Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mikawaya Launches Ice Cream Pint Design Contest for Upcoming 'Exottics' Line

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mikawaya, maker of unique Japanese pastries and original creator of Mochi Ice Cream, has announced a contest on http://www.mochiicecream.com as well as on their Facebook fan page in which fans will compete to create the design for their upcoming line of exquisite premium ice cream known as "Exottics." Entries will be judged by Mikawaya management and the winner's concept(s) will be used for the packaging of all the Exottics products. The contest will further fan interaction online and raise awareness of this new high-end line of ice cream while at the same time giving fans the opportunity to be a part of the process.

As President of Mikawaya, Frances Hashimoto explains, "We're excited to give fans the opportunity to be involved in the design process of our upcoming line of premium ice cream. We very much look forward to seeing the creative submissions."

Contest submissions will be accepted August 15, 2011 through October 15, 2011, which gives participants 2 full months to create a winning design. Grand prize winner will be awarded a 64GB Apple iPad, while 1st place and 2nd place winners will receive a Wacom Intuos4 Pen Tablet and a $50 Blick Art Materials gift card, respectively, perfect prizes for Mikawaya's creative fan base.

Mikawaya Exottics Ice Cream is planned to hit stores in 2nd quarter 2012 while Mikawaya Mochi Ice Cream coupons and online purchase are available at http://www.mochiicecream.com (bulk orders are available for restaurants, grocery stores or other vendors). Mochi Ice Cream can also be found in grocery stores, such as Trader Joe's, Safeway, Gelson's, Bristol Farms, Andronico's, and select Albertson's, Ralph's, Jensen's and HOWS Markets. For more information on Mochi Ice Cream or the viral video contest, please call Nurit Kotick at 626-768-7602 or visit http://www.mochiicecream.com.

Mikawaya is a 100-year-old family-run business that specializes in the creation of fine Japanese pastries and desserts. Run by Frances Hashimoto and her husband Joel Friedman, Mikawaya offers snack and dessert-lovers alike an alternative to traditional ice cream. Mochi Ice Cream combines a well-known and loved dessert, ice cream, with a chewy, marshmallow-type dough.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Chocolate is American's favorite flavor?

Look, I've always been suspicious of the whole "Vanilla is #1" thing, but a poll covering just 0.0007% of the population seems a bit small to justify that Chocolate has taken the top spot. You can check out all the details here, but like I said, take this poll with a grain of salt.... oh I see the trick, it says "pick your two favorite flavors". Ohhhh, it's all in how you word things people. Actually, I also take offense to milkshakes being classified as "other" in the favorite way to eat ice cream part of the poll. The On Second Scoop poll showed shakes clocking in at 17%, so them classifying it as "other" just blows their silly poll #2 out of the water. Oy, they should have asked me for help on this one.

By Popular Demand, It's Mango For Red Mango

Frozen yogurt leader introducing new Mango flavor nationwide


DALLAS, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's finally here! After many repeated requests from hundreds of thousands of its fans on Facebook and Twitter, Red Mango is introducing its newest frozen yogurt flavor, Mango, in stores nationwide.
"I'm very excited to finally introduce our very own Mango frozen yogurt to all our fans," said Dan Kim, founder and chief concept officer of one of the fastest-growing retailer of all-natural probiotic frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies. "It's a flavor they've been asking for, and one I've clearly spent a lot of time developing. As with our other flavors, we've been able to create a unique yet delicious all-natural frozen yogurt treat without sacrificing health or nutrition."

Kim's latest recipe, which is all-natural and nonfat, has a ripe and juicy Mango flavor. At just 30 calories per one ounce serving, Mango is gluten free, kosher and fortified with natural probiotics that help support a healthy immune system. The new frozen yogurt flavor pairs well with fresh fruit like bananas and berries, as well as other delicious toppings available at Red Mango locations such as graham cracker crumbs and organic pumpkin flax seed granola.

On August 13th Red Mango will release its all-new Mango flavored yogurt in participating locations. The first 100 customers at each participating location to order the new Mango flavor will also receive a free limited edition mango flavored lip balm developed exclusively for "Red Mango by Buddha Balm®", a premium soy-based lip balm that is as flavorful as it is meaningful.

More information about Red Mango's delicious, all-natural frozen yogurt treats and meal options is available at the company's website (redmangousa.com) and Facebook fan page (facebook.com/redmango). Fans can also follow Red Mango on Twitter (twitter.com/redmango).

About Red Mango:

Red Mango, one of the fastest growing retailers of all-natural nonfat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, opened its first U.S. store in July 2007 in Los Angeles, and has since celebrated more than 130 store openings across the U.S. Red Mango received the prestigious Nation's Restaurant News' "Hot Concepts!" award and the industry-recognized SupplySide's "Scientific Excellence Award," and has been named the best frozen yogurt in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, Utah and New York by highly-regarded independent publications. Headquartered in Dallas, Red Mango serves uniquely delicious frozen yogurt that is all-natural, nonfat and lowfat, gluten-free and packed with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures like GanedenBC30™ (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), which helps support a healthy immune and digestive system when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer to earn the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Cultures seal for meeting the required criteria for healthy frozen yogurt. Red Mango recently expanded its menu to include satisfying meal options such as its all-natural made-to-order fruit and yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit smoothies, and also introduced the world's first all-natural probiotic iced teas that are hand-shaken to order.

More information about Red Mango is available at www.redmangousa.com, www.facebook.com/redmango or www.twitter.com/redmango. For franchising information, please visit www.redmangofranchising.com or call 214-871-6865.

Dubba's Note: I admit that while I have seen Red Mango at the mall, I haven't actually gone into one yet. That said, I just assumed a place called Red Mango would have a mango flavor!