Sunday, October 22, 2017

Yogurtland Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) Grand Opening





Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland Baldwin Hills opened in August 2017. Baldwin Hills is a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, bordering Culver City and close to the Coliseum. The grand opening celebration is today, October 22, 2017.

The schedule of events:

  • 11 AM – 2 PM: free froyo and toppings
  • 2 PM – 5 PM: balloon artist and face painting
  • 5 PM – 8 PM: prizes and giveaways
  • 8 PM – close: buy one, get one free

I went for the free froyo, of course. They handed everyone a small cup which you could fill with as much froyo and toppings as you wanted. To encourage you to sign up for the app, anyone who signed up was able to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win Yogurtland tote bags, slap on spoon bracelets, giant spoons, coupons and beach balls. They had a live DJ, Vicious Lee.

The new location is between Subway and Chipotle, across from Macy’s. They have 16 self-serve flavors a day and the usual Yogurtland toppings. The green tile wall has been replaced by the sleek faux wood wall. Normally, it’s 47 cents an ounce.


We received coupons for future visits good at the Baldwin Hills location only.


P.S. I heard that more ice cream flavors are in the works. The new soft serve ice cream is a big hit.

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

* YOGURTLAND BALDWIN HILLS: 3939 E Crenshaw Blvd, Suite C, Los Angeles, CA 90008

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, October 20, 2017

Celebrating the Ninth Blogiversary


Fro-yo girl here. Today, Fro-yo Girl Speaks, my blog, turns nine. So much has happened since October 2008, including the waxing and waning of frozen yogurt itself. Only two of the top 10 froyo shops that I named in October 2008 are still open. The number of froyo shops that have closed far outnumbers the ones that are still open, but nine years is a long time. On a positive note, very few Menchie’s and Yogurtland locations have closed in the Bay Area. And, froyo is now an official word in the Merriam Webster dictionary.

I still have many froyo shops to visit in Southern California and I’m happy to see that there are high quality, independent shops like Yoga-urt in Glendale, CA and Go Greek. Yes, I miss my Bay Area froyo shops, but I feel like Souvla’s froyo has inspired other restauants across the country, including Spread Kitchen in downtown LA, GRK, Kentro in Fullerton, CA, Kali (new) in Palo Alto, CA, Yalla, and Greko in Nashville, TN. These eateries only offer one flavor of froyo, plain, with gourmet Greek inspired toppings.

After all, plain frozen yogurt is still one of the best if not the best, flavor available. I like the simplicity of this new wave of Greek froyo, with the emphasis on quality over quantity. Will it have wide appeal? Probably not, but it will appeal to those who appreciate the true taste of yogurt and it seems fitting, since original tart yogurt is what started wave 2 of the froyo frenzy. It’s not gimmicky, like activated charcoal froyo, 24K gold froyo, unicorn froyo, froyo rolls, or liquid nitrogen froyo, but it’s just great froyo.

If you love frozen yogurt, be sure to join the International Frozen Yogurt Association, the association that I founded in 2013. It’s free to join. The monthly enewsletter is also free and will deliver froyo industry news to your inbox.

Thank you so much to my fans and readers and keep eating frozen yogurt!

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, October 19, 2017

Vietnamese Yogurt (aka Ya-ua or Da-ua) at Thanh Loi Tofu




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been a fan of Vietnamese yogurt for years. The best place to look for Vietnamese yogurt (aka, da-ua or ya-ua) is a Vietnamese deli, tofu, or sandwich shop. I know that I’ve seen it at multiple Lee’s Sandwiches locations. Vietnamese yogurt is typically flavored with condensed milk. Have you ever had condensed milk with original tart froyo? It’s so good. Yes, condensed milk is sweet but it brings out the tanginess of the yogurt.

Vietnamese yogurt is usually been thick and creamy, on the sweet side but very tangy. the texture is like a pudding. One place I’d like to recommend is Thanh Loi Tofu in South El Monte, CA. They make their own soy milk, tofu pudding, tofu, fish cakes, sausages, waffle cookies, and more. Look in the refrigerated case for their yogurt ($1.85). It comes in a clear cup. I like to add fresh fruit to the cup and sometimes granola or nuts. Their soy milk is wonderful too. The unsweetened soy milk is naturally sweet.




