Thursday, August 17, 2017

Custom Shakes Now at Yogurtland Lakewood




Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland Lakewood now offers custom shakes. It’s currently the only Yogurtland location to offer shakes. The shakes are $5.99 each. They’re available in one size.

The process is easy. Pick up a metal cup at the shake station and fill it to the line with frozen yogurt (you can choose any flavor/s you’re in the mood for). Then, fill the cup to the top with anything from the toppings bar, including sauces, fruits, cheesecake, candy, cereal, etc. Once the cup is full, take it to a Yogurtland employee for blending. After blending, you can add whipped cream and more toppings!

I did hear that gummy bears sometimes get caught in the blender so you might want to save those as a topping vs. use them as a blend in.

I didn’t want a very sweet shake, so I chose plain tart (one of their best flavors) and doused it with lots of raspberry puree. Their premium fruit purees are really good. I was essentially creating a raspberry tart froyo shake. For mix-ins, I selected fresh strawberries, blueberries and some Cap’n Crunch.

My shake was super thick, tart and fruity. The fruit seeds added texture. The Cap’n Crunch got lost after being blended but maybe I didn’t put enough in my cup. The cup was 20 ozs and it was filled to above the brim. I added another spoonful of Cap’n Crunch. It’s a good deal – tons of yogurt and toppings – but it’s super filling. I can’t eat over 20 ozs of froyo at once.

With so many froyo flavors, toppings, sauces and syrups, there’s room for endless creativity and customization.

P.S. Don’t forget $5 Unlimited Cup Tuesdays at Yogurtland Lakewood, August 22 & August 29 from 11 AM - 5 PM.

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

* YOGURTLAND LAKEWOOD: 5017 Lakewood Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712.

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, August 15, 2017

What’s Going On at Cups Frozen Yogurt?

Fro-yo girl here. CUPS Frozen Yogurt, based in NJ, had 23 locations, mostly on the East Coast in 2014. They opened locations in California, in Westminster, Torrance, Northridge, Torrey Hills, and Irvine. It was in the news quite a bit in 2013 as the Hooters of frozen yogurt and was one of the fastest growing frozen yogurt franchises at the time.

CUPS is known for its club like ambiance, featuring dance music and a lounge area. People used to line up to go to CUPS, though I never saw that at the CA locations. Perhaps it was a Jersey thing?

In New Jersey, they’ve closed the following locations (most were open for 1 – 2 years):

1. Bayonne

2. Bridgewater

3. East Brunswick

4. East Hanover

5. Edison

6. Franklin

7. Freehold

8. Morristown

9. New Brunswick

10. Paramus

11. South Plainfield

The main complaints have been price, runny yogurt, loud music, cleanliness and indifferent employees.


The Torrance location closed in March 2017. It rebranded and reopened as Friza Frozen Yogurt.

The CUPS website lists 2 locations in Florida, 1 in Texas, 5 in New Jersey and 1 in New York, for a total of nine locations. Three California locations are still open as far as I can tell (Irvine, Northridge, Torrey Hills), but they are not listed on the website. The Northridge location opened in April 2015 and the Irvine location in 2016. Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since January 2017. The last tweet was in October 2016. They’ve been updating their Instagram account regularly though. They’ve never been that active on social media but they’re quieter than ever. 

“CUPS was created and is owned/operated by The Briad Group, one of the largest and fastest growing hospitality companies in the US. The Briad Group’s entities are: licensed franchisees for Wendy’s, TGI Fridays™, Marriott, Hilton and a licensee for Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. The Briad Group is the largest TGI Fridays franchisee in the world.”

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, August 13, 2017

Customer Appreciation Day at Yogurtland Claremont


Fro-yo girl here. I don’t make it out to Claremont too often and I’ve never been to Yogurtland Claremont, but now I have a great reason to make the trek. Yogurtland’s Guest Appreciation Day is this Sunday, August 20, 2017.

They’ll have FREE FROYO from 11 AM – 1 PM and fun activities all day long.

If you can’t make it to the Guest Appreciation Day, Yogurtland Clarement has a 50% off happy hour Mondays and Tuesdays in August from 1 PM – 4 PM. On Saturdays in August, they’re hosting Kids Corner, with free games, crafts and activities from 12 PM – 2 PM. There was a $5 Unlimited Cup event on August 9 that I missed.

I have to build up my froyo appetite now, by not eating froyo for a few days. 

Follow Yogurtland Claremont on Instagram, @yogurtlandclaremont or Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/YogurtlandClaremont/

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

* YOGURTLAND CLAREMONT: 101 N Indian Hill Blvd Suite 103, Claremont, CA 91711

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, August 11, 2017

Future Froyo Shop Picture: Bloomfield Creamery to Take Over The Blissery Space in Pasadena


Fro-yo girl here. The space that Yoguroo occupied that later became The Blissery will be occupied by yet another dessert shop. The sign is up for Bloomfield Creamery. According to the banner, Bloomfield Creamery will offer ice cream, edible cookie dough and of course, frozen yogurt.

