Menchies Burbank

Menchies Burbank

Years ago, when I lived in the valley, I went to my neighborhood Menchie’s at least once or twice a week. I was obsessed with their strawberry banana flavor and caramel cup toppings. Since moving to the east side two years ago, my ventures into Burbank are few and far between. However, when I was forced to head north during one of the hottest weekends in Los Angeles, I knew a Menchie’s stop was in order.

I was happy to see upon entering the shop that it remained as darling as I remembered. The heavily air conditioned joint is filled with pink and green decor and smiley workers that look like they just love the yogurt they’re slinging. Unfortunately, when I went to check out the flavors, my strawberry banana was missing, and not replaced with anything too promising. None of the flavors called out to me other than red velvet, which was extremely dark in color and was a bit tangy for my taste. The peanut butter was too savory, the watermelon a little funky and the original tart more sour

Menchies Burbank Taylor 794 Machines

than tart. I ended up selecting angel food cake which was mild and light (although not totally reminiscent of angel food cake) and adding a little bit of milk chocolate fro yo to go with it.

Next I headed to the toppings bar, which was also a bit uninspired. There were your typical candies and cereals, but some of the fruit, namely the bananas, were browned and looked like they had been sitting out for a bit too long. They do keep their dry toppings in covered plastic cases, which keeps them far cleaner and more organized as most. I was happiest with their crushed thin mint cookies toppings, which mixed quite nicely with my chosen flavors.

Menchies Burbank

After paying for my yogurt and feeling a little disappointed with the flavor and topping selection, I sat outside in the sweltering heat to attempt to enjoy my fro yo. One bite in, I was renewed. I remembered why Menchie’s is one of my favorite shops. The texture of their yogurt can’t be beat. It’s smooth, creamy and the perfect combination of firm and soft. Even in 95 degree heat, my yogurt stood strong until my very last bite.

 

Menchies Burbank
3800 West Verdugo Avenue  Burbank, CA 91505

Yoppi Yogurt, San Francisco, CA

Yoppi Yogurt, San Fran

Fro-yo girl here. Yoppi Yogurt is one of the cuter self-serve fro-yo chains. Most of their locations have better toppings than the average self-serve fro-yo shop (e.g., chocolate curls, flavored mochi, peanut M&Ms, unusual cereals, fresh figs) but I’m not as happy with their frozen yogurt. The larger locations carry gelato as well. Prices are usually higher than average.

Yoppi’s Fillmore location is a smaller fro-yo only location, with 6 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day and toppings (nuts, cereal, cheesecake, popping boba, fruit, syrups, mochi, cookie dough, sprinkles, candy) for 49 cents an ounce.

My favorite Yoppi fro-yo flavor is undoubtedly their signature tart (aka original tart, plain tart). Their signature tart is clean, tangy, refreshing

Yoppi Yogurt Wall Art

and very flavorful. It’s on the icy side. Some of their sweet fro-yo flavors are too sweet (e.g., vanilla) and some of their other tart flavors are artificial tasting. The sweet flavors tend to be quite creamy while the tart ones are overly icy. The fro-yo melts quickly.

Still, it’s pleasant to sit and admire the little Yoppi characters and perhaps use their free wi-fi. I was online for a bit and then their wireless network disappeared. Because it’s a small location, there are only 6 seats and they’re crammed closely at the front of the shop.

The fro-yo flavors don’t seem to change much even though they have a board where you can vote for next week’s flavors. I always encounter Signature Tart, Pomegranate Tart, French Vanilla, Classic Chocolate and Yellow Cake Batter. Flavors are supposed to change on Friday.

Yoppi Yogurt Taylor 713

Ask about the frequent buyer program that’s linked to your phone number.

