Thursday, February 20, 2020

GT’s CocoYo Review




Fro-yo girl here. I’m a fan of GT’S kombucha, so I was curious about their plant-based coconut yogurt line, CocoYo. I found CocoYo at Whole Foods, on sale for $4.99 a jar. The regular price was $5.99. The yogurt comes in clear glass jars. Each jar contains 8 oz of yogurt, larger than the average cup of yogurt. The yogurt is vegan, gluten-free, Kosher Pareve and contains billions of probiotics. The proprietary probiotic blend includes 25 billion cfu per ½ cup. There are two servings per jar. One serving contains 110 calories, 8g total fat, 6g total carbs, 1g protein, and 1g sugars.

Vanilla: The texture is different from other brands. It has tiny bits of coconut meat, so it’s not as smooth but it’s more substantial. The flavor was tangy, as you’d expect from a fermented product. The vanilla flavor was not strong. It’s unfortunate that they chose to use stevia because it has a sweet but to me, unpleasant, aftertaste. The Pure flavor doesn’t contain stevia. Anyway, I wasn’t that fond of the gritty coconut meat texture either. It does taste like yogurt but the texture and the stevia ruin it for me. Still, I appreciate the short list of ingredients and the tang.

Ingredients (Vanilla): Raw young coconut, raw young coconut water, probiotic cultures, organic vanilla extract, organic stevia.

Available flavors: Pure (plain), Raspberry, Vanilla, Cacao

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Body Shop Body Yogurt Review




Fro-yo girl here. A friend of mine was kind enough to give me a few tubs of The Body Shop’s Body Yogurt for Christmas. I haven’t been to The Body Shop in years and didn’t even know that they had body yogurt. It seems like their body yogurt was launched last year. The current scents are British Rose, Moringa, Pink Grapefruit, Almond Milk, Strawberry and Mango. The 6.98 oz (198 g) tubs retail for $15 each.

Body Yogurt is 100% vegan and made with organic almond milk from Spain. The Body Shop calls their body yogurt a lightweight, fast-absorbing gel-cream that provides up to 48 hours of moisture. They recommend applying it to damp skin straight after the shower.

The texture isn’t as thick as body butter. It’s lighter and more like a gel-cream hybrid. The texture is actually similar to yogurt. It did absorb right away when I applied it after my bath. A few hours later, I didn’t feel like my skin was still moisturized. The strawberry yogurt doesn’t smell nice. It has a powdery fake strawberry scent, like a cheap candle or lipgloss. The mango yogurt smelled better, like apricot. Anyway, I prefer the body butter because it’s more moisturizing and you can apply it any time.

Ingredients (mango yogurt): Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Mangifera Indica Juice/Mango Juice, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract/Sweet Almond Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5.

3 out of 5 stars.

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

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Monday, February 17, 2020

New February Feature Flavors at Menchie’s



Fro-yo girl here. I did look for Menchie’s new February feature flavors multiple times since the beginning of February, but I was only able to find Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake froyo this week. Since there’s no flavor finder feature and the Menchie’s locations in my area don’t post flavor updates, I had to make quite a few phone calls. And the Menchie’s in my area still don’t have Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. I finally found both new flavors at Menchie’s Burbank.

Frosted Animal Cookie froyo: I’ve been eating Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies for decades. Even so, I had some doubts about making a froyo flavor out of frosted animal cookies. Menchie’s Frosted Animal Cookie froyo is made with real cookies and surprisingly, features no artificial colors or artificial flavors. The yogurt is lowfat and is made without high fructose corn syrup. Well, my instincts were right. I like frosted animal cookies because they’re crunchy and in yogurt form, it feels like eating cold pink frosting. I found it overwhelming. I tried it a second time. Still overwhelming. Recommended toppings: Nilla wafers, whipped cream, white chocolate chips

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake froyo made with Anchor cream cheese: I don’t usually like chocolate froyo but this one was really good because the cheesecake muted the chocolate flavor. It wasn’t too cheesy or too chocolatey and the texture was creamier and thicker than usual. I didn’t find it too sweet either. I’m going to look for it again soon. Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake froyo is made with no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. Recommended toppings: Heath, chocolate shell, chocolate chips

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, February 15, 2020

Menchie’s Zombie 2 Celebration





Fro-yo girl here. Menchie’s and Disney Channel joined forces to celebrate the premiere of Zombies 2. Menchie’s provided 5 oz of free froyo for the first 50 guests starting at 3 PM on February 14, 2020 (yes, Valentine’s Day). I brought my zombies and we admired the Zombies 2 signs. Too bad they didn’t have zombie spoons or zombie flavors.

