Cultive Frozen Yogurt, San Francisco, CA

Fro-yo girl here. Cultive got its start in Davis and currently has three locations in Northern California. I visited Cultive SF when it first opened in December 2009. At that time, they had 10 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day for 43 cents an ounce.

Cultive Frozen Yogurt Shop

I revisited to see how things had changed. The interior looked much the same with bright green and pink walls. The décor is simple and cheerful. There are signs proclaiming the health benefits of yogurt.

Seating is limited as there are only two small tables inside. The floor was quite dirty.

 

 

 

Dry Toppings Bar, Cultive Froyo

The price has increased to 46 cents an ounce and they removed one of the fro-yo machines, so they offer 8 flavors of self-serve fro-yo a day now. They continue to have a good toppings bar with waffle bowls, chilled and dried toppings (syrups, mochi, fruit, chips, cookies, candy, cheesecake, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate covered things, yogurt pretzels, popping boba, cereal, organic granola) and hot fudge. 

I sampled four flavors and the first three were disappointing. The texture of each was too icy and the Cultive tart (original) was gritty. Peach tart tasted artificial, like peach candy. Fancy French vanilla was super sweet. Cultive tart was bland and slightly sour. Peanut butter was the only nice and creamy flavor that I tried.

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt, Taylor Machines

Sample cups are easily accessible by the dry toppings area. Do sample the fro-yo before you commit.

 

When a fro-yo place charges a premium price, I have even higher expectations that the fro-yo is the proper texture. Cultive did not deliver.

 

 

Self-serve frozen yogurt

 

 

You can earn free fro-yo with their frequent buyer card program.

Rating: 2/5

 

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/

* CULTIVE FROZEN YOGURT: 1998 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Miyo Yogurt, Menlo Park, CA

 

Miyo Yogurt Shop

Fro-yo girl here. Miyo Yogurt has two locations. The first is in Los Altos and the second in Menlo Park. There are 10 flavors of fro-yo a day and toppings for 43 cents an ounce.

Miyo stands out in several ways: (1) wider range of offerings, including fro-yo, gelato, crepes, pearl tea and smoothies, (2) enormous variety of toppings, over 70 kinds. You’ll find more than one type of granola, several flavors of mochi balls, popping boba, jellies, cereals, cookies, nuts, coconut (toasted and untoasted), sprinkles, candy, chips, chocolate covered nuts, syrups, etc.

The fro-yo flavors were the ones you see at most self-serve fro-yo shops, including the

Miyo Yogurt, Dry Topping Bar

classics (vanilla, chocolate, cookies n’ cream), tart flavors and a sorbet. I tried the strawberry tart and the watermelon tart. Both were overly icy, faintly flavored and tasted more like candy than fruit.
The shop has a good location in downtown Menlo Park and it offers free wi-fi with a fair amount of seating. The décor is contemporary, with pastel colors and framed photographs on the wall. They need to get nicer signs for the fro-yo because the taped on paper signs, some handwritten, look sloppy.

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/

Miyo Yogurt, Taylor 336 machines

* MIYO YOGURT: 842 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA94025

Milky’s Frozen Yogurt, Los Angeles, CA

Milkys Frozen Yogurt

Fro-yo girl here.  Located in an area known as the Kosher Corridor, Milky’s Frozen Yogurt is kosher, naturally, but it’s even better than kosher. Milky’s offers 14 dairy and 4 kosher parve vegan self-serve fro-yo flavors a day. The toppings are all kosher but some are also parve vegan. Mochi isn’t kosher, so it didn’t make the cut. However, you will find plenty of toppings, including candy, cereal, cookies, sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, syrups, cookie dough and cheesecake bites. The fruit is kept chilled and the sample cups are easily accessible at the counter.

The parve/vegan fro-yo is 45 cents an ounce. The dairy fro-yo is 39 cents an ounce. They

Milky’s Frozen Yogurt Taylor 336 machines

may also have smoothies. The sign said smoothies but I didn’t see a smoothies menu.

The original tart vegan fro-yo is made with organic soymilk. It’s not as tart or creamy as the average dairy based original tart but I enjoyed the soymilk flavor and was pleasantly surprised that it was mildly tangy. The fro-yo was refreshing and light, mostly sweet with a bit of tang. The soy milk flavor didn’t complement the blackberries in their blackberry vegan fro-yo. Their simply tart dairy version was also pleasing: creamy, smooth, thick and a bit sour.

The dairy fro-yo flavors are pretty traditional (e.g., cookies n’ cream, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter). Vegan parve fro-yo is difficult to find and it’s really what sets Milky’s apart.

Milky’s Frozen Yogurt

Milky’s has a modern look, mostly white, with pink and green accents. I like their cartoon cat mascot who appears on their cups and the cartoon smiling soy beans are also adorable. Patrons can eat their fro-yo and enjoy complimentary wi-fi access. There are plenty of small tables in this spacious establishment.

