Monday, December 17, 2018

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt in Newark, CA Has Closed




Fro-yo girl here. I’m not sure how Tutti Frutti Newark stayed open as long as it did, but it has finally closed. The doors and windows are covered with paper, so one can’t see inside. The signs indicate that Uji Time, the taiyaki ice cream shop, will be moving in. 


Tutti Frutti opened in 2009. Over the years they added drinks to the menu. I went in a few times, but was never that fond of it.

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

* TUTTI FRUTTI: 6193 Jarvis Ave., Newark, CA 94560


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tutti Frutti Menlo Park’s Replacement, Cup O’ Tea



Fro-yo girl here. I didn’t get a chance to try Cup O’Tea in Menlo Park, CA, the frist time I saw it. I recently visited for the first time.

The interior looks the same as before, when it was still Tutti Frutti. They had 6 self serve froyo flavors a day. Most of the flavor signs seemed to be Dannon YoCream signs, but they also had a few Tutti Frutti flavor signs. Toppings included fruit (it did not look fresh), jellies, boba, cereal, candy, coconut, cookies, nuts, cookie dough, etc. I didn’t see a price posted, but the employee thought it was 59 cents an ounce.

The drink menu includes milk tea, snowy, slushy and hot drinks. They also added garlic noodles.

They still had Tutti Frutti cups. I asked about sample cups and received one.

The mochi that I chose was hard and dried out. The other toppings looked old. Half of the toppings bar was empty! Sad.

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

* CUP O’TEA: 888 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Yogurtland’s New Flavor: Citrus C Sorbet



Fro-yo girl here. Well, it’s been awhile since Yogurtland introduced a new flavor. The last new flavor was Butterfinger frozen custard. During 2014’s Flavor Quest, Yogurtland introduced Orange Citrus sorbet, described as “A flavor as bright as the Sunshine state itself, this flavor combines real Mandarin oranges, tangerines and clementines for a light, refreshing vitamin C-packed way to beat the heat.”

It looks like Citrus C sorbet is a similar, but new flavor. It’s described as “Made with REAL Tangerines and Oranges, this tangy, sweet sorbet is sure to be a crowd pleaser! The perfect flavor balance of candied tangerine and a fresh orange finish makes for a refreshingly sweet treat!” So, Citrus C doesn’t have clementines and while it has tangerine, it’s candied tangerine.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had Orange Citrus sorbet, but I think it was much better than Citrus C sorbet. Citrus C didn’t taste like fresh squeezed orange/clementine juice, although it's made with real oranges and tangerines. There was no tang. It was sweet like an orange flavored drink (Sunny Delight). Recommended toppings: raspberries, popping boba.

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

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

White Moustache Whey Tonic & Labneh Review




Fro-yo girl here. One of the byproducts of strained yogurt is whey. Greek yogurt manufacturers have been paying people to take their whey. White Moustache makes small batch yogurt by hand and they found a creative way to use whey – probiotic tonics and pops (frozen popsicles). I spotted their whey tonics at Eataly in Los Angeles. They had two flavors, pineapple and passionfruit. One 16 oz bottle was $4.80. That makes it cheaper than cold pressed juice and comparable to kombucha. The heavy glass bottle was very nice. It reminded me of cold pressed juice.

White Moustache whey tonics come in the following flavors: plain, ginger, honey lime, passion fruit and pineapple flavor.

* Passion fruit whey tonic: It was light, tangy, and not too sweet. I couldn’t taste yogurt but I could taste the passion fruit. The tonic was lighter than pure juice. Mr. Froyo liked how it was refreshing and balanced. It was sour but not overwhelmingly so.

Ingredients: Yogurt whey, passion fruit juice, pear juice. The whey has live and active cultures. They’re supposed to help with digestion.

One serving (8 oz) is 90 calories, 20 g of sugar, 0 g fat.

Kombucha has a more distinctive taste than yogurt whey and has much less sugar.

