Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Vega Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative Review



Fro-yo girl here. Plant-based dairy alternative products keep taking up more shelf space at supermarkets. I spotted Vega Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative at Sprouts for $1.79 on sale ($1.99 retail price). It features 13g of protein, live active cultures (prebiotics and probiotics) and more protein than sugar. Also, Vega’s yogurt is certified vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO project verified. One 150g serving is 180 calories, 8g total fat, 7g sugars, 6g dietary fiber and 13g protein.

* Vanilla Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative: When I peeled the lid back, I was surprised to see such a dark greyish brown looking yogurt. It looked like coffee yogurt, probably because of the chicory root. It didn’t look attractive. The texture was thick and creamy (they use thickeners). The flavor was very strange. I could taste the nuttiness of the cashews but it was super sweet in that weird fake sugar way. It was super sweet but had a sour aftertaste. So weird. It tasted like sweet and sour chalky protein powder. I should have read the ingredients because stevia and monkfruit usually taste horrible. I do like some vegan yogurt, like Kite Hill.

Luckily, Mr. Froyo was interested in eating the yogurt because it has protein and low sugar. He didn't like the taste though.


Ingredients: Cashewmilk (filtered water, cashews), pea protein, chicory root extract, coconut sugar, natural flavors, fruit pectin, guar gum, vanilla beans, stevia leaf extract, monk fruit extract, live and active cultures.

Available flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry

1.5 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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Easy Breezy Opens in West Portal (San Francisco)





Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been going to Easy Breezy since day 1 of their first location, which opened in Noe Valley (San Francisco, CA) in 2012. I fell in love with their creative, fresh, hand-crafted flavors and their commitment to quality frozen yogurt and toppings. They even had premium and sometimes creative toppings. I’m definitely excited to see them expand; the newest location is in West Portal. The space used to be occupied by Tuttimelon and then Quickly, so I’ve been there many times. In fact, it was the first place that I ever met Mr. Tuttimelon on the day that Tuttimelon West Portal opened.

Since I moved away from San Francisco, I wasn’t able to attend Easy Breezy West Portal’s opening day, March 3rd. But, I did swing by recently during a quick trip to the Bay Area in April.

The shop was super cute with wood accents and the signature blue Easy Breezy color. Breezy, the mascot, appears outside the shop and inside too. The signs are super eye-catching and appealing.

It was very busy during our visit. All the tables inside were taken and people were sitting on the bench outside. The customers were mostly young families.

There were four machines serving 8 flavors. It’s self-serve like the other Easy Breezy locations. Toppings included sauces, candy, cheesecake, mochi, cookie dough, popping boba, fresh fruit (the blueberries and strawberries were organic), brownies, chocolate chips, yogurt chips, local granola, cereal, nuts, sprinkles, etc. I love the Belgian butter waffle cookies that I sometimes find there but they didn’t have any during my visit. It’s 81 cents an ounce.

Flavors of the day:

  • Acai & me (vegan) 
  • Chocolate amaretto (vegan) 
  • Chocolate custard 
  • Vanilla bean (organic yogurt)) 
  • Cookie dough monster (organic yogurt) 
  • Vanilla custard 
  • Original tart (organic yogurt) 
  • Mango tajin (organic yogurt) 

The vegan flavors are made with different bases, including coconut milk and cashew milk. There were lots of organic froyo options, plus indulgent frozen custards as well.

Congrats, Easy Breezy, and welcome to West Portal.

* EASY BREEZY WEST PORTAL: 44 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

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, April 17, 2018

Pinkberry Azusa Closes



Fro-yo girl here. It’s been a tough year so far for froyo shops in Azusa. N Gelato, which closed earlier this year, didn’t last a full year. Pinkberry Azusa opened in 2009. In 2013, they converted the toppings bar to self-serve though the yogurt was still dispensed by the employee. G
oing half self-serve seems strange. 

It seems like there was a change in ownership around then and regulars started complaining that the store had gone downhill. Portions shrunk and fruit wasn’t fresh.

I visited in 2015 and noticed that they were skimping on the yogurt and toppings. I wrote this at the time: “There was a hole in the middle of my froyo and when I asked for raspberries, I only received 3 raspberries. I asked for a waffle cookie and only got ½ a cookie – usually other locations give you the whole cookie. Hmm. Why so stingy?” I was the only customer there at the time and I remember it was dark inside.

The only froyo shop left in Azusa is Yogurtland. Meanwhile, the next occupant of the Pinkberry space is…Afters Ice Cream.

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

* PINKBERRY: 862 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

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, April 12, 2018

The Ever Changing Yogurt Shop in Valencia - Currently Known as Yogurt N' Things



Fro-yo girl here. I don’t make it out to Valencia too often, but I had a reason to be there, so I thought I would check out the old Brew Le space. When Brew Le closed in late 2016, Things-N-Yogurt took over the space. When I finally found the shop, it wasn’t Things-N-Yogurt. About a month ago, new owners took over and changed the name to Yogurt N’ Things.

