyland.

Allergy Friendly, Easy to Prepare

Dole Soft Serve is the perfect fruity soft serve for those seeking a light, refreshing treat. Dole Soft Serve is cholesterol free, fat free, gluten free, lactose free, dairy free/vegan and made with natural colors.

With Dole Soft Serve, it’s easy for frozen yogurt stores to offer an alternative frozen treat for all customers, including those that may have dairy, gluten, allergen, and/or other dietary sensitivities. About 1 in 4 consumers are lactose intolerant and 29% of Americans say they are trying to avoid gluten for health reasons.

The product is shipped as a dry mix so you save on shipping costs. It’s extremely easy to prepare – just add water to the mix and whisk (Dole's instructional video). Expand your offerings with Dole. Use Dole Soft Serve in ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats or add syrup and soda to serve it as a fizzy beverage.

Available flavors: Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango, Pineapple, Lemon

About Kent Precision Foods Group

Kent Precision Foods Group specializes in developing, blending and packaging dry mix food products to our customers’ exacting specifications.

In addition to our dry blending capabilities, KPFG offers a diverse line of branded products for the foodservice and consumer channels.

For additional information, visit precisionfoods.com

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, September 13, 2015

Yogurtland Candy Crush Spoons: The Complete Set



Fro-yo girl here. The last of the Yogurtland Candy Crush collectible froyo spoons has arrived, so my Candy Crush froyo spoon collection is complete. Here’s a picture of all five spoons. The bear spoon was my favorite.

The Yogurtland Candy Crush promotion ends today (September 13).

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, September 11, 2015

Menchie’s Complete Set of PAN Cups, Neverland Adventure Sweepstakes




Fro-yo girl here. I don’t collect froyo cups the way I collect froyo spoons, but when I see a cute cup or learn about a collectible, limited time only cup design, I will add to my froyo cup collection.

Menchie’s new PAN froyo cups are inspired by Warner Bros. Pictures’ and RatPac-Dune Entertainment’s new live action movie, PAN. They’ve issued four exclusive designs, each featuring a character from the movie: Peter Pan, Captain Blackbeard, Hook and Tiger Lily, as well as scenes from the movie. Each character also has a feature flavor, aka the Flavors of Neverland. All the character cups should be available at your participating Menchie’s while supplies last.

The newest flavor belongs to Captain Hook. Hook’s Jolly Roger Raspberry Tart “will be making waves from September 11th to September 20th with flavors of blue raspberry that are as mildly tart as Hook himself.” I’ve had the Blue Raspberry Tart flavor before (it was renamed for the promotion) and liked it. It reminds me of the Blue Raspberry ICEEs and Slurpees that I grew up with (didn’t notice my tongue turning blue though) but more mild because of the creamy addition of yogurt. It’s not as refreshing as an icy ICEE but it’s more substantial.

Recommended toppings: white chocolate chips, raspberries, blueberries, popping boba, mochi

The last featured PAN flavor is Tiger Lily’s Tropical Mango Sorbet (available Sept. 21-30).

Remember to pick up the limited edition spoon of Neverland while you’re at Menchie’s; it features a sword-wielding Menchie.

The Neverland Adventure Sweepstakes is your chance to win a pair of passes to an advanced screening of the movie, PAN. Enter at http://www.menchies.com/pansweepstakes

The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 25.

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, September 9, 2015

New Contest for SoCal Froyo Shops: Switch It Up with Flavormine, Win Cases of Yogurt & Mochi



Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association and Flavormine are sponsoring a new contest for frozen yogurt shops in Southern California, Switch It Up With Flavormine. Flavormine is the sales division for Paramount Dairy who manufactures yogurt. Based in Southern California with over 10 years of experience, Flavormine supplies many of the most notable frozen yogurt concepts. It recently launched its own line of premium liquid frozen yogurt mix, now available in Southern California. Flavormine premium liquid yogurt mixes are made with quality ingredients in a Kosher certified facility in Southern California with California milk. Flavormine also sells yogurt toppings.

Frozen yogurt shops in Southern California are invited to complete a short 2 minute survey for a chance to win one of 13 prizes. The prizes include cases of mochi and Flavormine yogurt. The grand prize is 3 cases of Flavormine yogurt and 1 case of mochi.