I actually tried and reviewed a yogurt whey drink called Drinkwell Softers in 2013: https://froyogirl.blogspot.com/2013/10/drinkwell-softers-review.html


White Moustache also makes whole milk labneh which is strained yogurt. It comes in three flavors: Plain, Shankleesh, and Kurdish. An 8 oz tub is $9.80. 

Shankleesh labneh has aleppo pepper and za'atar, the spice blend that typically has sesame seeds, thyme, sumac, and salt. It's really good - thick, creamy, a little spicy, tangy, and zesty. And it's divine with crisp Persian cucumbers. But is it that much better than the Golden Plate labneh that's imported from Cyprus and just $150 for 17.6 oz.? I don't think so.

4 out of 5 stars.

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

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Menchie’s December Feature Flavors: Eggnog Cheesecake & Frozen Hot Cocoa


Fro-yo girl here. It’s that time of the month when Menchie’s launches its feature flavors. Or at least, it’s supposed to be that time of the month. I called around and my local Menchie’s didn’t have the new flavors until over a week after they were supposed to have the flavors. I don’t live that far from Menchie’s HQ, so this constant delay in stocking the latest flavors is very frustrating. So is the lack of a flavor finder feature on the Menchie’s website. Why get people excited over new flavors if the shops don’t even have them?

The two *NEW* feature flavors scheduled to come out on December 1, 2018 were:

* Frozen Hot Cocoa frozen yogurt made with Swiss Miss:
At first, I thought this was the same flavor as the previous flavor called Swiss Miss Classic Hot Chocolate which was introduced in 2015, but the flavor name is different. Are hot chocolate and hot cocoa the same? Apparently not. Hot chocolate should be made with chocolate, whereas hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder. It tasted just like the hot cocoa I used to drink long ago, so it was too sweet. But it was also rich and creamy. Frozen Hot Cocoa froyo is a lowfat frozen yogurt made with no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. Recommended toppings: Marshmallows, Cool Whip, and chocolate chips.

* Eggnog Cheesecake frozen yogurt: This is a brand new flavor. In the past, they brought back Holiday Eggnog froyo a few times for the holidays. Cheesecake is always a popular froyo flavor, so combining it with eggnog sounds appealing. This flavor didn’t have a strong eggnog note – it tasted like slightly tangy, slightly cheesy vanilla. Not bad. Recommended toppings: Nilla Wafers, almonds, cheesecake.

On December 16, the new feature flavors will be released: Sea Salt Caramel Latte, Chocolate Mint made with York Peppermint Patties. I think both are returning flavors.

The holiday gift card promotion continues. Get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 worth of Menchie’s gift cards. I already bought mine. Menchie’s is also raffling off boxes of Swiss Miss hot cocoa.

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, December 10, 2018

Yasso’s New Peppermint Crunch and Sugar Cookie Frozen Yogurt Review




Fro-yo girl here. Wow, I didn’t have to wait quite as long to try Yasso’s new seasonal flavors, Peppermint Crunch and Sugar Cookie frozen Greek yogurt. The flavors are available in pints and bars. The Target I went to only had the bars though. They were on sale for $3 a box. The regular price is $4.79. A box comes with four individually wrapped bars. One bar is 3.5 fl oz.

The design of the boxes is so festive, eye-catching, and cute. Santa and Mrs. Claus are about to indulge in a Yasso bar.

Peppermint Crunch: This is a peppermint flavored frozen Greek yogurt with crushed candy canes, chocolate cookie pieces, and white chocolate-flavored chips. This was the winner. It reminded me of Yasso’s Mint Championship flavor. Their peppermint products, including this one, are always so refreshing and natural tastng. You can’t go wrong with mint combined with chocolate. The texture was very pleasing too – light, creamy, with crunchy, tiny chocolate cookie bits. It wasn’t too sweet. One bar is 120 calories, with 2g fat, 15g sugars, and 5g protein. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Sugar Cookie: The sugar cookie frozen Greek yogurt has colorful green and red sprinkles and small chunks of delicious sugar cookie dough. I didn’t see many sprinkles. The bar was creamy and light. The cookie dough bits were grainy and sweet. The bars were sweeter than the Peppermint Crunch ones. The yogurt smelled just like a sugar cookie vanilla candle. Since I wasn’t a fan of the cookie chunks, I wouldn’t get this flavor again. 3 out of 5 stars.

