Monday, January 20, 2020

New Yogurtland Flavor: Plant-Based Salted Chocolate Souffle




Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s first new flavor of the year launches today and it’s plant-based and vegan. Plant-based Salted Chocolate Souffle is described by Yogurtland as: “the decadent flavor of a chocolate souffle, elevated with a touch of salt…100% vegan…with a rich and velvety texture.” It’s coconut based, nut free, and gluten free. Yes, there are live and active cultures. It’s 50 calories an ounce (more than average) because of the coconut cream.

Salted Chocolate Souffle: It tasted like a lot of chocolate frozen yogurt, only with a hint of coconut. It was perhaps a little icier than dairy-based yogurt, but that might have been because of the location I went to rather than the yogurt itself.

The new topping, Bear Naked’s White chocolate macadamia nut granola, was in big chunks with whole macadamia nuts. It had a hint of coconut and salt, so it paired well with the Salted Coconut Souffle froyo. With whole macadamia nuts, it's obviously a premium granola.


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

Here’s the official press release:

Yogurtland Steps Into The Plant-Based Category With New Flavor Launch


Leading Frozen Yogurt Brand Welcomes the New Year with New Plant-Based Flavor and Partnership with Bear Naked Granola


IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Plant-based eaters rejoice! Yogurtland, the leader in self-serve premium frozen yogurt, announces today the launch of the brand's first ever 100% vegan, plant-based chocolate flavor: Salted Chocolate Souffle. This latest flavor is available in Yogurtland locations nationwide beginning today. To ring in the New Year, the brand has also expanded its vast self-serve topping selections to include White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola from Bear Naked's artisan-crafted line for a limited time only starting today.


Yogurtland brings an elevated touch to the plant-based confectionery space with the latest flavor in the brand's portfolio of innovative and culinary-inspired recipes. And, for consumers seeking a better-for-you sweet treat topping, the brand is excited to welcome Bear Naked Premium Granola to the topping line-up. Bear Naked's White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola boasts a rich and creamy bite of melted fair-trade chocolate and nut butter that is baked using an exclusive technique that creates a cookie-like cluster. Each granola bite features a quality list of organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified and fair-trade ingredients, elevating it from the traditional breakfast staple to the indulgent treat you're reaching for at every occasion, including your frozen yogurt creations.

"Yogurtland is committed to crafting innovative flavors and to providing healthy-indulgent options. We are thrilled to partner with Bear Naked to offer our guests a new premium topping choice to create a healthy, better-for-you combination of treats," says Sam Yoon, Senior Vice President of Yogurtland.

"At Bear Naked, we're passionate about creating great-tasting and high quality products everyone can enjoy and that's why Yogurtland's roster of delicious yogurt made with real ingredients was a perfect match for this exciting partnership!" says Gianna DeCaro, Bear Naked Brand Director.

Bringing a wholesome upgrade to a beloved everyday treat, Yogurtland and Bear Naked have created the ultimate swirl of decadent frozen yogurt. For more information, please visit yogurt-land.com or bearnaked.com.

About Yogurtland


Yogurtland is the leader in self-service premium frozen yogurt, delivering over 200 handcrafted artisan flavors providing fans an anytime beloved sweet treat for the whole family. Yogurtland exclusively uses real ingredients and scratch-made, handcrafted flavors from across the globe for fans to enjoy a truly customized dessert in the form of yogurt, Drinkable creation shakes, frappes, and waffle cones. Separating Yogurtland from competitors is the company's team of flavorologists who've developed an extension of options added to the exciting rotation of monthly flavors offering non-fat and low-fat yogurt, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that contains no antibiotics or added hormones. The company continues to transform the industry with its' latest move into third party delivery, giving customers more flexibility to enjoy dessert wherever they are. Presently Yogurtland has more than 300 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, and Thailand. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit www.yogurt-land.com. 



