Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pinkberry Introduces New Power Berry Froyo


Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry just came out with a new flavor, inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures movie, Wonder Woman. Power Berry frozen yogurt is a combination of strawberry and raspberry flavors and the recommended toppings are fresh raspberries, honey almond granola and dark chocolate crisps. The flavor is available at participating US Pinkberry stores until June 13. The film will be released on June 2, 2017.

I didn’t see any new toppings to accompany the new flavor but my local Pinkberry did have the Wonder Woman Power Berry signs.

* Power Berry frozen yogurt: I like strawberry tart and raspberry tart frozen yogurt, so I liked Power Berry. The strawberry flavor is the one that I noticed first, followed by raspberry. It was sweet, tangy, and light – not as tart as my favorite tart flavors but still good. I liked how the “yogurt” flavor was pronounced. Recommended toppings: Berries, mochi, pomegranate juice and toasted almonds.

P.S. It looks like they finally updated the Pinkcard app!

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

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

San Marino Gets Its First Froyo Shop, Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is Now Open





Fro-yo girl here. This is embarrassing; a froyo shop opened in my area and I didn’t know about it until a month later. Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor (2136 Huntington Dr., San Marino, CA 91108) replaced Quenelle, the ice cream shop that sometimes had froyo flavors. Swirlz is described as “a frozen dessert parlor featuring organic and vegan options + various custards, gelato, and sorbets.”

They change flavors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the flavors can be found on their website and on Twitter, @swirlzsoftserve. The flavors that I encountered during my visit were different from the ones posted on their website on 4/18 and on Twitter. I guess the flavors hadn’t been updated. It’s a little frustrating to not find updated flavors because it should be easy to send a tweet.

The shop is small with few signs. There are eight self-serve flavors a day, a wall of toppings, refrigerated toppings and organic sauces. Some of the toppings were organic. They had mochi, cheesecake, popping boba, jellies, fresh fruit, cookie dough, brownies, nuts, cereal, sprinkles, different kinds of chocolate chips, candy, nuts, etc. A few toppings were unusual: soybeans, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. I didn’t see the price anywhere and I didn’t receive a receipt, but apparently it’s 59 cents an ounce. They also have pre-packed quarts.

Available flavors:
  • Lemon custard: Creamier and thicker but tasted like lemon candy
  • Raspberry gelato
  • Vanilla ice cream (organic)
  • Chocolate froyo (organic)
  • Coffee froyo (organic): On the icy side but it did have a strong coffee flavor and wasn’t super sweet
  • Tart froyo (organic): Not tart/tangy and pretty bland, icy
  • Tropical coconut milk
  • Dole whip pineapple
There was only one table inside but there were a couple of tables outside. They had a case for soft pretzels but no soft pretzels.

Ask to join the reward program. Once you spend $50, you get $5 off.

The new shop has more options for people with dietary restrictions. They always have vegan soft serve. So far the flavors they’ve had haven’t caught my eye and the tart froyo needs improvement.

San Marino is such a small area (2014 population of 13,423, over half of residents are Asian) with only a few businesses that it didn’t even strike me as strange that it didn’t have a froyo shop. There are plenty of froyo shops in the surrounding areas of South Pasadena, Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel.

3 out of 5 stars.

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

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fruit Dips Premium Frozen Fruit Bars Dipped in Greek Yogurt Review



Fro-yo girl here. I spotted boxes of Fruit Dips, “premium frozen fruit bars dipped in Greek yogurt coating,” recently. Fruit Dips is manufactured by PhillySwirl. There are four flavors: Wild Blueberry, Sunny Raspberry, Tropical Mango and So Fresh Strawberry. One box has 6 pops/bars and one pop is 55g, 120 calories, 4g total fat, and 16g sugar.

* Sunny Raspberry pop: The Greek yogurt coating was a thin, smooth shell, similar to Magic Shell in texture. It had a waxy, sweet flavor that didn’t complement the raspberry fruit bar. The raspberry fruit bar didn’t have the strongest raspberry flavor but it did taste like a natural raspberry fruit bar and it wasn’t too sweet.

Ingredients: Raspberry puree, water, sugar, Greek yogurt coating (Greek yogurt powder, skim milk solids, bacterial culture, lactic acid, natural flavors), coconut oil, soybean oil, lactic acid, soy lecithin, skim milk powder), natural flavors, pectin, chokeberry juice, carrot juice, salt.