While Pasadena has many places to get froyo, these locations are concentrated in west Pasadena. Bloomfield Creamery will serve northeast Pasadena/East Washington Village. It won’t be the first business in town to offer edible cookie dough; 21 Choices has been making its own cookie dough for years. However, I don’t think there’s a cookie dough place in east Pasadena and edible cookie dough has become the treat of 2017.

I took a peek inside and it didn’t look that different from before – the counter was still in the same place and there were tables and chairs on the left.

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Innovative Soft Serve Shop Spotlight: Zooies





Fro-yo girl here. I love finding innovative froyo shops. Zooies is definitely a hidden gem. It’s inside a gas station convenience store called We Got It! They opened a few years ago in San Diego as a cookie and ice cream shop inside the We Got It! United Oil convenience store. Now they’re in LA at the We Got It! The United Oil gas station looks new and the gas prices were the lowest in the area.

The convenience store looks new too. Zooies is to the right when you walk in. They had over 20 kinds of cookies and bars to choose from, including vegan, paleo, diabetic friendly, and gluten free options. The staples are there: chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and some creative kinds like s’mores, baklava and morning glory.

The froyo is self-serve and they have four flavors. The froyo is average but what stands out is the toppings bar. The toppings are their chopped up cookies!!! The limited time special is a steal, $3.50 flat rate for a 16 oz cup. The only toppings they have are cookies and syrups but who cares. They have over a dozen types of chopped up cookies. The baklava cookies have a strong cardamom flavor. Love.

Froyo flavors of the day:

* Vanilla: creamy, like soft serve ice cream

* Chocolate

* Plain tart: didn’t have much tang and didn’t have a clean finish

* Passionfruit orange sorbet

They also have coffee cake and coffee drinks. There isn’t any place to sit. If I lived nearby, I’d fill cups with chopped cookies and froyo and freeze them for future consumption. Also note that they close earlier than the gas station.

Rating: 4/5

* ZOOIES: 9815 National Blvd., Los Angeles (Cheviot Hills), CA 90034


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, August 8, 2017

$5 Unlimited Cup Tuesdays Coming to Yogurtland Lakewood


Fro-yo girl here. Froyo fans, do you love the challenge of creating a spectacular unlimited cup? Do you love showing off your swirling skills?

Be sure to mark these $5 Unlimited Cup dates on your calendar: Tuesdays, August 22 & August 29 from 11 AM - 5 PM at Yogurtland Lakewood, 5017 Lakewood Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712. This promotion does not apply to Yogurtland's Custom Shakes.

That's right, Yogurtland Lakewood has Custom Shakes. Pick the froyo and toppings you'd like in your shake to create the perfect shake for you. Custom shakes are just $5.99. Try one before, after or during the Unlimited Cup event. After all, you can never have enough 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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yogurtland’s Hope Promotion Begins






Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland launched its new Hope promotion today. The Hope promotion which runs from August 7 to October 1, features five new handcrafted flavors, two new limited edition spoons, limited edition cups, and new toppings. During the promotional period, Yogurtland will also collect donations for three charities that it supports, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Exodus Cry and Rescuing Lives.

During my visit, I spotted two new flavors, Banana Toffee Pie and Lava Cake Gelato, a new topping (Coconut Caramel Cookies), two new spoons, and the Hope cups. The new 3D spoons are nice and hefty. It’s cute how the Yogurtland symbol has been incorporated into flower designs.

New flavors (and release dates):

  • Blissful Banana Toffee Pie (8/7): This lowfat flavor is made with real banana and graham crackers. It’s inspired by Banoffee Pie from England. Bananas are my least favorite food in the world, so while I tried this flavor, I can’t say much about it other than the warm toffee is a nice edition. Recommended toppings: almonds, whipped cream, toffee bits.
  • Molten Lava Cake Gelato (8/7): This cultured gelato flavor is inspired by the French soufflé and made with two different cocoas and shortbread cookies. It’s rich and has a cake flavor that chocolate lovers will appreciate. Recommended toppings: whipped cream, chocolate shell, coconut caramel cookies.
  • Spicy Sweet Chili Mango Sorbet (8/21)
  • Simply Sublime Pear Tart (9/4)
  • Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond (9/18)

New toppings:

  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • Coconut Caramel Cookies

New spoons:

  • Pink flowerpot 
  • Yellow sunflower


New cups:

  • Hope Cup
  • Donation Cup

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

Here’s the official press release from Yogurtland:


Yogurtland's Newest Scratch-Made Flavors Share Deliciousness and Hope with Every Cup

Featuring New Hope Cup to Support Charities And Two Limited Edition 3D Collectable Spoons 


(IRVINE, CA) August 7, 2017— Inspired by delicious desserts from around the world, Yogurtland’s newest flavors are a way to continue to enjoy all of life’s favorite moments while providing hope for those less fortunate. Along with a line-up of five new delicious, handcrafted flavors, Yogurtland is introducing a “Hope Cup” where guests can help support Yogurtland Cares and charities that support children and women in need.