However, I don't recommend the Vietnamese yogurt at Tam's Bakery (9783 Westminster Ave. #104, Garden Grove, CA). It doesn't have that lovely tang that most Vietnamese yogurt has. It's made with dry whole milk rather than condensed milk. 

Tip: Look for condensed milk as an ingredient.

I’ve been contemplating what would happen if I were to stick the cup in the freezer. I think it could be something magical.

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

* THANH LOI TOFU: 9646 E Garvey Ave., Ste. 104, El Monte, CA 91733

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, October 17, 2017

Lip Smacker Unicorn Froyo Review


Fro-yo girl here. Lip Smacker challenged fans to come up with creative new Lip Smackers flavors in the 2017 Lip Smacker Taste Maker contest. Five finalists faced off, and the winning flavor was determined by popular vote. My Nguyen’s flavor idea, Unicorn Froyo, won!

Lip Smacker created the Unicorn Froyo flavor, which is described as “sweet and tart with hints of blueberry, strawberry and dragon fruit.” The balm is an online exclusive, available for a limited time only. It’s priced at $2.50.

The packaging is pretty simple with no pictures of unicorns or froyo. The balm is a shimmery purple-pink color. The shimmer and color are subtle. The scent smells like sweet berries but I didn’t smell the yogurt. But the balm was moisturizing and I’m glad it wasn’t glittery.

The yogurt scent is very hard to capture. I’ve tried many yogurt cosmetic products and they usually don’t smell like yogurt, even when they contain yogurt.

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, October 15, 2017

Yo! Boba Closes in Little Bangladesh Los Angeles



Fro-yo girl here. Yo! Boba has closed. The shop sold shaved ice, coffee, yogurt and boba drinks. The most recent Instagram post was in July 2017. I didn’t get to try their frozen yogurt and no one uploaded any pictures of their frozen yogurt. Sad.

The sign on the door said the shop was closed for remodeling. There’s a chance it will return? I’m guessing that it won’t or if it does, it won’t have frozen yogurt. If they had frozen yogurt, they must have had one machine behind the counter because I can’t see the frozen yogurt machine(s) in the pictures.

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

* YO! BOBA: 3525 W 3rd St., Suite 2, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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, October 14, 2017

Taste of South Lake Pasadena 2017



Fro-yo girl here. San Gabriel Valley’s largest culinary community event, the Taste of South Lake, is going on today, from 11 AM – 5 PM. The free event includes live music, cooking demos from celebrity chefs, a vendor village, and a long list of participating South Lake Business Association businesses. This outdoor, family friendly event features free admission and free parking. For a list of participating businesses, musical acts, and cooking demos, visit http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/taste-of-south-lake-avenue-pasadena-2017/

I didn’t have much time this year to spend at the event, but I did swing by the one booth that I had to see, Yogurtland. They brought 6 popular flavors today: Plain Tart, Strawberry, Rocket Pop Sorbet, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream. Cups are $2. They also brought the prize wheel. Prizes include coupons, Yogurtland keychains, and giant spoons (the pink and green ones). They ran out of those Platinum giant spoons.

There are lots of food vendors at the vendor village and some free samples too.

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, October 12, 2017

Last Week of the First National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey


Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association is seeking the input of all owners of foodservice businesses that serve frozen yogurt in the United States. The National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey asks about shop performance, satisfaction with suppliers, operational practices, management, etc.

The survey is open to anyone who owns a business that serves frozen yogurt in the US. Owners can sign up to receive the survey results while taking the survey. The results will help owners better understand how their shop compares to other shops. On the other hand, owners who do not take the survey will not have free access to the full results.

The anonymous survey takes about 7 minutes to complete, http://tinyurl.com/nationalfroyoshopsurvey

"We created the National Frozen Yogurt Survey to help our members and shop operators by providing them rich data that has never been available before. This the first time a comprehensive survey of both frozen yogurt consumers and shop operators has been conducted. We are very excited to share our findings," said Susan Linton, President of the International Frozen Yogurt Association.
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, October 10, 2017

Pure Smile Essence Mask Yogurt Series Review



Fro-yo girl here. Yogurt is good for the body and it’s good for your skin. The lactic acid in yogurt helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores.