Ingredients (Peppermint Crunch): Nonfat Milk, Greek Yogurt (Nonfat Milk, Yogurt Cultures), Sugar, Crushed Candy Cane (Rice Syrup, Cane Sugar, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil, Beet Juice Concentrate, Soy Lecithin), White Chocolate Flavored Chip (Confectioner Sugar, Coconut Oil, Nonfat Dry Milk Powder, Whole Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors) , Milk Protein Concentrate, Maltodextrin, Cream, Crushed Chocolate Cookies (Unbleached Unenriched Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Chocolate Liquor, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor

Yasso is carried at Target. For a list of retailers that carry Yasso, check out Yasso’s location finder: https://yasso.com/find-a-store/

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, December 8, 2018

Yasso’s New Pumpkin Cheesecake Flavor Review



Fro-yo girl here. Well, I had to nearly three months again before finding the new Yasso product, Pumpkin Cheesecake. After checking multiple Target locations in Southern California for months (sometimes more than once a week!), I had given up on ever finding Yasso Pumpkin Cheesecake without traveling somewhere else. Yasso announced the new flavor on September 18. I didn’t find it until December 5.

I went to the Target at 777 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA last week and they didn’t have it then. I finally found Pumpkin Cheesecake pints on clearance at Target, 3121 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, for $2.48 (regular price, $4.99). Pumpkin season is over. At least I bought it for 50% off.

Pumpkin cheesecake frozen yogurt features graham crackers swirled into pumpkin cheesecake. I’m not a huge fan of American cheesecake because it tends to be too rich and heavy (Japanese cheesecake is a different story), but I can see how pumpkin would complement cheesecake. Pumpkin spices would make the cheesecake taste more interesting and complex.

Pumpkin Cheesecake pint: The yogurt had a slight cheesecake scent and lots of pumpkin spices. The texture was very pleasing: creamy, scoopable, and the right density. The flavor was quite tasty too – heavy on the spices, a subtle tang from the cheesecake, not overly sweet. The graham cracker “swirl” was more like huge chunks of graham cracker crumble – very tasty but not really a swirl. The yogurt did have a slightly bitter aftertaste. One serving (1/2 cup) is 150 calories, 4.5g total fat, 18g sugars, and 5g protein. Yasso Pumpkin Cheesecake contains no artificial or high intensity sweeteners.

Ingredients: Nonfat Milk, Graham Cracker Swirl [Graham Cracker Crumb (Unbleached Unenriched Wheat Flour, Whole Wheat/Graham Flour, Sugar, Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil, Molasses, Honey, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate), Cottonseed Oil, Confectioner Sugar, Coconut Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Cinnamon], Pumpkin Cheesecake Base [Cane Sugar, Water, Pumpkin Puree, Invert Sugar, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color), Brown Sugar, Molasses, Nutmeg, Caramel Color, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese Powder (Pasteurized Cream Cheese Culture, Salt, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum, and Sodium Phosphate), Natural Flavor, Nonfat Dry Milk, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum], Greek Yogurt (Nonfat Milk, Yogurt Cultures), Sugar, Cream, Milk Protein Concentrate, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Vegetable Juice (color)

Yasso is carried at Target. For a list of retailers that carry Yasso, check out Yasso’s location finder.

https://yasso.com/find-a-store/

I’ll probably have to wait till February to try their new Peppermint Crunch and Sugar Cookie flavors.

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.