Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Best Swirl of 2017


Fro-yo girl here. I’ll probably have some frozen yogurt on New Year’s Eve, but I think I’m done doing my own swirling for the year. So, I’m ready to look back at my year of froyo and pick my best swirl of the year.

I predict I’ll end the year with 187 cups of froyo consumed, slightly less than my 2016 total of 197 and down from the peak consumption year of 2015 when I hit 200 cups. Two hundred cups of froyo is a lot of froyo. I did share some cups with Mr. Froyo, especially the ones that I took home and put in the freezer, but very few.

You can see all the froyo that I consumed on my Pinterest board, 2017 Froyo Consumed by Me.

I took a close look at all my cups of froyo consumed to find my best looking swirl. My best swirl happened on International Frozen Yogurt Day (February 6, 2017) at Yogurtland Pasadena. The swirl looked better before I added toppings to it. While I didn’t leave room for toppings, the swirl did look perfect.

I also like to look at flavors and toppings that I selected. I found the following:

  • Self-swirled (64%) of cups vs not swirled by me (36%)
  • Single flavor (89%) vs. more than one flavor (11%) in the cup
  • Dairy (69%) vs. non-dairy (31%)
  • Yogurtland (31%) vs. other shops (69%)

This year I went to several places more often, including Pinkberry, Yoga-urt, Pressed Juicery and eateries that serve baklava as a froyo topping. I also ate a lot more non-dairy soft serve. But, I stayed loyal to Yogurtland. And I still don’t like having more than one flavor in my cup. I’m going to more non-self-serve places than in the past and I’m definitely happy about that.

Want to make your swirl look nicer? Read IFYA's Froyo Swirling Tips and get plenty of practice. Practice does help because you need to swirl with precision but also have a relaxed wrist. For inspiration, check out the IFYA’s Pinterest board, Best Looking Cups of 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.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Favorite Froyo Flavors of 2017



Fro-yo girl here. I still love trying new froyo flavors. New flavors and collectible froyo spoons are the best way to draw me into a froyo shop. And of the new flavors that I tried in 2017, the following ones were my favorites.

Best Tart Froyo: Pinkberry’s Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt

I was really impressed with Pinkberry this year, because they introduced multiple tart flavors and they were all delicious. It was hard to choose a favorite one. Black Raspberry was the tartest of the new flavors and I love all things lemon, including Pinkberry’s Meyer Lemon, but the Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt stole my heart. I think that the blueberry muffin topping put it over the top.

Best Sweet Froyo: Yogurtland’s Rare Madagascar Vanilla frozen yogurt

If you blinked, you might have missed the best new sweet froyo flavor of the year. Yogurtland only offered Rare Madagascar Vanilla frozen yogurt for a week, from June 26 – July 1. Storms affected the supply of Madagascar’s vanilla beans. Yogurtland’s Rare Madagascar Vanilla frozen yogurt, was made with pure bourbon Vanilla extracted from choice Madagascar vanilla beans using a cold process method and fresh California milk. It was creamy, sweet, and exquisite.



Best Vegan Froyo: Yoga-urt's Purple Power frozen yogurt


It’s no surprise that the best vegan froyo flavor was produced by Yoga-urt in Glendale, CA, yet again. Their product quality is simply amazing. They make their own vegan base with housemade cashew and almond milk. Purple Power was created for Yoga-urt’s second anniversary. It’s made with cherries, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, beets, coconut milk, cashews, basil and more. The flavor has no added sugar, which gives it an extra star from Mr. Froyo. I think I like every flavor with fresh spinach and fresh herbs. Yum.

For a list of new frozen yogurt flavors that were introduced in 2017, see http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/new-froyo-flavors-2017/

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

* YOGA-URT, 1407 ½ W Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91201

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 29, 2017

Froyo Life Closes Los Feliz Location, One Location Left


Fro-yo girl here. Froyo Life Los Feliz has closed. While the last day of business isn’t clear,  the phone number no longer reaches the shop and the froyo machines have been listed for sale. It closed this month.

The self-serve frozen yogurt shop first opened in 2010 in Los Feliz. It started out well but had been in a state of decline for the last few years. Many reviewers mentioned that many machines weren’t working, machines sputtered or exploded, the shop was filthy, and service was indifferent. Back in the day, they were one of the few froyo shops where you could get almond milk froyo, coconut froyo, Nutella, fresh figs, low carb froyo, etc. They also had a lovely patio, lots of toppings, board games, magazines to read, free wi-fi, and real bowls that you could use for froyo.

Froyo Life opened its first location in 2008 in downtown Montrose (Glendale, CA). They opened a second location in Moorpark in 2009. The Moorpark location was the first Froyo Life location that I visited, back in 2009. They started franchising at some point, and opened additional locations in Hermosa Beach, Pasadena (opened in 2014), Beverly Hills (opened in 2010), and Los Feliz (Los Angeles). Both the Beverly Hills and Los Feliz locations closed this year. The sole remaining location is in Montrose. The Montrose location usually looks busy when I walk by and it’s the only froyo place in the downtown area.

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

* FROYO LIFE: 1924 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

* FROYO LIFE: 2301 Honolulu Ave. Montrose, CA 91020

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 28, 2017

Painful Froyo Shop Closures of 2017


Fro-yo girl here. Sure, many frozen yogurt shops close every year. Some closures hurt a lot more than others and I wanted to take a moment to remember some of my favorite shops that closed in 2017.

* Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt in Walnut Creek, CA:
I remember going for the grand opening back in May 2010. The location wasn’t convenient for me, but at the time, I was addicted to Blush (especially the original Dublin location).

* Fraiche Yogurt in San Francisco and on the campus of Stanford University: I’ve been to both locations multiple times. The one in SF was the one I went to regularly though, especially when the pumpkin yogurt returned. It was even a nice place to do some laptop camping. And they had the best housemade mochi topping.

* Yogurtland Berkeley locations: I went to the one on Shattuck quite a few times. The other Berkeley location was too small. I can’t believe there isn’t a Yogurtland in Berkeley now!

* Pinkberry in Koreatown (Los Angeles): This was the first Pinkberry to offer Pinkbee’s ice cream and they even had afternoon tea. The decor was different too. It always seemed innovative.


* Yogurt Oasis (Lancaster, CA): I never made it there or to Lancaster, but the shop just closed after 20 or so years in business, so it's sad.

* Nubi Yogurt (Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, CA): This was never my favorite froyo shop, but it was close to where I used to live, so I used to go fairly often. It was the first Nubi location in San Francisco.