Zombies 2 is the sequel to Zombies and it premiered on February 14. It’s a Disney Channel original movie. The movie follows “The continuing adventures of Seabrook High students Addison and Zed, whose budding romance is threatened by the arrival of werewolves.”

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

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day at Yogurtland, Giant New Red Froyo Spoon


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland’s giant red froyo spoon, which was given out on Valentine’s Day with a minimum $10 purchase after 5 PM, was the first new collectible spoon of the year and new decade. It’s red, 12 inches long, biodegradable and it says Yogurtland on the handle. The giant red spoon joins the other giant Yogurtland spoons. The other colors are green, pink, platinum, and the hard to find orange spoon.

Each store received at least one case of spoons.

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

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Yogurtland Adds Strawberries & Cream Milkshake (Drinkable Creations)


Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtland just added a new Drinkable Creations flavor, Strawberries and Cream milkshake. I found it at Yogurtland Walnut, California. It’s a pretty pink color and thick, so thick that it looks like soft serve ice cream. The sweet flavor reminded me of the strawberry ice cream of my childhood. The strawberry flavor was noticeable but not overwhelming. It was creamy and indulgent. Recommended toppings: Whipped cream, fresh strawberries, frosted animal cookies, white chocolate chips.

In case you missed it, Drinkable Creations are now sold by weight. Check the Flavor Finder to see if your Yogurtland has this flavor.

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, February 6, 2020

National/International Frozen Yogurt Day 2020 Report



Fro-yo girl here. Do you look forward to National/International Frozen Yogurt Day all year like I do? If only I could eat more froyo in one day. NFYD (February 6) is always a busy day. I started the day with a strawberry Greek frozen yogurt parfait bar from Trader Joe’s. It was a seasonal (summer) product. I hope they bring it back this year.

Around lunch time, I went to Pinkberry in Los Feliz (Los Angeles) for the BOGO free special. There was no NFYD signage but they did know about and honor the NFYD offer.

Later, I stopped by Menchie’s in Glendale for the NFYD BOGO free offer. There were various NFYD signs up. I was able to try the new froyo flavor, Frosted Animal Cookie but they weren’t serving the other new flavor, Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. I wasn’t given a coupon for a return visit.

Finally, I visited Yogurtland Eagle Rock (Los Angeles) for their IFYD free froyo event. There was a short line outside the door. The event was organized, with a limited number of people allowed into the shop. We were given sample cups and a 5 oz IFYD cup from 2017. There was no IFYD spoon or new flavors for IFYD. But we could take as much froyo and toppings as long as they fit in the cup. The toppings selection was limited; I’ve never seen that before on IFYD at Yogurtland. Guests received $1 off Yogurtland coupons. 

I heard that Yogurtland Hayward had zero IFYD offers. Sad! I had a feeling that might happen.

I had the impression that NFYD/IFYD celebrations were toned down this year. But with all the free froyo, I can’t complain. I’ve got plenty in the freezer for the Academy Awards, Saturday night movie night, etc.

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, February 4, 2020

Loving Cup at apizza San Francisco





Fro-yo girl here. I finally made it to apizza, the new concept from the founder of La Boulangerie and new owner of Loving Cup. The idea is to make high quality pizza and froyo that’s fast, eco-friendly, and affordable. It’s not a new concept but apizza puts its own spin on it and offers Loving Cup froyo too. The toppings are more chef-driven and creative than say Blaze Pizza, Pieology and the build your own individual pizza competitors. There are fewer options though. You don’t build your own pizza but they have options that you can customize with an egg, potato stix, fried onions and coming soon, CBD oil. They use organic dough and organic tomato sauce.

I was surprised by how cheap the froyo was. It’s smaller than the serving you’d get at a full-fledged Loving Cup. There are fewer choices as well. Choose your base (nonfat vanilla, nonfat chocolate, non-dairy vanilla made with coconut milk) and pick a swirl (achocolate, my favorite, thinner mint, guilty-ish pleasure, all good). You can add a chocolate chip cookie, sprinkles or additional mix ins or toppings. The froyo is mixed to order.