About Flavormine Frozen Yogurt liquid mixes:
  • Available flavors: Cake Batter, Chocolate, Classic Tart, Coconut, Cookies N Cream, Pistachio, Strawberry, Vanilla
  • Produced with California milk
  • Gluten free
  • Contain 10 million Live and Active cultures per gram
  • Manufactured in a Kosher certified facility in Southern California that meets HACCP and GMP standards, with 10 years of production experience
  • Shipped frozen in recyclable packaging, just thaw and pour (no mixing required)
It only takes a minute or two to enter.

How to Enter

To enter, shops must fill out a survey hosted on SurveyMonkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5LL8VZ2

Alternative entry method: Request the survey questions and answer the questions via an email sent to info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

Entries will be accepted until midnight PT on September 30, 2015.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all frozen yogurt stores in within Southern California, the distribution area of Flavormine.

Entrants must be over 18 years old, a member of the International Frozen Yogurt Association (membership is free) and the owner/operator or employee of a frozen yogurt shop in Southern California. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY to enter.

Limit one entry per member.

About the Contest Sponsors


“We’re excited to be working with Flavormine to promote its new private label line of frozen yogurt mix. There are a few mix manufacturers whose products can be found just about everywhere. If you’re a frozen yogurt store who wants to offer a premium frozen yogurt mix that isn’t like your competition's mix down the street, this contest is for you,” explains IFYA President, Susan Linton. “Switch It Up with Flavormine – change can be a good thing. You can still carry the flavors you know customers love, plus add new options.”

According to Flavormine, “Flavormine has been in the business of quality frozen yogurt for 10 years. We manufacture proprietary products created by the most innovative flavor team in the industry. Yogurt is our passion and we offer a premium product at the best value to our customers. We are delighted to be able to create a contest, with The International Frozen Yogurt Association, in order to raise awareness of our product so we may share our passion for yogurt to the public. ”

For additional information about Flavormine, visit http://flavormine.com/


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, September 8, 2015

Innovative Froyo Shop Spotlight: Rawberri in West Hollywood, CA






Fro-yo girl here. Rawberri is a super healthy new shop that specializes in superfruit bowls. It’s very conscious of food allergies. They carry healthy, organic, dairy free, gluten free and soy free acai bowls, superfruit bowls, Cocowhip, Stumptown coffee, kombucha on tap and energy balls.

Bowls don’t interest me but CocoWhip does. Rawberri was the first in the US to carry CocoWhip, an Australian vegan, biofermented, frozen yogurt made with coconut water, organic bio-fermented coconut powder & vegetable sourced stabilizers. It has no added sugar and is 90 calories a serving.

Flavors of the day (CocoWhip):

* Original: airy, light, creamy, lightly sweetened – the texture was nice but the product had very little flavor, it had no tang at all, the aftertaste was clean though. This was too bland.

* Matcha slim: the texture was denser and icier than the original and it had flavor – it tasted like an icier green tea ice cream – imagine green tea sorbet. I liked how it wasn’t too sweet and it tasted clean/simple. It wasn’t tangy.

Toppings are healthy: fresh fruit, granola, nuts, seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, agave, honey, vegan caramel, vegan chocolate sauce. The toppings are gluten free and I think soy free, dairy free, etc.

Prices: $5.95 for original w/o toppings, add $1 for 3 toppings; $6.95 for matcha slim w/o toppings, add $1 for 3 toppings

I think almond milk or soy froyo has the best flavor – it’s hard to say which is better because almond and soy milk taste different and both are good in frozen yogurt. On the other hand, coconut water doesn’t have much flavor.

The shop is by several gyms and is the perfect post-gym treat.

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

Rating: 3.5/5

* RAWBERRI: 8582 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

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, September 7, 2015

Pinkberry Fall 2015 Flavors




Fro-yo girl here. Fall’s must have  Pinkberry flavors are Pumpkin, Blood Orange, and Pear. “Pear – crisp and light, it’s the pear-fect fall flavor. Blood Orange – an exquisite tart citrus made with real blood orange puree. Pumpkin – a creamy version of the perfect pumpkin pie with just the right amount of nutmeg – it’s delicious any way you slice it.”