Rating: 3/5

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/

* YOPPI YOGURT: 2208 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115 

Yogurt Palooza, Plymouth, MI

Yogurt Palooza, Plymouth, MI

Fro-yo girl here. Palooza = a crazy, all out party. Yogurt Palooza is downtown Plymouth’s one year old self-serve fro-yo shop. It’s not exactly crazy but the décor is pretty colorful and party-like, especially the rainbow/tie dye colored walls.

There are 14 flavors of fro-yo a day and 40 toppings, including chilled fruit, syrups, candy, cookies, cookie dough, cheesecake, nuts, granola, cereal, sprinkles, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, whipped cream and more, for 49 cents an ounce. They had a no sugar added option, one tart option, fruity flavors, classic flavors (chocolate, vanilla), etc.

Start with a cup or ask the yogurt associate for a sample. The fro-yo that I sampled had a smooth, creamy texture. The original tart was tangy with a refreshing edge, but it wasn’t as

Yogurt Palooza Topping Bar

flavorful as some. The thin mint cookies fro-yo was thick and rich, with a great balance of chocolate and mint. The mint flavor hits you first.

The shop was clean and somewhat sparse with a few stools, a bench and lots of empty space. They have free wi-fi and a flatscreen TV. The price seems high but there aren’t that many fro-yo shops in Michigan and the price is average for the area.

Peace Love Yogurt.

Rating: 3.5/5

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

Yogurt Palooza Creation

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

* YOGURT PALOOZA: 416 South Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170 

Yogurtland, Hollywood, CA

Yogurtland – Hollywood

When I see a line practically coming out the door at a frozen yogurt joint, I have pretty high expectations. This place must be good if so many people flock to it, right? Unfortunately this was not the case with Yogurtland in Hollywood.

Late on a Wednesday evening, Yogurtland was ridiculously packed. Crowds of people huddled around the dozen or so fro-yo dispensers. It was not until I passed each machine that I even knew what flavors were available! The options were pretty typical with chocolate, vanilla, cookies ‘n cream, s’mores and their original tart. The tart flavor was actually quite good. It was perhaps a bit sweeter than most other tarts, but it was creamy and had a nice solid consistency without being overly hard. Unfortunately, the tart flavors were few and far between, with the sweeter flavors being featured. These flavors were entirely too sweet. It felt like a sugar overload! The pina colada felt like pure sugar and was almost inedible. The pistacchio and salted caramel pecan were a bit tastier, but the latter was lacking the salt the name implied and both were a bit on the soft side, causing them to begin melting almost instantly.

Yogurtland – Dry Topping Bar

The toppings were also rather uninspired with the usual variety of fruit (although no bananas – my favorite!), popping boba, a few crushed candies, nuts, cereals and the option of chocolate of caramel sauce. I topped my yogurt with some fresh melon, strawberries and candies. I wished that there had been more savory toppings since the yogurt was extra sweet already.

Part of what made this experience so unpleasant was the utter chaos of the shop. Granted it was slammed, but the place just looked wrecked. The yogurt machines looked dirty with

Yogurtland – Dirty Taylor Machines

sample cups lying all around and the toppings bar was messy with candies and fruit strewn far from their holding dishes. After paying for my yogurt, I realized there was no where to sit, so I was resigned to eating my fro-yo in the car. Unfrotunately, this shop isn’t located in the safest part of Hollywood, so sitting in my car late in the evening made me a bit uncomfortable and I ended up driving home while my yogurt melted sadly beside me.

2/5 stars

Yogurtland
5541 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Yogofina Frozen Yogurt, Oakland, CA

Yogofina Frozen Yogurt

Fro-yo girl here. Yogofina Frozen Yogurt has 12 locations in Northern California. The Lakeshore location feels as tiny as a closet with 6 fro-yo machines crammed in tightly and no indoor seating. The twelve self-serve fro-yo flavors and plentiful toppings, including a wall of dry toppings, are 39 cents an ounce. The fruit and candy bars were chopped into large pieces. They had many varieties of fresh fruit, popping boba, flavored mochi, candy, cookies, nuts, jellies, chips, cereal, nuts, brownies, chocolate covered things, syrups, etc. I even saw Ho Hos!