Some digging revealed that before Brew Le opened, the space was occupied by Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt. Brew-Le went upscale and offered organic and vegan froyo, along with coffee drinks.

It’s a cute space (when it was Brew Le, it was owned by Sasha Pieterse of Pretty Little Liars fame (Alison DiLaurentis) with a chalkboard wall, dark wood panels, and a tiled toppings counter. Some of the drinks on the chalkboard menu are the same ones that Brew Le offered – the menu wasn’t changed. The frozen yogurt has changed though. They no longer have organic frozen yogurt.

Based on old pictures, the décor hasn’t changed much from the Brew-Le days. It’s right next to a movie theater and if you present your movie ticket, you get 15% off.

The froyo is still self-serve. There are 10 flavors a day and toppings. The price is 55 cents an ounce. Toppings included: candy, granola, chocolate chips, cookies, mochi, coconut, fruit, cookie dough, popping boba, nuts, sprinkles, and syrups. They had some interesting flavors like unicorn yogurt and White Russian gelato.

Service was friendly. Unfortunately, Yogurt N’ Things seems just a continuation of Things-N-Yogurt. Even the name is similar. And the shop is walking distance to Menchie’s and Yogurtland.

* YOGURT N’ THINGS: 24415 Town Ctr Dr., Ste 125, Valencia, CA 91355

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, April 10, 2018

Want Want Yogurt Smoothies Review



Fro-yo girl here. On a recent visit to Lohas Fresh Mart in Arcadia, CA, I spotted Want Want Yogurt Smoothies in the frozen section. This was my first time seeing Want Want Yogurt Smoothies for sale. The soft serve picture on the packaging definitely caught my eye. It doesn’t look like a smoothie but maybe something got lost in translation. Want Want Yogurt Smoothies are imported from China. They are manufactured by Want Want Holdings, the largest rice cake and flavored drink maker in Taiwan.

Lohas was selling a package of Want Want Smoothies for $2.69. Each package contains 4 individual packaged smoothie pouches. Each pouch is 80ml. Each package has two flavors. One had Strawberry & Blueberry smoothies. The other had Peach and Vanilla smoothies. The pouches are small, about half the size of Korean frozen smoothie pouches.

The directions on the pouch were in Chinese with no English translation. The product was frozen solid, so the directions probably involve defrosting. Then you twist the top off, squeeze the pouch, and consume. After about 15 minutes of defrosting, the product was ready for consumption.

Blueberry yogurt smoothie: The frozen smoothie was creamier than the Korean frozen milkshake. It seemed to have more dairy. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t taste like Yakult but tasted more like a sweet milky blueberry candy. Yes, it was sweet but it tasted better than the Korean frozen yogurt milkshake.

Strawberry yogurt smoothie: The strawberry flavor was similar – creamy with a sweet strawberry flavor. It wasn’t the most natural tasting but it wasn’t unpleasant either.

One serving has 120 calories, total fat 5g, sugars 13g and total carbohydrate 7g.

Ingredients (strawberry yogurt smoothie): Water, sugar, whole milk powder, refined coconut oil, glycerol, citric acid, pectin, propylene glycol alginate, lactic acid, succinylated monoglycerides, sucrose, fatty acid esters, artificial flavor (strawberry flavor), sodium carboxymethylcellulose, potassium sorbate, sodium citrate.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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

* LOHAS FRESH MART: 1304 S Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

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, April 5, 2018

Outshine Frozen Yogurt & Granola Pint Review



Fro-yo girl here. Another froyo bar maker has just introduced frozen yogurt pints! Nestle Outshine launched a new line of pints. The non-dairy frozen dessert is banana-based (yuck), so I won’t be trying it. The Yogurt & Granola pints have hit the shelves at Target and they’re supposed to be available nationwide in April (this month). The flavors are:

  • Peach 
  • Blueberry Acai 
  • Strawberry 

Target sells the pints for $3.99 (regular price). One pint is 14 ounces. A serving is ½ a cup, 140 calories, 4.5g total fat, 17g sugars, and 6g protein. My Target only had the strawberry yogurt flavor and two non-dairy flavors.

The product is described as follows: “Each spoonful of Outshine Yogurt & Granola is made with creamy yogurt swirled with crunchy granola and real fruit. It’s the snack that refereshes you from the inside out.” It’s made without high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors. Outshine Yogurt & Granola is kosher and gluten-free.

