Frog Frozen Yogurt Bar, Hollywood, CA

Frog Frozen Yogurt Hollywood

Fro-yo girl here. Frog makes its mark as the most club-like fro-yo shop out there and the location is perfect for late night fro-yo. It’s open till 2 AM most nights and 3 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

The décor is striking, including the ceiling with tiny round lights that change colors and the wall covered with a graffiti style mural.  The Frog Project features work from local artists on display at Frog and limited edition t-shirts with all proceeds going to the charity selected by the featured artist.

The sleek white interior with textured walls, attractive signs, overflowing bins of toppings, and 10 flavors of self-serve fro-yo a day make fro-yo hard to resist.  Sample cups and hand sanitizer are prominently displayed and sampling is encouraged. The pristine toppings bar featured hot syrups, popping boba, mochi, candy, cookies, cookie dough, cheesecake bites, big brownie pieces, chocolate chips, nuts, and fresh fruit. The fruit looked fresher than what you normally find at a fro-yo shop. They also cut it into larger pieces.

Frog Frozen Yogurt Tart Treat

Every frozen yogurt flavor that I tried was smooth, thick, firm and creamy.  They only had one tart flavor though, original plain tart. The original plain tart was rich, thick and smooth. It had a heavier, cheesier flavor that I still enjoyed and paired well with fresh fruit. Luscious lemon is a sweet fro-yo flavor and it’s light on the lemon flavor. I would have preferred a tarter, more lemony flavor. About half the flavors were sweet classics like French roast coffee, Madagascar vanilla, Dulce de leche, and the rest were fruity, including one sorbet.

They charge 44 cents an ounce which I thought was worth the price since it felt like a premium experience. I saved my Frog spoon, the clear plastic one. Great branding!

Rating: 4/5

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

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* FROG FROZEN YOGURT BAR: 1550 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Yogurtiers, Burbank, CA

Yogurtiers Store Front

Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtiers, Burbank’s first frozen yogurt shop, opened in 2008, offering ten flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt a day. Years later, the fro-yo is still self-serve but they’ve changed from the per ounce based on weight price to a flat rate price based on cup size.

For $3.50, I could fill up my small cup with as much fro-yo and toppings that fit. They had your standard toppings, including candy, cereal, nuts, sprinkles, cookie dough, cookies, fruit, mochi, syrups, etc. Fro-yo flavors included mostly non-fat flavors and one non-dairy option. They had a good variety of fro-yo flavors from YoCream, including 2 tart flavors (plain and strawberry), chocolate, French vanilla, peanut butter, and raspberry.

I sampled the plain tart. Their version was on the icy, mildly tart, and bland side. The strawberry tart had more flavor but also suffered from being overly icy. I did enjoy the refreshing quality of their strawberry tart frozen yogurt and the sweet aftertaste.

Fro-yo prices: Small ($3.50)/ Medium ($4.50)/ Large ($5.50)

 

Yogurtiers Taylor Machines

Located in downtown Burbank, Yogurtiers offers plenty of room for hanging out, including a spacious outdoor patio.  The décor has a futuristic fro-yo shop look with a wavy white wall, white pendant lamps, and sleek white tables and chairs. They have free wi-fi, two TVs, and a mini video game arcade.

If you’re not in the mood for fro-yo, they also carry Seattle’s Best Coffee, yogurt smoothies, shaved ice and freshly made waffles (Belgian, liege, and sand) with toppings.

 

Rating: 3/5

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

Yogurtiers in Burbank inside store

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* YOGURTIERS: 130 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

 

Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt, South Pasadena, CA

Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt, South Pasadena, CA

penguins frozen yogurt

Fro-yo girl here. At one time, Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt had 130 locations and was the largest frozen yogurt franchise in Southern California. Penguin’s thrived in the 1980s but fell on hard times, filing for bankruptcy in 1991. You can still find a few Penguin’s sprinkled around Southern California and they haven’t been gone the way of self-serve fro-yo yet.

Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt in South Pasadena carries much more than frozen yogurt. You can get Peet’s Coffee, pastries, and ice cream, in addition to all their frozen yogurt offerings: soft serve in a cup or cone, dipped cones, sundaes, smoothies, shakes, frozen yogurt cakes, frozen yogurt pies, and lunch fruit cups. The freezer case has frozen yogurt pints and freezer cups (single serve portions of fro-yo).