Ichiban Kan carries face masks, including Pure Smile masks. The Pure Essence Mask Yogurt Series Plain is made in Korea and manufactured by High & High, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. One mask is 0.8 net fl oz. and sells for about #1-$1.50. The yogurt masks are available in Apple mango, White grape, Mix fruit, Strawberry, and Plain. The milk bottle packaging is really cute.

The mask smells nice like sweet yogurt. It feels sticky and stays cold and wet on the face. You apply the mask to your clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. It’s definitely very cooling and moisturizing. The mask is for all skin types. It has Vitamin E, collagen, hyaluronic acid (for moisturizing) and yogurt powder.

I’ve used face masks before, but not consistently, so I can’t tell which ones are better.

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

* ICHIBAN KAN, 22 Peace Plaza, Ste. 540, East Mall, San Francisco, CA 94115

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, October 9, 2017

Yogurtland Fall Happenings with Featured Flavors: Alphonso Mango Tart and Apple Strudel with Caramel


Fro-yo girl here. Fall has arrived and that means its time for Yogurtland’s fall flavors. There are two returning flavors: Apple Strudel with Caramel and Alphonso Mango Tart. Alphonso Mango Tart returns today with a Halloween inspired flavor card. Apple Strudel will be back on October 23.

I can see how apple strudel is a fall flavor but where is Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Whip? I used the Flavor Finder feature and didn’t find either near me. WHY????

October is National Pumpkin Month and I need my pumpkin froyo.

P.S. I noticed there were still plenty of Hope cups and spoons. Yogurtland’s Ice Cream Beyond Imagination photo contest ends today.

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, October 8, 2017

Yoga-urt Arcley App Video Contest, Hurry, Enter This Week


Fro-yo girl here. Froyo fans, you could win a $25 Yoga-urt gift card just by being creative and using the Arcley video editing app. 

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take three or more videos of your experience at Yoga-urt using your phone
  2. Download the Arcley app, the video-editing app, from Google Play or the App Store
  3. Create your Arcley video
  4. Share your Arcley video on Instagram using #YogaurtArcley, follow @Yoga-urt and @Arcleyapp by October 14, 2017
Good luck and have fun!

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, October 7, 2017

Save the Date for Taste of South Lake 2017, October 14


Fro-yo girl here. San Gabriel Valley’s largest culinary community event, the Taste of South Lake, is back this year, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11 AM – 5 PM. The free event includes live music, cooking demos from celebrity chefs, a vendor village, and a long list of participating South Lake Business Association businesses. This outdoor, family friendly event features free admission and free parking. For a list of participating businesses, musical acts, and cooking demos, visit http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/taste-of-south-lake-avenue-pasadena-2017/

Yogurtland will be back and I can’t wait to see what they bring.

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, October 6, 2017

Menchie’s October Promotion & World Smile Day




Fro-yo girl here. Happy World Smile Day! World Smile Day was created by Harvey Ball, the commercial artist who created the smiley face, and it’s been celebrated since 1999. His idea was that each of us should devote one day a year to smiles and kind acts.

Menchie’s celebrated World Smile Day today with a special buy one, get one free offer from 4 PM – 7 PM. It was a chance to grab a friend or loved one and share some quality bonding time over froyo. I swung by Menchie’s and didn’t see the fun activities and prizes that the sign mentioned, but you probably had to ask and they were probably for kids.

It was also a good time to check out October’s feature flavors, Harvest Pumpkin (a fall favorite) and the new Cookies ‘n Cream Cheesecake made with Oreo cookie pieces and real cream cheese.

I enjoyed the spices and real pumpkin flavor of Harvest Pumpkin. I recommend pairing it with graham cracker crumbs, almonds, Heath Bar pieces, and Cool Whip, of course.

The Cookies ‘n Cream Cheesecake that I tried was on the icy side and dark brown (unappealing color). It tasted mostly like Oreos to me with a hint of cream cheese. The combination didn’t appeal to me even though I love Oreos, but I should try it again at a location where the yogurt is creamier. 

I picked up the scary spoons too. They’re identical to the Chip and Mookie Halloween spoons they had last year.