Fruit Dips are sold at Publix and retail for $3.79 a box.

3 out of 5 stars.

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

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Yoga-urt’s New Flavor, Lavender Blossom


Fro-yo girl here. Yoga-urt introduced a new flavor on Earth Day, Lavender Blossom (with a hint of orange). The color is a beautiful pale purple. I noticed a lot of people were buying it. I did try it but to be honest, I don’t love the flavor of lavender. If I loved lavender, I’m sure I would have loved Lavender Blossom because the lavender flavor is strong. But it has some other spices in it that make it very intriguing. I think I would have preferred orange with a hint of lavender than the other way around. The texture was super thick, typical for Yoga-urt. You can really taste the quality of their product. Of course, lavender blossom is organic, vegan, kosher, gluten free, pro-biotic, and all natural.

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

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

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

21 Choices Frozen Yogurt Pasadena – It’s Back





Fro-yo girl here. Pasadena froyo eaters, the day you’ve been waiting here has finally arrived. After ten long months, during which their building was being seismically retrofitted, 21 Choices has reopened as of today, April 22, 2017. The marble slabs aren’t working though, so they’re only doing soft serves this weekend.

The opening flavors are:

  • French vanilla
  • Old school chocolate
  • Simply yogurt (plain tart)
  • Princess peach 
  • Circus animal cookie
  • Nutella malt
  • (Non-dairy) Peanut butter pretzel: Made with natural peanut butter, pretzels, chocolate chips and organic soy milk
  • Root beer float

I like getting the soy milk non-dairy soft serve when it’s available. It’s one of the few places to get soy based froyo. Their peanut butter flavors are great too.

The interior looked similar to what I remember. Mix-ins will be available this Tuesday.

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

* 21 CHOICES: 85 W Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

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The Konery Hand-Rolled Artisanal Cones




Fro-yo girl here. Happy Earth Day, froyo fans! This is the perfect day to highlight froyo cones, the eco-friendly option. I’ve been admiring the Konery’s cones from a distance for years now. They have a distinctive pattern and they’re so pretty. The Konery was inspired by the idea of creating a modern, flavorful waffle cone. Each artisanal cone is handmade in Brooklyn, NY with fresh herbs, spices, natural extracts and gourmet ingredients. Their cones are dairy free and all natural. The Konery also makes waffle bowls, cup dividers, and fortune cookies.

Cone flavors: French vanilla, Chocolate hazelnut, Toasted coconut, Red velvet, Cinnamon brown sugar, Salted blue corn, Birthday cake, Orange creamsicle, Peppermint

I spotted the Konery cones at Home Goods in La Canada Flintridge, CA. They had three flavors, French vanilla, Chocolate hazelnut and Birthday cake. One package contains six cones. Home Goods was selling the packages for $5.99 each.

* Birthday cake cone: The crunchy texture, thickness of the cone, and flavor reminded me of a fortune cookie and I like fortune cookies. The birthday cake flavor, which comes from “cake extract,” was faint and tasted a bit like coconut. One birthday cake cone is 90 calories with 8g sugars and 2g fat. I was expecting the cone to be more flavorful.

Find the Konery using their product locator, http://www.thekonery.com/locations/

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

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Friday, April 21, 2017

21 Choices Pasadena to Reopen Any Day Now



Fro-yo girl here. I know I’ve posted several updates about 21 Choices reopening. The retrofitting of their building took longer than anticipated. However, I do have good news to report. Today, the window shades at 21 Choices were down for the first time in months and I spotted four people inside. One guy was polishing the floors. The shop looks ready to reopen. They even had froyo in the machines today and some toppings…BUT they are waiting on one last permit, so they’re not sure exactly when they will reopen. It will be any day now – tomorrow, Sunday or Monday is the best guess. And yes, they really missed you too.

The other businesses in that building have all reopened, including a new clothing retailer from NYC.

Check 21choices.com – if you see the flavors listed for Pasadena, you’ll know that they’ve reopened. This is my last update till they actually reopen. 


UPDATE: They'll reopen on April 22, Earth Day!

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

* 21 CHOICES: 85 W Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Starbucks Spring New Yogurt Offering, Lemon Chiffon Yogurt


Fro-yo girl here. Starbucks recently introduced new spring menu items, including a gluten free breakfast sandwich, vegan bagel and two yogurt offerings are the Berry Trio Yogurt and Lemon Chiffon Yogurt.