Farewell, old friends. You are missed.

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 26, 2017

California Froyo Shop Openings and Closings in 2017


Fro-yo girl here. California is a large state and it’s the one with the most frozen yogurt shops. There’s a great deal of froyo activity going on throughout the year. This makes it challenging to track every froyo shop opening and closing. The openings are easier to track because shops make an effort to get their name out there. They usually have a Yelp listing and a presence on Facebook and/or Instagram. Shops generally close quietly, often with no announcement.

There are also non-traditional frozen yogurt locations – places that have frozen yogurt but it isn’t their main line of business (e.g., restaurants, convenience stores). Tracking frozen yogurt that’s served at non-traditional locations is even more challenging.

There are other non-traditional frozen yogurt formats. I consider frozen yogurt trucks, froyo vending machines and a large froyo section within another business as froyo shops because they appear to be standalone operations.

When existing frozen yogurt stores change ownership but not names, I don’t consider this to be an opening or a closing. When existing frozen yogurt stores change names and ownership, I consider this to be a new shop.

Here’s my attempt to track froyo shop openings and closings in California this year:

  1. 21 Choices, Pasadena (reopened after remodeling) 
  2. Bella Yogurt, Los Angeles
  3. Big Kahuna, Modesto
  4. Big Kahuna, Sanger
  5. Blondies Yogurt, Colfax
  6. Bloomfield Creamery, Pasadena
  7. Cali Yogurt, Lemon Grove
  8. Cherries N Berries Sweet Shop, Paramount
  9. Chillbox, Sacramento
  10. Chillz Frozen Yogurt, Riverside
  11. CoffeeWalk Yogurtalk, Los Angeles (moved from Crenshaw)
  12. Cookies & Yogurt, Eureka
  13. Corner Café & Froyo, Murrieta
  14. Cuppa (was RockIt Swirl), San Francisco
  15. Daddy’s Best Froyo #2 (froyo truck) 
  16. Friza Frozen Yogurt, Torrance (formerly Cups)
  17. Frobot, Santa Clara (multiple locations in Levi’s Stadium)
  18. Froyolicious Buzz (froyo truck), Fontana
  19. Fruity Tart, Moreno Valley
  20. Go Greek, Santa Monica
  21. Golden Spoon, Poway
  22. Golden Spoon, River Oaks Valencia 
  23. Golden Spoon, Valencia Copper Hill (closed, reopened under new management and ownership)
  24. Golden Spoon, Calabasas (closed, reopened under new management and ownership)
  25. Jefferson’s Flavors, Yreka
  26. Joy, Shell Beach
  27. Loving Cup, Union St., San Francisco 
  28. May Cafe, Hawaiian Gardens
  29. Meme’s on Main, Red Bluff
  30. Menchie’s, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles 
  31. Menchie's, Fresno, Park Crossing Shopping Center
  32. Menchie’s, Glendale 
  33. Menchie’s, La Mesa
  34. Menchie’s, Marina
  35. Menchie’s Rancho Cordova
  36. Menchie’s, Rialto
  37. Menchie’s, Sacramento
  38. Menchie’s, Universal Citywalk
  39. Mo’s Frozen Yogurt (inside Mission Oaks Café), Camarillo
  40. Pinkberry, Anaheim ARTIC
  41. Rainbow Sprinkles, South Lake Tahoe
  42. Red Mango, Livermore
  43. Scoops, Colfax
  44. Spoon Me Yogurt, Orange
  45. Spoons Frozen Yogurt, Porterville
  46. The Sweet Swirl, Claremont
  47. Sweet Retreat, San Jose
  48. Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor, San Marino
  49. Uptown Frozen Yogurt, Whittier (technically opened on 12/31/2016)
  50. Whipp’d (moved into Fat Tomato on Highland)
  51. Yellow Yo, Citrus Heights
  52. Yogurt 101, Solana Beach
  53. Yogurt Hub, Brea
  54. Yogurt Pizazz, Martinez
  55. Yogurtland, Baldwin Hills
  56. Yogurtland, Brentwood
  57. Yogurtland, Lincoln, Santa Monica 
  58. Yogurtland, Menifee
  59. Yogurtland, Tustin
  60. Yogurtland, West Hollywood
  61. Zooies, Los Angeles


Permanently Closed:

  1. Almaden Yogurt Factory, San Jose
  2. Beachside, Imperial Beach
  3. Berries Frozen Yogurt, Glendora
  4. Berry Delicious, Novato
  5. Berry Fresh Wellness Café, La Habra
  6. Big Kahuna, Modesto
  7. Big Kahuna, Selma
  8. The Blissery, Pasadena
  9. Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt, Walnut Creek
  10. Buona Vita Yogurt, Berkeley
  11. C&M Café, Sherman Oaks
  12. Chillbox, San Diego
  13. CoffeeWalk, YogurTalk, Los Angeles (Crenshaw)
  14. Coolberry, Glendora
  15. Crème Bee, Alhambra (stopped carrying froyo last year though)
  16. Crepe N Berry, Rancho Cucamonga
  17. Crush Frozen Yogurt, Manteca
  18. Culture Shock Yogurt, Grass Valley
  19. Cups, Torrance (replaced by Friza)
  20. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea, Walnut Creek
  21. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea, Walnut Creek
  22. Fraiche Yogurt, Stanford Campus
  23. Fraiche Yogurt, San Francisco 
  24. Froplay, Los Angeles
  25. Froyo, Fillmore
  26. Froyo Heavenly Cafe, Menifee
  27. FroyoLife, Beverly Hills
  28. FroyoLife, Los Feliz
  29. Frozen Yogurt Castle, Fresno 
  30. Golden Spoon Beach/Warner, Huntington Beach
  31. Golden Spoon, Calabasas
  32. Golden Spoon, Glendora
  33. Golden Spoon, Stevenson Ranch
  34. Golden Spoon, Valencia Copper Hill
  35. Golden Spoon, Valencia Magic Mountain Pkwy
  36. Guava Lava, Oceanside
  37. Hollywood Rock Café, Hollywood
  38. Ice-Yo, West Hollywood
  39. Joe's Organic Frozen Yogurt, Fullerton
  40. Krave It Frozen Yogurt, Thousand Oaks
  41. Kiwi Blast, Chico
  42. Love Berry, San Francisco
  43. Lulu's Froyo, Sylmar
  44. Melado's, Sylmar
  45. Menchie’s, Irvine
  46. Menchie’s, Rancho Santa Margarita 
  47. Mickey's Frozen Yogurt, Fresno
  48. Mmm Yogurt, Delano
  49. Moo Greek Yogurt, Los Angeles
  50. Nubi Yogurt, Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
  51. Oopa Yogurt Bar, Folsom
  52. Pinkberry, Huntington Beach
  53. Pinkberry, Koreatown, Los Angeles
  54. Planet Yogurt, Santa Clarita
  55. Razz Frozen Yogurt, Woodland
  56. Razzlicious, Redding, Dana Drive
  57. Razzlicious, Redding, Eureka Way
  58. Razzlicious, Anderson
  59. Red Cup, Oceanside
  60. Robot Yogurt, Bakersfield
  61. Rockit Swirl (renamed Cuppa)
  62. Surf 'N Yogurt, Camarillo
  63. Sweet Retreat, Los Gatos
  64. Tutti Frutti, Los Angeles (Santee Alley)
  65. Tutti Frutti, Concord (Sunvalley Mall)
  66. Tutti Frutti, Irvine
  67. Verylicious Yogurt, Hawthorne
  68. Whipp’d, West Hollywood (moved to Highland Ave. in Hollywood)
  69. Yogurt Zone, Bakersfield
  70. Yoppi Yogurt Fillmore, San Francisco
  71. Yogofina, Berkeley
  72. Yogurt Bee, Hawaiian Gardens
  73. Yogurt Creations, San Luis Obispo
  74. Yogurt Farms, Windsor
  75. Yogurt Oasis, Lancaster
  76. Yogurt Zone, Bakersfield
  77. Yogurtland Bancroft, Berkeley
  78. Yogurtland Shattuck, Berkeley
  79. Yogurtland, Morgan Hill
  80. Yogurtland, Little Italy, San Diego
  81. Yogurtland, 2nd St./Belmont Shore, Long Beach
  82. Yogurteria, Stevenson Ranch
  83. Yogurtouille, Fremont
  84. Yummy Yogurt, Solana Beach