* My favorite (vanilla froyo base mixed with Heath and peanut butter), $3.75. It was a good size portion for a snack or dessert – not too large and not too small. The froyo was very creamy but most of the flavor came from the mix-ins.

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

* APIZZA: 2043 Fillmore St., San Francisco (Pacific Heights), CA 94115

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Harmless Harvest Coconut Yogurt Review


Fro-yo girl here. The plant-based yogurt category keeps expanding. While shopping at Whole Foods, I noticed Harmless Harvest, which started as a coconut water brand, recently added plant-based yogurt. Their yogurt products launched nationwide this month at Whole Foods exclusively, for 90 days.

What’s the difference between Harmless Harvest’s plant-based coconut yogurt and the other brands? The process is different. Harmless Harvest starts with organic hand-scooped coconut meat that’s pureed. They then add the cultures and make the yogurt. It’s all natural and organic. They used fair trade ingredients, which is admirable. Other brands usually start with coconut cream to which they add thickeners and cultures. They claim that this results in a clean-tasting, not overly coconutty yogurt with better texture.

Harmless Harvest coconut yogurt is $2.29 for a 4.4 oz container. That’s smaller than the average cup of yogurt which is 5.3 oz. However, I didn’t notice that it was smaller when I was eating it but I think that’s because I didn’t love it. One serving is 80 calories, 2.5g total fat, 14g total carbsand 5g sugars. They do add sugar to the plain flavor.

Plain: The texture was very smooth and about as thick as regular dairy yogurt. On the positive side, it wasn’t too sweet and the coconut flavor wasn’t overwhelming. On the negative side, the flavor was bland and not that tangy. It would be okay with other things added to it but I wouldn’t eat it plain because it is too plain.

Ingredients: Organic coconutmilk (water, organic coconut meat), organic cane sugar, organic tapioca starch, live and active cultures.

Available flavors: Plain, Strawberry, Blueberry, Vanilla

3.5 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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Pressed Juicery New Blood Orange Freeze and Juice




Fro-yo girl here. Blood oranges are currently in season, so they’re a good choice for the first new Pressed Juicery Freeze flavor of the year. Blood Orange Freeze is made with coconut milk, blood orange puree, monk fruit, oat milk, cherry puree and vanilla extract. It’s nut and dairy-free. One size 1 serving is 150 calories – a little higher than the other flavors.

* Blood Orange Freeze: It’s a pretty pale pink (see the swirl on the right of the cup) and not brownish like the other almond milk based, date sweetened flavors. The texture was notably softer, creamier and not as dense as the almond milk-based flavors. The first thing I tasted was the coconut milk. The orange flavor was more of a tangy undertone. The coconut flavor was also mild. The oat milk and monk fruit added an interesting, different taste. I was expecting a stronger orange flavor.

* Blood Orange juice:
It’s made with orange, blood orange and kumquat. In contrast to the freeze, the orange flavor was intense. The blood orange made it a little tangier. Bonus points for adding kumquat. Kumquats are delicious but I don’t see them too often.

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 28, 2020

New Oat Milk Soft Serve


Fro-yo girl here. Oat milk was all the rage last year. There was a proliferation of oat milk brands and products, included oat milk ice cream, oat milk creamer, and oat milk yogurt. Last summer, Summit Premium, a brand of Socially Responsible Food Group, Inc. (SR Food Group) and the leader in the non-dairy soft serve category, introduced four new plant-based, Beyond Dairy® varieties: Summit Premium Non-Dairy Oat Milk, Strawberry Oat Milk, Chocolate Almond Milk, and Cookies N Cream Almond Milk Non-Dairy Soft Serve and Shake Mix. The oat milk soft serve products were the first ever available.

I spotted at oat milk soft serve at Swirlz in San Marino. It was toffee flavor, so I’m assuming that they added the toffee flavoring to the base oat milk soft serve. This was my first time trying oat milk soft serve. I’ve had hard scoop oat milk ice cream from Oatly and So Delicious. Both were good.

Oat milk soft serve: The texture wasn’t as creamy as dairy but it wasn’t crazy icy either. It was on the icier side but smooth enough. The toffee flavor was mild and I could still taste the oats. Though it is probiotic, it wasn’t tangy at all. It was decent. The oat flavor is mild but the texture is icier.