Berry Trio Yogurt is “a nonfat creamy vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries, whole blueberries, raspberries and honey oat granola. It has 14 grams of protein per serving.”

Lemon Chiffon Yogurt is a “creamy, flavorful parfait (that) includes vanilla whole-milk yogurt and a traditional lemon curd for the perfect balance of tart and sweet with a bright lemon flavor.”

I tried the Lemon Chiffon Yogurt ($3.75 for a 7.2 oz cup). It’s made exclusively for Starbucks. The lemon curd is on the bottom. The vanilla yogurt has vanilla bean specks throughout. The yogurt has a strange, slimy, gummy texture that I didn’t find pleasant. It’s probably because the yogurt is made with thickeners like carob bean gum and pectin. It’s very sweet and rich. The lemon curd does have some tanginess which is nice but there’s too much sugar (35g). One serving is 340 calories, 13g of total fat and 38g of carbohydrates.

Ingredients: Vanilla yogurt (cultured pasteurized grade A milk, agave syrup, vanilla extract, carob bean gum, vanilla beans, pectin, water), lemon curd (sugar, lemon juice, pasteurized eggs, butter (cream, natural flavors), modified food starch).

I recommend getting the Siggi’s yogurt that they carry instead.

3 out of 5 stars.

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

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Morinaga Hi Chew Premium Yogurt Japanese Candy Review



Fro-yo girl here. I recently spotted a new yogurt flavored candy imported from Japan at Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, CA. They only had one flavor, plain. The manufacturer is Morinaga, the makers of Hi-Chew (I love Hi-Chew). The candy comes in a small plastic pouch with the word Premium on the front.

One pouch is $1.99, 1.23 oz with 140 calories. It’s in the Hi-Chew product family but it looks different from the typical Hi-Chew. Each candy is a flattened oval shape, white in color. It is firm and chewy with a thin yogurt coating. The texture is similar to Hi-Chew, so it’s very chewy. The thin outer coating is sweet. The chewy interior has a creamy, Yakult like flavor. It’s good but I’m not a fan of Yakult flavor which is more sweet than tangy. It also tastes artificial. I really like the candy's texture though.

Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, glucose, palm oil, concentrated yogurt, gelatin, cream, high fructose corn syrup, milk sauce, pectin, citric acid, artificial flavor.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars.

* MITSUWA MARKETPLACE: 665 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Yogurtland Love Follow Your Heart, New Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake Froyo


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s new LOVE Follow Your Heart promotion continues with a new flavor, Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake froyo. I’ve never had pineapple upside down cake but I normally am not a fan of cake froyo flavors (cookie froyo flavors are great though). Pineapple upside down cake features caramelized pineapple and brown sugar and is sometimes made with rum and maraschino cherries.

The Blue Ribbon part of the flavor’s name probably is a nod to the Dole pineapple recipe contest in 1925. At the time, pineapple was considered an exotic, new fruit. Of the 60,000 recipes that were entered in the contest, 2,500 were for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. This inspired the Dole ad campaign featuring the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in 1926. This year, National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day is April 20.

* Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside-Down Cake:
It’s described as “We combine real pineapples, shortbread cookies and a rich toffee base for this sweet treat! Caramelized pineapple flavors combine with buttery cake notes for a well-balanced, fruity delight.” It tasted like pineapple but without any tanginess – because of the cake notes. The most prominent flavor was still the pineapple. The texture was smooth and creamy. The yogurt is lowfat. I wasn’t a fan; maybe the flavor was too complicated for me, but then I probably wouldn’t like pineapple upside down cake either. Recommended toppings: pineapple, coconut, almonds, Nilla wafers

The next new flavor is Spring’s Simply Sweet Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares starting May 1.

Flavors are available while supplies last.

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

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Froyo Easter 2017


Fro-yo girl here. Happy Easter fro-yo fans! Remember last Easter when Menchie’s partnered with PEEPS and introduced PEEPS® flavored frozen yogurt? Easter seems like it will be more subdued this year; so far, I haven’t seen any new Easter inspired froyo flavors announced.

Are you celebrating Easter with fro-yo? Easter is one of my favorite holidays as it’s a time for egg hunts and Easter candy. My favorite Easter candies would also pair well with fro-yo.

PEEPS has tons of new flavors, including a few that are Target exclusives. The new PEEPS Delights line features flavored marshmallows dipped in chocolate. Marshmallow flavors include raspberry, blueberry, coconut, lemon, orange, etc.