* Strawberry Yogurt & Granola: The frozen yogurt had a mild, sweet strawberry flavor. It reminded me of refrigerated yogurt. There was a fair amount of granola though the granola wasn’t chunky – it mainly seemed like rolled oats. I was surprised to see some chunks of frozen strawberry. The texture wasn’t very creamy but it wasn’t icy either. It was in between. I'd recommend letting it soften before you try to eat it because it does freeze into a very hard consistency. Overall, the product is somewhat bland but inoffensive.

Ingredients: Yogurt (Skim Milk, Cane Sugar, Strawberry Puree, Strawberries, Cream, Milk Protein Concentrate, Pectin, Beet Juice Concentrate Color, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Carob Bean Gum, Live and Active Cultures [S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Delbrueckii Subsp. Lactis, B. Lactis, L. Acidophilus]), Granola Clusteres (Granola [Oats, Honey, Canola Oil], Coconut Oil, Cane Sugar, Salt, Spice).

Outshine isn’t the first frozen yogurt with granola. Haagen Dazs came out with vanilla honey & granola frozen yogurt years ago.

3 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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Menchie’s New Flavors: Classic Cookie and Toasted Coconut Crunch



Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s has partnered with Mrs. Thinsters Cookie Thins for this month’s featured flavors. The two new flavors, both made with Mrs. Thinsters Cookie Thins, are:

* Toasted Coconut Crunch: This is a lowfat flavor. The texture was creamy and smooth but it tasted like coconut with a hint of cookies. I think coconut fans will really like this flavor. The cookies do make it taste a little different than a plain coconut flavor. Recommended toppings: Coconut, almonds, Nilla wafers

* Classic Cookie: Classic cookie is a sugar cookie. I was surprised by this flavor. It tasted like a butter caramel with a hint of cookie flavor. It was super sweet or maybe just too caramelly for me? Recommended toppings: Almonds, Nilla wafers, bananas.

Both flavors contain no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup and no partially hydrogenated oils. I didn’t spot any Mrs. Thinsters cookies in the toppings bar.

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, April 2, 2018

Yogurtland New Spring Flavors: Sea Salt Caramel Soft Serve, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Froyo, Hibiscus Pear Tart Froyo








Fro-yo girl here. Spring is here and so are the NEW Spring flavors at Yogurtland. The new flavors, scheduled to be released on April 2, are:

Sea Salt Caramel Soft Serve: It’s another new indulgent soft serve ice cream flavor but it has live and active cultures. Sea salt caramel soft serve is made with real caramel and sea salt. It’s described as, “The perfect combination of salty and sweet in a smooth and creamy treat! This rich and buttery cultured Soft Serve is everything a caramel lover wants!” The flavor was definitely buttery and in my opinion, very, very sweet. Recommended toppings: Almonds, Nilla wafers, whipped cream.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt: This flavor sounds like it has so much going on. Yogurtland describes it as, “a perfect balance of jammy raspberries, creamy white chocolate, and rich cheesecake! Made with real raspberries and white chocolate.” 
I think the white chocolate was the reason the raspberry flavor wasn’t tart at all. I couldn’t detect the cheesecake. Recommended toppings: White chocolate chips, raspberry puree, almonds.

Hibiscus Pear Tart Frozen Yogurt: Finally, another new tart froyo flavor. This one is tarter than average. I mostly tasted the pear. The hibiscus tasted fruity, like strawberries. It was refreshing and tangy – yum! Recommended toppings: Raspberries, strawberries, strawberry wafer rolls, condensed milk.

I also spotted new toppings: Sea Salt Caramel Truffles and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes. I love Buckeyes though I don’t think that they go with the new flavors. They need to bring back their Peanut Butter froyo ASAP, 
but if they don’t, there’s always the peanut butter sauce.

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, April 1, 2018

Yoga-urt’s New Flavor: Cookies & Cream



Fro-yo girl here. Yoga-urt has just introduced Cookies & Cream froyo. Yes, it’s organic, vegan, gluten free, and vegan. They made their own cookies to make this flavor happen and you can get those cookies as a topping now.

The chocolate cookie flavor seemed mild. I thought the cream flavor seemed stronger than the cookie flavor. The texture wasn’t as thick and creamy as some of the other flavors, but it’s probably because the flavor wasn’t in the machine as long? I heard a lot of positive comments from other customers. The flavor didn’t excite me but I think I’m used to the more complex flavors that Yoga-urt comes up with.

Mr. Froyo doesn’t eat cookies (?!) and was hoping for a light, no sugar added, refreshing flavor for the spring.

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


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

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

Friday, March 30, 2018

Electro Freeze of Nor Cal Open House in Hayward on April 5th


Fro-yo girl here. Electro Freeze of Nor Cal has announced its Bay Area spring open house. The open house will feature show specials, equipment demos, product sampling, and raffle prizes. Come and check out Electro Freeze’s soft serve, gelato, shake, and margarita machines.