Before embarking on their flavor journey, guests will decide to fill an original Yogurtland cup or for an extra $1 they can choose the Hope Cup to fill with their handcrafted flavors and topping choices. All proceeds from the Hope Cups will equally benefit the following three Yogurtland Cares supported charities:

- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – Providing treatment, comfort and hope to millions of sick kids and their families.

- Exodus Cry – Assisting and empowering victims of exploitation around the world.

- Rescuing Lives – Rescuing and caring for widows and orphaned children in poverty stricken areas around the world.

“At Yogurtland, we are grateful for the support our guests show us every day, and we feel it is important for us to share that support and become a beacon of hope for others. Our new Hope Cup will allow us to team up with our fans and provide needed support for children and women in less fortunate circumstances,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland.

The new promotional flavors, available from August 7 to October 1, give froyo lovers the chance to explore new delicious yogurt combinations and pairings while collecting two special edition spoons. For the first time, Yogurtland is offering three-dimensional spoons. These specially designed spoons reflect the theme of hope with a bright yellow sunflower shape and a charming pink flowerpot shape.

Additionally, Yogurtland is offering two promotional toppings - coconut caramel cookies, available August 7, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds, available, September 4. The five delectable promotional flavors are:

- Blissful Banana Toffee Pie- Available August 7 and inspired by the English dessert ‘banofee pie,’ this flavor will have froyo lovers enjoying every spoonful. By combining real bananas with a toffee base and adding hints of graham cracker and shortbread, this tasty froyo perfectly captures the spirit of this popular, decadent dessert pie.

- Molten Lava Cake Gelato- Beginning August 7, guests can enjoy this flavor that derives its taste from the French classic soufflé. This flavor exemplifies a perfect chocolate cake, mixing cocoa and shortbread cookie creating every chocolate lover’s dream flavor.

- Spicy Sweet Chili Mango Sorbet- Guests will be able to explore this tasty treat beginning August 21. As a tribute to the popular combination in Mexico, this flavor brings together Alphonso mango with hints of red chili and lemon flavors. This refreshing flavor delivers the perfect balance of sweet and spice in every spoonful.

- Simply Sublime Pear Tart- Reminiscent of the Asian pear, this scratch-made flavor will be offered in stores beginning September 4. Starting with a pear puree made with Bartlett pears, this flavor mimics sweet, fresh, and ripe in every spoonful. This tart based flavor will have froyo enthusiasts feeling as though they are biting into a deliciously ripe pear.

- Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond- Starting September 18, this no sugar added pistachio almond yogurt will have froyo fans satisfied without the added guilt. Incorporating roasted pistachio butter and real almond butter, this flavor provides the perfect nutty combination that will be sure to please all yogurt lovers.

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, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. 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.

Yogurtland Cares is a charity arm of Yogurtland, serving children and women in need through various charities in the US and abroad. Yogurtland Cares operates as a 501(c) 3 non-profit (Tax ID # 27-1491723). For more information and to learn about the charities Yogurtland Cares supports, please visit www.yogurtlandcares.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.

Friday, August 4, 2017

IFYA Contests Conclude, Winners Selected

Fro-yo girl here. The winners of the two International Frozen Yogurt Association contests have been selected. 

Far Out Froyo Flavors Contest


In the Far Out Froyo Flavors contest, frozen yogurt fans were invited to share their most creative and appealing frozen yogurt flavor ideas from July 4 – July 18, 2017. Each eligible entry was judged for originality, appeal and practicality.

The winning flavor, White Peach Oolong Tea frozen yogurt, was submitted by @xtracetracex on Instagram.

The sweet prize package included a froyo tote bag, Miniso nap pillow, Pressed Juicery x Sugarfina Green Juice gummy bears, Sugarfina Bear-y Smoothie bears, Miniso black coin purse, Miniso lips mini pan, Daiso popsicle pencil case, Miniso notebook, and a Livework pen & pencil set.

Susan Linton, President of the IFYA said, "We created this contest in honor of the IFYA's fourth anniversary. Our creative frozen yogurt flavor contests in the past were for frozen yogurt shops. This year we wanted to give frozen yogurt fans the chance to share their creative frozen yogurt flavor ideas with us. We were inspired by the fact that far out frozen yogurt flavor ideas can come from anywhere. We think it’s important for the frozen yogurt industry to stay innovative and open to new ideas.”

Linton added, “We received great flavor ideas. The winning flavor stood out. It’s a flavor that we haven’t seen before. White peach oolong tea frozen yogurt sounds like a complex, light, refreshing, and fragrant flavor. Imagine the different notes from the tea and the white peach. It sounds like a flavor we would love to try.”

Congratulations to our winner, @xtracetracex.

Menchie’s Num Noms Photo Contest


For the Menchie's Num Noms photo contest, frozen yogurt fans were invited to submit photos that featured Menchie’s and Num Noms on Instagram from July 19, 2017 – July 27, 2017.

