Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Menchie’s July Featured Flavors: Watermelon Sorbet & Blue Raspberry Sorbet


Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s has just launched two new Jolly Rancher sorbet flavors, Watermelon Sorbet and Blue Raspberry Sorbet. After visiting two Menchie’s, I’ve only seen one of the new flavors. I’ll have to try Watermelon Sorbet later. I should have gone to Menchie’s Glendale because they have the new flavors.

* Blue Raspberry Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher: The color and flavor were more intense than Yogurtland’s Blue Raspberry Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher. Menchie’s seems to use more Jolly Rancher flavoring. The texture was soft, icy, and smooth. I grew up with blue raspberry flavored candy and ICEEs, so I did like the tangy sweetness of this flavor – though I’ve outgrown that type of flavor. Recommended toppings: Sour Patch Kids or any sour gummi candy.

* Watermelon Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher: I didn’t find it but I know that Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher tastes better than Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Recommended toppings: Nerds.

Both sorbets are nonfat, gluten free, and dairy free. Hurry in because they’re around 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.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

First National Ice Cream Day Celebration at Yogurtland & A New Yogurtland Spoon



Fro-yo girl here. With more froyo shops serving soft serve ice cream these days, this year’s National Ice Cream Day was celebrated by a good number of froyo shops, including 16 Handles, Yogurt Mountain, Pinkberry, Oregon Frozen Yogurt, Yogurt Breeze, The Skinny Dip, Menchie’s (Victorville & Hesperia, CA), and Yogurtland.

This was the first National Ice Cream Day celebration at Yogurtland. All US Yogurtland locations participated by offering a BOGO free deal on Sunday, July 15 from 1 PM – 6 PM, handing out *NEW* Blue Flip Flop spoons, and offering five flavors of ice cream. The BOGO offer is valid for Yogurtland’s froyo and sorbet flavors as well.

The five ice cream flavors offered were:

  • Rich Chocolate Ice Cream 
  • Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream Made With Whoppers® 
  • Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream 
  • Oreo® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream 

Since I’ve tried all those ice cream flavors, I was most looking forward to getting a new Yogurtland spoon. Mission accomplished. I filled my cups with froyo, of course.

Also, I’d like to commend Yogurtland Pasadena (Lake Ave.) for having all five flavors of ice cream and the blue flip flop spoons. They ran out of the EL Fudge cookie sandwiches that I liked, but I’m not surprised. Promotional toppings and flavors are available while supplies last.

By the way, National Ice Cream Month (July) and National Ice Cream Day (July 15) were signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984, with Presidential Proclamation 5219.

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 13, 2018

Yogurtland's First National Ice Cream Day Celebration is This Sunday



Fro-yo girl here. Attention froyo and ice cream fans. Yogurtland is celebrating National Ice Cream Day, on Sunday, July 15, for the first time with a special buy one, get one free deal. They’ll also have *NEW* Blue Flip Flop spoons to commemorate this very special day. And they’ll have five flavors of ice cream, including a returning favorite, Oreo® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream.

The buy one, get one free offer is good from 1 PM - 6 PM local time on July 15 at US Yogurtland locations. You can use it to get froyo, of course. I know I will! I can't wait to get my hands on the new Yogurtland spoons.

Here's the official press release:

Yogurtland Celebrates National Ice Cream Day On July 15, 2018


— Five Handcrafted Ice Cream Flavors Will be Available and Special Buy-one, Get-one Free Offer from 1 – 6pm –


(IRVINE, CA) July 9, 2018 – The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces plans to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at all US locations on July 15 with a buy one, get one free offer from 1:00PM – 6:00PM local time. After introducing ice cream to its lineup last summer, Yogurtland has continued to swirl up delicious handcrafted ice cream flavors for its fans. For National Ice Cream Day, Yogurtland will serve five ice cream flavors as well as other frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors, giving fans a variety of options to create a celebratory treat as unique as they are.

Yogurtland’s celebration of ice cream includes five delicious scratchmade ice cream flavors – Rich Chocolate Ice Cream, Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream,Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream Made With Whoppers®, Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream** and Oreo® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream plus the usual lineup of craveable frozen yogurt flavors.

“Ice cream has become a huge part of Yogurtland’s attraction for those who desire to create their own treats. This is our first National Ice Cream Day celebration and we are bringing in these incredible flavors for this special day,” said John Wayne Carlson, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Development, and Operations at Yogurtland. “Normally we have three ice cream flavors on offer, but for this special event we are bringing back two big favorites that feature Oreo® and Whoppers®. Alongside these great flavors will be Yogurtland’s first Light Ice Cream**, our amazing Butter Pecan. The Whoppers ® and Oreo® flavors will be available again beginning on this day while supplies last, so we urge our fans to come early!”

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

Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and 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, United Arab Emirates, Guam, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

# # #

**Fat Content has been reduced from 10g per 100g to 4.8g per 100g as compared to our Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.

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 12, 2018

Learning How to Make Your Own Kombucha


Fro-yo girl here. If you like kombucha, you should consider making your own. It’s easy once you have a few supplies. I took a three hour kombucha making workshop at Culture Club 101 in Pasadena. We learned the ins and outs of kombucha making from the founder/owner, Elaina Luther. Elaina’s been making kombucha for 25 years, so she’s definitely a kombucha and fermentation expert.

The class covered the history of kombucha, health benefits of kombucha, recommended types of teas to use for making kombucha (some work better than others), how to take care of your SCOBY, and kombucha recipes. We enjoyed multiple kombucha and fermented beverages during the workshop and left with a glass jar with a batch of kombucha and SCOBY, tea towel, cheesecloth, and a jar of kombucha raspberry sauce that Elaina made during the class. We basically had a batch of kombucha ready for home fermentation that we prepared during the workshop. 
The kombucha raspberry sauce was amazing. I love adding it to plain or honey yogurt for extra tang. 