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, October 5, 2017

7 Eleven Select Lotte Yogurt Jelly Review



Fro-yo girl here. I found Lotte Yogurt Jelly gummy candy during a recent trip to Candy Doll Beauty in San Francisco’s Japantown. The packaging is certainly eye-catching. It looks like a giant bottle of Yakult, the probiotic beverage. Lotte Yogurt Jelly is sold at 7-Eleven stores in Korea. It’s available in three flavors: Original Yogurt, Strawberry Yogurt, Apple Yogurt. The list of ingredients is in Korean only, so I’m not sure what’s in it. A pouch weighs 50g.

* Original Yogurt Jelly: There were about 15 translucent bottle shaped gummy candies in the pouch. The lower half of the bottle was a darker yellow, while the top half was clear. It was firm and chewy but not too firm. Texture wise, it’s much like gummy bears. The flavor was tarter than I expected and I liked that, but then the powdery flavor of Yakult set in. Overall, it’s not bad but I don’t like Yakult, so I wasn’t a huge fan.

Candy Doll had the Original Yogurt and Strawberry Yogurt flavors, for $5 per pouch.

3 out of 5 stars.

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

* CANDY DOLL BEAUTY: 1737 Post St., Ste 385, San Francisco (Japantown), CA 94115

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, October 3, 2017

Menchie’s No Sugar Added Very Vanilla


Fro-yo girl here. I spotted NSA Very Vanilla at Menchie’s for the first time. It’s different from NSA Very Vanilla Bean which is made with sucralose/Splenda. NSA Very Vanilla is sweetened with Stevia + Monkfruit and has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup. I was intrigued since I haven’t seen monkfruit in frozen yogurt before. On the other hand, I haven’t liked any yogurt with Stevia. It has a bitter, unpleasant aftertaste. Personally, I’d rather see less sugar in froyo than sugar alternatives.

* NSA Very Vanilla: The yogurt was creamy and had lots of visible vanilla bean specks. The flavor was certainly sweet, as sweet as a yogurt made with sugar, but it had a weird, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. If you can ignore the aftertaste, the flavor is okay.

NSA Very Vanilla isn’t listed on the Menchie’s website. Maybe they’re still testing it?

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, October 2, 2017

Yogurtland’s NEW Giant Platinum Froyo Spoons




Fro-yo girl here. There’s something so satisfying about cute collectible froyo spoons. They’re practical, long-lasting, and adorable. So, I’m definitely excited about the giant Platinum collector’s spoons at Yogurtland.

At 16 inches, the new spoons are even bigger than the other giant Yogurtland spoons. The trophy design makes it feel very special. The message on the back of the spoon made me smile too. Love you too, Yogurtland.

To get your own giant 16” Yogurtland spoon, spend $15 or more in one transaction, after any discounts have been applied. Do it soon because the offer is for a limited time only, while supplies last.

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

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Loving Cup Opens in the Marina/Cow Hollow, San Francisco





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. They opened on July 29, 2017. The new location is directly across the street from Michaelis Wine & Spirit, which also sells frozen yogurt. It’s interesting that years ago, Union Street Coffee Roastery had froyo too, so three of the four shops on the corner of Union and Fillmore had froyo at one point in time.

Each cup of froyo is hand churned to order with the customer’s choice of mix ins to create a truly custom flavor. First you choose the base (vanilla, chocolate or vegan) and pick your mix ins (fruit, candy, sauces, almond butter, peanut butter, cookies, Nutella, sprinkles, nuts, cookie dough) or opt for one of their preselected favorite combinations (e.g., Brian Boitano, Dirty Hipster, The Dude Abides). The frozen yogurt is all natural, probiotic and nonfat. It’s made with grassfed milk. The vegan base is made with bananas. The machine combines your frozen yogurt with your mix ins.

Prices: Small $4/ Medium $5/ Large $6/ Pint $8, add a cone or waffle bowl for $1.25. The first mix-in is free, extras are 75 cents each. The cones and bowls looked housemade.

The shop is cute and small with white tiles and benches by the window. It’s a to go/takeaway kind of place. They no longer have the paper loyalty cards but they still do have a loyalty program. Most people seem to go there for froyo, but they also have their rice puddings.

If you’re a flavorista, submit your favorite froyo flavor creation on Instagram, @lovingcupsf #MyLovingCup. A new winner will be chosen every month and every time someone orders your flavor from the Union Street location, you’ll get 50 cents.