I’ve had Pumpkin and Blood Orange at Pinkberry before but I haven’t seen Pear before. The Pear was my favorite flavor of the three. It was light and smooth, plus it tasted like the tangy Original flavor. I could definitely taste the pear (tasted like Anjou pears, crisp, sweet and tangy). I liked how the yogurt flavor wasn’t overwhelmed by the pear flavor. The sweet Pumpkin flavor had a strong cinnamon flavor, the spices were stronger than the pumpkin flavor. It reminded me  of the Cinnamon Churro Pinkberry flavor only with some pumpkin flavor. Blood Orange had too much blood orange concentrate; it overwhelmed the yogurt flavor.

There’s a new vegan, dairy-free, no sugar added flavor too: Peach Passion. Peach Passion combines peach, pear and apricot flavors. It tasted mainly like peach but muted by the other flavors, particularly the apricot. It’s sweet though no sugar is added. I don’t like apricot and it had a bitter aftertaste. Dairy-free mango was better.

The cinnamon streusel topping that I like so much is back and it’s a perfect complement to the Pumpkin froyo  flavor.

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, September 5, 2015

New Desserts at 626 Night Market, Includes Froyo






Fro-yo girl here. The last 626 Night Market of 2015 is this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at Santa Anita Park. While some vendors from the August night market returned (e.g., Ice Cream Garden, Ridges Churro Bar, Dolcissimo ice cream macaron sandwiches , UniqCone) there were also new dessert vendors. The handpulled noodle stall (China Tasty) was new and they had a guy making noodles on the spot.

New Desserts:

Nimo Yaki: Nimo Yaki is a a fresh fish shaped waffle (taiyaki) served plain (with red bean, $4) or filled with ice cream ($6). The soft serve ice cream is available in two flavors, vanilla and chocolate (or you can choose both). The wide mouth fish is made on a waffle iron. Red bean paste is added to the batter. The fish is stuffed with soft serve ice cream, then garnished with sprinkles and a wafer roll cookie. The vanilla ice cream wasn’t a high quality ice cream and the garnishes were run of the mill. The fish is a doughy waffle. It’s novel (and inspired by Korean street food) but the execution was disappointing.

Snow House Tea Bar: They had frozen yogurt! It was called fried yogurt with fresh fruits. You can get strawberry yogurt or mango yogurt ($8). The yogurt is poured in a thin layer on a cold metal plate and then scraped with spatulas and shaped into rolls. I tried something similar years ago at a place called Ice Pan in Los Angeles (it closed) and I wasn’t a fan.

Go late (it’s open till 1 AM) to avoid the long lines for food. The longest line is for ramen burgers. Free parking. Admission is $3.

http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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, September 2, 2015

Menchie’s PAN Spoon: Front and Back


Fro-yo girl here. Here’s a closer look at the new Menchie’s PAN froyo spoons, inspired by Warner Bros. Pictures’ and RatPac-Dune Entertainment’s new live action movie, PAN. The collectible blue sword-wielding, swashbuckling Menchie’s spoon is available for a limited time only.

Menchie looks like a pirate with a parrot perched on his right shoulder, though he isn’t wearing pirate attire.

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.

Menchie’s New Peter Pan Promotion Brings PAN Inspired Flavors, Cups and Spoons







Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures’ and RatPac-Dune Entertainment’s new live action movie, PAN, brings a new Peter Pan promotion to stores in September.

The PAN-inspired flavors are PAN’s Pixie Dusted Sugar Cookie (available throughout September), Blackbeard’s Neverland Chocolate (Sept. 1-10), Hook’s Jolly Roger Raspberry Tart (Sept. 11-20) and Tiger Lily’s Tropical Mango Sorbet (Sept. 21-30).

* PAN’s Pixie Dusted Sugar Cookie froyo is described as “a decadent flavor of white sugar cookie with a sprinkle of pixie dust.” This lowfat flavor is made with real cookies and tastes like a very sweet sugar cookie dough. It’s creamy but not as smooth (perhaps because of the cookies).

Recommended toppings: Nilla wafers, frosted animal cookies, white chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs

* Blackbeard’s Neverland Chocolate froyo is “a devilishly rich chocolate flavor.” It did have a strong chocolate flavor; it tasted like a fudgsicle.

Recommended toppings: anything chocolate, whipped cream

Four collectible PAN cups feature Peter Pan, Captain Blackbeard, Hook and Tiger Lily. The Menchie’s that I went to only had Hook cup.

The new blue sword wielding Menchie froyo spoon is available for a limited time only. Menchie looks like a pirate with a parrot perched on his right shoulder.

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.