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/

* MILKY’S FROZEN YOGURT: 1429 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

 

Cherry on Top Frozen Yogurt, Pasadena, CA

Cherry on Top

Fro-yo girl here.  Cherry on Top Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve fro-yo chain based in Southern California with 27 locations in the U.S.  The Pasadena location is a bright, cheerful , modern spot with 10 self-serve fro-yo flavors a day and a large island in the center with plentiful toppings. The fro-yo and toppings are 39 cents an ounce. Six weeks ago, they added Tea Boba, which sells tea, slush, and ice milk drinks.

Cherry colored dots can be found on the cups and on the exterior. The round red chairs fit with the theme. The theme colors are white, cherry and green. They have a large flatscreen TV and free wi-fi.

There were more toppings though nothing unusual. They had cereal, candy, cookies, nuts

Cherry on Top Frozen Yogur

, chocolate chips, popping boba, jellies, mochi, sprinkles, cheesecake bits, brownies, fresh fruit, and syrups. Waffle cones are available. The sneeze guard protects the toppings and the bins are far enough apart that mixing/cross-contamination is unlikely.

The original tart fro-yo was creamy, thick and smooth, tangy with a sweet aftertaste. Blueberry tart fro-yo was a bit too sweet for a tart flavor and too icy as well. The flavor reminded me of non-frozen blueberry yogurt. The fro-yo flavors included classics, a sorbet (Mango) and a more exotic flavor (Taro).

Ask for a bonus card. Also, the mayor of this location on Foursquare gets 10 free ounces of fro-yo.

Rating: 3/5

Cherry on Top Taylor 794 machines

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/

* CHERRY ON TOP FROZEN YOGURT: 1299 E. Green St. 100, Pasadena, CA 91106

PreGel America Frozen Yogurt Mix

PreGel America Frozen Yogurt Mix

PreGel AMERICA Yoggi30 Yogurt Powder Mix

Frozen yogurt is enjoyable any time of day, but when the right mix is used to make it, frozen yogurt becomes PHENOMENAL! And Yoggi 30, PreGel AMERICA’s yogurt-flavored powder mix, is creamy, refreshingly tart and tastes remarkably good! The North Carolina-based U.S. subsidiary of PreGel, an internationally recognized manufacturer and distributor of specialty dessert ingredients headquartered in Reggio Emilia, Italy, offers a high standard of flavor, quality and texture with their yogurt powder.

PreGel America Frozen Yogurt Mix

The flavor of PreGel’s frozen yogurt product is extremely versatile. The company provides a slew of recipes that can be prepared creamy-style or icy-style, tart or sweet, and they have a plethora of irresistible flavor compounds, pastes and toppings that can be utilized to add variety to their yogurt base.  PreGel suggests enhancing the flavor and texture with a product called Arabeschi, which they described to us as “goodness in a can.”  The tins carry little additions to enhance the froyo experience such as passion fruit (with seeds), Amarena cherries, or Fragolissima (which translates to strawberries

Creamy Frozen Yogurt Powder Mix

in English).

Yoggi30 is manufactured in America, is Kosher certified and available in 8-bag cases or 26.4lb bags. Distribution is set up well throughout the entire US, and service / ordering is easy to come by.

If you are looking for a powder mix supplier PreGel then we highly recommend checking out PreGel.  A top pick for thefrozenyogurtreview.

Frog – Frozen yogurt in Hollywood

Frog Hollywood

While I still can’t quite figure out what the word “frog” has to do with frozen yogurt, this shop is filled with positive reviews about unique flavor and toppings choices.  I was still rather hesitant to check it out due to it’s location. While Frog might be a great place to visit if you’re out gallivanting in Hollywood on a hot Friday night, for someone who isn’t into the club scene, the shop stuck right next to The District, Big Wangs and Stout is not all that appealing. However, the reviews won me over and the promise of dulce de leche and bacon donut flavors eventually lured me in.

The shop itself has a parking lot, but it appeared reserved for pricey valet, so I parked down on Sunset a ways. No matter, I intended to eat a great deal of fro-yo, and I could use a littler exercise in preparation for a large dessert. The shop was cute. It’s rather tiny but

Frog Hollywood

kept very clean. They had some interesting art of illustrated celebrities and I enjoyed trying to guess who was who. They had stacks of sample cups out, which I appreciate as it is becoming ever popular to be forced to ask for sample cups and then receiving just one to try the plethora of interesting flavors. And I tried all the flavors, not because I couldn’t find one I liked, but because they were all so good! Their traditional vanilla, strawberry and milk chocolate bar were all outstanding. The dulce de leche and maple bacon donut were actually my least favorites — both a touch to sweet for me. The pink lemonade was tart and tasty and the thin mint cookie was to die for. It tasted just like my girl scout favorite.

Then came the toppings. There were loads of candies and cookies and delicious chocolately treats, my favorite being the super soft brownie that you could cut off little pieces of and drop on your yogurt. The fruit however, was rather sub par. The mango was extremely hard the blueberries were mushy. I ended up having to skip the fruit as none of it was properly ripe. However, other than that, this might be my new favorite fro-yo place. Days later, I’m still thinking about that thin mint cookie flavor!

Frog Hollywood

**Samantha Cowan**

Frog
1550 North Cahuenga Boulevard  Hollywood, CA 90028

Mon-Thu, Sun 12 pm – 2 am

Fri-Sat 12 pm – 3 am