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

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

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, September 28, 2017

Lawsuits and Silence at Forever Yogurt


Fro-yo girl here. Forever Yogurt has gone quiet. Their last Facebook page post to their main Facebook account was on July 14, 2017 and that page still has a header for the June-July flavors. It’s now late September, over two months later. The last post to their main Instagram account, @foreveryogurt, was on July 17, 2016. The last tweet was on July 14, 2017 but the tweets were just a feed of Facebook posts.

The website is still up. Clicking on News and Events redirects the visitor to a list of their locations. The website lists 26 locations, including international locations in India, China and Panama.

The last news release was on January 31, 2017, for National Frozen Yogurt Day. They were quite vocal in 2014-2015. 


The company has a long history of legal woes. In 2016, an investor sued Forever Yogurt for money he claimed they owed him and two Bee & Tea locations closed while still owing employees their paychecks. As early as 2014, Forever Yogurt was sued for failing to pay rent and for failing to pay for the billboards that they rented. There was another lawsuit in New York filed in 2014

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

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Love Berry at Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, Closes



Fro-yo girl here. Love Berry inside Stonestown Galleria wasn’t the first place to carry tart froyo in San Francisco (that was Yogurt Bar) but it was one of the earliest. They started offering tart frozen yogurt back in late 2007. It wasn’t a great froyo shop but the location did provide them with a steady stream of customers. And they did outlast Yoppi Yogurt's Stonestown Galleria location, the first wave of tart froyo shops and most of the shops at Stonestown Galleria.

With Love Berry’s closing, Stonestown Galleria no longer has a shop that serves frozen yogurt. Now there are multiple places for milk tea and juice. And you can get ice cream sandwiches at CREAM.

The Love Berry space is behind scaffolding. I’m not sure what will replace it.

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

* LOVE BERRY: 400 Winston Dr., San Francisco, CA 94132

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

IFYA Launches the First National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey



Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association is sponsoring the First National (US) Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey. The survey asks about shop performance, satisfaction with suppliers, operational practices, management, etc. 

Shop Owners Who Take the Survey Can Find Out How Their Shop Compares


The First National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey is open to anyone who owns a business that serves frozen yogurt in the US. To see the survey results, owners need to take the survey. The results will help owners better understand how their shop compares to other shops.

The anonymous survey takes about 7 minutes to complete, http://tinyurl.com/nationalfroyoshopsurvey

The survey closes on October 18, 2017.

Non-Shop Owners Can Share the Survey URL to See the Survey Results


Suppliers and others who are interested in the results but do not own a foodservice business that serves frozen yogurt can receive the survey results by sharing the IFYA's pinned Facebook post.

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

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spread Mediterranean Kitchen Adds Baklava Topping to Froyo




Fro-yo girl here. When Spread Mediterranean Kitchen opened in downtown LA last year, I was very excited because of their menu and their housemade Greek froyo with interesting toppings. There’s one flavor, plain (the best flavor). The toppings included beet salt & citrus powder, chai halva crumble, or harissa dry spice & pita chip.

I’ve visited Spread multiple times since it opened. I really enjoy the food and the froyo. I also enjoy the ambiance/décor. The food is high quality and very flavorful but served in a casual (no waiter) setting. I think their falafel might be my favorite, served on top of their creamy hummus. It’s full of herbs with a light crunch outside. Their frozen yogurt is a bit icy but refreshing, not as sweet and less processed tasting. The toppings have changed over time. They added baklava (replacing the halva) but when I asked about it, they said they didn’t have any. So disappointing – but I am craving more falafel and the citrus zest froyo topping is so good.

* SPREAD MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN: 334 S Main St., Los Angeles, 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yogofina Elmwood in Berkeley, CA Closes


Fro-yo girl here. My froyo tipster reports that Yogofina Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) is now permanently closed. There’s a for lease sign in the window.

The shop first opened in September 2016. There were only four reviews on Yelp and three of the reviewers rated it 1 star, the other rated it 2 stars. People complained that the yogurt was too sweet and artificial tasting.

* YOGOFINA: 2911 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705

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

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yogurtland Tests Drinks at Huntington Beach Location




Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland Edinger in Huntington Beach, CA is currently testing Yogurtland flavor to go, two new beverages: Frozen Brew Coffee and Vanilla Shake. It’s the only location that has these new drinks. Neither contains yogurt.