Closed for Remodeling (or Temporarily Closed):

  • 21 Choices, Claremont (Foothill) 
  • Big Kahuna Frozen Yogurt, Reedley
  • Boxcar Eats, Sacramento
  • Yogurtland, 7th St., Long Beach

Coming Soon:

  1. Big Kahuna, Ceres
  2. Blitzer’s, Menifee 
  3. Loop Neighborhood, Union City
  4. Menchie’s, Arleta
  5. Menchie's, El Centro
  6. Menchie’s, Hanford
  7. Menchie’s, Mission Viejo
  8. Menchie’s, Mission Hills
  9. Menchie's, Sacramento, Delta Shores
  10. Menchie's, Van Nuys, Sherman Square 
  11. Morsey's Farmhouse Kitchen, Los Altos
  12. Popbar, Concord
  13. Yagoot, Hollywood
  14. Yogurtland, Bakersfield
  15. Yogurtland, Irvine

Under New Ownership:

  • Golden Spoon, Lakewood
  • Tutti Frutti, Sylmar (closed then reopened)

Not Mainly Froyo But Opened and/or Started Serving Froyo:

  1. Clifton’s Republic, Los Angeles (carries Pinkberry)
  2. Forty Carrots, Century City (inside Bloomingdales)
  3. IKEA, Burbank
  4. Jeni’s Ice Creams, Calabasas
  5. Jeni’s Ice Creams, Venice
  6. Jeni’s Ice Creams, Larchmont Village, Los Angeles 
  7. Kali Greek Kitchen, Palo Alto (carries Fraiche Yogurt)
  8. La Boulangerie, Sutter St., San Francisco (carries Loving Cup)
  9. Loop Neighborhood, California St., San Francisco
  10. Loving Cup, inside La Boulangerie de Sutter
  11. N Gelato, Azusa 
  12. The Plant Organic Café, Montgomery St., San Francisco serving Easy Breezy
  13. The Plant Organic Café, Steiner at Chestnut, San Francisco serving Easy Breezy
  14. Poki Yo, Buena Park
  15. Poki Yo, Santa Monica
  16. Souvla, Valencia, San Francisco 

Not a Froyo Shop but Had Froyo and Now Closed or No Longer Serves Froyo:

  1. Dr. Bob’s, Roseville
  2. Freshii at Target, West Hollywood
  3. Freshii at Target, Pasadena
  4. Freshii at Target, Culver City
  5. Freshii at Target, Valencia
  6. Freshii at Target, Woodland Hills
  7. Freshii at Target, Brea
  8. Freshii at Target, Irvine 1
  9. Freshii at Target, Irvine 2
  10. Gill's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Farmers Market, Los Angeles (80 years old)
  11. Stick Station, Pasadena
  12. Walgreens, San Francisco (removed yogurt machines)
  13. Walgreens, Los Angeles (removed yogurt machines)
  14. Yo! Boba, Los Angeles
So, there were 61 openings of froyo shops in California vs. 84 closings in 2017, significantly fewer openings and closings than in 2016. But, frozen yogurt shop closings did outnumber openings. Closures occurred for new and old, longtime froyo businesses. Some shops like Ice-Yo and Buona Vita did not last a year. Sadly, some cities now have no frozen yogurt shops. 

Menchie's opened 8 new locations in California, while Yogurtland wasn't far behind with 6 new locations. Golden Spoon had the most closings; 6 this year, though two of those have reopened under new ownership. Menchie's closed 2 California locations, Yogurtland closed five, and Pinkberry closed two. The two Forever Yogurt locations in California closed this year. I didn't make it to either though I have been to Forever Yogurt in Chicago. I've been to 17 of the new froyo shops, including 7 grand opening celebrations.

The Freshii at Target concept didn't last long. All Freshii locations inside Target stores in Southern California have closed. Walgreen's ceased offering self-serve frozen yogurt at all locations. On the positive side of the non-traditional locations, Loop Neighborhood continues to add new convenience stores with self-serve froyo and Frobot, the froyo robot vending machine, is now at Levi's Stadium. Reis & Irvy are actively recruiting froyo robot franchisees in California. And restaurants have started to partner with froyo shops like Easy Breezy, Fraiche, and Loving Cup to offer their yogurt at several restaurants like The Plant Cafe Organic, Kali, and La Boulangerie.

Since I always wind up finding out about new openings and closings after publishing my post, I’ll keep updating this post. Did I miss any openings or closings? Let me know.