  • Date: Thursday, April 5th 
  • Location: 2480 Industrial Pkwy West, Hayward, CA 94545 
  • Time: 10am-5pm 

RSVP at https://www.norcalfreeze.com/events or by calling (916) 925-5600. 


About Electro Freeze of Nor Cal


Electro Freeze of Nor Cal distributes and services all Electro Freeze models in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Electro Freeze of Nor Cal, is in a partnership with Express Refrigeration. Together we have many years of experience in installing, consulting and servicing the commercial refrigeration industry.

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, March 29, 2018

New Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Pint Review




Fro-yo girl here. It felt like it took forever for me to find the new Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt pints in Southern California. I kept checking at different stores for two months. Target is finally starting to stock Yasso pints in Southern California. A pint is $4.99.

The new pint flavors are:

  • Best of Both Swirlds (chocolate and vanilla froyo) 
  • Caramel Pretzelmania (sea salt caramel pretzel froyo w/ pieces of chocolate covered pretzel and a caramel swirl) 
  • Chocolate PB & Yay (chocolate froyo w/ peanut butter swirl & peanut butter chips) – why couldn’t this be peanut butter froyo with chocolate chips? 
  • Coffee Brownie Break (coffee froyo w/ brownies & crushed cookies) 
  • Loco Coco Caramel (toasted caramel froyo w/ caramel swirl & chocolate chips) 
  • Mint Champion Chip (mint froyo w/ chocolate chips) 
  • Party Animal (cake flavored froyo w/ cake chunks & sprinkles) 
  • Rolling in the Dough (vanilla froyo w/ cookie dough pieces & chocolate chips) 
The only flavor that appeals to me is Mint Champion Chip, because the others sound too sweet, with brownies, cookie dough, sprinkles, etc. I do like chocolate chips in my ice cream/froyo though. And I liked Yasso’s mint frozen Greek yogurt sandwiches.

* Mint Championship frozen Greek yogurt: It’s gluten free with live & active cultures, rBST free milk and no high intensity sweeteners. One serving is 130 calories, 3.5g fat, 16g sugars, 6g protein. I really don’t like the taste of Stevia, so I was relieved that Yasso doesn’t use it. The peppermint frozen yogurt was light and refreshing. The chocolate flakes added crunch and chocolate flavor. I liked the color too – not a deep unnatural green. The texture wasn’t icy or creamy but something in between. I liked it a lot because it was flavorful and natural tasting. It could use more chocolate flakes though.

Ingredients: Nonfat milk, Greek yogurt (nonfat milk, yogurt cultures), sugar, chocolate flake (confectioner’s sugar, coconut oil, dutch processed cocoa, cocoa butter oil, soy lecithin, natural flavor), cream, milk protein concentrate, dextrose, maltodextrin, locust bean gum, natural flavors, spirulina extract, fruit juice, soy lecithin guar gum.

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Future Froyo Shop Picture: Menchie’s Sherman Square


Fro-yo girl here. Things are looking up in Van Nuys. Menchie’s will soon open at Sherman Square, across the parking lot from Dunkin Donuts. The flavor wall is up, and I spotted six machines, so they’ll have 12 flavors a day. The new location has a Facebook page and an Instagram page. They are currently hiring. The opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but it should be soon. Check @menchiesvannuys on Instagram.

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

* MENCHIE’S: 14523A Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA

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, March 25, 2018

Yoga-urt at the Vegan Street Fair 2018




Fro-yo girl here. This year marks the fourth annual Vegan Street Fair in Los Angeles. It happens once a year in Los Angeles and New York. Admission is free. There were separate lines for VIP pass holders and the general public and you needed to buy tickets first for some but not all items. As first time visitors, we found that part confusing. Samples were free and didn’t require tickets though. I spotted two tofu makers, vegan jerky, lots of food stalls, food trucks, clothing, soap, etc. It was crowded, very crowded. I noticed vendors from other parts of the country, though most were SoCal based.

Every food vendor offers a $4 or less bite-size portion and larger portions. This year the fair took place on March 25 in North Hollywood from 11 AM - 7 PM.

This was my first time at Vegan Street Fair I’m not vegan because most froyo isn’t vegan…but there is an important exception. Mr. Froyo and I love Glendale’s Yoga-urt, which is handcrafted, vegan, organic, soy-free, kosher, gluten-free, probiotic, plant-based soft serve. It’s made with love and the soft serve is amazing. Yoga-urt had a booth at VSF for the third time. This year they brought swirled scoops (two flavors in one scoop), Blue Warrior as the feature flavor (popcorn and peanuts), other flavors, toppings, and ice cream sandwiches. One scoop was $4.

