Thursday, December 5, 2019

Menchie’s December Feature Flavors


Fro-yo girl here. Happy December! This month’s featured flavors at Menchie’s include a returning holiday favorite, Holiday Egg Nog, and a new flavor, Ginger Snaps Fresh Baked Cookie. Who likes eggnog? I don’t. But I do like ginger snaps.

Ginger snaps fresh baked cookie froyo: This is a lowfat flavor made with milk, soy, and wheat. It didn’t taste like gingerbread, but it tasted more like molasses. Any spicing was very subtle. I didn’t notice much ginger either. It’s made with ginger snaps. Recommended toppings: chocolate shell, Heath, white chocolate chips.

I picked up another Menchie’s holiday spoon, Snow One Like You, while I was there. Also, they still had holiday cups too.

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

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Yogurtland New Winter Flavor, Molasses Gingerbread Cookie Froyo (and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos)



Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland is looking festive this month with new toppings, a new holiday cup, and a new flavor of froyo, Molasses Gingerbread Cookie. Sadly, the Yogurtland location that I visited did not have the new cups or new toppings, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Pretzel Tree Toppers, yet. However, I was able to try the new flavor.

Molasses Gingerbread Cookie is described by Yogurtland as tasting “like a chewy molasses cookie, straight from the oven, with hints of warm ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg that will keep you in the spirit all season long.” It’s lowfat and made with ginger, molasses, and cookie crumb. I like molasses and gingerbread, so I was looking forward to trying this flavor. I could definitely taste the warm spices. I didn’t notice the cookie crumbs that are in the froyo. The texture was smooth and creamy, though not as creamy as I expected. It wasn’t heavy. Recommended toppings: whipped cream, white chocolate chips, Pretzel Tree Toppers (white chocolate covered pretzels).

I have to go back for the new toppings and the new cup.

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, December 1, 2019

GivingTuesday: Yogurtland Donating to Exodus Cry


Fro-yo girl here. Did you know that this Tuesday is GivingTuesday? Giving Tuesday started in 2012 and is “GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities.”

While I was at Yogurtland, I noticed that the following locations will be donating 20% of purchases made on Tuesday, December 3, to Exodus Cry:

Alhambra, Downey, Fullerton, Genesee Plaza, Huntington Beach Edinger, Lakewood, Long Beach 7th St., Rossmoor (Seal Beach), South Gate, USC, UCI

I remember Yogurtland Cares, a non-profit organization created by Yogurtland to support charities that help women and children in need, has supported Exodus Cry for years. Exodus Cry is a non—profit that assists and empowers victims (young girls and women) of exploitation around the world.

Eat your froyo and do good at the same time.

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, November 29, 2019

Yogurtland 2020 Sweet Treat Booklets




Fro-yo girl here. Happy Black Friday! I stopped by Yogurtland to get the new Sweet Treat coupon booklets for 2020. There are two versions. Booklet A covers the first half of the year and Booklet B covers the second half. During Black Friday, the booklets were 2 for $40. Otherwise, the booklets are $30 each.

Booklet A: You get 3 coupons per month. The first coupon is for $1 off, the next $2 off and the last is a buy one, get one free coupon. Then there are 12 more coupons, including an 8 oz free birthday treat good on your birthday, Valentine’s Day BOGO, Tax Day BOGO, catering coupons, 20% off your purchase, and free bottled water with purchase.

Booklet B: Like Booklet A, you get 3 coupons per month: $1 off, $2 off and BOGO free. There are 12 additional coupons, including a free bottled water with purchase every month, Fourth of July BOGO, Halloween BOGO, Holiday treat BOGO, catering coupons and 20% off your purchase.

The bottled water coupons are lame, but even if you don’t use them, the coupons are a good value IF you go to Yogurtland about once a week. If you plan on froyo catering for 30 or more people, they’re an even better deal.

The coupons cannot be combined with other offers, so I think that means no reward points. But with the birthday coupon, you’ll still get the birthday treat. However, you’ll have to use it on your birthday. The birthday reward gave you more time for redemption.

The coupons are only good at participating locations in California, Arizona, and Texas. I hope I don’t lose them 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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2019 Black Friday Froyo Specials


Fro-yo girl here. It will be hard to find any place to get froyo on Thanksgiving, but get ready for Froyo Black Friday deals. You can find them at froyo shops worldwide.