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, December 24, 2017

New Flavor at Yoga-urt, Mint Mania



Fro-yo girl here. Lots has happened at Yoga-urt lately. They brought back sundaes for the month of December. We spotted some new picture signs outside the shop. And there’s a brand new flavor, Mint Magic.

  • Mint Magic: Mint Magic is “made with our cashew/almond base, real mint leaves, spirulina, probiotics and......avocados.” I didn’t notice the avocados but the mint leaves make this flavor super fresh and very, very minty. I like mint, so I liked this flavor. It’s like a fresher version of peppermint candy canes. The texture was smooth and thick, without being icy. It was sweet but not overly so. I’m sure that it would go well with Chocolate Bliss. I loved it swirled with Vanilla Harmony.

Yoga-urt’s probiotic, dairy-free soft serve is hand-crafted, made from scratch, organic, kosher, soy free, and probably some other things that I’m forgetting. It tastes fresh, handmade, and way better than your typical soft serve/froyo. In fact, Mr. Froyo won’t eat froyo anywhere else.

Yoga-urt is open on Christmas Eve (12 PM – 6 PM) and Christmas (2 PM – 7 PM). Today is the last day to buy a gift card of $25 or more and get a free mini.

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

* YOGA-URT, 1407 ½ W Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91201

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, December 23, 2017

Nomad Ice Pops of San Gabriel, CA



Fro-yo girl here. Nomad Ice Pops opened this past summer in downtown San Gabriel, CA. The owner uses fresh, whole fruits and showcases them in seasonal ice pops that are low in sugar and all natural. The handcrafted pops were inspired by the paletas he countered in Guatemala.

Most of the 14 ice pops flavors that were being offered the day of my visit were vegan. There were fruit flavors like Strawberry Mint, Mango Chili, and Berry Peach Lemonade, and non-fruit flavors like Coffee with Almond Milk, Salted Peanut Butter & Honey, and Pumpkin Pie. Each pop is about 3 oz, the standard ice pop size. Only one of the pops had yogurt, Honey Blackberry. Prices weren’t posted but they’re under $4 each. The chocolate dipped ones are a bit more expensive.

* Honey Blackberry ice pop: The pop didn’t look like it had yogurt, because the color was super dark, like the color of blackberries. I liked the tartness of the pop. It didn’t taste like much sugar or honey had been added and it tasted like it was made with a lot of blackberries. However, I didn’t taste the yogurt. I assume it was in there but just a small amount.

I wasn’t a fan of the salted peanut butter pop because the chocolate coating tasted like cocoa powder and coconut and it was sweeter than I expected. The popsicle wasn’t creamy (probably because it was vegan?). The vanilla coconut blueberry popsicle was better – the coconut cream was rich and complemented the blueberry.

* NOMAD ICE POPS: 415 South Mission Drive #A, 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.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Furuta Blueberry Yogurt Sand Cookies Review



Fro-yo girl here. Furuta Blueberry Yogurt Sand Cookies are imported from Japan. I found them at 168 Market in San Gabriel, CA, for $1.50. One box is 3.06 oz. Each box has ten servings. One serving is 45 calories with 2g fat, 6g sugar and 6g carbohydrates.

These are sandwich cookies. The cookies are small, round and thick. They’re crispy, sweet and taste healthier because of the wheat flour. I really liked the cookies. However, the filling wasn’t as good, though fortunately there wasn’t much filling in each cookie sandwich. The blueberry yogurt filling had a sharp tang and mild blueberry flavor. It tasted like they put too much citric acid in it. It wasn’t the natural tang of yogurt.

Ingredients: Wheat flour, sugar, shortening, lactose, vegetable oil, high fructose starch syrup, salt, yogurt powder, blueberry juice powder, calcium bicarbonate, baking powder, citric acid, flavor, soya lecithin, beet powder, pectin, water.

The cookie tastes better if you don’t eat the cream separately from the cookie, but since I prefer the cookie, I think I’ll scrape off the cream.

3 out of 5 stars.

* 168 MARKET: 933 E 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 19, 2017

Loving Cup at La Boulangerie





Fro-yo girl here. On November 28, the news broke that La Boulangerie’s owners had invested in San Francisco based Loving Cup, with the goal of franchising and opening 100 locations in the next few years. Loving Cup has opened a pop-up inside the Financial District’s La Boulangerie (222 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA) with more locations expected inside other La Boulangerie locations.

According to Loving Cup’s Facebook post,

“Loving Cup ❤️ La Boulangerie. So much so that we've decided to partner with them to bring you all the deliciousness of Loving Cup and the scrumptiousness of La Boulangerie under one roof! We're moving into a few of their existing locations and growing with them as we open new locations together. First up: FiDi!”

The November 28 announcement says,

“The La Boulangerie team is helping Loving Cup with menu items like a brownie option and a chocolate sea salt cookie that will be incorporated into the menu, as well as sold retail. Some of the sauces the shop makes will also be sold retail, (co-owner Liz) Fielder said.”

I’ve been going to Loving Cup since the days when they had just one location on Polk St. It’s different from other froyo shops because the froyo is mix in style and it’s not self-serve. You choose size, a base (chocolate, vanilla or non-dairy) and your mix-ins and they hand churn everything together using a machine. With mix-in style custom blended yogurt, you design your own flavor.

While a custom blended frozen yogurt can be tasty as it distributes the toppings so that there are toppings in every bite, it does change the flavor of the frozen yogurt (which can be good or bad). Sauces and candy are good mix ins. If you want a tangy yogurt, add berries. Some toppings don’t taste as good when they’re blended – for example, graham cracker crumbs become gritty when blended into the frozen yogurt, and mochi isn’t transformed, it just becomes smaller.

I visited the Loving Cup pop-up at Sutter St. La Boulangerie to see how it compared to the other four Loving Cup locations (it’s the first “mini” Loving Cup location). I’ve been to all the SF locations now but not the one in Marin. The Sutter St. pop-up is not that different from the other Loving Cup locations. You can get their rice puddings there and the yogurt offering is essentially the same (same prices, same mix ins, same bases as the Union St. location). 

However, I did notice that the Sutter location had housemade brownies, green tea matcha latte froyo and pumpkin 5 spice froyo. I’m not sure if the other Loving Cup locations offer these new additions. The new flavors sound more sophisticated and complex, so I see them as a good sign of things to come.