If you’d like to try oat milk soft serve at Swirlz, they post their flavors on Twitter, @swirlzsoftserve

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

* SWIRLZ: 2136 Huntington Dr., San Marino, CA 91108

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Easy Breezy Frozen Yogurt Opens in Corte Madera (Marin County)




Fro-yo girl here. With Woody’s Yogurt Place of Strawberry Village (Mill Valley) closing on January 5 (RIP, hope they find a new location), the froyo options in Marin County dwindled – but just for a few days, because Easy Breezy Frozen Yogurt just crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and landed at Town Center Corte Madera. Believe it or not, it’s the first froyo shop in Corte Madera! It’s at the mall across from REI.

This is Easy Breezy’s fourth shop. The other three are in San Francisco, with the first opening eight years ago. Owner Ariel Ford is the queen of SF froyo! Her shops raise the froyo bar by making froyo daily with their own proprietary recipes. They chop, blend and hand squeeze the fruit they use to flavor their froyo. Having fresh mint in froyo makes a difference. Also, the froyo flavors and toppings are premium and creative. They use organic yogurt and also offer many vegan options. There’s even a coconut milk based soft serve for those with nut and dairy allergies. Flavors are posted on their Facebook page and website. Some of the current flavors are Moscow Mule, Vietnamese Coffee, Chocolate Orange, and S’mores.

EB in Marin County features 8 self-serve flavors a day, quality toppings (including organic berries), and warm sauces for 86 cents an ounce. The shop had a soft opening on January 13, 2020. Expect an opening celebration this spring, after the soft opening.

Choose your cup size or get a cone. Toppings included sauces, candy, cheesecake, mochi, cookie dough, popping boba, fresh fruit (the blueberries and strawberries were organic), brownies, chocolate chips, yogurt chips, granola, cereal, nuts, sprinkles, gobs of cookie dough, potato chips, etc.

The shop is adorable with wood accents and Breezy the mascot. The yogurt comes out of the machine quickly, so that's something of which to be aware. If you want samples, an employee will dispense them for you. Ask for a frequent buyer card. Students get 10% off. They started selling pints! At $9 each, they’re a steal. 


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

* EASY BREEZY FROZEN YOGURT: 119 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Pinkberry Opens at Valley Fair Mall




Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry fans, Pinkberry quietly opened inside Valley Fair (2nd floor by Talbot’s and Uniqlo, NOT in the food court area) about four weeks ago. It’s been years since a new Pinkberry opened in the Bay Area and it’s nice to see Pinkberry return so close to the original Santana Row location.

The new location is a sleek looking kiosk with six soft serve flavors a day and smoothies.

Prices: Small $4/ Medium $5/ Large $7. A cone with swirl is $3.50 and I think it comes with more than you’d get in a small cup. The cone is the best deal. The toppings are typical for Pinkberry – fresh fruit, mochi, candy, nuts, luxe sauces, cereal, cookie dough, chocolate chips, cookies, etc.

The flavors during my visit were: Original, Pomegranate, Chocolate Hazelnut, Pinkbee’s Cookies & Cream ice cream, Pinkbee’s Strawberry ice cream and Just Fruit Tropical Mango. The original tart was as good as I remembered it – very smooth, tangy, light and satisfying. Don’t forget to join Pink Card to earn free froyo.

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

* PINKBERRY: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Yonola Frozen Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait Bars Review



Fro-yo girl here. I came across Yonola frozen Greek yogurt breakfast parfait bars during my last shopping trip to Grocery Outlet in Altadena, CA. I’ve never seen Yonola prior to my trip to Grocery Outlet. The idea is that it’s a frozen version of a yogurt parfait and it’s on a stick for convenience. Yonola is made with Greek yogurt, fruit, and granola. Grocery Outlet only had one flavor left, Vanilla Honey, for 99 cents a box. There were shelf tags for other Yonola flavors.