About Bear Naked


Bear Naked offers a full line of granolas and snacks bars made with big, delicious chunks of nature to deliver epic taste. Launched in 2002, Bear Naked is the #1 granola brand in the U.S. and is best known for its signature, soft-baked granola made from real whole grains and minimally processed ingredients. The brand is one of the first CPG food brand to successfully adopt fully recyclable packaging. Today, Bear Naked has evolved into a nationally-recognized and loved consumer brand with products available for purchase in natural and conventional retailers such as Sprouts, Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Amazon and more as well as club stores like Costco.

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, January 16, 2020

Skin’s Boni Yogurt Bonimini Mud Pack Review




Fro-yo girl here. I recently found Skin’s Boni Yogurt Bonimini Mud Pack in Green Tea. There was only one left at the store, but you can buy the product online at several retailers. The retail price is $3.99. Skin’s Boni is a Korean skincare brand. The products are made in Korea.

The plastic package looks like a yogurt drink (Yakult) bottle. One package is 15g. It was only half full when I opened it. But I only used half, so you can get two applications out of one package.

Green Tea Mud Pack: It smelled better than most skin care products. The texture was thick. I applied the mud in a thin layer after cleansing and toning. After 15 minutes, the mud had dried and felt very tight on my face. It took quite some time to wash it off with warm water. As I was watching, I noticed some bits that looked like sand. Perhaps they exfoliate? My skin felt tighter, softer, and refreshed. It did seem to draw out the oil from my pores. The product has green tea powder, mud and lactobacillus (a bacteria commonly found in yogurt).

Bonimini Mud Packs come in Green Tea, Charcoal, and Pine Needles.

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.




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Yogurtland’s Little Tokyo Location (Downtown Los Angeles) Has Closed


Fro-yo girl here. Remember last August when I wrote about how Pinkberry had closed its Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles location? At the time, I took a peek at Yogurtland around the corner from that Pinkberry and it was still open. Unbeknownest to me at that time, Yogurtland only had a short time left in Little Tokyo. It closed some time around late September or early October. That location first opened in 2008, so it did make it past the decade mark. The Yogurtland sign has been removed and a for lease sign is in the window. The windows were papered over, so I couldn’t look inside.

This seems to leave Little Tokyo Ice Cream & Yogurt as the only place to get froyo in Little Tokyo, but I’m not even sure that they have froyo. The menu doesn’t mention froyo at all. If you can make it to the downtown core, you can find froyo at Spread and Red Mango (Staples Center).

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

* YOGURTLAND LITTLE TOKYO: 130 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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, January 9, 2020

New Bubble Waffles at Pinkberry Studio City


Fro-yo girl here. One of my froyo wishes, bubble waffles served with froyo, for 2018 came true. I’ve seen bubble waffles on the menu of Pinkberry locations in the UK, Canada, Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Philippines, etc. but not in the US. They’ve had bubble waffles for years. However, US Pinkberry locations didn’t offer bubble waffles. Bubble waffles have finally arrived…at least, Pinkberry Studio City, CA and New Orleans have them.

At the Studio City Pinkberry, the bubble waffles aren’t sold separately. They’re an additional $3 with the purchase of any froyo cup. The waffles are made fresh to order and are served warm. For those of you that haven’t had a bubble waffle, aka egg puffs, egg waffle, Hong Kong waffle, they’re from Hong Kong. They have a unique egg shape because of the shape of the waffle iron.

I’ve had bubble waffles many times. The good ones have soft and spongy puffs and crispy bits in between the puffs. It’s more about texture than flavor. They taste like fortune cookies. I thought Pinkberry’s waffle was pretty good though a little softer than I personally like. The puffs were tender and spongy. Some of the puffs were deflated and the in between bits were a little lacy. I think they just needed to add a little more batter to the waffle iron. Since it was warm, it did cause the yogurt to melt faster and the dark chocolate crisps melted too. Still, I think it was a satisfying addition. I like how the waffle wasn’t that sweet. 


On a different note, the swirl wasn't that nice.

Could Pinkberry Pops in the US be far behind? Fingers crossed!