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, March 22, 2018

K-Town Yummy Belly Yogurt Flavored Frozen Shake Review



Fro-yo girl here. Hmart opened in Arcadia, CA in December and I spotted K-Town Yummy Belly frozen shakes, imported from Korea, in the freezer section. The product is known as milkshake in a bag. They come in several flavors, like melon, chocolate, strawberry, banana, and of course, yogurt. One package contains five 5.07 fl oz (150ml) packs. A package was $5.49 regular price and $3.49 on sale.

The bag says keep frozen but it also says shake, shake, shake to the yummiest taste. The product was frozen solid and when I twisted the top off the bag, nothing came out. So, thawing must be required. It’s cute how the bag looks like a Yakult yogurt drink bottle. Squeeze the bag once it thaws a bit.

The texture was definitely icy and it tasted sweet like Yakult. It was pretty tangy. I think Yakult is okay but a plain yogurt drink tastes better. If you like Yakult, you’ll like the Yogurt Flavored Frozen Shake. It’s a lot bigger than Yakult. One serving is 130 calories, 0g fat, 32g total carbohydrate, 30g of sugars.

Ingredients (yogurt flavor): Water, sugar, fructose, skim milk powder, oligofructose, glucose, dextrin, whey powder, citric acid, stabilizer (dextrin, guar gum, carrageenan, ammonium phosphate, dibasic, locust bean gum, tamarind gum), artificial yogurt flavors, lactic acid bacteria, annatto extract.

3 out of 5 stars

* HMART: 1101 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

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, March 20, 2018

Blueberry Yogurt Cake from Paris Baguette



Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been wanting to try the blueberry yogurt cake at Paris Baguette for years, but I didn’t want to buy a full cake. Recently, they started offering cake slices (yay). The whole cake is $31 and a slice is $4.50.

* Blueberry yogurt cake slice: The cake features three thin layers of vanilla sponge cake and three thin layers of blueberry yogurt cream with fresh strawberry slices, topped with fresh blueberries, a raspberry, and a blackberry. The cake was light but not moist. The tartness came from the fresh berries but I couldn’t taste yogurt. The yogurt cream was light and creamy. The frosting wasn’t too sweet. It reminded me of a strawberry shortcake from an Asian bakery.

I had a similar cake at Tous Les Jours, a Korean bakery and it also lacked yogurt flavor.

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

* PARIS BAGUETTE: 400 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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, March 15, 2018

Menchie’s Sherlock Gnomes Cups


Fro-yo girl here. I swung by Menchie’s to pick up the limited edition Sherlock Gnomes cup. There were a few Sherlock Gnomes signs around the shop too. The cup is for the new children’s movie from Paramount, which comes out on March 23. I’d rather have a new spoon because you can’t reuse paper yogurt cups. Oh well.

On an interesting side note, Paramount also collaborated with Variety, the Children’s Charity. Collectible Sherlock Gnomes pins, on sale at movie theaters during Variety’s Gold Heart Campaign, will benefit Variety programs “that provide life-saving, life-changing, and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.” They should have made Menchie’s Sherlock Gnomes pins. 

Also, I noticed the color of my green Menchie's spoon is different. It's darker for some reason. But everything else about the spoon is the same as before.

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, March 13, 2018

Dates Announced for Electro Freeze of Nor Cal Sacramento Open House, Sponsored by Southwest Traders


Fro-yo girl here. If you’re in Northern or Central California and you own or want to open a frozen desserts or beverages business, save the date for the upcoming Electro Freeze of Nor Cal open house in Sacramento. 

This year’s open house promises to be bigger than ever. It’s sponsored by Southwest Traders and they’re bringing lots of new products to try. If you missed the Southwest Traders 2018 Product Show March 1-2, this is your chance to try some of the products from the Los Angeles show.
  • Open House Dates and Times: March 22 & 23, from 10 AM – 5 PM 
  • Location: 4330 Pinell St., Sacramento, CA 95815 

Looking to add a machine? Is it time for a machine upgrade? At the open houses, you can experience all that Electro Freeze machines have to offer, including soft serve, gelato, shake, and margarita machines. Since the Sacramento open house is at the Electro Freeze office/warehouse, you can ask for an equipment demo for 24 models.

Open House Specials:

  • 20% off all equipment, 10% off parts 
  • Raffle prizes 
  • Free food & drinks (free froyo, of course!!!!)
  • Special offers from participating vendors 

Some of the participating vendors include Ambrosia, Frozen Solutions, Summit Premium, Rainbow’s End, Sugar Creek/Honey Hill Farms, Frozen Bean, TR Toppers, Dreyer’s

RSVP at https://www.norcalfreeze.com/events or by calling (916) 925-5600. 

Electro Freeze of Nor Cal will also host an open house in Hayward, CA. Stay tuned for details. 