Other necessary accessories for home kombucha brewing include a stainless steel pot, strainer, funnel, ladle, resealable glass bottles, distilled or spring water, sugar, and tea. The SCOBY is best kept at 80-85 degrees. You may want to invest in a heating mat as well. I would recommend getting another glass jar to store your extra scobies. Use the extra scobies to experiment or as insurance, in case some of your scobies get sick or die. The mother SCOBY will eventually need to be retired when she gets dark or yeasty.

Culture Club 101’s housemade kombucha is the best we’ve ever had. Commercial brands aren't as potent. Some taste more like juice or soda than kombucha. We like our kombucha strong and potent.


The workshop teaches you exactly how it’s made, but then you can get creative by adding juice, herbs, and spices. To make stronger kombucha, use more tea. I also found a lot of kombucha brewing tips online, on websites like KombuchaKamp.com and Cuturesforhealth.com. You can also buy kombucha brewing supplies from both of those websites.

I've made several very successful batches of kombucha since the workshop. My favorite addition to the kombucha so far is a sprig of fresh rosemary. 


* CULTURE CLUB 101: 1392 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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, July 10, 2018

Culture Club 101 in Pasadena, CA, Champion of the Human Microbiome



Fro-yo girl here. We recently visited Culture Club 101 and have become regular customers, because they have the best kombucha around. Culture Club 101 is all about supporting the human microbiome. They do this by producing fermented foods and beverages, teaching others about fermented foods, and offering specialized nutrient-dense groceries and prepared foods. What they make is made in small batches, the traditional way. Their foods are heirloom, sprouted, pasture-raised, humanely raised, organic, non-GMO, soy-free, biodynamic, permaculture, sustainable, bird-friendly, etc. They’re eco-friendly to the extreme.

They carry specialty foods, like farm fresh eggs, bird friendly coffee, cashew cheese, raw dairy products, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, etc. Then they make a lot of fermented foods – many kinds of kraut, kraut juice, water kefir, kombucha, fermented soda, etc. I haven’t seen some of what they make elsewhere – e.g., water kefir, jun, bird friendly coffee that they roast themselves. The café serves pastries, healthy bowls, salads, toast, paninis, coffee, bone broth, etc. They don’t have frozen yogurt, but they do have an abundance of probiotic foods.

The komucha ($4/bottle, available on tap) is made in small batches on site, the old-fashioned way. It’s stronger and not as sweet as commercial kombucha. It’s got a real bite. It smells like and tastes like vinegar but with a pleasant, sweet, apple cider aftertaste. If you like it stronger or weaker, take the kombucha making class and brew your own.

Culture Club 101 is more than a store but it’s more about a lifestyle. You can become a member if you believe in their mission or donate to their Go Fund Me campaign. If you love fermented foods, want to improve your gut health or want a healthy, nourishing meal, visit them.

* CULTURE CLUB 101: 1392 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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 7, 2018

New Froyo Stories Contest for Froyo Fans



Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association would like to hear your froyo stories. Share your story of how you’ve demonstrated your love of frozen yogurt for a chance to win the Sweet Summer Prize Package. 


HOW TO ENTER 


To enter, post your original froyo story to the comments section on IFYA’s contest post on Instagram (IG: @intlfroyoassn) from now until midnight, July 18, 2018. Or you can email your frozen yogurt story with the subject line, Froyo Stories Contest, to info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com.

Each entry received during the contest period will be judged for creativity and evidence of frozen yogurt passion. One grand prize winner will be announced on July 29, 2018. There is no minimum word requirement. Multiple stories from the same author are welcome.

Note, Instagram has a limit of 2200 characters (about 400 words). If your story is longer than Instagram's limit, send it via email. 


SWEET SUMMER PRIZE PACKAGE


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Sweet Summer Prize Package which includes the following: 

  • Mini Squishable Soft Serve Ice Cream plush toy 
  • Menchie’s dodge ball with pump 
  • 3 drink mix packets from Frozen Bean 
  • Soft serve froyo cone sidewalk chalk 
  • Toly Moly mini blueberry lip balm 
  • Sour watermelon gummies 
  • Other surprises 



ELIGIBILITY


This contest is open to US residents (age 13 and over please).

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


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 5, 2018

Cado Avocado Ice Cream Review



Fro-yo girl here. Cado is the first avocado based ice cream or non-dairy frozen dessert. It checks all the boxes: it’s dairy-free, vegan, gluten free, plant based, organic, soy free, non-GMO, nutrient dense, and has heart healthy fats. Cado has less sugar than the leading brands of non-dairy frozen desserts. It’s made with fresh avocados.

Doesn’t everyone or almost everyone love avocados? I know that I do. Mr. Froyo does and he loves the idea of using avocados to make a creamy faux ice cream.

Available flavors: Deep Dark Chocolate, Lemon, Mint Chocolate Chip

Whole Foods Pasadena had all three flavors. Cado was $6.99 for a pint. Simply Lemon sounded appealing to me, since I love the tartness of lemons.

Simply Lemon: The lemon flavor was super strong and very tangy. I’d say it was too strong since I couldn’t taste anything but lemon juice concentrate. Lemon juice concentrate isn’t quite as tasty as lemon juice. The texture was firm, creamy, dense, smooth, and almost chewy. One ½ cup serving is 170 calories, 12g total fat, 13g sugars, 18g total carbohydrate, and 1g of protein. 


Mr. Froyo ate most of it because it was healthy and simple, but he feels the lemon flavor is unnecessary.

Ingredients: Organic Avocado Puree (Water, Organic Avocado), Non Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Lemon Oil

I’d like to see a plain version. Why mask the flavor of avocado? Cado is trying to be like regular ice cream with traditional flavors. They emphasize the fact that their ice cream doesn’t taste like avocados. But, what’s wrong with tasting like avocados???

P.S. Cado is not frozen yogurt. 


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 2, 2018

Menchie’s July Featured Flavors: Four Jolly Rancher Sorbet Flavors





Fro-yo girl here. Call 2018 the summer of Jolly Rancher sorbet. First, Orange Leaf partnered with Jolly Rancher for two new flavors, Green Apple Sorbet and Blue Raspberry Sorbet in May. Then, Yogurtland partnered with Jolly Rancher to introduce its Blue Raspberry Sorbet in June. And now Menchie’s has partnered with Jolly Rancher for four new flavors, Green Apple Sorbet, Cherry Sorbet, Watermelon Sorbet, and Blue Raspberry Sorbet.