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, December 16, 2017

Menchie’s Holiday Flavors, Part Two: Sea Salt Caramel Latte, Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream



Fro-yo girl here. It took awhile for me to track down the featured flavor of December, Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream frozen yogurt made with Golden Oreo cookie pieces. It tastes like vanilla frozen yogurt with a hint of Golden Oreo/cookie flavor. The texture was nice and creamy. Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream is lowfat, made with real sweetened condensed milk and contains no artificial colors or partially hydrogenated oils. Recommended toppings: white chocolate chips, Nilla wafers, Oreos.

Menchie’s has just introduced Sea Salt Caramel Latte frozen yogurt (scheduled release date of December 16). It’s lowfat and made with real sea salt and real caramel. I love coffee frozen yogurt flavors and I really liked this new flavor. The salt and the caramel flavors weren’t too strong but the coffee flavor was strong. The texture was smooth and creamy. Recommended toppings: Heath, malt balls, chocolate shell, and almonds.

I still haven’t seen any holiday spoons but I picked up some Menchie’s holiday coloring sheets.

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 14, 2017

Menchie’s Toasted Coconut Crunch Test Flavor, Fruit Purees




Fro-yo girl here. While I was at Menchie’s University in Encino, CA, I noticed a new test flavor called Toasted Coconut Crunch. It’s made with Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins (the Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins) and has no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup and no partially hydrogenated oils.

* Toasted Coconut Crunch froyo: The texture was creamy and smooth but it tasted like coconut without cookies. I do love cookie froyo flavors, though I’m not a big fan of coconut froyo. So, this flavor was okay for me but a pass because the cookie flavor isn’t noticeable.

I also noticed chilled fruit purees in squeeze bottles in blueberry, strawberry, and passionfruit. I don’t think that I’ve seen these at other Menchie’s locations, so maybe fruit purees will be carried soon at more locations. Yogurtland added fruit purees in June 2016.

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

* MENCHIE’S UNIVERSITY: 17245 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316

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 12, 2017

Trader Joe’s Adds Icelandic Yogurt and Yogurt Cheesecake



Fro-yo girl here. I’ve mentioned Icelandic stye yogurt (known as skyr) on this blog quite a few times, because I’ve been a fan since the first time I tried Siggi’s in 2010. Since then, I’ve tried every brand of skyr that I’ve run across. Skyr is strained until it’s rich and thick.

Trader Joe’s has two flavors of skyr, Plain and Strawberry. Both are nonfat. The 8-ounce cups are $1.39 each. Trader Joe’s describes the product as follows, “Just like traditional skyr—which has been a staple of the Icelandic diet since it was brought over from Norway a millennium ago—our Icelandic Style Nonfat Yogurt is strained so that it’s exceptionally thick and creamy. It’s reminiscent of nonfat Greek yogurt, but even smoother and with slightly less bite.”

* Strawberry Icelandic yogurt: This is a blended style yogurt. One container is 190 calories with 0g fat, 26g carbs, 24g total sugars and 20g protein. TJ’s version has more sugar than Smari or Siggi’s, but it’s still got a sourness to it that I like. It’s tangy, sour and pretty sweet at the same time, with intense yogurt flavor. The texture is smooth and thick. Since it has more sugar and isn’t quite as thick as Siggi’s, it doesn’t seem different from Greek yogurt to me. I wish it had less sugar.

Ingredients: Nonfat milk, cane sugar, strawberry puree, strawberries, water, natural strawberry flavor, fruit pectin, locust bean gum, carrot extract (color), streptoccus thermophilus (culture), lemon juice concentrate.

I also noticed that Trader Joe’s now has Chocolate Swirl Icelandic Style Yogurt Cheesecake. It’s huge (650g), so I probably won’t get it but it does sound good, if it’s tangy and not too sweet. You can find this new cheesecake in the frozen foods section with the other frozen pies, cakes, puddings, etc.

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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Yogurtland Brings Back Eggnog Froyo and Introduces a New Topping



Fro-yo girl here. Eggnog lovers must be enjoying all the eggnog froyo that has returned to froyo shops. Eggnog is one of Tutti Frutti Canada’s winter flavors, one of Menchie’s November featured flavors and now it’s back at Yogurtland, for a limited time.

Yogurtland describes Eggnog froyo as “simple, delicious, and full of holiday cheer. Real nutmeg sprinkled in for a flavor that’s worth a toast.” I don’t like eggnog, so I can’t say that I like Yogurtland’s eggnog froyo. But, I did try a sample and I would pair it with whipped cream, Ghirardelli caramel chips, and graham cracker crumbs.

Speaking of toppings, I did spot a new topping at Yogurtland: Mint & fudge cookies! Yum! These cookies are covered in chocolate.

P.S. I also heard that they’re bringing back Frosted Cookie 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.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Menchie’s Holiday Flavors, Limited Time Flavors Available in December



Fro-yo girl here. Happy December! It’s also time for December’s featured holiday flavors at Menchie’s. They are (with scheduled launch dates):
  • Spiced Gingerbread Cookie (December 1): I’ve had this flavor before, last December and December 2015 as well. I think it tastes like it did before – more like gingerbread spices (cinnamon, ginger) than gingerbread cookies. The texture was smooth and creamy. Recommended toppings: almonds, chocolate shell, brownies
  • Sea Salt Caramel Latte (December 16)
  • Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream made with Golden Oreo cookie pieces (December 1 – available all month)

For some reason, it’s rare for the Menchie’s locations in my area to actually have the new flavors on time. I still haven’t found Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream, even though it’s supposed to be available all month (December) and I really want to try it.

I didn't see any holiday spoons.

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 5, 2017

Kirby’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. I can always count on Gelson’s for carrying hard to find, new brands. On a recent trip, I found Kirby’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt. Kirby’s is all natural, with live and active cultures and probiotics. One serving is 160 calories, 4g fat, 23g sugars, and 5g protein.

* Strawberry: The frozen yogurt was dense, firm and creamy. It had a pleasant natural strawberry taste but I didn’t taste tang or yogurt flavor. It was more like an ice cream but an icier, lower fat one. The strawberry flavor wasn’t intense but it was noticeable. I prefer tangier froyo that tastes like yogurt, but Kirby’s is a good choice for those of you who like a sweeter froyo that tastes natural.

Gelson’s had four flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee. The pints were $6.99.

Ingredients: Milk and milk solids, strawberries, sugar, strawberry puree, cream, corn syrup, stabilizer (locust bean gum, carrageenan, dextrose), cultures.

For more information, visit http://www.kirbysyogurt.com/

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

4 out of 5 stars.