Cadbury Mini Eggs, my personal favorite Easter candy, are now available in Chocolate Crunch & Crème. I haven’t tried them yet but I’ll have some on Easter.

Pepperidge Farm came out with Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish Grahams years ago, but I only tried them recently. They’re better than I expected. I love graham crackers. The Vanilla Cupcake ones have that graham cracker flavor, plus a subtle vanilla cake flavor. They’re not crazy sweet but they are very crunchy and would be great as a topping for sweet froyo. I rarely see Goldfish offered as a froyo topping, which is a shame. I’m not saying that they’re better than Teddy Grahams though.

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

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Paris Baguette Greek Yogurt Icing Croissants



Fro-yo girl here. Paris Baguette is always coming out with new items, like their new Greek Yogurt Icing Croissants ($2.25 each). Butter croissants topped with Greek yogurt sound wrong but I had to try one.

Paris Baguette has pretty good croissants. They’re light, buttery, airy and the thin layers have a slight crispiness. Their butter croissant is topped with a generous amount of Greek yogurt icing. The icing is like plain Greek yogurt, very lightly sweetened. It’s thick and creamy but it makes the top of the croissant soggy. I think the croissant would be better with a cup of yogurt on the side but then it wouldn’t be a Greek Yogurt Icing Croissant.

I’m going to stick with their breakfast sandwich croissants with egg, cheese and veggies. Yum.

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

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chimney Cakes Have Arrived in Los Angeles







Fro-yo girl here. Chimney cakes, aka chimney cones, look like doughnut cones. They’re originally from Transylvania. Chimney cake mania hit the Toronto area about a year ago and the cones have spread to other areas. The cakes can be sweet or savory. Chimney sundaes feature the chimney cones filled with ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Sweet n' Hollow has brought chimney cakes to Los Angeles. They had a stand at Paseo Colorado where they make chimney cakes from scratch and bake them to order. The process started with a ball of yeast dough that it rolled by hand into a rope and wrapped around a wooden rod. It's then rolled in sugar, roasted on a spit (like a kabob) and basted with butter as it roasts. The sugar caramelizes and turns the cone into a golden brown.

* The O.G. Chimney ($7): The OG is a freshly made, warm chimney cone rolled in cinnamon sugar with Nutella filling. The cone was a good size, probably the size of a big soft pretzel (Auntie Anne's, Wetzel's Pretzels). The dough was similar to soft pretzel dough but it was a bit thinner so the resulting texture was a bit crunchier on the outside. The inside was soft. It tasted similar to a soft pretzel but was almost twice as expensive. The Nutella made it pretty sweet.
Sweet n' Hollow is still working on its menu but during my visit they only had sweet cinnamon sugar cones coated with Nutella on the inside. You could add cookies, peanuts, coconut or syrup OR get the cone filled with chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

I was disappointed they only had one flavor and that it was so sweet. Still, it's nice to try something different. As a froyo cone, it would work with the sweeter flavors.

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

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seoju Ice Ju Strawberry Yogurt Bars Review



Fro-yo girl here. I spied a new Korean yogurt bar at Hmart Koreatown. Seoju Ice Ju Strawberry Yogurt bars are imported from Korea and manufactured by I-Food Co. One pouch contains 6 individually wrapped bars. Each bar is 80 ml. One bar is 130 calories and 4g of total fat. Hmart was selling a package of the bars for $4.99.

* Strawberry yogurt bar: I couldn’t finish the bar because it was sickeningly sweet. The texture was creamy yet icy. There was little strawberry flavor. It just tasted awful. I had to throw the rest of the bars away. No one would want to eat them.

Ingredients: Water, sugar, strawberry syrup, high fructose corn syrup, coconut oil, whey powder, skim milk powder, yogurt powder, locust bean gum, sodium alginate, carrageenan, guar gum, emulsifier, strawberry flavor, yogurt flavor, butter flavor, cellulose gum, salt, citric acid, turmeric oleoresin.

1.5 out of 5 stars

* HMART: 621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Yogurtland's LOVE Follow Your Heart Promotion






Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s new LOVE Follow Your Heart promotion started today. It features five new flavors inspired by county fair blue ribbon winning sweet treats. The promotion lasts through June 6. New Love cup designs have been introduced as well.

Two new flavors started swirling today, Grandma’s Famous Marionberry Pie and Momma’s Secret Recipe Almond Fudge Gelato.