The deals are listed in alphabetical order, by shop:

  • 16 Handles (Clifton Park, Fairfield, Stamford, Summit): Get a $100 gift card for $50 
  • 20 Degrees (Cookeville, TN): Free $5 gift card with $25 gift card purchase
  • Cherry on Top (Riverside, CA): Buy $20 gift card, get $10 in free gift cards from 11/29-12/1 
  • Berri Yummi (Wilmington, DE): 50% off gift cards from 6:30-8:30 AM on Black Friday
  • Chill’d (Conifer, CO): $5 deal all day on Black Friday
  • Chills Froyo & Custard (Kennewick, WA): Buy $30 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free on Black Friday
  • Cuppa Yo (Bend, OR): Buy $20 in gift cards, get $5 free on Black Friday
  • Cup n' Spoon (Morganton, NC): Buy $20 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card free on Black Friday
  • Dolci Mango (Chula Vista & Poway, CA): $7 unlimited cup on Black Friday
  • Front Porch (Round Rock, TX): Spin the wheel for discounts up to 50% off on Black Friday from 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Froyoholic Cafe (Phoenix, AZ): BOGO free on froyo and crepes on Black Friday
  • Happy Cow (Wesley Chapel, FL): For each $25 gift card purchased, receive a free $10 gift card
  • Just Peachy (Burlington & Marysville, WA): 30% off gift cards with a minimum purchase of $10 on Black Friday
  • Kiwi Loco (Rexburg, ID): BOGO on gift cards on Black Friday
  • La Yogurteria di Vico Equense (Vico Equense, Italy): 30% off on Black Friday, 20% on Nov. 30, 10% off on Dec. 1, 2019
  • llaollao (Houston, TX): Follow @llaollao_houston on IG and show post with Black Friday offer to get a free petitllao with a medium tub purchase
  • llaollao (Malaysia): Black charcoal froyo one day only, Black Friday, while supplies last
  • llaollao (Singapore): 1 for 1 medium tubs on Black Friday
  • llaollao (Switzerland): 25% off your purchase on Black Friday
  • Marcel's Frozen Yoghurt (South Africa): Get two limited edition Marcel's black cones for R50 from November 29 - December 1
  • Menchie’s (Ann Arbor & Rochester Hills, MI): Save 30% on froyo cups on Black Friday, not valid with any other offer or promotion, including Mysmileage points
  • Menchie's Antelope Valley Mall: BOGO free on Black Friday, show offer on IG: menchies_av
  • Menchie's Butler North (Gainesville, FL): BOGO free on November 29
  • Menchie's (El Centro, CA): $6 fill up cup on Nov. 29
  • Menchie’s Kelsey Creek (Bellevue, WA): $6 fill up your cup on Nov. 29 all day
  • Menchie's Mandalay Village (Port Hueneme, CA): BOGO on Black Friday from 11 Am - 5 PM, mention "5free" and get a $5 gift card
  • Menchie's (Miami, FL): BOGO on Black Friday
  • Menchie's National (West Allis, WI): 30% off on Black Friday
  • Menchie's at Northcrest (Charlotte, NC): 30% off froyo on Nov. 29, plus a free gift while supplies last
  • Menchie’s Northpointe (Lynnwood, WA): $6 fill up your cup on Nov. 29 all day
  • Menchie's (Pico Rivera, CA): 50% off your cup on Black Friday from 12 - 6 PM, show offer @IG: menchiespicorivera
  • Menchie's (Pinole, CA): BOGO free, 1-4PM on Black Friday, $5 minimum purchase
  • Menchie's Redstone (Indianland, SC): 30% off on Black Friday
  • Menchie's (Rialto, CA): BOGO free on Black Friday, show coupon on IG @menchies_rialtomarketplace
  • Moolala (Merrick, NY): 20% off your purchase from 3 - 9 PM on Black Friday
  • Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge (Portland, OR): On Black Friday, spend $25 or more on gift cards, get 20% off, spend $50 or more on gift cards, get 35% off, spend $100 or more on gift cards, get 50% off
  • Orange Leaf (participating locations): Get a shake or smoothie for $1 when you buy $5 in gift cards on Black Friday, with coupon
  • Oregon Froyo (Oregon, WI): Buy a $25 gift card, get $5 card free Black Friday weekend
  • Pinkberry (US): Triple points on Black Friday, also purchase $50 in eGift cards, get a $15 eGift bonus from Nov. 29 - Dec. 6
  • Pinkberry Nigeria: 50% off a large take home cup on select flavors from November 25-30
  • Red Mango (Centennial & Mcallen, TX): $5 flat rate cup with toppings on Black Friday
  • Redberry, Poland: 30% to 50% on second same or cheaper product
  • Skinny Sweet Froyo (Glen Ellyn, IL): All you can fill for $4.99 on Black Friday
  • Sincerely Yogurt (Bridgeville, PA): Get a $25 gift card for $15 on Black Friday
  • Sincerely Yogurt (Cranberry Township, PA): Get a $25 gift card for $15 on Black Friday
  • Sincerely Yogurt South Side (Pittsburgh, PA): Get a $25 gift card for $15 on Black Friday
  • Smooy (Spain): Free sauce with froyo purchase on Black Friday
  • Snog (UK): Special charcoal black Snog available from Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 only
  • Spoons Frozen Yogurt (Alexandria, LA): 15% off your total purchase on Black Friday
  • Suzy's Swirl (Lake Bluff, IL): BOGO on gift cards. Buy one gift card, get one of equal value from November 22-29, 2019
  • sweetFrog: Buy $30 in gift cards, get $10 in leap back cards from Nov. 29-Dec.2
  • Toppings (Rohnert Park, CA): First 50 customers who mention the Black Friday offer on Black Friday get BOGO 1/2 off, lower priced item receives the discount, not valid on gift cards
  • Tutti Frutti (San Carlos, CA): 30% off any size cup of froyo on Friday, November 29th 12 pm-6pm.
  • U-Swirl (Waco, TX): $5 all you can fill cup on Black Friday
  • Vanilla Spoon (El Salvador): Buy one, get one 50% off on Nov. 29 -30
  • Yagoot (Cincinnati, OH): BOGO free on Black Friday
  • Yo Factor (Toms River, NJ): Buy $25 in gift cards, get a free $5 bonus card on Black Friday
  • Yo! G's Frozen Yogurt (Poulsbo, WA): Buy $25 in gift cards, get $10 free on Black Friday
  • Yo Zone (Beaverton, OR): Double points on Black Friday from 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Yog Bar (UK): 50% off everything with minimum spend on Black Friday
  • Yogli Mogli (Douglasville, GA): BOGO 50% off on Black Friday, show the cashier the IG post @douglasvilleyoglimogli
  • Yogurt Andias (Hialeah, FL): $6 flat rate cup on Nov. 29
  • Yogurt City (Dickson City & Wilkes Barre Township, PA): On Black Friday from 10 AM – 10 PM, 50% off gift certificates. Buy five $10 gift certificates for $25. Must purchase in quantities of five.
  • Yogurtini Oxigeno (Costa Rica): 50% off on Black Friday
  • Yogurtland: Some locations will be selling Sweet Treat booklets for $40 for two booklets for $30 each booklet (up to $260 in savings) on Black Friday
  • Yogurtland (Compton, CA): BOGO free on Black Friday from 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Yogurtland (Lafayette, LA): $5 fill up on Black Friday
  • Yogurtland Santa Monica Promenade (Santa Monica, CA): BOGO free on Black Friday
  • Yogurtland Towne Center (Baton Rouge, LA): $5 all you can fill cup on Black Friday
  • Yogurtland Uptown (New Orleans, LA): $5 all you can fill cup on Black Friday
  • Yogurtland (Yucaipa, CA): Buy $25 in gift card, get $5 gift card free from Black Friday - January 1
  • Yoyogurt Cagliari: 20% off all orders from 11/29-12/1