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, December 2, 2017

South Lake Avenue Holidayfest Recap, Yogurtland Update




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve just returned from South Lake Avenue’s Holidayfest. It’s very much kid-focused but they do have a fun scavenger hunt that people of all ages can enjoy and some amazing raffle prizes that you can enter if you complete the scavenger hunt. Yogurtland donated a certificate for catering for 15 people. Other raffle prizes included gift certificates from Celestino, Dunkin’, Float, Nick’s, Salad Farm, Urban lates and The Counter, gift baskets, etc.

I also spotted roaming holiday characters (Olaf from Frozen, Abomindable Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, a toy soldier), free popcorn, free cookies from Corner Bakery, cookie decorating with Williams Sonoma, live music, Santa (available for photos) and horse and carriage rides.

Yogurtland was one of the scavenger hunt locations and they had a special promotion, 3 oz of free froyo with a minimum 8 oz purchase from 12 PM – 5 PM. I also found out that Yogurtland is bringing back to holiday flavors, Eggnog and Frosted Cookie.

I do really like the new topping, Ghirardelli mini caramel chips. They’re crunchy and not too sweet.

For full details, see: http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2017-holidayfest-12-5pm/

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, November 30, 2017

Original State of Frozen Yogurt Research from the International Frozen Yogurt Association

Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association just completed its state of frozen yogurt industry survey project. There were two sets of surveys, with data gathered from online surveys this fall.

The research project was inspired by the desire to learn more about the frozen yogurt industry by asking consumers and shop owners. Some of the goals of the research were to:


  • Give shop owners a chance to learn how they compared to other frozen yogurt shops and to hear what consumers were looking for
  • Provide suppliers information about frozen yogurt shops and how the shops felt about their suppliers
  • Allow members and others a chance to provide suggestions on how the IFYA could better serve its members

National Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey

The IFYA sponsored the first National Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey during the fall of 2017 and received 174 responses from across the US.

The survey included questions about loyalty, current consumption, future consumption, frozen yogurt attitudes, and preferences and demographics. Consumers were asked how much they liked the major frozen yogurt chains, what shop attributes were important, what might increase their frozen yogurt shop visits, how often they consume frozen yogurt, taste preferences, etc. In the analysis, the IFYA looked at differences based on gender, age, region (geographic location) and frequency of froyo shop visits.

The full results are available for $150. To order the report or for more information, please contact info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey

In September 2017, the IFYA invited frozen yogurt shop owners in the United States to take an anonymous online survey. The survey included questions such as how many hours a week do you spend managing the shop, what items does your shop sell (besides frozen yogurt), how well is your shop doing in terms of sales compared to this time last year, how satisfied are you with your decision to open your business, etc.

The IFYA received 59 responses from frozen yogurt shop owners. During the analysis, the IFYA looked at differences based on age of the shop, how much time the owner spends managing the shop, whether the owner had experience managing a foodservice business, and several other variables.

The full results are available for $150. To order the report or for more information, please contact us at info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

About the International Frozen Yogurt Association


The International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA) serves as an unbiased source of support and information for current and prospective frozen yogurt store operators. The Association sets and promotes standards to elevate the quality of frozen yogurt stores through the Swirl of Honor™ program. IFYA represents frozen yogurt shops, suppliers and consumers across the world. Visit the IFYA website, http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/, for additional information.


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, November 28, 2017

Givat Yogolite Yogurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. I stocked up on kosher Cholov Yisroel yogurt on a recent trip to Livonia Glatt Market. Givat Yogolite is a line of Swiss style, nonfat blended yogurt with live and active cultures, from Givat Dairy of Elizabeth, NJ. Each cup is 5 oz. Livonia was selling Yogolite for $1.39.

Cholov Yisroel means that the entire production process was under strict and diligent rabbi supervision. It is a higher standard of kosher dairy.

* Espresso coffee yogurt: Since it’s European/Swiss style yogurt, I don’t think it was strained. It was thin and smooth. The flavor was incredibly sweet though it had some tang and a mild coffee flavor. It was so sweet that I couldn’t eat it until I blended it with some plain yogurt to cut the sweetness. The yogurt had 26g of sugars and 130 calories.

Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized grade A nonfat milk, sugar, coffee, modified food starch, natural & artificial flavor, citric acid, lemon juice concentrate, potassium sorbate, caramel color, live and active cultures

Other flavors from Yogolite include Vanilla, Strawberry, Plain, Peach, Berry Blend, Field Berry, Strawberry Banana.

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

2.5 out of 5 stars.

* LIVONIA GLATT MARKET: 8922 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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, November 25, 2017

South Lake Avenue's Holidayfest Returns on December 2 in Pasadena


Fro-yo girl here. South Lake Avenue’s Holidayfest returns this year on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 12 PM – 5 PM. I’ve attended several times and the event seems to grow every year. The event includes:

  • Complimentary Parking, Admission & Holiday Activities
  • In-Store Specials and Promotions
  • Photos with Santa
  • Horse and Carriage Rides
  • Holiday Characters
  • Live Music and Carolers
  • A Scavenger Hunt (Yogurtland participated last year)
  • Holiday Crafts for the Kids

Yogurtland will be participating again. The scavenger hunt last year included really great prizes for those who complete the hunt. One of the prizes was from Yogurtland.


This year, during Holidayfest you can get 3 oz of free froyo with an 8 oz minimum purchase at Yogurtland's Lake Avenue location.

Many of the shops and restaurants around South Lake Avenue are participating, including Dunkin’, Urban Plates, Veggie Grill, Salad Farm, Corner Bakery Café, etc.

For full details, see: http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2017-holidayfest-12-5pm/

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, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Froyo Specials


Fro-yo girl here. Since I spotted multiple Black Friday froyo specials, I decided to compile them for froyo fans. The specials are listed in alphabetical order.