About Electro Freeze of Nor Cal

Electro Freeze of Nor Cal distributes and services all Electro Freeze models in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Electro Freeze of Nor Cal, is in a partnership with Express Refrigeration. Together we have many years of experience in installing, consulting and servicing the commercial refrigeration industry.

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, March 10, 2018

Go Greek Yogurteria Grand Opening at Glendale Galleria


Fro-yo g
irl here. Today was supposed to be the grand opening of Go Greek Yogurteria, the authentic Greek frozen and fresh yogurt mini chain, at Glendale Galleria. Go Greek’s kiosk can be found near the center of the mall (by JC Penney and Green Crush). However, apparently the grand opening was a private, invite-only event, even though Go Greek didn’t mention this on Facebook or Instagram @gogreekyogurt. The public was allowed try some samples. For the frozen yogurt, each person received one tiny sample cup. 

They had six flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt today and they had the imported fresh Greek yogurt as well. I think it’s 85 cents an ounce. I saw the toppings bar, but didn’t get a close look at it because it was crowded.

I was told the shop would be open for business this Monday, March 12. The scariest thing happened at the Glendale Galleria this afternoon during the grand opening. The mall was evacuated and on lock-down. I kept hearing about an active shooter but I didn’t see or hear anything. We were told to duck and run as we were let out of the back door.

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

* GO GREEK YOGURTERIA, 100 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Go Greek Yogurteria Glendale Galleria Grand Opening This Saturday, March 10


Fro-yo girl here. A few weeks ago, I shared some pictures of the future Go Greek at Glendale Galleria. I think I was the first to break the news, since I didn’t see a mention of that location prior to my blog post. When I saw the location, it looked close to opening.

Well, the grand opening date has been announced. It is Saturday, March 10 from 2 PM – 5 PM. I’m not sure what, if any specials, they’ll have, but they had a buy one, get one free special at their Santa Monica opening last year. There may be additional updates from Go Greek on Facebook or Instagram, @gogreekyogurt.

From what I can tell, they will have fresh and frozen Greek yogurt (imported from Greece), like their other location. Expect 6 self-serve flavors of froyo a day and healthier toppings. According to the sign, it will be 85 cents an ounce. Go Greek is upstairs by Green Crush, near the center of the mall.

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

By Lolia S.

* GO GREEK YOGURTERIA, 100 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fancy Froyo Spoons: Qoola




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve actually been to Qoola before, when I visited Vancouver, Canada. However, this was quite some time ago and they hadn’t introduced Qoola spoons then. I first learned about the new spoons, which feature the beaver mascot, Qoover, last April (2016), so they are relatively new. Qoover is adorable and he obviously loves hockey, since he’s wearing a hockey jersey and he’s the team captain. He’s clearly a proud Canadian. You can see his tail on the flipside and his jersey says Team Qoola 08.

They seem to come in four colors: yellow, pink, orange and green. It doesn’t look like all the locations have the spoons, based on Instagram photos.

My friend brought back a few spoons for me, from Vancouver. Thanks, S!

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

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Menchie’s Flavor Locator Is Coming Soon?

Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been asking for a flavor finder/flavor locator feature from Menchie’s since 2016. It seems like a feature that should be part of any froyo chain app and/or website. Recently I noticed that the some of the locations on the Menchie’s website list “Today’s Flavors.”

I found today’s flavors for several locations:

http://www.menchies.com/frozen-yogurt-shops/frozen-yogurt-south-pasadena-ca/flavors

https://www.menchies.com/frozen-yogurt-shops/frozen-yogurt-mill-plain-crossing-wa/flavors

https://www.menchies.com/frozen-yogurt-shops/frozen-yogurt-valley-village-ca/flavors

I checked the flavors listed as Today’s Flavors with the actual flavors at the shop in South Pasadena, CA. The list of today’s flavors was wildly inaccurate. But, I hope that the accuracy will improve with time.

As a frequent froyo eater, knowing the flavors that are available at the shop is extremely important to me because there are certain flavors that I really love. I know others who feel the same. They’re typically frequent froyo eaters as well. It’s a terrible feeling to go to a froyo shop and not find any appealing froyo flavors. But, it’s a wonderful feeling to find a flavor you love.

Years ago, some froyo shops would make a recording of the day’s flavors for people who called the shop. Technology should make it much easier for shops to share their flavors. It would take just a minute or two to post flavors on Facebook, Instagram, the website, etc. Every large froyo chain should have the power to offer a flavor finder feature. And, it should not only show flavors by location, but allow customers to search by flavor.

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

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Monday, March 5, 2018

New Flavors from Menchie’s and Yogurtland (Happy National Oreo Day)



Fro-yo girl here. Have you noticed how popular Oreo flavors have become at froyo shops lately? Yogurtland introduced Oreo Cookies & Crème ice cream in January 2018. Menchie’s introduced Mookie’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream made with Golden Oreos in December 2017. Back in 2014, Menchie’s separated the Oreo into two flavors, Just the Cookie and Just the Creme.