Green Apple Sorbet and Cherry Sorbet have a July 1 launch date, while Watermelon Sorbet and Blue Raspberry Sorbet will be launched on July 16.

New flavors:

* Cherry Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher flavor: This tastes like Cherry ICEE and the texture was firm, smooth and icy. I’ve always liked cherry candies but I don’t really want them in soft serve form because they don’t taste natural. Cherry sorbet is nonfat, gluten free, and dairy free. Recommended toppings: Gummi bears

* Green Apple Sorbet made with Jolly Rancher flavor: This tastes like Green Apple Jolly Rancher, so it’s tangier than the Cherry Sorbet. The flavor is very strong and artificial. The texture was similar to the Cherry Sorbet. Recommended toppings: Sour gummi worms, popping boba.

It’s rare that I like a sorbet. Sorbets tend to be icy and too sweet. Also, fruit flavored sorbets should taste natural, in my opinion, rather than like candy. This trend of candy flavors from frozen yogurt chains is disappointing for adults who are health-conscious and/or have more sophisticated palates. I stopped buying Jolly Rancher candies when I became an adult.

Menchie’s is also sponsoring a summer contest called Summer of Wonder. To enter, make your favorite Menchie’s mix and top it w/ OREOs, post a pic of your mix on Instagram or Twitter with the following tags, @MyMenchies, @OREO, #OREOMenchiesSweepstakes from July 1-31, 2018. The grand prize is $1,000.

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, June 30, 2018

Bourbon Jaga Choco Yogurt Baked Potato Chips Review




Fro-yo girl here. Bourbon Jaga Choco Yogurt baked potato chips are imported from Japan. I found them at 168 Market in San Gabriel, CA, for $2.19.

One cup is 1.26 oz. Each cup has two servings. One serving is 100 calories with 6g fat, 10g sugar and 10g carbohydrates.

The potato chips are coated in a thin layer of yogurt chocolate. The coating is creamy and the chips are crunchy. The chips are ridged and puffy. The yogurt coating has that Yakult flavor that I’m not too fond of, and no chocolate flavor. It’s mostly sweet, with a bit of tang and salt. The flavor is interesting but I probably wouldn’t get these again. Yogurt and potato chips are a strange combination. I’d rather have savory yogurt flavored chips.

Ingredients: Vegetable oil, dried potato, starch, salt, sugar, lactose, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, defatted milk powder, whey powder, caramel powder, soya lecithin, flavor, citric acid, turmeric color, tocopherol, ascorbic acid, trehalose, water.

3 out of 5 stars.

* 168 MARKET: 933 E Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776

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

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

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Yogurt in Japan




Fro-yo girl here. I recently visited Japan. Frozen yogurt is hard to find there, but yogurt is easier to find. Since I was busy eating soft cream, I wasn’t able to consume too much yogurt, but I did try a few yogurt products. I also spotted the yogurt shelf at a Japanese supermarket. Most of the brand names were in Japanese but I recognized a few brands: Morinaga, Dannon/Danone, and Meiji. The yogurt typically comes in small individual cups, to be eaten as snacks. It’s rare for Japanese to use yogurt in cooking. I didn’t see skyr or non-dairy yogurt. City-cost describes some of the leading Japanese yogurt brands.

Yakult, the fermented milk drink, was developed by Japanese scientist Dr. Minoru Shirota. The first bottle of Yakult was produced in 1935. Yakult claims to have billions of live and active bacteria of an exclusive probiotic strain, Lactobacillus casei Shirota.

The market leader in the Japanese yogurt market is a product called Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt. Meiji launched Japan’s first plain yogurt in 1971. They obtained naming rights from Bulgaria and released Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt in 1973. It took some time for the Japanese consumers to accept Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt, but they were won over by health benefit claims and the positioning as authentically Bulgarian. The company imported yogurt starter cultures from Bulgaria.

One tub of yogurt that I had in Japan had a Yakult like flavor. I also had a yogurt that tasted like plain yogurt. It wasn’t as thick as Greek yogurt but it wasn’t sweetened or Yakult like. The best yogurt product that I found was a thick yogurt drink from Azumino Winery in Nagano Prefecture. It’s made with raw milk from Azumino cows.

Yogurt art is also increasing in popularity in Japan. Japanese use plain yogurt “as a canvas to create pictures with fruits and sauces.” I’ve seen examples on Instagram. 


I visited Mitsuwa in San Gabriel, CA and they didn’t have any imported Japanese yogurt. The only yogurt brands they carried were Beijing Yogurt and Alove.

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, June 26, 2018

Green Mountain Creamery Skyr Review


Fro-yo girl here. I was at Sprouts and decided to try Green Mountain Creamery’s Skyr yogurt. It was marked new. The retail price was $1.59 each and the sale price 5 for $5. The flavors are blended. My Sprouts was sold out of Strawberry Cream, but they had Vanilla Bean and Key Lime.

Available flavors: Strawberry Cream, Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Key Lime, Plain

* Key Lime:
Their key lime skyr had the usual key lime flavor. It was sweeter than I expected but had a nice tang. The texture was thick and creamy. I’m used to skyr having less sugar than Greek yogurt. I’m not sure how Green Mountain’s skyr is different from Greek yogurt. It seems too sweet for skyr.

* Vanilla Bean: It was nice to see the vanilla bean specks throughout the yogurt and to taste more vanilla than Green Mountain Creamery’s vanilla Greek yogurt. It was tangy but not sour and it had a hint of cream flavor. It was definitely richer than the Greek yogurt version, and better because it had more vanilla flavor. However, it was slightly chalky and pretty sweet for skyr (sweeter than Siggi’s). I also noticed they used thickeners: guar gum and corn starch. I prefer skyr made without thickeners.

Green Mountain Creamery Skyr is all natural, no RBST, gluten free, Grade-A strained, 3.5% milkfat, and has live and active cultures.