  • 16 Handles (Lynbrook, NY): On Black Friday, get your $100 gift cards for $75
  • Culture Froyo (Effingham, IL)Buy one gift card, get a second one of equal or lesser value FREE!!! Mention the Instagram post. Offer good from 11/22-11/26/2017. 
  • Green Mango (Grenoble, France): 20% off your purchase from 11/22 - 11/24/2017
  • Happy Cow (Wesley Chapel, FL): For each $25 in gift cards purchased, get a free $10 bonus card
  • Island Yogurt (Aiea, HI): Buy a gift card and get a second one of equal value for free on November 24, 2017.
  • Let's Swirl (Kalamazoo, MI): Buy a $10 gift card and get 8 oz froyo for free on 11/24
  • Llaollao (Saudi Arabia): Buy 2 cups, get 1 free on 11/24/2017
  • Menchie’s Vanowen (Winnetka, CA): Fill your cup for $6 on Black Friday, 11/24/2017
  • Menchie’s The District (Temple, TX): 50% off your froyo on November 24th
  • Menchie's (Rancho Cordova, CA): 50% off your froyo on November 24th 
  • Menchie's Gateway (Springfield, OR): Get a free $5 gift card when you make any purchase of $10 or more on 11/24
  • Menchie's (Glendale, CA): 50% off your froyo on 11/24/2017
  • Menchie's (Flowery Branch, GA): 50% off your froyo on 11/24/2017
  • Menchie's (Centerville, UT): 50% off your froyo on 11/24/2017
  • Menchie's (Doral, FL): 50% off your froyo on 11/24/2017
  • Menchie's (Palmdale, CA): Buy one, get one free on Thanksgiving and Black Friday
  • Menchie's Crossroads Towne Center (Gilbert, AZ): Buy one, get one free on Black Friday
  • Menchie's San Tan Village (Gilbert, AZ): Buy one, get one free all day on 11/24
  • OBX Frozen Yogurt (Southern Shores, NC): During Black Friday and holiday weekend, purchase $25 in gift certificates and get a $5 free gift card. Spend $50 and a get a $10 free gift card.
  • Orange Leaf (Kentucky locations): Buy one, get one free from Nov. 20 - Nov. 24, closed on Thanksgiving
  • PennyLane Yogurt (Campbell, CA): From 11 AM – 4 PM, buy one gift card, get one free (of equal or lesser value). From 4 PM – close, buy one gift card get the second one half off (of equal or lesser value on 11/24/2017.
  • Red Mango (UT): BOGO free deal from 10:30 AM - 3 PM on 11/24/2017
  • sweet Frog (Salisbury, NC): Buy one, get one of equal or lesser value free on November 24
  • sweetFrog (Danville, VA): Buy one froyo, get one 50% off on 11/24
  • sweetFrog (Ashland, VA): Spend $30 in gift cards on Black Friday (11/24), get $10 in free gift cards
  • Swirl It (Gilbert, AZ): 25% off froyo Nov. 21-26, gift card specials: $20 for $25, $10 for $8, $5 for $4 from 11/21 - 12/24/2017
  • Swirls Frozen Yogurt (Paducah, KY): On Black Friday, spend a total of $25 on gift cards, receive a free 8oz coupon. Half off of fro-yo-gatos.
  • TCBY (Moss Bluff, LA): $10.00 gift cards on sale for $5.00 from 10 AM - 1 PM on Friday, Nov. 24
  • U-Swirl (Waco, TX): $5 flat rate cups on 11/24
  • Yo Mama! (WI): Buy a gift card, get an equal value card for free on 11/24/2017
  • Yog Bar (UK): 50% off everything all day on 11/24
  • Yogurberry (Nigeria): 20% off cups till 6 PM on 11/24
  • Yogurt Breeze (Lake Nona, FL): Buy one, get one free (equal or lesser value) on 11/24/2017
  • Yogurtland Lake Ave. (Pasadena, CA): Buy one, get one free (excludes gift cards) on 11/24/2017 from 11 AM – 2 PM.
  • Yogurtland (Chino Hills, CA): Black Friday coupon voucher booklets go on sale on 11/24/2017
  • Yogurtland Beverly Connection (Los Angeles, CA): Come in from 11am -1pm with your Black Friday shopping receipt and get $1 off your purchase. Leave your name and phone number to enter the drawing for FREE 15 catering cups raffle that will take place at 7pm. 
  • Yogurtland (New Orleans, LA): $5 flat rate cups all day on Nov. 24
  • YoJay's (Forest Park, GA): 50% off on November 24
  • Zoyo (AZ): Fill your cup for $5 on 11/24, all day
You can also view Black Friday froyo specials on this Pinterest board, https://www.pinterest.com/froyogirl/black-friday-froyo-specials/

I know that I'm going to be eating froyo on Black Friday.


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, November 21, 2017

Mehadrin Yo Bar Review



Fro-yo girl here. Mehadrin Yo Bar is a kosher Cholov Yisroel chocolate dipped Greek yogurt bar that I found in the refrigerated section of Livonia Glatt Market for $1.99. Cholov Yisroel means that the entire production process was under strict and diligent rabbi supervision. It is a higher standard of kosher dairy.

Yo Bar comes in three flavors: Vanilla, Coffee and Hazelnut. The yogurt is strained and coated in a thin dark chocolate layer. It has over 25 billion probiotics, 110 calories, 6g protein, 5g fat and 10g sugars. One bar is 1.76 oz.

* Yo Bar Coffee: The bar was soft and super creamy, similar to cream cheese in texture. The yogurt was sweet and tangy. I wasn’t expecting such a soft bar. The chocolate and coffee complemented each other though they didn’t pair as well with the tanginess of the yogurt. It’s an interesting, rich snack that reminds me of a tangy truffle. Definitely have it with a drink.

Ingredients: Strained yogurt (pasteurized lowfat milk, active cultures), chocolate glaze (cocoa, granulated sugar, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, milk solids, salt), granulated sugar, butter, instant coffee, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate.

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

4 out of 5 stars.

* LIVONIA GLATT MARKET: 8922 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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, November 18, 2017

Gevina Farms Yogurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. Gevina Farms has a line of kosher Cholov Yisroel Greek yogurt with live and active cultures that’s strained, rBST rBGH free milk, gluten free and made wth 2% lowfat milk. Cholov Yisroel means that the entire production process was under strict and diligent rabbi supervision. It is a higher standard of kosher dairy.

One cup is 5.3 oz and 2 for $3 at Livonia Glatt Market. It has 150 calories, 18g sugars, and 2.5g total fat.

* Mocha Café Greek:
Of the kosher Greek yogurts that I tried (Norman’s, Givat), Gevina’s tasted the best. It was sweet and tangy with a mild mocha flavor. The texture was creamy, thicker and smooth. Norman's didn't mention any straining of their Greek yogurt.

Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized lowfat milk, water, sugar, modified food starch, dietary fiber, coffee powder, pectin, caramel (for color), locust bean gum, potassium sorbate, artificial flavor, citric acid, calcium lactate.

Other flavors from Yogolite include Cherry, Canadian Maple, Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Peach, Plain, Blueberry, Vanilla.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars.

