Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt to Open Second Orlando Location on I-Drive

Back on August 19, 2009, the nationally-known Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain opened their first Orlando location in Dr.Phillips.

We were there to cover the grand opening, and I can vouch that every flavor I’ve tried has been yummy.

Now they’re spreading their fro-yo love to the Orlando Premium Outlets – International Drive (formerly Prime Outlets) at the northern end of I-Drive by Universal.

The new location is set to open April 1, 2011. In the meantime, you can follow them on Twitter @PinkberryFla.

And of course, still enjoy delicious Pinkberry at The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (corner of Dr. Phillips Blvd and Sand Lake Dr).

Free Tutti Frutti Yogurt on September 6

A few days ago I tried out the new Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt place by Mall at Millenia.

If you’d like to give this new eatery a try, head over there Monday (Sept. 6) afternoon. From 1pm to 2pm, all yogurt concoctions up to 6oz are free.

Since this weekend is the Labor Day holiday, I expect that there will be a line for the free stuff, but it’d make a nice treat for the family.

Tutti Frutti Yogurt is located at 4104 Millenia Blvd, on the backside of the mall building at the corner of Millenia and Conroy.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt By the Ounce

Driving around the Mall at Millenia this week, I spied a new business in the outer set of buildings at the corner of Conroy and Millenia.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt had its grand opening last month on August 14 and is pretty much a self-serve type of place.

You go in and pick your flavor from what’s available that day. TFFY rotates the flavors on a daily basis and they do allow you to sample them before you buy.

Today’s flavors were Almond, Coconut, Blueberry, Cheesecake, Vanilla, Death by Chocolate, Original tart, Mango, and Heath Bar.

Once you decide on a flavor, you pour it out into the cup. There are two flavors per machine and you can choose to have those two flavors swirled together.

Then you pick what toppings you want from the counter. There are pump bottles of chocolate, caramel and other liquid toppings. A tower holds the candy toppings and counter bar holds the perishable toppings like fresh fruit and whipped cream. You can put as much of whatever you like on your yogurt.

Just don’t get too carried away with piling on the toppings, though. TFFY charges by the ounce, so the more you put on, the heavier your cup of yogurt.

All concoctions cost 46 cents an ounce.

I blended almond and Heath Bar yogurt and topped it with kiwi fruit, granola and Ghirardelli caramel. Total for my creation was a little over $3 after tax.

The yogurt was the texture of soft serve ice cream and had a sweet taste to it. I liked the unusual flavor choices, too. I would say Tutti Frutti Yogurt would be a good substitute for an ice cream craving.

One other thing I noticed is that they also carry yogurt treats for dogs. They’re in a little freezer by the door and these pre-packaged treats come in doggy-approved flavors like banana and peanut butter. A single serving cup is under $3.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is located at 4104 Millenia Blvd and they’re open 11am to 10pm every day except for Friday and Saturday when they’re open until 11pm.

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A Taste of Pinkberry in Orlando

Pinkberry frozen yogurt has been a west coast favorite for years and has a high profile in the tabloids due to all its celebrity fans. But it’s slowly been branching out across the country and this week, opened its first Florida location here in the Orlando area.

Thursday (Aug 19), the store hosted a “Pinkberry Preview Party” where hundreds lined up for a free sample and a chance to spin the prize wheel. I drove by, but not being one to stand in long lines, I decided to come back the next day to try it out.

My friend and I arrived around 2:30pm to a mostly empty store. By the time we sat down, the line at the counter went out the door and wound around the corner to the Starbucks. Talk about great timing!

Pinkberry premium frozen yogurt is made with real nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk that is rBST hormone free. The person who waited on us was kind enough to let us sample all six flavors of Pinkberry: Original, a tangy sweet yogurt; Coconut, which tasted like frozen coconut milk; Pomegranate, made with 100% California-grown pure pomegranate juice; Mango, made with mango puree; Chocolate, which was rich tasting; and Passionfruit, a seasonal flavor. All were really good, and I liked that Pinkberry’s yogurt has a tartness to it. I hate when frozen yogurt is so sweet I feel like I’ve just eaten a ton of sugar.

Another thing I liked about Pinkberry is that in addition to candy and cookie-like toppings, you could choose to have more nutritious options like fresh fruit. There is an additional charge to have toppings, but it’s unlimited for one price, instead of a surcharge for each item.

Speaking of prices, Pinkberry’s yogurt comes in four sizes – mini, small, medium and large – and starts at $1.95 for a mini Original with no toppings and goes up to $7.95 for a large flavored with toppings.

I had a small Pomegranate Pinkberry with kiwi fruit, blackberries, honey almond  granola and a drizzle of honey ($4.95). The combination of the tart pomegranate with the thick honey offset each other just right. The fruit and granola gave the yogurt a nice texture and flavor, too. I’d give it a 10 out of 10.

My friend had the Chocolate Pinkberry with Mochi (a Japanese rice cake that tastes like a gourmet marshmallow), mixed nuts, yogurt chips and crushed waffle cone bits ($4.95). From the speed in which she ate it, I’d say she’d give hers a 10 out of 10, too.

Besides the great taste and flexibility with toppings, I also have to give thumbs up to the service.

There were two things I didn’t like, though. The music was so loud and bass-heavy, I felt like I should be in a club, not a food shop. Combine that with everybody trying to talk over the music and it was just one big wall of noise. If it wasn’t so hot outside, I would’ve moved to one of the patio tables to get away from the loudness.

Secondly, while there were only five tables inside, there were no trash cans. Outside there were several, but inside, none.

But those things aside, the frozen yogurt is definitely worth the trip.

Pinkberry is in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.), on the corner of Dr. Phillips Boulevard and Sand Lake Road. They can be reached by phone at 407-354-0890.

Pinkberry to Open in Orlando August 20, 2010

With the current heatwave in Orlando, wouldn’t a frozen yogurt be tasty? Then you’ll want to head over to Dr. Phillips to check out the grand opening of Pinkberry.

A popular west coast chain, Pinkberry has made its way to the east coast with its first Florida location.

Pinkberry’s serves up several flavors, including Original, Pomegranate, Coconut, Chocolate and Mango. Watermelon is a current seasonal flavor. Once you pick a flavor, decide if you want it in a cup or cone, with wet or dry toppings. Or be truly adventurous and order a parfait make with Pinkberry yogurt, fresh fruit and granola.

A “Pinkberry Preview Party” will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, 6- 10 pm. The party is open to the public and will feature free Pinkberry frozen yogurt and toppings, as well as music, prizes, games and more. The grand opening will be Friday, August 20, at 11am.

The first 100 fans in line for the Thursday event and Friday grand opening will also receive Pinkberry t-shirts.

Local fans who want up-to-the minute news and discount offers should sign up to be a Pinkberry Groupie. The company can also be found on Facebook and at Twitter @pinkberryswirl.

Pinkberry is located at The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., on the corner of Dr. Phillips and Sandlake Rd.  Tampa and Miami locations to come soon.

[Image courtesy Pinkberry]

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