They carry 8 frozen yogurt flavors a day, including Carbolite, two sugar free options and one dairy free option. Traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate and cookies n’ cream are offered, along with tart flavors like original tart and sugar free tart. The toppings have kept up with the times as well. They offer mochi, popping boba, fruit, candy, cookies, nuts, chips, brownies, sprinkles, and syrups.  The cups are still Styrofoam.

penguins frozen yogurt toppings

The vanilla frozen yogurt was smooth, sweet, rich and creamy. It tasted like soft serve ice cream and didn’t have yogurt flavor. The original tart flavor was creamy and smooth with a lemony taste. It didn’t have the refreshing, icy edge that a good original tart should have and the aftertaste was heavy and filmy. Not surprisingly, their sweet frozen yogurt flavors are much better than their tart flavors.

The chocolate they use for their chocolate dipped cone tasted chalky and unpleasant. The coating was too thick and soft. I’d recommend avoiding the chocolate dipped cones.

Frozen yogurt prices: Baby ($1.80)/ Small ($2.95)/ Regular ($3.50)/ Large ($3.95)

This location has free wi-fi and is popular with laptop campers. The shop looks new and spacious. The shop colors are inspired by penguins: white walls, white chairs, white tables and few touches of black. A stuffed penguin sits by the frozen yogurt machines.

Rating: 3/5

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

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* PENGUIN’S FROZEN YOGURT: 1105 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA, 91030

Menchies Frozen Yogurt – Highlands, Denver

Menchie’s – Highlands, Denver

Menchie's - Store front

I just have to say, right off the bat, that Menchie’s is probably my favorite yogurt shop. Set boldly on the corner of Clay and 32nd Ave. in the Highlands area of Denver, this little shop is in the perfect location. Grab a cup of fro-yo and sit at the sidewalk seating area, at the rolled up door patio, or just take a walk down 32nd for some decent urban sightseeing.

Menchie’s sports 8 twin twist froyo machines (I think they were Stoelting) arranged in a nice semi-circle, with the cash register in a little island in the middle. The layout of the store is very open, colorful and inviting. At the end of the 16 flavors (yum!) of yogurt are the more than 50 yogurt toppings. I don’t know why I’m so excited about the layout of the store, but it really makes a difference. It may be the high head clearance, too, that makes this store so cool.

Menchie's topping bar

At Menchie’s you’ll find the usual vanilla, chocolate and plain tart. I always have to try these, but am rarely impressed, just because they’re not my preferred flavors. But, if you like these types of flavors, go for it. I was very happy with all the flavors I tried here. They produce yogurt from Yo Cream, and their own proprietary mix. I wasn’t able to ascertain which flavors were which, but I was very happy with all the samples. The cappuccino flavor I tried was a little too bitter for me. It was very cappuccino-esque, but I just tend to prefer things a little sweeter. The peanut butter was super creamy and delicious, with not a speck of grittiness. The cookies and cream was actually pretty tasty considering it was fat free. I usually like the full fat stuff, so I’m always impressed by a delicious fat free frozen yogurt. What I finally landed on, though, was a lighter mix than my usual rich yogurt with reece’s peanut butter cups: plain tart, and peach mango tart, with mango boba balls, chopped strawberries, and blueberries. Man, let me tell you, the peach mango tart is out of this world!! I have never had anything like it. The one thing I would have preferred, and do prefer from frozen yogurt, which is hard to come by, is a little harder-frozen product. Especially now that it’s getting hot, I like a little firmer cup of yogurt that doesn’t melt right away. That’s the only downside to Menchie’s yogurt. But that’s not uncommon, so I don’t really hold it against them. I rate the yogurt at a 4.5 out of 5.

Menchie's toppings

The topping bar was insane! There were literally 50 or so toppings. I’m not even going to name them, you can already imagine. What you can’t imagine is hot sauce. Yes, Tapatio (I believe) hot sauce. You gotta be kidding me, right? Wrong! Hot sauce! True story!

I wasn’t too psyched about the fruit selection. The bananas were a sad little bunch, going brown just waiting for someone to come scoop them up. The strawberries, kiwis and blueberries were fine. I guess they just looked kind of boring without a whole array of fruits like I have seen at other shops. I give the toppings a 3 out of 5. They get the average score just because of the wide variety, but there was really nothing outstanding about them.