Frozen Brew Coffee and Vanilla Shake are self-serve. Ask for plastic sample cups. The fun thing about the new drinks is that you can combine them and top them with whatever you’d like from the Yogurtland toppings bar for a flat rate of $2.49. They’re dispensed from the same machines that the yogurt comes out of but they’ve adjusted the settings.

* Frozen Brew Coffee: It’s pretty strong and not too sweet with tiny bits of ice. I love a good strong coffee flavor, so I was a fan. This flavor has milk, cream and sugar.

* Vanilla Shake: This was sweet, creamy and soft. The flavor seemed very mild to me, maybe a little plain but you can add candy, nuts, syrups, etc. to customize the flavor.

I combined ¾ Frozen Brew Coffee with ¼ Vanilla Shake, to maintain a strong coffee flavor but add a bit of sweetness and creaminess. I was ready to top it with whipped cream, which the store normally has, but they were out of it during my visit. I added crushed Butterfingers on top for my custom Java Shake. It was really good and better than what you’d get elsewhere because you can customize it to your liking. Also, I love coffee drinks.

The test period might end as soon as the end of this month, so if you want to try to create your own shake, hurry to Yogurtland Edinger.

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

* YOGURTLAND EDINGER: 7598 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Yogurtland Hope Froyo Flavor, Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland has introduced the last of the new Hope flavors, Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond (No Sugar Added) frozen yogurt. This lowfat flavor is made with real almonds and pistachios. Yogurtland describes the flavor as paying “tribute to the pistachio, which is very popular in desserts from Italy. Real roasted pistachio butter and roasted almonds give a rich flavor with a very light cherry background note.”

* Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond: I tasted the pistachio first, and then the almond. The flavor was creamy, smooth and not too sweet. Recommended toppings: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, granola

Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond frozen yogurt is available for a limited time only, while supplies last.

Remember to pick up your donation Hope cup for $1. The donations will go to three charities, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Exodus Cry and Rescuing Lives. There’s still plenty of time to spread 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, September 16, 2017

Wanderlust Creamery Introduces Greek Frozen Yogurt Flavor (For the First Time)




Fro-yo girl here. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that Wanderlust Creamery, one of my favorite ice cream scoop shops, had made a Greek Yogurt with Pomegranate-Rose Jam ice cream. It’s one of their new September flavors. I think it’s the first Greek yogurt flavor they’ve had? There was a Yuzu Yogurt Charcoal Sorbet before, but that was made with yogurt soda.

* Yogurt + Pomegranate-Rose Petal Jam ice cream (frozen yogurt): It’s Greek yogurt ice cream, swirled with a jam of whole pomegranate seeds & Greek style rose petal confiture. The yogurt base is creamy, smooth, dense, rich and luxurious (it must be full fat). I could see bits of rose petals. The pomegranate seeds added some crunch though some bits were very hard. Flavorwise, I loved it – it tasted like extra tangy rose yogurt. The pomegranate probably makes it extra tangy.

When I visited the shop, they didn’t have any Yogurt + Pomegranate-Rose Jam left in the case. They get their pomegranates from Florida and Hurricane Irma disrupted their supply. It’s unclear when they’ll be able to make this flavor again.

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

* WANDERLUST CREAMERY ATWATER VILLAGE: 3134 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles (Atwater Village) 90039

* WANDERLUST CREAMERY TARZANA: 18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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, September 14, 2017

Target Closes Freshii Locations In Southern California


Fro-yo girl here. Freshii opened inside several Los Angeles/Southern California Target locations back in mid-2016. On my last visit to Target in Old Town Pasadena, I noticed that Freshii looked permanently closed. They turned off the flatscreen monitors, removed the snacks, and removed much of the equipment. I asked a Target employee about it and he said that Freshii didn’t do as well as they had hoped, so Target closed all the Freshii locations in the area.