One serving of Vanilla Bean Skyr has 160 calories, 4g total fat, 16g total carbohydrates, 12g total sugars and 13g protein. Compared to their Greek yogurt, it has a little more protein, more fat (whole vs. nonfat milk), and a little more sugar.

Ingredients (vanilla bean): Pasteurized whole milk, cane sugar, non-GMO corn starch, pectin, natural flavors, vanilla extract, guar gum, vanilla beans, live active cultures

3.5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Saturday, June 23, 2018

New Pinkberry Summer Flavor, Passion Mango Frozen Yogurt



Fro-yo girl here. I was pleasantly surprised to find the new Pinkberry summer flavor, Passion Mango, on day one of the launch, June 22. I don’t believe that any new toppings were added to complement the new flavor but Pinkberry does recommend topping Passion Mango with mango and honey almond granola.

* Passion Mango frozen yogurt: I was pleasantly surprised by how tangy it was. It wasn’t as sweet as I feared because of the tanginess of the passionfruit. I have mixed feelings about mango because mango froyo tends to be quite sweet, even when it’s tart based. Passionfruit isn’t my favorite fruit either. I could taste mango and passionfruit, so the flavor was a success. However, it wasn’t refreshing and it didn’t have a clean finish. The texture was silky, smooth and not heavy or dense. It wasn't creamy or icy but somewhere in between. Recommended toppings: Raspberries, organic gummi bears.

Passion Mango frozen yogurt will be available at participating US Pinkberry stores until August 9, 2018.

P.S. Pinkberry is sponsoring a contest. The grand prize is a trip to the London premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

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, June 21, 2018

Fermented Milk (aka, Yogurt) in China




Fro-yo girl here. During a recent layover at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, I spotted some local Chinese yogurt products. I noticed that they call yogurt fermented milk on the packaging. Some of the yogurt products looked like drinks and others were served in cups.

The fermented milk at Starbucks seemed like a safe choice and I could read the packaging.

* Granola & flavored fermented milk mixed strawberry flavor (20 yuan, approximately $3.15 US dollars): The packaging looked nice. The granola was packaged separately and stored in a clear compartment above the cup of yogurt. The yogurt didn’t look pink/strawberry flavored but there were strawberry chunks in the white yogurt. The texture was creamy but not as thick as Greek yogurt. It must not have been strained? The yogurt was tangy but not very tangy. The strawberry flavor wasn’t strong since there only some strawberry pieces. It was different than what we have in the US but still pretty good. It seems to have live and active cultures.

Milk was very expensive and rationed in China before the 1980s. Therefore, milk consumption was very low. Soy milk was consumed instead.

However, dairy milk consumption is on the rise in China and China is now the third largest producer of milk in the world. The Chinese Nutrition Society recommends that Chinese increase their dairy consumption, so there is growing interesting in cheese, milk, and yogurt. Yogurt sales recently overtook milk sales in the country. Prices of milk and dairy products are still high but milk and dairy products are perceived as healthy.


Ethnic minorities in Mongolia and the surrounding areas have been fermenting milk since ancient times. The dairy milk was obtained from mares, sheep, yaks, camels, and goats. Beijing yogurt is a traditional fermented milk drink made by heating milk and adding sugar to it. I’ve had Beijing yogurt in the US, where you can find more than one brand in Chinese supermarkets. 

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, June 19, 2018

White Moustache Yogurt Review




Fro-yo girl here. I remember hearing about White Moustache Yogurt years ago but it was only sold in New York, so I didn’t think that I could easily try it. White Moustache Yogurt was founded by Homa Dashtaki and her father when they lived in Southern California and sold Persian yogurt at farmers markets. The family left California because regulations made it nearly impossible for them to legally sell yogurt. They settled in Brooklyn in 2013 and gained a following for their handmade, small batch yogurt made using Persian techniques and no machines. But regulations said that the yogurt could only be sold in New York.

Then Eataly opened in Los Angeles. They started carrying White Moustache Yogurt. How? By making it on site (at Eataly) in Los Angeles. I’m not sure who makes the yogurt in Brooklyn now (probably family members and/ or employees) but Homa Dashtaki has returned to LA. It sounds like the freshest yogurt that I can get on the market. It doesn’t even have to be delivered.

They make Persian yogurt, Greek yogurt, probiotic whey tonics, Kurdish labneh, and probiotic pops.

What is Persian style yogurt? It’s not strained, so it isn’t as thick as Greek yogurt. White Moustache says “it has a saucy consistency perfect for eating with sweet or savory preparations” while Greek yogurt is “smooth and creamy thick, sweet yogurt.” The yogurt is $7.80 (no tax is added).

Yogurt flavors:

  • Plain
  • Orange blossom honey and walnuts 
  • Sour cherry 
  • Dates 


Some of the yogurt flavors like Summer Peaches, Quince, and King Mulberry are seasonal. Mulberry is in season right now.

The yogurt they make in New York is made with fresh whole milk from Hudson Valley Fresh, a dairy farmer partnership in NY. The yogurt they make in California is made with local Straus Creamery milk. The label says that the yogurt is made with“farm fresh milk, live cultures, and endless patience. Each jar is handmade and hand packed.”

* Sour cherry Greek yogurt: Sour cherry is one of my favorite flavors, so I had to get it. The yogurt is not blended. No nutritional information is provided. The ingredients are: cultured whole milk (pasteurized), compote (sour cherry, sugar). Very simple. The yogurt is thick, creamy and very smooth – it’s not heavy though it tastes a little like cream. The velvety smoothness is what really struck me. The flavor was sour since no sugar was added to yogurt itself. The compote had lots of cherry juice and quite a few whole cherries. The cherries were sweet, the juice was sweet but once mixed, the yogurt was pleasantly, mildly tangy. The cherries with the lightly sweetened yogurt were fantastic. At 8 oz it’s larger than the usual tub of yogurt (the typical size is 5 oz) and you get to keep the glass jar. It’s Noosa sized and that’s usually good enough for two servings for me. The plastic lid on top can easily be put back on for storage.

Get some! Get a few jars! The labneh with aleppo pepper and za'atar is calling my name.