Fro-yo flavors included raspberry tart, peach tart, taro, strawberry, peanut butter, cookies n’ cream, dark chocolate, original tart, etc. Their original tart wasn’t pleasing because it was

Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt toppings

bland and tasted like sweet cream. The raspberry tart and pomegranate tart fro-yo flavors were better but overly sweet for tart flavors. The texture was slightly gritty, thick and icy but not watery. Ask for sample cups.

Stoelting 2 Flavor Machine

The toppings are better than the fro-yo but the abundance of toppings and sweetness of the fro-yo will likely please kids and those who aren’t looking for pronounced natural yogurt flavor.

It’s disappointing that there isn’t any indoor seating. There were a few chairs outside but they were all taken. Their Montclair location isn’t that far away and has plenty of seating.

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

Rating: 2.5/5

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/

* YOGOFINA: 3261 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

Yoghut, Columbia, South Carolina

Yoghut, Columbia, SC Storefront

Must I say, what a lovely place. It’s funny, when you think you’ve finally run out of lovely places to visit, you come across one almost instantaneously. Yoghut is located downtown, close to the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Though the location can get busy sometimes, I think it is perfect; a little exercising to get there and you reward yourself with a treat. There were several flavors to choose from –definitely something to cater to each and everyone’s taste buds – from chocolate to red velvet and to even  cheesecake (oh la la). I happened to try the red velvet and it was Heaven, Heaven I tell you. I was greeted as soon as I walked in, with warm hellos,  and as soon as I got close to the machines I was asked if I wanted to try any samples of the flavors (very good service). I felt comfortable; the staff was always smiling and seemed to be happy to be there. They took care of the place, cleaning the machines and topping area once we were done. After choosing what yogurt we wanted, we headed to the topping station, which again was very clean and very delicious.

Yoghut, Columbia, Taylor Machines

There were an abundant amount of toppings to choose from including fruits (strawberries to kiwis to blueberries) and candies (gummies and such, even cookie dough!). And the price?  Very inexpensive.  I was one satisfied costumer. A lot of my friends filled the whole container and paid a considerate amount less here than they would have paid at another yogurt place nearby. The texture was luscious, very smooth, melting in my mouth with a full and rich flavor. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a light (or heavy snack), who might be a budget, but still wants high quality yogurt, someone who wants to feel relaxed while munching on something sweet and a little healthy, someone who wants to breathe a little life into their soul. Yes, yogurt can do that.

Yoghut, Frozen yogurt topping bar

 

Yoghut

601 Main St.

Columbia, SC 29201

Phone:803-386-9786

Froyo Life, Los Angeles, CA

Froyo Life Los Angeles

Froyo Life sits nestled on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. At 9pm on a Thursday night, it was surprisingly packed, far busier than the gelato joint placed right next to them. Froyo Life follows the typical practices of most frozen yogurt shops, with a dozen or so rotating flavor options and a plethora of toppings, with pricing at 39 cents per ounce of creamy deliciousness.

The employees happily hand out sample cups for you to test the product. Unfortunately, their original tart flavor was lacking. Tart it was, but it also left a lingering unpleasant after taste and felt a bit too dense. The honey lavender tart was quite a bit better with it’s unique flavor but texturally was on the icy/hard side of the fro-yo spectrum. The sweet flavors were more successful. The pecan praline and cookies ‘n cream were both milky, smooth, and tasty, although just a touch on the overly sweet side. Other flavors included carrot cake, rootbeer float, strawberry sorbet and several more. They had a great topping selection with everything from fresh fruit to cereal to pretzels to passion fruit popping boba to standard crushed candies as well as caramel, chocolate and

Froyo Life, LA

marshmallow sauces to top it off. I appreciated the cleanliness of the toppings station as when customers are involved, this area can often become wrecked rather quickly. Luckily, friendly employees stood by to replenish and tidy the toppings accordingly.