The cutest photo contest winner, @db_pottery, won a limited edition Menchie’s Sweet Friends Num Noms starter pack. The Sweet Friends starter pack is available exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide and online beginning July 2017 for $9.99. Num Noms features food based collectible, scented characters. The line was launched in December 2015 and it now has over 80 licensing partners, 400 characters and 50 scent variations.

Susan Linton, President of the IFYA said, "We created this contest to highlight the partnership between MGA Entertainment and Menchie’s, which included the “Smell So Delicious” makeover of Menchie’s locations in the US, Num Noms cup designs and the Sweet Friends Num Noms starter pack. The winning photo featured the Num Noms cups, Menchie holding a trophy and a prize worthy froyo creation. We encourage everyone to look for the winning entry on Instagram, using the hashtag #menchiesnumnomscontest.”

Congratulations to our winner, @db_pottery.

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, August 3, 2017

Froyo Showdown in the Mission (San Francisco, CA)





Fro-yo girl here. Foodhall opened in April 2016 as a stylish gourmet grocery store with coffee, pastries, cheese, produce and a large wine and spirits collection. The space is beautiful, especially the ceiling. The chalkboard sign out front says Best Froyo Ever.

Foodhall serves Italian style frozen yogurt made with Straus organic milk. There’s just one flavor, plain. I can respect that. Plain is usually one of the best flavors.

Froyo prices: Small ($3.50)/ Medium ($4.50)/ Large ($6.50)/ Cone ($6)

Toppings ($1.50 each): Dark chocolate hazelnut sauce, salted caramel sauce, espresso, sour cherries (they didn’t have any during my visit), organic macerated strawberries, organic blueberries, organic raspberries, toasted hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, pine nuts, granola, maple bacon

Complimentary toppings: Olive oil & sea salt, honey, maple syrup, sprinkles

The cones are gourmet, hand-rolled ones from the Konery in Brooklyn. The froyo is dispensed from a countertop Taylor machine. It’s generally available all day, unless they happen to be cleaning the machine.

The small froyo was a generous size. The froyo was thick and smooth. It was sweet but tangy. It reminded me a lot of Yogorino’s Italian froyo, only denser. It has that unique taste that Yogorino had.

Is it the best froyo? The answer definitely would have been yes when they first opened but since then, Souvla opened a few blocks away at 758 Valencia St. Souvla also offers just one flavor of froyo (plain tart) dispensed from a countertop Taylor machine, but it’s Greek style. Both Foodhall and Souvla offer excellent froyo. Souvla’s isn’t as sweet or dense; it tastes more like natural yogurt. Souvla’s also isn’t as dene. I prefer the Greek toppings at Souvla though their toppings selection is more limited. Personally, I prefer Souvla froyo but I can see why others who like a sweeter yogurt would argue in favor of Foodhall’s version.

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

* FOODHALL: 3100 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
* SOUVLA: 758 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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, August 1, 2017

Menchie’s August Flavors, Emoji Movie Promotion, American Heart Association Fundraiser





Fro-yo girl here. There’s a lot going on at Menchie’s this month. First, there are two new flavors, Original Strawberry and Pina Colada Sorbet. Some locations are offering a Pina Colada float (mine wasn’t). Next, they’re promoting The Emoji Movie with a limited edition cup design and two new limited edition Emoji spoons. The spoons feature two characters from The Emoji Movie. Finally, Menchie’s is accepting donations for the American Heart Association. If you donate, you’ll get a paper sign that they’ll post on the wall and a coupon for 20% off a future purchase.

New flavors:

Pina colada sorbet: It’s made with real pineapple, real coconut cream, no artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup. The coconut cream gives it a richer, creamier texture. The tangy pineapple flavor is dominant but then the coconut cream is the flavor that lingers. Recommended toppings: maraschino cherries, pineapple, Nilla wafers.

Original strawberry: It’s made with real strawberries, no artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors. I didn’t taste the yogurt and it seemed very sweet, creamy and heavy even though it is nonfat. Recommended toppings: Cool Whip, strawberries, sprinkles

The new cups feature three characters from The Emoji Movie.

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.

New Noosa Mates Review



Fro-yo girl here. Noosa Yoghurt recently expanded its offerings with a new line called Noosa Mates. Noosa Mates pair Noosa’s creamy full fat yogurt with toppings. The toppings are kept in a separate compartment. I found Noosa Mates at Target for $2.39 each. One serving is 5.5 oz, so it’s smaller than the typical Noosa container.

Available flavors: Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter, Honey Pretzel Peanut, Coconut Almond Chocolate, Maple Ginger, Honey Cranberry Almond.

* Honey Pretzel Peanut: The honey yogurt was thick, smooth, and creamy. The honey flavor is very prominent, to the point that it overwhelmed the flavor of Guittard chocolate bits. I could taste the peanuts and pretzels. It felt like there weren’t enough toppings. The toppings were good and complemented the yogurt but I wasn’t wowed. I did like the yogurt.