5 out of 5 stars.

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

* WHITE MOUSTACHE YOGURT AT EATALY: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles (Century City), CA 90067

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, June 18, 2018

Yogurtland’s New Flavors of Summer Launching on June 18



Fro-yo girl here. The day for the release of Yogurtland’s new summer flavors has finally arrived: Monday, June 18.

The wait felt so long! The new spring flavors were released on April 2, with no new flavors since then.

The “Flavors of Summer” are:

Blue Raspberry Sorbet flavored with Jolly Rancher: Yogurtland says, “This fruity, raspberry childhood favorite is sure to be a crowd pleaser! This non-dairy, bold, blue, frozen treat is made with REAL JOLLY RANCHER® Blue Raspberry!” It’s nonfat. The Jolly Blue Raspberry base has artificial flavors. While this flavor didn’t sound appealing to me, it wasn’t awful. It did taste like Jolly Rancher blue raspberry candies, but it wasn’t too intensely candy-like. I wouldn’t get it though, because it was too sweet and not natural. The Yogurtland manager liked it because it was refreshing. Recommended toppings: Fresh fruit, sour gummies.

Cookies & Crème Smores Frozen Yogurt: Yogurtland describes this flavor as, “Late summer nights were made for Cookies and Crème Smores! The delicious pairing of REAL Chocolate Cookies blended into sweet marshmallow yogurt will transport you to a warm summer night sitting around the camp fire!” It’s lowfat. Sadly, this flavor is also made with artificial flavors. Why, Yogurtland, why? However, I did think it was the best of the new summer flavors. The marshmallow muted the chocolate in a pleasant way. It was sweet, creamy, and didn’t taste like their other chocolate flavors. I didn’t detect graham crackers but I’m not sure they were in the mix. The yogurt was made with chocolate cookies. Recommended toppings: Keebler double fudge cookies, graham crackers, marshmallow sauce, chocolate chips.

When it comes to the new Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream, Yogurtland says, “Our Flavorologists took inspiration from a decadent summer essential and created for the first time in Yogurtland® history a reduced guilt Ice Cream treat! A de-LIGHT-ful combination of delicate, buttery cream and perfectly roasted pecans makes for a summer time favorite! Made with REAL Roasted Pecans! Note: Fat content has been reduced from 10% Fat to 4.8% Fat as compared to our Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.” Butter pecan did seem less rich than the other Yogurtland ice cream flavors. It was pleasant and mild but the pecan/nutty flavor was very mild. It didn’t taste like vanilla ice cream but it wasn’t that nutty either. Recommended toppings: Almonds, Nilla wafers, toffee bits.

There were two new toppings: sour watermelon gummies and Keebler double fudge cookies. The Keebler sandwich cookies are adorable. They are plain sandwich cookies with fudge filling that feature different elves on one side and different sayings on the other side. There were no new cups or spoons.

Last summer, Yogurtland introduced 5 new summer flavors and two new spoons (the Joy promotion). This year there are have been fewer new flavors, new spoons, and promotions from Yogurtland. Sigh.

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, June 14, 2018

Father’s Day 2018 Froyo Specials


Fro-yo girl here. This post is dedicated to my father, who enjoys frozen yogurt. He doesn’t love it as much as I do, but who does? His favorite flavor is pistachio.

Here’s the list of places with Father’s Day froyo specials, in alphabetical order. Unless noted, all these specials are good on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

  • 32 Degrees a Yogurt Bar: Buy a cup of froyo on Father's Day, get dad's cup for free, must use blue 16 oz cup
  • Abby's Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt (Ellijay, GA): Free $7 cup for dads on Father's Day
  • Alpine Chill (Alpine, CA): Free 16 oz cup for dads on Father's Day
  • Emerson's By the Bay (New Baltimore, MI): Free froyo for fathers on Father's Day from 1 PM - 10 PM
  • Feeney's (Greensboro, NC): Fathers get 4 oz free on Father's Day
  • Happy Cow (FL): Buy a $20 gift card before Father's Day and get 6 oz of free froyo
  • Menchie's India: Take a quick quiz - if your answers match your dad's, he gets his froyo free
  • Menchie's Tsawwassen Commons: Buy one, get one 50% off on Father's Day
  • Orange Leaf Council Bluff (Omaha, NE): Buy a froyo for yourself, get dad's froyo free
  • Orange Leaf: Go to orangeleafyogurt.com to get a coupon for a free froyo for dad
  • Smile Yogurt (Hong Kong): Special chocolate Earl grey chiffon cake and a Father’s Day parfait 
  • Suzy’s Swirl (Lake Bluff, IL): Dads get a free cup ($5) on Father’s Day from 11 AM – 7 PM 
  • Swirl It Froyo (Gilbert, AZ): Dads receive up to 6 oz of free froyo on Father's Day
  • TCBY: the annual free froyo (6 oz) for dads promotion is back at participating locations 
  • UU Yogurt (Lake Oswego, OR): Dads get a free 10 oz on Father's Day
  • Yogurt Breeze (Lake Nona, FL): Dads get 3 oz free all week with purchase
  • (The) Yogurt Shoppe (CA): Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus gift card for free 
  • Yumz Yogurt: Special butter pecan flavor during Father’s Day week 
  • Zoyo Yogurt (AZ): Dads get 6 oz free on Sunday, June 17

I’ll keep updating this list as I learn about more Father’s Day froyo specials. Many shops announce these specials on or the day before Father’s Day, so check back. Also, ask your local shop if they have a Father’s Day froyo specials.

If you plan ahead, it’s the perfect occasion to purchase or make a froyo cake.

Happy Father’s Day to all froyo loving dads! 


P.S. I'm collecting Father's Day froyo images on the IFYA Pinterest board, Father's Day 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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Westfield Century City Froyo & Frozen Desserts Report 2018



Fro-yo girl here. Westfield unveiled the “new” Westfield Century City shopping center last September. The two-year $1 billion makeover “reconfigured the mall and expanded it by about a third to 1.3 million square feet. About 90% of the stores, including Nordstrom, are new.” 