Those locations include:

· Brea

· Culver City

· Irvine (2 locations)

· Pasadena

· Valencia

· West Hollywood

· Woodland Hills

I didn’t call all the locations and verify that the Freshii was closed, but a few of these locations have already been reported as closed on Yelp. I did go to Freshii inside the Target in Pasadena once and I found out that they changed their frozen yogurt. They used to offer plain tart frozen yogurt but they changed to a sweet vanilla frozen yogurt. To be honest, their frozen yogurt has never been good or even average. It also annoyed me that they only offered one size (huge) when I was looking for a snack. The service that I received at Freshii inside Target was poor and the food took forever even though they weren’t busy at all and they didn’t have to cook anything to get my order ready. The Air Canada Freshii deal makes sense for them because people on airplanes don’t have much choice in terms of what they eat (captive audience), so they might even be hungry enough to eat Freshii.

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

* FRESHII at TARGET: 777 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sugarfina Bear-y Smoothie Gummy Bears Review




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve had yogurt gummy candies before but not these Bear-y Smoothie ones that I found at Sugarfina. These are imported from Germany and sold for $2.50 for a 1 oz bag of $7.50 for a 3 oz clear candy cube. Each bear is about 1 inch in length. It’s made with skim milk yogurt powder. There were three flavors in the package.

The candy is described as, “Sweet berry juice is blended with creamy frozen yogurt in these bear-shaped, berrylicious bites. Soft and fluffy, these fruity gummy bears have the fresh taste of a delicious berry smoothie.”

Pale purple: Quite tangy and fruity, plus a little creamy. The texture is soft, spongy and chewy. It’s tangier than I expected though there isn’t much yogurt flavor. It might be blackcurrant.

Cream colored: Also tangy and creamy though it doesn’t taste like yogurt, it tastes like lemon

Pink: Tastes like a tangy cherry flavor but creamier.

Ingredients:

Glucose syrup, sugar, fructose, gelatin, skim milk yogurt powder, citric acid, lactic acid, lemon juice concentrate, sorbitol, pectin, natural flavors, natural colors (spirulina, black currant, carrot), acerola fruit powder, palm kernel oil, beeswax, carnauba wax

These are tasty gummy bears.

4 out of 5 starts.

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, September 11, 2017

Share Your Thoughts About Frozen Yogurt for a Chance to Win Prizes


Fro-yo girl here. There's still time to be part of the first National (US) Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey before time runs out. The survey closes on September 20, 2017.


Complete the Frozen Yogurt Survey for a Chance to Win Froyo Gift Cards


The International Frozen Yogurt Association is conducting the National Frozen Yogurt Survey to better understand the US frozen yogurt market. They would like to hear from frozen yogurt consumers across the country about their frozen yogurt consumption, attitudes and preferences. The results of the survey will be shared with frozen yogurt stores and others in the frozen yogurt industry.


There will be eight winners of $25 froyo shop gift cards.* Winners can choose a gift card from any froyo shop that sells online gift cards. The survey is open to anyone over 13 who lives in the US. Responses will remain anonymous.

For a chance to win froyo gift cards, just complete the short 5 minute survey: 
http://tinyurl.com/nationalfroyosurvey

Be sure to tell your friends and loved ones to take the National Frozen Yogurt Survey too!


Share the Survey URL to Gain Access to the Survey Results


Anyone who is interested in the survey results simply needs to share IFYA’s pinned Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/froyoassociation/) by midnight PST on September 13, 2017, and then send a private message with an email address after sharing.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. For complete rules, see: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/official-rules-national-frozen-yogurt-consumer-survey-sweepstakes/

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

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pinkberry Introduces a New Pinkbee’s Flavor, Crème Brulee



Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry has been on a roll lately, introducing several delicious new tart flavors and a delectable new topping, blueberry muffin pieces. Their fall flavor is Crème Brulee and it’s a Pinkbee’s mik ice cream flavor. The more decadent flavor feels right for fall.

* Crème Brulee Pinkbee’s: I could taste the caramelized sugar, which tastes different than straight caramel. I didn’t taste the rich eggy custard flavor that I associate with crème brulee though. I also tried the new topping, crème brulee candies. These were small, hard, and crunchy, sweet but with caramelized flavor. Recommended toppings: Caramelized pecans, shortbread cookies

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

Here’s the official press release:

Pinkberry Says Bonjour to New Pinkbee's Creme Brulee


The Low-Fat, Milk Ice Cream Flavor Will be Available for a Limited Time Only


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinkberry® (www.Pinkberry.com) is getting fancy with a new low-fat, milk ice cream flavor, Pinkbee's® Creme Brulee, available for a limited time Sept. 8, through Nov. 2.