* Maple Ginger:
This featured maple yogurt with crunchy granola, gingersnap streusel and candied ginger. The maple yogurt tasted quite similar to the honey yogurt but with a hint of maple. The granola was in small clusters. One serving was 240 calories, 9g fat, 32g carbohydrates, 24g sugars and 8g protein.

I like Noosa and while there was nothing wrong with Noosa Mates, I found the combinations predictable and safe. I think the toppings should be more interesting and that there should be a wider base of yogurt flavors.

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oui by Yoplait French Style Yogurt Review





Fro-yo girl here. General Mills recently introduced a new yogurt line, called Oui by Yoplait. Oui by Yoplait represents a new category of yogurt in the US. It’s inspired by traditional pot-set French style yogurt which involves pouring the ingredients into small pots and letting the contents of each glass pot to set and culture for eight hours. The standard process for US yogurt making involves culturing ingredients in large batches and then filling individual cups.

Oui by Yoplait is part of the trend towards simple food made with just a few ingredients. The Plain variety is made with milk and yogurt cultures; that's all. It’s non-GMO with no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors. It also is on trend by using whole milk. The line has eight flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Black Cherry, Vanilla, Coconut, Lemon, Peach and Plain. The fruit is on the bottom but the product isn’t meant to be stirred before eating. Warning: I stirred one of the yogurts I had and it lost the lovely, smooth texture.


I spotted Oui by Yoplait at Walmart, with a retail price of $1.34. The glass jars with the foil seals are adorable. They look like something you’d find at a farmers’ market in Europe with the flavor written in cursive by hand. The foil seals are illustrated with the flavor of the yogurt and there’s a cute saying on the bottom of the foil. So cute.

* Vanilla: It’s not like Greek yogurt but has a firm, smooth, thick, custardy texture. It’s smoother than most yogurt that I’ve tried. The flavor was subtle – the vanilla was not overpowering. It tasted like a milk custard with a hint of vanilla. It was lightly sweet but not tart, with a mild tang. I liked the subtle mildness.

One serving is 5 oz (smaller than average), 170 calories, 8g total fat, 16g total carbohydrates, 15g sugars and 5g protein.

Ingredients: Pasteurized grade A milk, cane sugar, yogurt cultures (L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus), vanilla extract.

* Black Cherry: The ombre pink color is so pretty. The cherry preserve on the bottom wasn’t too sweet and it has chunks of cherry. The yogurt was mild and smooth.

Ingredients: Pasteurized grade A milk, cane sugar, cherries, pectin, blueberry and carrot juice, yogurt cultures (L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus), natural flavor.

General Mills is hoping that French style yogurt will be the new Greek yogurt and revive its declining yogurt sales. It’s been years since I liked a Yoplait product and I was pleasantly surprised by Oui by Yoplait. I think the simplicity of the ingredients (no thickeners were used) and the pot set method made a difference that’s worth tasting and eating. I’m inspired to try all the Oui flavors.

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pinkberry Introduces New Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt



Fro-yo girl here. I’m encouraged to see more new flavors from Pinkberry lately. The newest is Black Raspberry frozen yogurt, which combines blackberries and raspberries, two tart fruits that I really like. Pinkberry recommends pairing Black Raspberry frozen yogurt with blackberries and raspberries.

* Black Raspberry frozen yogurt: I was very pleasantly surprised by how tart this flavor was. It might be the tartest Pinkberry flavor yet! I could taste the blackberries and the raspberries. The texture was light and on the icier side. If you see Meyer Lemon frozen yogurt, try pairing it with Black Raspberry. Lemon complements berries. Recommended toppings: Berries, almonds and chocolate crisps.

I didn’t see the cold brew fruit teas at my Pinkberry.

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

Here’s the official press release:

Pinkberry Announces Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt as New Limited Time Flavor


Cold Brew Fruit Teas Also Available as a Summertime Promotion


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinkberry® (www.Pinkberry.com) has hand-picked Black Raspberry to be its newest limited time flavor. The tart fruit flavor is available now through Sept. 7, 2017.

Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt is also featured as a combination called Exotic Raspberry, which comes topped with fresh blackberries and raspberries for a mouthwatering treat.

"Black Raspberry is a fantastic fruit flavor that's an ideal treat during the peak of summer," said Melissa Hubbell, director of marketing for Pinkberry. "We've swirled together the sweet flavors of blackberries and raspberries to create a smooth and refreshing fruit taste that customers are going to go wild over."

Promotional Flavor (Available July 28 – Sept. 7, 2017):

Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Promotional Combination (Available July 28 – Sept. 7, 2017):

Exotic Raspberry – Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt topped with fresh Blackberries and Raspberries

In addition to the new Black Raspberry flavor, Pinkberry is continuing to offer the delicious line of Cold Brew Fruit Teas for a limited time only. The teas come in two refreshing flavors, Strawberry Hibiscus and Tropical Mango, which can be shaken with fresh, hand cut fruit and flavored Bursting Boba™ to make it a one of a kind Pinkberry beverage.