I used to shop at the Century City mall regularly and when I stepped off the escalator, I could not recognize the old mall. The layout is so different now and most of the stores are different. Bloomindale’s is still there in the same place but everything else seemed different. I remember parking for free for 3 hours. Now you only get one hour of free parking but some stores validate.

I recently visited Westfield Century City. I was curious about the Yogurtland location there, which closed in January for remodeling and reopened in April of this year with a new look. I haven’t seen that look at any other Yogurtland location.

I noticed quite a few unoccupied or maybe I should say not yet open shops on the second floor. The ground floor is almost fully occupied and open for business. The new Westfield Century City has many places to get frozen treats. Here’s a breakdown of the current frozen treat vendors.

Froyo 


Forty Carrots (inside Bloomingdale’s): Their famous frozen yogurt! It’s $6 for a regular, $8 for a large or $4 for a small if purchased with a meal from their café. They have 6 flavors a day. I recommend the plain or peanut butter. You can also get frozen yogurt smoothies. Take your receipt to the first floor to get your parking validated. You get an hour of free parking with validation (on top of the first hour free which everyone gets).

Yogurtland: It’s an attractive looking spot with geometric white and green tiles, grey wall where the froyo machines are, and white toppings bars. The price doubled – it’s now 85 cents an ounce which seems crazy when there are other Yogurtland locations nearby that still charge over 30 cents less per ounce. This is a smaller location, with just 10 self-serve flavors a day. Look for offers on Instagram, @yogurtlandcc. Currently if you check in on Yelp, you get 5 oz free. 

SunLife Organics (?): I didn’t see this shop while I was there, but if it’s like their other locations, they’ll have organic chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt. From the pictures I saw of this location, it doesn’t seem like they have frozen yogurt. 

Yogen Fruz (?): The Yogen Fruz website lists a location inside the AMC theater at Century City. I forgot to verify whether this location was still open. 


Ice Cream



Halo Top Scoop Shop: This is Halo Top’s second scoop shop. They have soft serve but it’s ice cream. I haven’t tried it yet but I am curious about their bubble waffles, more so than their Stevia sweetened low calorie ice cream. 

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery: Scoopable ice cream, no frozen yogurt

Smitten Ice Cream: Fresh ice cream is made in front of your eyes with liquid nitrogen. I’ve had it in San Francisco where Smitten is from. It’s good stuff and their housemade toppings are excellent as well.

Gelato 


Bacio di Latte: The reviews are very favorable and they have yogurt gelato occasionally. This chain was founded by two brothers in Milan.

Grom: This Italian gelato shop got its start in Italy. They emphasize fresh, high quality ingredients. They do have a yogurt gelato that’s rich and flavorful. I don’t think that flavor is always offered but it’s worth trying if you see it.

Il Gelato (inside Eataly):
I didn’t see any yogurt flavor but maybe they have one from time to time?

Dairy-Free Soft Serve 


Pressed Juicery: Yes, this location does have Pressed Freeze, the vegan, plant-based frozen treat from Pressed. Freeze is made with just a few ingredients and no added sugar. It’s 100% fruit, vegetables, and nuts.

This list doesn’t even include the other eateries that serve dessert and the frozen desserts you can buy at Gelson's. Oh, if you want frozen yogurt in Century City, the only place to get some is at Westfield Century City. If you have a car, drive over to Beverly Hills or Westwood Village for more options.

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

* WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles (Century City), CA 90067

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, June 11, 2018

Go Greek Opens in Thousand Oaks




Fro-yo girl here. Go Greek opened at the Oaks Mall on May 26. It’s on the second floor, the outdoor part, by Vans and not that far from Menchie’s.

Go Greek specializes in authentic Greek yogurt (imported from Greece) that's available fresh or frozen. The fresh yogurt comes in sweet or savoy combinations (starting at $8.50). The fresh yogurt comes in different flavors like fig, lemon, sour cherry, honey, hazelnut, etc.

There are six flavors of Greek froyo on tap. Ask for sample cups. The frozen yogurt is self-serve and the toppings are healthier (fresh fruit, dried fruit, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, premium sauces, Greek biscuits, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, nuts, peanut chews, granola, coconut).

The yogurt is different because not only is it imported, but it tastes different. And it's made with whole milk, so it's thicker and richer. The frozen yogurt flavors all have some tang, the natural tang of yogurt. While it's pricier at 89 cents an ounce, the quality is higher (and it's imported from Greece). Also, a smaller portion is more satisfying since it’s richer. I recommend the Greek honey flavor.

It's a smaller location with no indoor seating, but there are a few tables outside. The decor is nice - white and blue like the Greek flag.

Go Greek also announced that they planned to open a location in Las Vegas.

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

* GO GREEK YOGURTERIA, 350 W Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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, June 10, 2018

Yoga-urt Introduces New Flavor, Orange Creamsicle


Fro-yo girl here. Yoga-urt has introduced a new flavor for the summer, Orange Creamsicle froyo. The flavor made its debut at this year’s Eat Drink Vegan. Like all Yoga-urt froyo flavors, Orange Creamsicle is soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, organic, pro-biotic, and made from scratch.

First, a disclaimer; I’m not a huge creamsicle fan because (1) it tends to be too sweet and (2) I’d prefer a tangy orange flavor maybe paired with fresh herbs like rosemary or tarragon. But I know creamsicle is a big summer flavor.

So how was Orange Creamsicle? I think it will be popular since it’s sweet, creamy, and classic. I could taste the orange juice. There wasn’t any tang. When it comes to oranges, I like sour and/or tangy oranges. I can recognize that it’s a good flavor but it’s not my kind of flavor. But do try it if you’d like a natural tasting orange creamsicle frozen yogurt.

P.S. I chose Ganesha’s Sweet Greens instead and it was perfect.

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, June 9, 2018

Yogurtland Flavors, The Best and The Worst


Fro-yo girl here. It’s been two months since Yogurtland introduced a new froyo flavor. This feels like the longest time I’ve ever had to wait for a new flavor from Yogurtland. Hmm. The  new spring flavors were released on April 2. The flavors were Sea Salt Caramel ice cream, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake froyo, and Hibiscus Pear Tart froyo. I did like Hibiscus Pear Tart but I’m ready for new flavors. I keep asking my Yogurtland if new flavors are on the way.