The environment was sweet, with comfy seats adorned with bright pink cushions and a large center table coated with dozens of magazines if you should need some reading materials with your frozen yogurt. Unfortunately, parking was a pain. With street parking in Los Feliz rather crowded and problematic and a tiny designated parking lot, I was forced to drive around for at least 10 minutes and then walk for a 5 in order to reach Froyo Life. Next time, I’ll go at 3pm on a Tuesday when the shop and streets should be pretty empty!

Froyo Life Los Angeles Topping Bar

3/5 stars

Samantha Cowan
Froyo Life
1924 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9900

Cielo Foods Frozen Yogurt Mix

Cielo Frozen Yogurt Logo

Cielo Foods is an supplier of frozen yogurt mix products.  They distribute to over 30 countries worldwide. They are based out of Southern California.

Here’s what we like most – Unique flavors, Amazing texture, and ease of use with the product. They have your basic flavors like Tart, Vanilla and Chocolate but they also have unique flavors like Chocolate Chai, Earl Grey, and Caramel Salted Pretzel.  The texture on the product comes out surprisingly rich and creamy, you would never know the product is nonfat and a powder mix!  They definitely blew our minds and changed any doubts we had about powder mixes.  Cielo Food’s product has probiotics from Ganeden BC, the highest quality probiotics available on the market.  The mixing instructions are fairly simple.  All you have to do is

add 1 bag to 1 gallon of water!  They understand that the owner cannot be in the store mixing everyday so they make it easy enough to where a high school student can do it.

Cielo Frozen Yogurt Mix Packaging

Cielo Foods mixes are All Natural , KSA Kosher and Halal certified.  Cielo Foods offers a wide variety of flavors, in non-fat, low-fat, NSA (no sugar added), low carb, and dairy free sorbets. Because they manufacture the product themselves, the bulk pricing options are probably the most competitive on the market.  Their standard pallet pricing is $85 a box, 10 bags per case.  So each bag costs $8.50 and it yields 175 ounces by weight. This makes your cost 4.8 cents per ounce!

Taste: 5/5

Texture: 5/5

Variety: 4/5

Distribution: 4/5

Quality: 5/5

Yogurtouille, Fremont, CA

Yogurtouille, Fremont, CA

Fro-yo girl here. Yogurtouille Fremont is the newer of Yogurtouille’s two locations. It’s a standard self-serve fro-yo shop with typical flavors and typical toppings. They have 12 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day and toppings for 39 cents an ounce. They do have more toppings than usual, including popping boba, hot chocolate syrup, jellies, cookie dough, cookies, candy, mochi, cereal, nuts, chips, brownies, candy, coconut, bottled syrups, etc.  The cups come in various sizes and the clear ones must be for fro-yo parfaits. They also have cones.

Fro-yo flavors included NY cheesecake, Dole pineapple, dulce de leche, root beer float, key lime, mango tart and more. If you want fro-yo samples, ask the employee. I didn’t like the creamy, somewhat fluffy original tart because it was heavy, bland, and had a cream aftertaste. The French vanilla fro-yo was much better: creamy, smooth, sweet but not too sweet, with a hint of yogurt flavor. Their sweeter flavors may be better than their tart flavors. While I find their fro-yo average at best, they do offer a wide selection.

Yogurtouille Electrofreeze Yogurt Machines

The décor is simple but super bright, with bright orange and yellow walls. The acoustics seemed to be bad because one group of chatty people and loud fro-yo machines made the place unbearably loud. Also, there was an unpleasant scent of cleaning solution in the air and the place was hot (no A/C?).

Yogurtouille Topping Bar

Avoid paying sales tax by taking it to go. They also have a frequent buyer program.

You can find their current fro-yo flavors on their Facebook page.

Rating: 3/5

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/

* YOGURTOUILLE: 2670 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538