* LIVONIA GLATT MARKET: 8922 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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, November 16, 2017

Menchie’s 2017 Holiday Flavors, Part 2


Fro-yo girl here. More festive holiday flavors have arrived at Menchie’s, for a limited time:

  • Espresso brownie (new): A new lowfat flavor made with real coffee, real cocoa and real cake batter, it’s rich and intense. If you like coffee, cocoa or the combination of those two flavors, you will enjoy espresso brownie. Recommended toppings: I would lighten it up with Cool Whip and white chocolate chips
  • Holiday eggnog: This returning holiday favorite is lowfat and contains nutmeg, ginger and eggs, with no high fructose corn syrup. I like it better than actual eggnog. It’s like an enhanced vanilla flavor. Recommended toppings: Ande’s Mints, almonds and Cool Whip

I didn’t see any hint of a holiday spoon but they still had holiday cups. Remember, the holiday gift card promotion is back. Get a free bonus $5 gift card for every $25 in gift cards purchased.

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, November 14, 2017

Yogurtland Ultimate Creation Event Recap





Fro-yo girl here. I couldn’t miss the first ever Ultimate Creation event, even though I find it difficult to build an unlimited cup when it’s crowded. Ideally, I would have the place to myself so I could swirl, add toppings, swirl some more, etc. But there were plenty of enticements – like the new “Made With Ghirardelli” flavors, Frozen Hot Chocolate frozen yogurt and Dark Chocolate Blueberry sorbet, new toppings, new sauces, new spoons and new cups.

During the event on November 14 from 4 PM – 9 PM local time, 16 oz cups were just $5. My creation was 32.5 oz (after the weight of the cup was deducted). I took some Ghirardelli cups and spoons home.

I tried the new Dark Chocolate Blueberry Sorbet which was “inspired by Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Blueberry square…this sorbet provides delicious dark chocolate flavor from Ghirardelli cocoa, followed by notes of sweet blueberry.” It delivered on the promised flavor and wasn’t icy. It was an interesting flavor but I’m personally not a fan of the chocolate and fruit combination. Recommended toppings: blueberries, Ghirardelli chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs.

I’m happy that they brought back Pumpkin Pie froyo! Thanks, Yogurtland!!!

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, November 12, 2017

Bloomfield Creamery Opens in Pasadena




Fro-yo girl here. Bloomfield Creamery opened last weekend. They took over the space that Yoguroo occupied that later became The Blissery Frozen Yogurt. Bloomfield Creamery has lots of dessert options, including small batch housemade ice cream, housemade edible cookie dough, self-serve frozen yogurt and soft serve, milkshakes, cookies, ice cream paninis, homemade waffle cones and beverages.

The inside looks less colorful than it did before. It’s all white now but the general layout looks the same, with tables on the left, froyo towards the back, and the toppings counter (joined by cookie dough and ice cream) near the front. I find the all white look soothing and clean.

There are 10 froyo and soft serve flavors on tap and a small but nice toppings bar (chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, mochi, cookies, candy, granola, sprinkles, coconut, cheesecake, sauces). It’s 40 cents an ounce (very reasonable). I found the textures to be rich, creamy, and smooth. Ask for sample cups.

Froyo & soft serve flavors of the day:

  • Cake batter
  • Cinnamon toast soft serve (made with almond milk)
  • Chocolate custard
  • Vanilla custard
  • Cookies & cream yogurt
  • Strawberry yogurt
  • Tart yogurt
  • Dole pineapple whip
  • Honey-berry yogurt (no flavor card, not sure what it was called)
  • (One flavor wasn’t available)

They haven’t made it easy to combine the cookie dough with the froyo but it can be done. Ask for a scoop of cookie dough after they’ve weighed your yogurt.

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

* BLOOMFIELD CREAMERY: 1727 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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, November 11, 2017

Save the Date, Nov. 14, for Yogurtland’s First-Ever $5 Ultimate Creation Event



Fro-yo girl here. Froyo fans and Yogurtland fans in particular, you won’t want to miss the first ever Ultimate Creation event at Yogurtland locations across the US on November 14 from 4 PM – 9 PM local time.

So, what happens at the Ultimate Creation event? It’s your chance to create your Ultimate Creation. During the event, 16 oz cups are just $5 regardless of the weight of your froyo and toppings. It’s more than a flat rate cup event though. Yogurtland is also offering two new flavors “Made With Ghirardelli” – Frozen Hot Chocolate frozen yogurt and Dark Chocolate Blueberry sorbet. And they’ll have new Ghirardelli sauces and toppings. 


If that weren’t special enough, they’ll also have limited edition cups and spoons. The spoons are dark blue and they say I (heart) Ghirardelli. Get there early, so that you avoid being disappointed once they run out. Supplies are limited.

The Yogurtland website currently shows the countdown to the big event.

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

Here’s the official press release from Yogurtland:

Yogurtland Offers $5 Ultimate Creation Cup on November 14


Featuring Two Limited Time Flavors Made With Ghirardelli® And Limited Edition Collectable Spoon 


(IRVINE, CA) November 1, 2017— On Tuesday, November 14, Yogurtland fans will have an even greater reason to celebrate with Yogurtland’s $5 Ultimate Creation. From 4PM-9PM local time, for just $5 dessert lovers can visit their local Yogurtland and swirl up their own 16oz ultimate creation with any of the 16 available frozen yogurt and ice cream flavors, including two new limited-time flavors Made With Ghirardelli.The two flavors are:

Frozen Hot Chocolate- Combining the perfect blend of rich Ghirardelli cocoa, cream, and marshmallow, this flavor takes winter’s favorite hot drink and perfects it in frozen form.

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Sorbet- Inspired by Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Blueberry square, this sorbet provides delicious dark chocolate flavor from Ghirardelli cocoa, followed by notes of sweet blueberry.

Yogurtland guests can pick up their ‘I Heart Ghirardelli’ cup and swirl up their choice between two flavors Made With Ghirardelli or both, and head over to the topping bar to build their satisfying, delicious creation with even more Ghirardelli goodness with Ghirardelli toppings and sauces. With over 60 fruit, candy, cereal, nuts, cookies and other toppings to choose from, Yogurtland offers fans the chance to completely customize their ultimate creation experience with all their favorite additions.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ghirardelli for our $5 Ultimate Creation event,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland. “Our fans have always surprised us with their creative treat creations, and we wanted to celebrate that by giving them the perfect opportunity to meet their ultimate froyo desires for just $5.”

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

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-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as 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, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, 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.

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.