The good news is that Peanut Butter froyo finally returned to Yogurtland Pasadena. I hadn’t had it in almost a year and that’s not because I haven’t been going to Yogurtland. I go to Yogurtland once a week (at least). They just haven’t had it for that long! It’s so good with their peanut butter sauce, peanuts, mini Nutter Butter cookies, crushed Butterfingers and freshly whipped cream. Yum!


The bad news is that Peanut Butter froyo is gone again, though I think I can still find some if I go to another location.

Yogurtland has been emphasizing its existing flavors. If you don’t go to Yogurtland all the time like I do, it’s easy to miss some flavors. They used to come out with so many new ones that were only available for a few weeks, or even less. Some popular promotional flavors ran out in less than a week.

Best Classic Yogurtland Flavors:

  • Plain Tart 
  • Dragon Passion Tart 
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Sumatra Coffee 
  • Matcha Green Tea 
Mr. Froyo favors Plain Tart, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Milkshake. He will also get Pistachio, but otherwise, he doesn’t eat the other flavors.
 
Obscure Favorite Yogurtland Flavors:

  • Honeycomb Tart 
  • Yuzu Tart 
  • Key Lime Tart 
  • Black Currant Berry Tart 
  • Wild Berry Tart 
  • Blueberry Mangosteen Tart
  • Cactus Berry Tart 
  • Flan 
  • Cookie Butter 
  • Tweety’s Lemon Cream Cookie 
  • Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies 
  • Caramel Macchiato 
  • Geneva Chocolate 
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel
  • Rare Madagascar Vanilla 


Worst Yogurtland Flavors: 
  • Sun Kissed Strawberry Shortcake 
  • Banana Cream 
  • Raspberry Banana Greek 
  • Chocolate Banana A’peel 
  • Marvin the Martian’s Kosmic Fruit Kaboom sorbet 

Wow, that’s a lot of flavors! I probably forgot some that I really like and dislike. I’m looking forward to more new Yogurtland flavors.

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, June 7, 2018

Menchie’s June Feature Flavors: Creamy Chocolate & Dole Whip Lime, Sweet Summer Sweeps



Fro-yo girl here. Happy National Frozen Yogurt Month! It’s a new month which means that Menchie’s has new feature flavors. They are:

* Creamy Chocolate froyo: This chocolate flavor is made with Ghirardelli chocolate and real sweetened condensed milk. It has no artificial flavors or colors and no high fructose corn syrup. It’s lowfat. I find that many chocolate flavors taste very similar. This one tasted like fudgsicles, but maybe a little more interesting because of the condensed milk. It was creamy and seemed richer but not heavy like a brownie or cake flavor. Recommended toppings: Chocolate sauce, almonds, Cool Whip, strawberries

* Dole Whip Lime:
This is a sorbet. I love lime flavored everything, including this flavor because it delivers on the tang. It’s very tangy. Dole Whip Lime is made with no artificial flavors or colors and contains no high fructose corn syrup. Recommended toppings: Strawberries, mochi, graham crackers

Also, there’s a new Sweet Summer Sweeps from Menchie’s and Dole. The grand prize is a trip to Key West. To enter, use your MySmileage card at Menchie’s between June 1 and June 30, 2018.

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, June 5, 2018

Pressed Juicery New Freeze Flavors, New Toppings, New Membership Program



Fro-yo girl here. When Pressed Juicery introduces a new Freeze flavor, they usually introduce one new flavor at a time. It’s been awhile since there was a new Freeze flavor; the last new flavor was Matcha Almond Freeze back in May 2017. I was excited to get an email from Pressed Juicery announcing two new flavors of Freeze, Creamy Coconut and Mango Turmeric. Both are nut free, plant-based (vegan), with no sugar added. I like how Freeze is made with just a few natural ingredients.

I went to Pressed Juicery at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA to try the new flavors. However, they were having problems with the soft serve machine, and weren’t able to serve either new flavor. And they weren’t sure when the problem would be resolved. I went to another location and they were having problems with the machine too. However, they did let me try Creamy Coconut though the texture was icier than it should be.

* Creamy Coconut (water, pineapple, coconut, vanilla extract, sea salt): It tasted like sweetened ice. I couldn’t detect pineapple or coconut. But every location that I went to had problems getting the texture right, so I didn’t try it with the texture they wanted to achieve.

* Mango Turmeric (apple, orange, mango, coconut, pineapple, turmeric): Mango flavors can be really sweet because mango is so sweet. I liked how this flavor wasn’t just mango. It was less sweet and I could taste the pineapple and quite a bit of turmeric. It was icier than their almond milk flavors but had a pleasant, clean flavor. They added a new topping for the mango, Tajin.

While I was there I noticed a sign for the new membership program. It’s free to join. You authorize Pressed Juicery to load a set dollar amount ($10 minimum) to your account every month. This allows you to enjoy the member discount, juices and Freeze for $5. The old loyalty program is separate and will continue but you won’t earn points on your membership purchases. You also can’t combine offers. The amounts do roll over and you can cancel at any time. It’s a good deal! Maybe froyo shops should consider offering something similar. It guarantees income, which will help shops deal with seasonal downturns. It might increase consumption too, since members are pre-paying for treats.

Sign up on the Pressed Juicery website or at one of their stores. https://www.pressedjuicery.com/

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

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

Sunday, June 3, 2018

25th Anniversary of National Frozen Yogurt Month

Fro-yo girl here. Happy National Frozen Yogurt Month. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first National Frozen Yogurt Month. TCBY declared National Frozen Yogurt Month, National Frozen Yogurt Week (the first week of June) and National Frozen Yogurt Day (the first "Sundae/Sunday" in June) back in 1993.


Search Trends


It’s the time of year that I like to geek out and look at frozen yogurt search trends. That is, how often is frozen yogurt searched for on Google. This is roughly speaking, Google’s way to measure interest over time.