Promotional Beverage (Available June 16 – Sept. 7, 2017):

Cold Brew Fruit Teas

Strawberry Hibiscus with Strawberry Bursting Boba™, Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

Tropical Mango with Mango Bursting Boba™, Fresh Strawberries and Mango

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 29, 2017

The IFYA Turns Four

The International Frozen Yogurt Association was launched on July 29, 2013. Today, it celebrates its fourth anniversary. I wanted to share the IFYA's anniversary message. It's an important one for froyo fans and those in the frozen yogurt industry.


The IFYA Anniversary Message


State of Froyo Today


According to a recent report by Technavio, the frozen yogurt industry had a value of $2.39 billion in 2016, with a projected value in 2021 of $3.96 billion. IBIS World estimates that the growth rate of the frozen yogurt industry from 2011-2016 was 11.6%. According to Technavio, the “frozen yogurt market in the US is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 11% from 2017-2021.”

The US market for frozen yogurt has slowed and many shops have closed or been acquired. During the consolidation period, surviving frozen yogurt businesses need to build their brands, offer something different and stay open to innovation. The IFYA helps frozen yogurt store owners keep track of trends and best practices, as well as offer discounts for a wide range of goods and services, and access to industry experts.


New Project, The National Frozen Yogurt Survey


The IFYA is currently working on an ambitious new project, to better understand the state of frozen yogurt in the US today. To do this, we’ll need to hear from both frozen yogurt consumers and frozen yogurt shop operators.

For shops, we’d like to learn what their main concerns are, their costs, key operational practices, satisfaction with suppliers, etc. For consumers, we’d like to learn how brand loyal they are, how they would rate the largest froyo chains, what drives them to go to a froyo shop, what might increase their visit frequency, etc.

We’re looking for project partners. Partners could provide the prizes for frozen yogurt consumers or shop operators and/or help distribute the survey, in exchange for more of the survey results data and analysis. If you think you might be interested, please contact us at info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com

If all goes well, this could be an annual survey. The results will be useful for froyo shops and suppliers. The more responses we get, the better and more reliable our results will be.


Our Association is 1,800 Members Strong


Last July we had 1,400 members in 104 countries. Since then, we've grown to 1,800 members strong. This July, we have over 1,800 members in 108 countries. While most of our members are in the US, we clearly have an international presence. There are IFYA members in Albania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Myanmar, and of course many other countries.

IFYA members include frozen yogurt store operators and employees (42%), prospective frozen yogurt store operators (23%), frozen yogurt fans (14%), frozen yogurt industry suppliers (9%), and other (12%).

We’ve reached several big milestones in social media, including over 2,500 followers on Twitter, over 1,100 followers on Pinterest, over 1,600 followers on Instagram (almost 1,000 new followers in the last year) and nearly 700 Facebo0k fans.


Offering Greater Membership Value


Our members can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on essentials for their frozen yogurt shops. IFYA members continued to enjoy exclusive member discounts on frozen yogurt mix, frozen yogurt machines, toppings dispensers, cup dividers, payment processing, insurance and HR/payroll services.

FrozenSolutions.com and Aurel LLC offered limited time IFYA member discounts on cups, spoons and soft serve machines. Both Preferred Connect Insurance Center and FrozenDesssertSupplies.com increased the discount offered to our members.


New Website Features


We launched the new website design at the end of last year and reorganized the article library. These changes were undertaken to make it easier to find what you’re looking for on our website.


Corporate Sponsors


In addition to our advisory board and frozen yogurt industry experts, we're thrilled to enjoy the support of our corporate sponsors. A huge thank you to our sponsors for helping us as we strive to promote the quality and success of the frozen yogurt industry:

  • FrozenDessertSupplies.com
  • Dannon YoCream

Please support our corporate sponsors and our advertisers when you're looking for frozen yogurt supplies.


Contest


We continued our tradition of having an anniversary contest with the Far-Out Froyo Flavors contest. Frozen yogurt fans were invited to share their most creative, appealing froyo flavor ideas for a chance to win a sweet prize package.

The winning flavor, White Peach Oolong Tea froyo, was submitted by @xtracetracex on Instagram.


Warmest Regards,



Susan Linton

President, International Frozen Yogurt Association

Friday, July 28, 2017

Loving Cup to Open in the Marina (San Francisco, CA)

Fro-yo girl here. The old Pacific Puffs location on Union Street is the home of the fourth location of Loving Cup, the SF based rice pudding and hand churned froyo specialist. Each cup of froyo is hand churned to order with the customer’s choice of mix ins to create a truly custom flavor. The froyo comes out thick, rich and indulgent – though it’s still lowfat. They have non-dairy options too.

The doors open at noon on Saturday, July 29 and swirls are just $1 between 2 – 3 PM.

* LOVING CUP: 2201 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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 27, 2017

Loop Neighborhood Coming to Union City, CA (Bringing More Froyo?)