Other frozen yogurt shops have also developed flavors featuring Oreos, including Red Mango, TCBY, Yogurtys, and Yogen Fruz.

The Oreo flavors keep coming. This March, both Yogurtland and Menchie’s have new Oreo flavors.

Menchie’s is featuring two Oreo flavors in March:

  • Chocolate Mint Cookie made with Oreo cookie pieces: This is a lowfat froyo that’s kosher and contains no partially hydrogenated oils. I like chocolate mint a lot and I like Oreos, so I liked the flavor, though the texture was a bit icy at the location that I visited. The mint flavor is definitely noticeable and so is the chocolate. It’s pretty sweet. Recommended toppings: Andes Mints, almonds, Oreos, chocolate shell 
  • Chocolate ‘n’ Strawberry Cookie made with Oreo cookie pieces: This froyo is also lowfat, kosher and free of partially hydrogenated oils. The color of this froyo was even darker than the Chocolate Mint Cookie. The strawberry was the first flavor that I tasted, only it didn’t taste natural. The cookies give the texture a grainer feel. The aftertaste wasn’t clean. Recommended toppings: Hershey’s Kisses, mochi, chocolate covered strawberries 

Menchie’s also has signs and limited edition froyo cups for the upcoming movie, Sherlock Gnomes.

Yogurtland’s new ice cream flavors were scheduled to be released on March 5. They are: Mint Oreo Cookies & Crème, Strawberries & Cream.

  • Mint Oreo Cookies & Crème ice cream: The color was much lighter than Menchie’s Chocolate Mint Cookie and the texture was thicker and creamier. I thought the cookie flavor was stronger in the Menchie’s Chocolate Mint Cookie flavor but I preferred the subtler, richer, and higher fat Yogurtland version. Recommended toppings: Chocolate chips, whipped cream, Oreos, almonds. 
  • Strawberries & Cream ice cream: The strawberry flavor tasted more natural than Menchie’s Chocolate ‘n’ Strawberry Cookie flavor. I thought it was a mild, pleasant flavor. Recommended toppings: Whipped cream, strawberries, Circus Animal cookies, sprinkles, NEW strawberry rolled wafer cookies.

Nabisco Oreos were the best-selling cookie brand in 2017, followed by Nabisco Chips Ahoy. National Oreo Day is celebrated on March 6. The Oreo trademark forms were filed on March 6, 1912. Happy National Oreo Day!

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

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Dino Spoons from Frozen Solutions




Fro-yo girl here. I recently attended the Southwest Traders Product Show where I ate lots of froyo, including crazy flavors like Mermaid and Unicorn. The show recap will be posted on internationalfrozenyogurt.com later this week.

The purpose of this post is to share the new additions to my personal froyo spoon collection. Color changing spoons from Frozensolutions.com were all over the the SWT Product Show. I saved one imprinted with Southwest Traders as a show souvenir.

Frozen Solutions also had Dino Spoons. These extra long color changing spoons have long “necks” and the top of the handle looks like a dinosaur head. The spoon is 7.87" long with four variations:

  • White to light blue 
  • Blue to purple 
  • White to pink 
  • Pink to purple 

The eyes are a little hard to see but they are on each spoon. There are a limited supply of these spoons.

They also have color changing Easter spoons and Easter cups.

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


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fresh Shrikhand at Namaste Spiceland




Fro-yo girl here. I can’t stop going to Namaste Spiceland. They recently posted a sign by the register that says Fresh Shrikhand Available. Shrikhand is an Indian dessert that’s basically strained, sweetened yogurt. Namaste Spiceland sells it by weight. Ask for a sample, if you’re curious.

* Fresh shrikhand: The fresh shrikhand was better than the frozen shrikhand from India that I purchased. The texture wasn’t chewy but it was thick and creamy, thicker than Greek yogurt. It was quite sweet but not as sweet as the frozen shrikhand. They added saffron, sugar, crushed pistachios, sliced almonds, and cardamom. The nice part was that the yogurt still had a little tang, so it tasted like yogurt. Saffron was the predominant spice. It was still too sweet for me, but I can handle it in small quantities. The owner recommended eating it with salt, pepper, and a paratha. I've been eating it with plain yogurt, to cut the sweetness. Mr. Froyo enjoyed it and didn't find it too sweet, surprisingly.

Here is a recipe for shrikhand that I found: https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/shrikhand-recipe/

3 out of 5 stars.

* NAMASTE SPICELAND: 270 N Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

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

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Vadilal Quick Treat Shrikhand Frozen Yogurt Review



Fro-yo girl here. Pasadena finally has its own Indian grocery store! Namaste Spiceland opened recently. It’s clean and organized inside, with about 1/3 of the space devoted to their vegetarian deli/restaurant with ample seating. They carry an impressive amount of Indian imports. I noticed Gulab Jamun ice cream and then more recently, I spotted shrikhand frozen yogurt in the freezer case. Vadilal Quick Treat is imported from India.