  • Grandma’s Famous Marionberry Pie froyo will be featured throughout the promotion. It’s described as “The plump, juicy marionberries of Western Oregon are at the core of our newest flavor, which starts fruity and bright and finishes with a buttery, golden piecrust taste that’s perfect for a sweet summer day.” It’s made with real marionberries. Marionberries are a type of blackberry. The flavor is lowfat. It’s a sweet flavor. Marionberries are sweeter than the blackberries that I’m used to. I couldn’t detect the piecrust but I only had a small sample. Recommended toppings: Graham cracker crumbs, blackberries, almonds
  • Momma’s Secret Recipe Almond Fudge Gelato has almonds, cocoa, chocolate fudge and almond butter. I could taste the fudge and the almond. Neither were overpowering. The texture was richer and creamier and the flavor wasn’t super sweet. The gelato has live and active cultures. Recommended toppings: Chocolate shell, toffee bits, almonds

Flavor release schedule:

* Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake starting April 17

* Spring’s Simply Sweet Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares starting May 1

* Pairings & Sharings Strawberry Basil Lemonade Sorbet starting May 15

Flavors are available while supplies last.

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

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Menchie’s April Flavors, Milk Chocolate Wafer Bar & Classic Cherry and Let’s Make Smiles Campaign




Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s has two feature flavors for April, Milk Chocolate Wafer Bar made with Kit Kat bars and Classic Cherry. Who doesn’t like Kit Kat bars? I know I do. I like how the wafers add that crisp texture.

* Milk Chocolate Wafer Bar froyo: Hmm, the wafers got lost. I couldn’t taste them. The flavor was a mild milk chocolate. The texture was creamy and smooth. It’s lowfat, kosher and made without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors.

* Classic Cherry froyo: This flavor is made with real cherries, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors. It’s a pretty pink color and I liked how it tasted like real cherries. It wasn’t super sweet and it had a little tanginess even though it’s not a tart flavor. The texture was smooth and creamy.

I also noticed signs and posters that said Let’s Make Smiles. Menchie’s has partnered with Smile Train to spread smiles. Menchie’s locations in the US are collecting donations for Smile Train to help provide free cleft repair surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to children around the world. Donate $1 or more and get a coupon for 20% off your next Menchie’s purchase. All the donations that Menchie’s collects during April will go to Smile Train.

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

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jeni’s New Orange Blossom Frozen Yogurt & LA Expansion News




Fro-yo girl here. Jeni’s Spring Collection 2017, entitled “We’re Not From Here,” has hit Jeni’s scoop shops. The new flavors are: Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt, Genmaicha & Marshmallows, Supermoon, Osmanthus & Blackberry Crackle and Cocoa Curry Coco. “This collection explores what it takes to change your perception in a single instant. These ice creams may sound like they come from somewhere far away. But each one is extraordinarily familiar. One bit and you’ll realize that you’ve had these flavors before. Just never like this.”

I had to try the new froyo flavor, Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. It’s described as “round and juicy with the scent of a fresh orange blossom. That full flavor comes from combining two of Jeni’s favorite orange essential oils: tangerine for bright acidity, and neroli (the blossom of the bitter orange tree) for a honeyed, floral fragrance. Using these two essential oils alone would be too sweet in ice cream. The tartness of our buttermilk frozen yogurt base—a combination of organic yogurt from Seven Stars Farm and cultured buttermilk—balances it out. Ultra creamy, Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt tastes a lot like an orange push-pop. Some even say it reminds them of orange Pez!”

Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt, like Jeni’s Mont Blanc Frozen Yogurt, is a sweeter frozen yogurt, though it is made with tart organic yogurt and tart cultured buttermilk. I didn’t taste the tartness. It tasted like creamsicle made with tangerines, cream, with a subtle floral note. The texture was very creamy and smooth. I like my froyo tart, so I paired it with the returning flavor, Ultramarine Blue Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. Ultramarine Blue froyo is made with wild blueberries and it’s super intense and tart.

The new Supermoon is two flavors in one: blue violet and vanilla marshmallow ice cream. I mostly tasted the marshmallow but it wasn’t as sweet as real marshmallows.

For the We’re Not From Here collection, I noticed some signs around the shop, paper popup cards with the new flavors, new t-shirts and cute stickers.

In other Jeni’s news, Jeni’s announced the location of their third LA scoop shop, 123 N Larchmont Blvd. in Windsor Square. They’re taking over the Zpizza space. The shop is expected to open soon.

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

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