Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Papa Cristo’s Greek Yogurt Review




Fro-yo girl here. I recently went to Papa Cristo’s for the first time. It’s a local institution, open since 1948. They started out as a Greek market and added the restaurant in 1985. They make a lot of things from scratch, including, bread, Greek yogurt, pastries, meat pies, etc. It’s still owned by the same family that started it. It’s probably the biggest Greek market in Los Angeles. Actually, I think it’s the only Greek grocery store in Los Angeles.

There is no Greek frozen yogurt but they do make their own Greek yogurt. I spotted five kinds: Greek yogurt (plain), “Extra thick” Greek yogurt, Greek yogurt with honey, Greek yogurt with sour cherry, and Greek yogurt with figs. It’s offered on the dessert and breakfast menu of the restaurant. You can also buy tubs in the grocery area.

* Homemade Greek yogurt ($4.99 for 12 oz): Plain, unsweetened, it’s tangy and sour in a good, natural yogurt way. The texture was smooth and creamy.

* Homemade Greek yogurt with sour cherry ($5.99 for 14 oz): The sour cherry syrup with a few whole cherries is swirled into the plain Greek yogurt. The texture was grainier than the other tub of yogurt for some reason. But in terms of taste, it had what I was looking for – tang and cherry flavor. The cherries are more sweet than sour, despite the name. The texture was thick and rich.

Their yogurt is good, but the yogurt I get at the farmer’s markets in and around Los Angeles is better.

4 out of 5 stars.


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

* PAPA CRISTO’S: 2771 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Take the National Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey for a Chance to Win Free Froyo


Fro-yo girl here. Froyo fans, the Third National Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey, sponsored by the International Frozen Yogurt Association, is now open. All eligible survey participants who respond by midnight Pacific Time on September 24, 2019 will be entered into a random drawing to win one of five $25 froyo shop gift cards to any US shop that offers online gift cards. In other words, you get to choose your gift card. The survey is open to anyone over 13 who lives in the US. One entry per person please.

The short, five-minute survey has questions about frozen yogurt loyalty, current consumption, future consumption, frozen yogurt attitudes and preferences, and demographics. The purpose of the survey is to better understand the current state of the frozen yogurt market, from the consumer standpoint.

Take the National (US) Frozen Yogurt Consumer Survey now, https://tinyurl.com/3rdfroyoconsumersurvey

Tell others to take the survey too!

Anyone who is interested in the survey results simply needs to share the survey invitation. There are several ways to share the survey invitation, including sharing IFYA’s pinned Facebook post about the survey (https://www.facebook.com/froyoassociation/), pinned tweet (@froyogirl) or Instagram survey post (@intlfroyoassn) before September 21, 2019. Then, after sharing, send the IFYA a direct message with your email address.

For the complete contest rules, visit http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/official-rules-for-the-third-annual-national-frozen-yogurt-consumer-survey-sweepstakes/

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, September 12, 2019

Farewell to Yumi Yogurt Redwood City


Fro-yo girl here. Yumi Yogurt just announced the final day for their Redwood City, CA location, Sunday, September 15. I think it was the first Yumi Yogurt that I ever visited. I used to work in downtown Redwood City, within walking distance of Yumi. I remember driving by it all the time and also wondering about the drive thru window (which I’ve never seen being used). I remember when they first added tart froyo and mochi. The child's size froyo was huge and satisfying.

Here’s the Facebook message from Yumi Yogurt:

“For the last 35 years Yumi Yogurt in Redwood City has been a neighborhood staple providing high quality yogurt and ice cream in a family oriented atmosphere. Our ultimate goal was to provide a service, experience and product that was unique, memorable and unlike anything else. It is through our great team here and loyal customers that we have had such a tremendous run.

It saddens us to say, that our time in this location has come to its end. Our last day at this location is on September 15, 2019.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our customers that have made our journey in Redwood City possible and delightful by supporting Yumi Yogurt. Thousands of you have experienced this unforgettable place, and we treasure every memory with you.

We could not be more thankful for the opportunity to serve you all these years. We hope to continue to serve you at our San Mateo location, which is located at 3955 S. El Camino Real.

Thank you from our family to yours.”

At one point, I’d been to every Yumi Yogurt location. They had six but now there are only two left, San Mateo and Santa Clara. I wish I could make it Yumi Yogurt Redwood City one last time, but I can’t. A froyo friend says that the lease is up and they’re going to build boring office buildings there. According to the Mountain View Voice, the owner said the lease is expiring and "to renew would require an extensive renovation of the aging building that he can't afford. His business partner and uncle also died a year ago and it has been difficult to continue the business without him."


The Redwood City location was the first Yumi Yogurt location.

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

* YUMI YOGURT: 947 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

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, September 10, 2019

Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative Review



Fro-yo girl here. I have to say that Trader Joe’s usually has good yogurt products. They seem to like yogurt quite a bit, judging from the number of yogurt products over the years. This past July they introduced Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternatives. Their cashew yogurt alternative is dairy-free, comes in 5.3 oz cups and is priced at $1.69 each. The two flavors are Vanilla Bean and Strawberry.

Vanilla Bean: The texture was thin and the flavor mild, sweet but tangy. I could taste a hint of coconut and a hint of vanilla. I could see the vanilla bean flecks. Flavor wise, it tasted like eating a yogurt and I think it would be amazing in a smoothie or other recipe that calls for yogurt.

Strawberry: While the strawberry was considerably thicker than vanilla, it had a stronger bitter aftertaste and a pasty quality. The strawberry flavor was mild. I liked the vanilla better.