Shrikhand is a traditional Indian (Gujarati/Maharashtrian) sweet dish made of strained yogurt, sugar, and cardamom. It’s not frozen. I’ve never had it.

Namaste Spiceland carried three flavors of Vadilal Quick Treat Shrikhand Frozen Yogurt in 16 oz packages for $5.99 each. The flavors were:

  • Elaichi (Cardamom)
  • Kistar Pista (Saffron & Pistachio)
  • Alphonso Mango

* Cardamom shrikhand frozen yogurt: Indian desserts tend to be very sweet, and this frozen yogurt was intensely sweet. The texture was odd – super dense, very chewy, and thick. I’ve never had such chewy frozen yogurt. I could taste the floral cardamom notes but the sweetness, heaviness, and chewiness were overwhelming. I’ve never had frozen yogurt with buffalo milk and butter in it. I like a light, refreshing frozen yogurt. Frozen shrikhand is the opposite.

Ingredients (Cardamom flavor): Nonfat milk (cow & buffalo milk), cane sugar, butter, cardamom, lactobacillus culture.

One serving is 6.5 tbsp, 230 calories, 5g fat, 43g carbohydrate, and 43g sugar.

The owner/manager of Namaste Spiceland said shrikhand is supposed to be sweet and recommended eating it with a paratha, salt, and pepper. The savory helps tone down the sweetness.


I noticed that Namaste Spiceland has fresh shrikhand...have to check it out.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

* NAMASTE SPICELAND: 270 N Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

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

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gopi Rosewater Lassi Review



Fro-yo girl here. I’ve seen Gopi yogurt and lassi drinks quite a few times but the Gopi rosewater lassi caught my eye because I hadn’t seen it before. I found it at the new Namaste Spiceland in Pasadena. They had three lassi flavors: Rosewater, mango and plain. The drinks are 1 pint each and they sell for $1.49. The drinks, which are distributed by Karoun Dairies, are made with California milk that hasn’t been treated with rbST.

* Rosewater lassi: This was so good – not too thick and not too thin and watery. I could taste the plain yogurt flavor and the subtle floral almost fruity rosewater flavor. It was tangy, sweet and not too heavy.

Ingredients: Pasteurized milk & cream, water, sugar, whey protein concentrate, sodium citrate, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, guar gum, salt, whey powder, corn starch, standardized with dextrose, tapioca starch, milk solids, natural flavors, fruit & vegetable juice (color), and potassium sorbate to maintain freshness. Contains live active cultures.

One bottle contains 2 servings. Each serving has 229 calories, 10g total fat, 31g total carbohydrate, 30g total sugars, and 6g protein. Yes, one serving does have a lot of sugar. 


I've tried different kinds of yogurt drinks and I think lassis are the best kind of yogurt drink.

4 out of 5 stars.

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

* NAMASTE SPICELAND: 270 N Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Abali Yogurt Drink Review



Fro-yo girl here. I’ve seen bottled yogurt drinks for years at Middle Eastern restaurants and grocery stores. I bought one a long time ago and didn’t like it. I think it was carbonated yogurt soda. Then I saw the yogurt drink on the menu at Sunnin Lebanese Café (1776 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA) and I was convinced to try it since they said they made it there. I enjoyed their yogurt drink, which tasted like plain yogurt thinned with water and sprinkled with mint leaves. It was savory rather than sweet and it complemented their food.

Based on that positive experience, I decided to take a closer look at bottled yogurt drinks. There are carbonated (yogurt soda) and non-carbonated (yogurt drink) versions. They usually come in two flavors, plain and mint. 

I’ve mostly seen yogurt drinks from Abali and Karoun in this area. Karoun’s yogurt drink has more sodium than Abali’s (762mg vs 600mg per cup). One bottle is 16 fl oz. I found the drink for $1.19 at Armen Market in Altadena, CA.

The Abali yogurt drink has a best by date and directions to shake well before use. One 8 ounce serving is 110 calories and 2.5g total fat. It tasted like sour plain yogurt with salt. The mint flavor is nice. It’s the right consistency too – not too thick but similar to milk. Drinking it made me thirsty, probably because of the salt. It definitely tasted more natural and more like real yogurt than Japanese and Korean yogurt drinks like Yakult.

Ingredients (Mint): Low fat milk, water, salt, mint extract, active yogurt cultures). 

I still think it’s too salty but diluting it further with ice cubes would help. It seems easy enough to make at home. Traditionally one combines equal parts yogurt and water and then adds salt and dried mint to taste.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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

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