Expect a few more updates to this post, since many shops announce deals at the last minute, even on Black Friday. You can also view Black Friday froyo specials on this Pinterest board, https://www.pinterest.com/froyogirl/black-friday-froyo-specials/

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, November 21, 2019

Pacifica Gets Its First Froyo Shop as Fog City Yogurt Opens




Fro-yo girl here. Can you believe that Pacifica, the small coastal city 15 miles south of San Francisco, didn’t have a froyo shop till recently? With a population of 39,000, it might not be so surprising. Half Moon Bay has had multiple froyo shops and the population there is 12,000. Anyway, things seem to be looking up in Pacifica.

Fog City Yogurt opened in late October, a block from City Hall. The shop is very small but the building is older, so there’s not much room for more soft serve machines. The yogurt is self-serve and there are two Taylor dual hopper machines with four flavors on tap. The yogurt and toppings are 45 cents an ounce.

During my visit, the flavors were Chocolate, Vanilla, Orchard Cherry, and Cookies N Cream. The flavor choice seems very safe and conventional but with only two machines, it makes sense to offer the basic flavors. There were no dairy-free, low carb, no sugar added alternatives during my visit.

The toppings bar was small with limited options, including candy, cookies, sprinkles, nuts, mochi, chocolate chips, cereal, canned fruit, and syrups. None of the fruit was fresh fruit, which is disappointing.

The vanilla yogurt tasted fine and it had good texture (thick and smooth). It tasted like soft serve ice cream, actually.

The shop also offers gelato, coffee, soda and chips. It’s family oriented and meant to appeal to local kids looking for a snack after school. The d├ęcor is minimal and there’s no place for customers to sit inside. For a small town yogurt shop, it’s fine. I’m used to much more variety though.

3 out of 5 stars.

* FOG CITY YOGURT: 1610 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

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, November 19, 2019

New Menchie’s Holiday 2019 Snow One Like You Spoons




Fro-yo girl here. It’s taken me awhile to track down Menchie’s new holiday spoons, but I finally found them in Berkeley. I thought there were two spoon designs, but it’s one spoon that’s double-sided. Kiwi the Snowman is on the front with a striped scarf and ear muffs. Mellow the Snowman is on the back with a striped snowflake scarf. They’re pale blue.

There’s a holiday spoon contest too. To enter, take a selfie with the Menchie’s Snow One Like You spoon in your Menchie’s mix, post it on Instagram, tag @MyMenchies and use the hashtag #MenchiesSnowman, and make sure your account is public, you’ll be entered into the photo contest. The prize is a $25 Menchie’s gift card. One winner will be chosen every week in November and December. Good luck!

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

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