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

* PINKBERRY: 12044 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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, January 7, 2020

Pinkberry’s New Cookies & Cream Pinkbee’s Reduced Fat Milk Ice Cream


Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry recently launched its first new flavor of 2020, Pinkbee’s Cookies and Cream milk ice cream. I found it at Pinkberry in Los Feliz and tried it. It’s reduced fat and the recommended toppings are whipped cream and cookies and cream crumbles. Yes, they did have a froyo version of cookies &cream which was introduced in 2013. I rarely got that flavor, because it didn’t taste like yogurt.

Pinkbee’s Cookies & Cream milk ice cream: Yes, it’s ice cream but it was quite good because the cookie flavor wasn’t overwhelming. The texture was smooth and light without feeling too light. Recommended toppings: Dark chocolate crisps, chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce. Anything chocolate.

Here’s the official press release: 


Ring In 2020 with Pinkbee's Cookies and Cream Reduced-fat Milk Ice Cream


This Reduced-Fat, Indulgent, Treat is Available for a Limited Time Only



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Start your decade off right with Pinkbee's® Cookies and Cream, reduced-fat, milk ice cream! This classic flavor will be available January 3 through March 12.

The decadent flavor will also be featured in a combination. Top with cookies and cream crumbles and whipped cream to create an upgraded version of the classic.

"Pinkberry is ready to begin the decade on a sweet but nostalgic note," said Melissa Hubbell, senior director of marketing for Kahala Brands™, parent company of Pinkberry. "The new Pinkbee's Cookies and Cream flavor is just like the childhood classic only elevated!"

At Pinkberry, guests can customize their swirl with a variety of toppings that include fresh, never frozen, fruit that is hand-cut in stores daily, along with premium granolas and nuts, specialty chocolates, and much more. Pinkberry is swirling with possibilities!

Promotional Flavor:

Pinkbee's Cookies and Cream reduced-fat, milk ice cream

Promotional Combination:

Pinkbee's Cookies and Cream reduced-fat, milk ice cream topped with cookies and cream crumbles and whipped cream

About Pinkberry


Pinkberry® launched in Los Angeles, CA in 2005 as the original brand that reinvented frozen yogurt. Today, over a decade later, Pinkberry continues to create great tasting treats with fresh ingredients in an experience comprised of distinctive product, outstanding service and inspirational design. At Pinkberry you can taste the difference of an uncompromising commitment to quality and freshness. Most recently, Pinkberry U.S. was acquired by Scottsdale, Arizona-based Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world with a portfolio of nearly 29 fast-casual and quick-service restaurant brands with approximately 3000 locations in 35 countries.

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

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.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, January 5, 2020

Price Increase at Yogurtland San Gabriel



Fro-yo girl here. It seems like the new year usually brings a price increase at Yogurtland. True to form, the price at Yogurtland San Gabriel recently went up from 49 cents to 52 cents. I suspect other locations in the area have also increased prices, but I haven't visited them yet. It's a modest price hike, so I'm not too bothered by it. Plus, I have the Sweet Treats booklets. The average price at Yogurtland locations in the area last year was 49 cents. 

I also noticed that the Drinkable Creations product is now sold by weight. I heard the next brand new flavor won't be in till mid-January. 

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

* YOGURTLAND SAN GABRIEL: 927 E Las Tunas Dr. D, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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, January 3, 2020

Grand Reopening of Razzle Dazzle in Upland, CA



Fro-yo girl here. Razzle Dazzle changed ownership last fall and they just celebrated with a grand reopening celebration on January 2. During the celebration, froyo was free and they also had a raffle for prizes (Razzle Dazzle gift cards). The shop serves 12 flavors a day of self-serve froyo and froyo alternatives (lots of Dole Whip) with toppings and sauces for 52 cents an ounce. They offer a 25% off discount for veterans and first responders. It’s more vegan friendly now and they added a big TV.

In addition to froyo and other soft serve, Razzle Dazzle offers acai bowls, paletas, and froyo for dogs. And there’s a rewards program. I spotted a BOGO 50% off couponon Yelp. Also, it's 25% off all weekend (January 4 & 5).

The power went out in the late afternoon but was restored at 5 PM.

Thanks, Razzle Dazzle, for the free froyo!

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

* RAZZLE DAZZLE: 2440 W Arrow Rte #4D, Upland, CA 91786

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.