The new flavor will also be featured as a combination called Creme Brulee Crunch, made with Pinkbee's Creme Brulee, topped with sweet and crunchy Creme Brulee candies.

"With fall just around the corner, Pinkberry is excited to introduce our twist on the classic French dessert, Creme Brulee; traditionally consisting of a rich custard and crispy caramelized sugar," said Melissa Hubbell, director of marketing for Pinkberry. "Pinkberry's Pinkbee's Creme Brulee is a delicious new flavor filled with sweet decadence our customers are going to love."

Pinkbee's® Creme Brulee and the Creme Brulee Crunch are available until Nov. 2, 2017.


About Pinkberry

Pinkberry® launched in Los Angeles, CA in 2005 as the original brand that reinvented frozen yogurt. Today, over a decade later, Pinkberry continues to create great tasting treats with fresh ingredients in an experience comprised of distinctive product, outstanding service and inspirational design. At Pinkberry you can taste the difference of an uncompromising commitment to quality and freshness. Most recently, Pinkberry was acquired by Scottsdale, Arizona-based Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world with a portfolio of 22 quick-service restaurant brands and approximately 2900 locations in 28 countries.

For more information about Pinkberry, visit www.Pinkberry.com.


For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tous Les Jours Blueberry Yogurt Fresh Cream Cake



Fro-yo girl here. I’ve seen blueberry yogurt cake at multiple Tous Les Jours locations. It’s three layers of plain sponge cake with thin layers of yogurt cream, one thin layer of blueberry jam, with fresh blueberries in one layer of cream and on top of the cake. You can buy the whole cake for $29 or a slice for $4.50.

The sponge cake was light and soft with a mild flavor. The yogurt cream was light, smooth and creamy; it seemed like whipped cream with a subtle yogurt flavor. Much of the flavor came from the fresh, tart blueberries. The cake was surprisingly tart because of the blueberries. The cake was pleasant, not too sweet and not too tangy. The yogurt flavor was very subtle.

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

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Viking Icelandic Yogurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. I was shopping at Sprouts the other day when I came across a new Icelandic yogurt called Viking Grass-Fed Icelandic Yogurt. The word “skyr” is not on the packaging but it emphasizes high protein content instead. Sprouts was selling Viking for $1.79 (regular price) and $1.59 on sale. They had four flavors: Pure, Vanilla, Cucumber Mint and Strawberry. Other flavors that I didn’t see include Coconut Crème, Blueberry. Sprouts started carrying Viking in April 2017, giving the line national distribution.

Viking is distributed by Saga Dairy of Boston, MA. The yogurt is non-GMO, nonfat and has live and active cultures. The portion sizes are bigger than average, at 6 oz per serving (vs. 5.3 oz) while the price is lower.

Like the other Icelandic yogurts, Viking uses grassfed milk, is non-GMO and lower in sugar. But I am not sure how their yogurt is Icelandic rather than Greek. The flavors aren’t Nordic and there isn’t much information about how the yogurt is produced. The founders aren’t from Iceland. I did read that they take out more whey than with Greek yogurt, so that’s why their yogurt is more Icelandic. It’s clear from the packaging and messaging that the goal is to make Icelandic yogurt more palatable for the mainstream consumer and less Nordic sounding.

* Cucumber mint:
This was the most interesting sounding flavor. The texture was thick and while smooth, it was a tad grainy. Flavor wise, it seemed quite a bit sweeter than other brands of skyr, which is a definite negative. I like skyr because it usually isn’t as sweet. Viking isn’t as sweet as traditional American yogurt though. It still has quite a bit of tang. There were tiny bits of cucumber in the yogurt. The mint flavor was not strong. While it sounds like a savory flavor, it isn’t. The yogurt coated my tongue and didn’t have a clean finish.

One serving is 6 oz, 140 calories, 0g of fat, 17g of protein and 13g of sugars.

Ingredients: Pasteurized skim milk with live active cultures, cane sugar, cucumber, fruit pectin, mint and lime juice concentrate.

Because skyr is so thick, 5.3 oz is just enough for me. I also like the more authentic messaging, sour flavor, and I don’t mind paying a bit more for quality and flavor. I probably am not the mainstream yogurt consumer though.

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.