Fro-yo girl here. I first wrote about Loop Neighborhood in May 2015. At the time, it had about a dozen locations in Northern California. The first location opened in June 2013. Loop seeks to be a new kind of convenience store, with a nicer café, water for your pets, healthier food, a soup bar, coffee and a frozen yogurt stand, featuring self-serve froyo and toppings.

Loop currently has 23 locations in Northern California and a new one is being built at the corner of Decoto Rd. and Alvarado-Niles Blvd. in Union City, CA. There was a Shell Gas station at that corner before but it’s been demolished.

I assume that the new location will have froyo.

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

* LOOP NEIGHBORHOOD: 32187 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City, CA 94587

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 25, 2017

Unlimited Cup Lessons, Part Two



Fro-yo girl here. For Yogurtland Real Reward members, the ultimate reward for eating froyo is the coveted “Unlimited Cup.” To earn the Unlimited Cup the standard way, you need to (1) be a Real Rewards member and (2) collect 520 points within a year of the day you first joined Real Rewards (or the anniversary of the day you first joined).

One (paid) ounce is equal to one point. The free froyo you earn along the way doesn’t earn you any points. If you buy gift cards, the points go to the person using the gift card at the time he/she is paying for the yogurt.

With the free froyo rewards every 36 points, you will consume more than 520 ounces to get to your Unlimited Cup. Assuming you are a Platinum Real Rewards member, you’ll have earned 14 four ounce rewards along the way, or 56 oz. and a free 16 oz birthday cup. This translates to a minimum of 592 ounces of froyo (unless you didn’t redeem your rewards) or 11.38 oz/week. That’s a lot of froyo if you’re only buying froyo for yourself. 




Once you earn the Unlimited Cup, you have a month to redeem it. You can redeem it at any Yogurtland store whenever you want. Whatever fits in the 16 ounce cup is yours, free.

You shouldn’t just go in unprepared though. Here are some tips.

Tips for Building Your Unlimited Cup

1. Check the available flavors to make sure that the location you plan to visit has a flavor (or flavors) that you like. Use the Real Rewards Flavor Finder app to determine the available froyo flavors or call the location.

2. Choose a day/time that isn’t busy (generally going when Yogurtland first opens should work), so people don’t get in your way. Bring a tray to make it easier to carry your froyo and catch toppings overflow. I can’t imagine eating that much froyo (60 oz or more) at once, so you should be prepared to take some home. If you don’t live close to a Yogurtland or it’s a hot day, bring a cooler filled with ice. Don’t carry a big purse because you’ll need both hands. Bring a friend or loved one, if you can. He/she can help with piling on the toppings.

3. Once you’re at the shop, check the available flavors and toppings and decide what you want before you start. Pick froyo flavors that will complement each other. Forget using a cup divider. Keep in mind that some toppings freeze better than others (e.g., fresh fruit, gummy bears, popping boba and mochi don’t freeze well). Candy bars, cookies, and nuts still taste good when frozen. Nuts are probably the best because they don’t get soggy but they aren’t heavy. Big cookies are a good choice if you want to have a heavier cup. The chocolate wafer rolls taste amazing frozen (better than at room temperature) because the chocolate center hardens. Frozen cookies all seem to taste great. The wafer rolls stayed crispy. The yogurt pretzels stay the same when frozen.

4. Be sure to start with the 16 oz cup (if you start with the larger cup, you may have to transfer what’s in it to the 16 oz cup) that the reward specifies.

5. You’re ready to start building your cup. Build a base of about 1 inch on the bottom – pack it solid with smaller toppings – cookies and nuts. Use a spoon to mash together and make a smooth, even surface. It will be difficult to add smaller toppings on top. If you don't care about small toppings, you can skip this step.

6. Add froyo. Try swirling to fill the cup (usually I start from the edges and then fill in the center). Once you’ve gotten close to the rim, stop and tap the bottom of the cup hard against the table. This will fill in any air pockets. Add more froyo till you reach the rim. Stop.

7. Add a ring of wafer roll cookies. Make sure the cookies are firmly placed in the froyo. Place them in right next to each other at a slight outward angle (not straight up and down). This will form a wider base for your froyo. I forgot my own advice and my cookies were straight up and down. I definitely think this made it difficult to make wider swirls.

8. Swirl around the outside edges…then start building your froyo towers. Don’t move the cup too much, a gentle back and forth motion will work. Do this till you reach the maximum height. Towards the end you can place the cup on the shelf below and move it a little that way. The multiple towers add stability to the overall structure and allow you to avoid the hole in the middle that can’t be avoided with a single swirl.

9. Add additional toppings if desired. Cookies will be faster and easier to add to your swirls. Try building cookie walls as your creation gets taller. Work quickly of course.

10. Redeem your reward.

11. Take plenty of pictures.

12. Grab a few cups to transfer your froyo to so that you can take it home if you didn’t bring your own container or your container isn’t large enough. Ask for lids.