Ingredients (Vanilla): Organic cashew base (filtered water, organic cashews), organic cane sugar, organic tapioca starch, organic locust bean gum, pectin, natural flavor, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic vanilla beans, organic coconut cream (organic coconut, water), live active cultures.

One serving of vanilla is 140 calories, 6g total fat, 20g total carbs, 13g total sugars and 3g protein.

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.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Menchie’s September 2019 Feature Flavors: Oreo Just the Cookie, Oreo Just the Creme


Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s popular OREO froyo flavors, Oreo Just the Cookie and Oreo Just the Crème, are back as this September’s feature flavors. This isn’t the first time that these flavors have returned in September. The two flavors were first introduced in September 2014.

Menchie’s describes the flavors as follows: “We used real Oreo Cookie pieces to make our Just the Cookie flavor a chocolate, creamy, froyo treat. Feel like you’re opening a real Oreo cookie for what’s inside with our Just the Crème flavor. This creamy vanilla froyo was made real Oreo filling. Mix them together for the ultimate Oreo froyo experience.” Oreo Just the Cookie and Just the Crème are back for a limited time, while supplies last. I like both but I slightly prefer Just the Cookie with chocolate shell and lots of cookies.

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, September 3, 2019

Yogurtland Artisanal Collection: Strawberry Balsamic Light Ice Cream


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s been busy. Not only did the Abominable promotion launch on September 2, but a new flavor from the Artisanal Collection arrived in stores on the same day. The new Artisanal Collection flavor is Strawberry Balsamic Light Ice Cream, made with real California strawberries and California milk. It’s gluten free.

Yogurtland describes Strawberry Balsamic Light Ice Cream as “Sweet and tart California strawberry with a rich and complex balsamic flavor makes for the perfect combo for a deliciously creamy light ice cream.” The texture was creamy and light. While it tasted like strawberry but the balsamic was quite faint, more of an aftertaste. I was looking for something bolder. Recommended toppings: raspberry puree, raspberries, mochi. Popping boba might be good but I never get those.

The next Artisanal Collection flavor, Ube, will launch on October 7. I assume that it’s different from their current Taro flavor. The Artisanal Collection is Yogurtland's fall flavor promotion.

Strawberry Balsamic light ice cream is available for a limited time, 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.

Yogurtland Abominable Froyo Spoons




Fro-yo girl here. Since it’s been three years since Yogurtland came out with new character froyo spoons, I wanted to have a separate post about the new Abominable spoons. There are two designs that are supposed to be in stores on September 2, 2019.

The light blue spoon features the blue yeti named Everest. The light purple spoon features a girl named Yi. The spoons are cute but they feel thinner. The back of the spoon isn’t detailed. It’s hard to hard to make out the designs. They don’t have the biodegradable marking on the back. They’re not as nice as they used to be.

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, September 2, 2019

Yogurtland Abominable Promotion Launches on September 2, 2019



Fro-yo girl here. It’s been a few years since Yogurtland’s last movie tie-in promotion featuring character spoons. The last one was DreamWorks Trolls in 2016. I’m happy to see a new movie tie-in. The new Yogurtland promotion for the animated movie, DreamWorks Abominable, launches on September 2. It features:

* Blueberry Avalanche Tart froyo: This seems to be Everest’s favorite flavor. It’s nonfat, gluten free, and made with real blueberry. It tastes like the regular Yogurtland Blueberry tart, a flavor that I really like. It’s thick, creamy, and full of tangy blueberry flavor. I'm told that they added more blueberry flavor, so it is a new flavor. Recommended toppings: mochi, blueberries, raspberries and Magic Snow Rings.

* Magic Snow Rings topping: These are white and blue sour raspberry gummy rings. They’re firm and chewy. Delicious!

* Two new collectible spoons: blue yeti named Everest and purple Yi (girl).

* Abominable limited edition collectible cup. The yeti is featured. I don’t know the names of any of the characters. There’s a mountain on the cup too. I’m guessing that it’s Mount Everest. 


Yogurtland employees have cute blue Abominable t-shirts. Take your picture with Everest and share your froyo with him. Catch Abominable in theaters starting September 27.

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, September 1, 2019

Tutti Frutti Moves to New Location in Downtown Montrose, Now OPEN



Fro-yo girl here. A few months ago, I mentioned that the signs and machines had been removed from the Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt location in La Crescenta. I’d been checking the Tutti Frutti La Crescenta Facebook page for updates, as they mentioned that they were temporarily closed. After a few months of silence, I assumed that the closure was permanent.

It turns out I was wrong. Nine months after the old location closed, the new Tutti Frutti opened at a new location. The new location accepts the old locations stamp cards and has a similar look, similar offerings, and the same ownership (I believe). The opening day was August 10. The official grand opening has yet to be announced.

There are 14 froyo flavors a day and toppings for 54 cents an ounce. I noticed that the majority of the flavor signs were from Dannon YoCream. There were only a few Tutti Frutti flavor signs. Hmm. They also serve milk tea, smoothies, and slushies.

It was packed today. I walked over to Froyo Life which is about three blocks away and it was busy as well, but Tutti Frutti was busier.

They had Tutti Frutti cups but were out of the Tutti Frutti fruit spoons. I was hoping to see the Tutti Frutti soy flavors, but they didn’t have any.

Welcome back, Tutti Frutti!

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

* TUTTI FRUTTI MONTROSE: 2411 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose, CA 91020

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.