Before looking at the trends, my guess is that interest over time in frozen yogurt is still gradually declining since the peak in July 2012.

Guess what? I was right. The decline is pretty gradual since the frozen yogurt category is now mature and mainstream in the largest market, the US. As in previous years, the search volume is seasonal. Fewer people search for frozen yogurt during the winter.

In 2017, the top 5 countries by frozen yogurt search volume were #1. United States, #2. Canada, #3. Denmark, #4. Greece and #5. Australia. In 2018, frozen yogurt as a search term is the most popular in #1. United States, #2. Canada, #3. Australia, #4. Greece, #5. Denmark. The top two positions have stayed the same for years.

The top search queries in 2018 were #1. “frozen yogurt near me” and #2. frozen yogurt ice cream. People are using Google to find frozen desserts in their area. By US subregion, the number of searches for frozen yogurt was greatest in Washington (particularly the Seattle-Tacoma area), followed by Massachusetts and Arizona. 


Froyo Trends and Musings


Frozen yogurt shops continue to open and to close. It feels like the industry hasn’t come up with anything innovative in awhile and that prices continue to rise. I don’t want to pay over $6 for a snack. I keep my portions small at self-serve shops but I often see people paying $8-$10 for one cup of frozen yogurt. Portions are out of control and there are too many sweet, indulgent flavors inspired by cookies and candy. I like shops that provide small portions of nicely swirled frozen yogurt – yes, I’m talking about Pinkberry’s model. Soft serve ice cream places are following that model but froyo is stuck in a self-serve rut.

In the end, the places that I want to return to are the higher quality shops. I’d like to see healthier options (lower sugar) too. The best frozen yogurt is made in small batches with the best ingredients, from scratch. That said, I’ll always have a weakness for Yogurtland’s Plain Tart, Peanut Butter, and Sumatra Coffee and Pinkberry’s tart flavors.

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, May 31, 2018

Former Pinkberry Location at the Original Farmers Market to Be Replaced by Grocers’ Gateway


Fro-yo girl here. I haven’t been to the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles in about a year and I missed the fact that Pinkberry closed in late January 2018. Sad. The Original Farmers Market has changed so much lately, though a few oldies are still there. Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts better not close. Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, which had frozen yogurt, closed last year after 80 years at the market. It’s been replaced with a new ice cream shop called Local Ice. They had a soft serve machine but it was being used for soft serve ice cream.

The area where Pinkberry was is hidden by a tent or something. That section is being remodeled. The new Grocers’ Gateway section will open this fall with “exciting artisan grocery merchants and a fresh yet retro exterior look." Construction of the new section began in February. There was a fire at the Little Spain restaurant a few years ago in that area, so the idea had long been in the works to remodel that area.

I took a picture of where Pinkberry used to be. You can still get froyo at the Original Farmers Market at Bennett’s. Or if you walk over to the Grove, you can get froyo at Haagen Dazs and Pressed Freeze from Pressed Juicery.

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

* PINKBERRY FARMERS MARKET: 6333 W 3rd St. #126, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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, May 29, 2018

Foxy’s Thoughtful Ice Creams Review





Fro-yo girl here. Way back in 2012, I reviewed Foxy’s Pash Premium Frozen Yogurt: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/2012/09/foxys-pash-frozen-yogurt-review.html

Foxy’s Pash was positioned as a low calorie, low sugar, lowfat guilt free, all-natural, premium frozen yogurt. In reality, their product did not have a premium taste, but at least it did taste natural. I found several flavors to be bland and icy. My pints of Foxy’s sat in my freezer for awhile and I finally wound up throwing them out. I wasn’t eager to try anything by Foxy’s again.

At some point around 2014-2015, the founders of Foxy’s decided to rebrand and relaunch a new product, Foxy’s Thoughtful Ice Creams, in 2016. The new look was cleaner and more modern. The old look reminded me of 1950’s American teenagers). The new flavors and packaging emphasized the quality of ingredients they use. The new positioning was as a healthy, indulgent (not lowfat), ice cream with less sugar, probiotics, and prebiotics. Compared to a typical frozen yogurt, Foxy’s has higher fat and less sugar. Compared to ice cream, Foxy’s has no eggs, less sugar, prebiotics, and probiotics. In fact, it has at least 1 billion probiotics per serving.

I decided to try Foxy’s Thoughtful Ice Creams since I found them at Grocery Outlet at a deep discount, $2.49 a pint. According to the sign, they retail for $6.49 elsewhere. Grocery Outlet had three flavors: Rather Thoughtful Vanilla, Oregon Cherry Vanilla, and Uncle Mike’s Double Chocolate.

  • Oregon Cherry Vanilla: When I took the lid off, I didn’t see any cherries. I did encounter cherry pieces later, but this flavor needs a cherry jam or more cherry flavor. It tastes like vanilla with a tiny hit of cherries. I didn’t miss the sugar because they also added agave inulin. It tasted as sweet as other ice creams. The texture seemed firmer and a bit icier, probably because it's egg-free. The flavor was mild and pleasant though the vanilla flavor wasn’t strong either. Foxy’s Thoughtful Ice Creams tastes better than Foxy’s Pash, though I’d still like more flavor.
One serving is ½ a cup, with 250 calories, 18g total fat, 10g sugars, and 3g protein.

Ingredients: Milk, cream, sugar (cane), nonfat milk powder, cherry halves (cherries, sugar), cherry pieces (cherries, sugar [cane]), cherry juice concentrate, natural flavor), vanilla extract, organic agave inulin, Xanthan gum, locust bean gum, guar gum, Probiotics: L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, L. Salivarius, L. Rhamnosus, B. Lactis, and B. Biffidum.

The available flavors are:

  • Salted Caramel & English Toffee 
  • Uncle Mike’s Double Chocolate 
  • California Pistachio 
  • Oregon Cherry Vanilla 
  • Rocky Road Less Travelled 
  • Rather Thoughtful Vanilla 

Foxy’s is mainly available on West Coast but can be purchased online for $8.99/each.

For stores, see: https://thoughtfulicecream.com/where-to-buy/

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.