One box comes with four individually wrapped bars. One bar is 120-130 calories with 5g of protein. A bar is 3 fl oz, probiotic, and kosher. One bar of Vanilla Honey is 120 calories with 3.5g total fat, 17g total carbs, 14g sugars and 6g protein. Available flavors: Peach, Strawbrerry, Triple Berry, and Vanilla Honey

Vanilla Honey bar: The bar was extra firm and hard. The yogurt actually had some tanginess that I appreciated and I could taste the vanilla. I think there were too many oats though. The granola was in tiny pieces throughout the bar. I didn’t appreciate the added sweetness of the granola

Ingredients (Vanilla Honey): Nonfat Greek yogurt (pasteurized nonfat milk, cultures), ultra-filtered nonfat milk, sugar, cream, honey, coconut oil, toasted oats (rolled oats, sugar, soybean oil, honey, brown sugar molasses), quinoa, crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, salt), contains 1% or less of skim milk, milkfat, sunflower lecithin, natural flavors, soy lecithin, carob bean gum.

Trader Joe’s had a similar frozen yogurt parfait bar last summer. The TJ’s bars were better than Yonola’s but Yonola’s are decent. Yonola is a Wells Enterprises product, the largest family-owned and managed ice cream manufacturer in the United States. For some reason, Wells doesn't list Yonola on its website.

3.5 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.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Final Days of Woody’s Yogurt Place, Last Day is January 5


Fro-yo girl here. I just found out that Woody’s Yogurt Place in Mill Valley, California is closing at the end of this week. Sunday, January 5 is the last day of business. I’m deeply saddened by the news, since Woody’s Yogurt Place has been the place to get froyo in Marin County for decades. It’s had the same owners since 1998 and they’ve won numerous “best of” froyo and ice cream awards. Woody’s Yogurt Place also holds three swirls for frozen yogurt excellence, awarded by the International Frozen Yogurt Association’s Swirl of Honor program.

Woody’s has also given so much back to community organizations over the years. They’ve donated gift certificates to every nearby school for their auctions and fundraisers, hosted free ice cream socials for local schools, and more.

Here’s the statement from the owners, Michael “Woody” Woodson and Brian Woodson:

“To our wonderful customers, employees, friends & neighbors: The time has come for Woody’s Yogurt Place to serve its last ice cream cone or cup of frozen yogut. Sunday, January 5 will be our last day. 

It has been a privilege and an honor to serve everyone and to work with such amazing staff. Being able to have a business that brings smiles to faces young and old is truly a blessing. 

The decision to close is the hardest decision that my Dad and I have had to make. It was a necessary one for the financial well-being of our family. While this is the end of our time here in Strawberry, we hope to return to the business in some manner at another location soon. Be sure to follow us on social media as well as our website, for updates. 

If you purchased a Woody’s gift card this holiday season and would like the balance refunded, please email Brian at woodysyogurtplace@yahoo.com no later than by Wednesday, January 15. Please provide the card number found on the back of the card when you email. 

Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2020.”

I hope they can find a new location! If you can, swing by before the doors close for good.

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

* WOODY’S YOGURT PLACE: 802 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, CA 94941

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

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

My Froyo Wish List 2020


Fro-yo girl here. New year, new decade for froyo consumption. It’s time for my annual froyo wish list. I also like to look at my froyo wishes from 2019 to see if any of them came true.

2019 wish #1: Have Pita GR open in Pasadena. Pita GR opened their Greek donuts, loukmades, place called Louk’s Baby Greek Donuts this summer. Alas, Pita GR still has just one location, the one in Downey.

2019 wish #2: Yellow sesame/tahini froyo. It exists now! Thank you, Yoga-urt! True Tahini vegan, organic, soy-free, kosher froyo was introduced in April and it is amazing.

2019 wish #3: Frozen skyr. I haven’t seen any in the US, but there is skyr, so I have to make my own for now.

My 2018 froyo wish for froyo and bubble waffles came true, since Pinkberry US locations are finally starting to offer bubble waffles. Took long enough!

I can’t believe that I had a froyo wish list way back in 2009. And all those wishes eventually came true!

My 2020 froyo wishes are:

More fresh herbs and roots in froyo: Adding fresh herbs and roots to froyo flavors can result in some amazing froyo flavors, like the ones at Yoga-urt and Easy Breezy. I had an amazing turmeric ginger milkshake with lime zest that would be an amazing froyo flavor. They used fresh turmeric and fresh ginger.

More thoughtful toppings and froyo pairings: When a new froyo flavor comes out, new complementary toppings should be released as well. Pinkberry is pretty good about doing this.

I’m really afraid that I’ll lose access to Pinkberry, so Pinkberry please stay open and/or offer shipping and maybe even offer your pints in supermarkets.

Menchie’s flavor finder. Will it ever happen????

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

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