The goal is to get to at least 50 ounces. In this video, a man builds a 6 lb cup (96 oz) of froyo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v5ejCr6OKw

A few people have built cups that over over 200 ounces. I’ve seen photographic evidence. My creation was 70.2 ounces after deducting the weight of the cup. The cup would have cost $33.70 without the reward. I was able to build a bigger cup than my first unlimited cup creation, which was over 60 ounces.

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, July 23, 2017

Yoga-urt 2nd Anniversary Celebration, New Flavor, New Contest, Specials



Fro-yo girl here. Mr. Froyo and I are huge fans of Yoga-urt, which turns two this weekend. What a treasure this shop is! It continues to provide the highest quality vegan, probiotic, organic, kosher soft serve and the most interesting flavors. It’s the only froyo/soft serve shop Mr. Froyo will go to and the only business where he’s a regular. I recommend Yoga-urt to everyone that asks for froyo recommendations.

We went back for the Anniversary Weekend (July 22-23, 2017). We were eager to try the new flavor, Purple Power. Purple Power was inspired by the color purple. It is made with cherries, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, beets, coconut milk, cashews, basil and more. The flavor has no added sugar!

Mr. Froyo and I both really liked Purple Power. It was rich, thick and dense. The flavor was so complex and interesting. The berries and basil stood out to me though I could detect some spinach and coconut. The fresh basil adds such a wonderful fresh flavor. Berries make it tart but not very tart. It’s not as sweet as Ganesha’s Sweet Greens but it is a balance of sweet and tart. Ganesha’s is lighter and more refreshing.

During the anniversary weekend they offered a $1 discount from 2-5 PM on soft serve and smoothies. They also have an Yoga-urt Turns Two Instagram photo contest that combines yoga and froyo, the two things that inspired the business.

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, July 22, 2017

RockIt Swirl Transforms into Cuppa, the Update





Fro-yo girl here. Back in 2011, Eggettes in Glen Park (San Francisco, CA) remodeled and rebranded, becoming Rockit Swirl. I covered the story at the time: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/2011/07/rock-it-swirl-takes-over-eggettes-in.html

Eggettes first introduced frozen yogurt at the Glen Park location in 2009: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/2009/05/fro-yo-meet-eggettes-eggettes-meet-fro.html

The owners have remodeled and rebranded again. Rockit Swirl is now called Cuppa. Cuppa serves “bubble tea, froyo, smoothies, snacks and more.” I missed the grand opening in March but I did check out the shop recently.

Cuppa represents a somewhat fresh start, though the frozen yogurt machines have remained and the menu isn’t that different from the previous incarnation. Some of the Rock It Swirl signs are still present too. The interior has been painted and it does feel cleaner (and cleanliness was an issue before). It looks more mature.

Rockit Swirl became a grimy hangout for high school and middle school kids. More families are going to Cuppa now (but I also visited during the summer, so I'm sure fewer school kids were out looking for a place to go afterschool).

The froyo is still self-serve. They had 6 flavors at the time. The toppings bar is what they had before: syrups, candy, fruit, popping boba, nuts, sprinkles, granola, chocolate chips, coconut, jellies and mochi. It’s 65 cents an ounce.

The customer service was friendly but when I asked for a sample cup, she only gave me one. One sample cup isn’t helpful, especially since I didn’t like what I sampled.

Froyo flavors of the day:

  • Cable car chocolate
  • French vanilla
  • Strawberry: sweet, creamy, like ice cream, not yogurt 
  • Original tart: the best flavor that I sampled, it had a refreshing edge and clean finish without being watered down, it didn’t taste lemony but had a bit of sourness and tang
  • Almond milk, vanilla: dairy free, no probiotics, the texture was icier which I don’t mind but the flavor was very sweet and pretty chalky, plus it was bland
  • Mango sorbet

For snacks, they have spam musubi, potstickers, chicken bites, etc. The best thing they ever offered here was the egg waffles. And those haven’t been offered for years. It feels like the place has improved a little but not a lot. The changes are more cosmetic on the froyo side though they did add almond milk soft serve (a premium offering). I doubt I would return unless they brought back the eggettes but that seems unlikely. Eggettes have become popular again though, so they should offer them.

Glen Park is a lovely neighborhood. It deserves a higher quality froyo spot.

$5 credit card minimum.

3 out of 5 stars

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

* CUPPA: 2810 Diamond St., San Francisco, CA 94131

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 20, 2017

IFYA Launches the Menchie’s Num Noms Photo Contest


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

PRIZE


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

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

HOW TO ENTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

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

About Num Noms

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

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

About MGA Entertainment 

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

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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Yogurtland Flavor, Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart



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

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

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

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

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

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Yogurtland Tejon Ranch Has Closed


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

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

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

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

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

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Friday, July 14, 2017

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


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

THE PRIZE


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

The prize pack will be mailed to a US address.

HOW TO ENTER

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

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

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

RULES

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

Good luck!

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

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.