 

Menchies frozen yogurt creation

Maybe it’s the pleasantly calming, yet hip combination of colors, the 50 plus toppings, the 16 different flavors, or maybe just because it’s my neighborhood yogurt shop. Whatever it is, Menchie’s is the place I will return to time and again, whether it’s for a hot summer date, or a casual stroll in the park.

Menchie’s in Highland, you get a 4 out of 5 stars from me!

Yumi Yogurt, San Mateo, CA

Yumi Yogurt, San Mateo, CA

Yumi Yogurt, San Mateo, Store Front

Fro-yo girl here. Yumi Yogurt celebrated its 25th anniversary 3 years ago, making it one of the oldest frozen yogurt shops in the Bay Area. With five locations in the Bay Area, Yumi’s old school charm continues to draw crowds. The towering cups of fro-yo can look downright intimidating. A cup of Yumi Yogurt could easily be a meal. The fro-yo always seems to be the right temperature and consistency: smooth, thick, and creamy. And they’ve perfected their swirling technique.

Yumi’s San Mateo shop carries 6 flavors of frozen yogurt a day, and that’s not counting the 8 flavor burst flavors. Flavor bursts are vanilla fro-yo with swirls of flavored syrup. The fro-yo comes in various forms including as sundaes and shakes. They usually have chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt, along with Wow Cow and Carbolite offerings.  They also have Lappert’s Ice Cream, Hawaiian style shave ice, and smoothies.

Yumi Yogurt Topping Bar

Yumi has kept up with fro-yo trends by offering tart frozen yogurt, fresh fruit toppings, mochi and popping boba, but their sweet fro-yo flavors are better. Some of the flavors aren’t great but the vanilla, chocolate and cookies n’ cream are reliably good. The snickerdoodle frozen yogurt didn’t have much cinnamon or cookie flavor. However, the cookies n’ cream frozen yogurt is excellent. It actually has a chocolate cookie flavor. The French vanilla frozen yogurt tastes like an eggy, rich, vanilla custard.

Fro-yo prices: Child $3.95/Petite $4.15/ Medium $4.50/ Large $4.95

People who order a medium or large usually intend to share their fro-yo with a group. The child size will satisfy most fro-yo lovers. This location has a lovely outdoor patio with blooming flowers and a large parking lot.

Cash only.

Rating: 4/5

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

For more on all things fro-yo, be sure to visit my blog: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/

Yumi Yogurt, San Mateo, CA

* YUMI YOGURT: 3955 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

WildBerry Yogurt, Los Altos, CA

WildBerry Yogurt, Los Altos, CA

Wildberry Yogurt Store Front

Fro-yo girl here. WildBerry Yogurt, a chain of self-serve frozen yogurt shops based in California, just opened a location in Los Altos. The look and feel (bright colors, pictures of fruit, modern looking) make it seem almost indistinguishable from self-serve fro-yo chains like Tutti Frutti, YoPop, Yogofina and Orange Tree. WildBerry differs by offering a creamier style frozen yogurt at a higher price point.

 

The Los Altos WildBerry has 10 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day, dispensed from Electro Freeze machines and a good but not unusual selection of toppings for 41 cents an ounce. Toppings include syrups, plenty of fresh fruit, jellies, brownies, nuts, candy, cereal, nuts, sprinkles, cookies, and 2 kinds of mochi. The shop is popular with young families. It’s small with a few tables indoors and out. All they sell is frozen yogurt.

 

Wildberry Yogurt Topping Bar

The Italian tart is clearly their best tart flavor. It’s smooth, creamy and thick with a pleasant tanginess and clean aftertaste. Their other tart frozen flavors (e.g., mango, strawberry) are too sweet for tart fro-yo though they do have a mild tanginess. Most of their frozen flavors are traditional ice cream substitutes, including Cookies n’ Cream, French vanilla, Chocolate, Cappuccino, and Strawberry. They usually carry a non-dairy sorbet option and a no sugar added option as well.

 

Service could be improved. No one greeted customers or offered sample cups. They didn’t have hand sanitizer. The toppings area was clean but the tables needed to be wiped down.

 

Frozen Yogurt Creation

When they ask you for here or to go, say to go (if you say for here, you’ll have to pay sales tax).

 

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

 

Rating: 3.5/5

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* WILDBERRY YOGURT: 656 Fremont Ave., Los Altos, CA 94024