The frozen yogurt trend has come and gone for most, but this Los Angeles-based vegan frozen yogurt shop is celebrating its five-year anniversary. While Yoga-urt’s loyal customers have kept it afloat during the passing dessert trends and hard-hitting pandemic, a little love from Billie Eilish hasn’t hurt. The celebrity entertainer gave the small business a shoutout on Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live, gushing over its “beautiful hot fudge.” During the weekend of August 22, the shop is hosting a socially distant anniversary party at both of its locations (Glendale and Echo Park) with dollar-off treats and the revealing of its 31st flavor. From Peanut Butter Prana to True Tahini, here are 31 sweet reasons to celebrate this small business milestone.
1. Chocolate Bliss
We’re not surprised this is an Eilish family favorite. Yoga-urt ower Melissa Schulman told us Billie loves this flavor swirled with Peanut Butter Prana and topped with chocolate sauce. It’s also a regular flavor for Maggie Eilish, Billie’s mom. If you’re struck with indecision when faced with 31 flavors, best go with an Eilish recommendation.
2. Strawberry Serenity
Vegan strawberry ice cream is a bit of an outlier—only a few brands offer this refreshing sweet treat. Yoga-urt does it so well, it keeps Joaquin Phoenix coming back time and time again. Enjoy it pure and simple or top with magic shell for a chocolate-dipped strawberry frozen delight.
3. Vanilla Harmony
Vanilla is a flavor, but it also serves as the ideal canvas for any one of Yoga-urt’s fro-yo creations. Pile on the toppings, or cool off with a fizzy kombucha float. Some of our favorites include Vanilla Harmony topped with peanut butter and strawberry sauce (aka PB&J) and a Mango Passionfruit kombucha float with an island of floating Vanilla Harmony.
4. Peanut Butter Prana
If you mostly consume peanut butter by the spoonful, this is your flavor. It’s pure, unadulterated, peanutty goodness. It’s perfect as is, but there’s always the option to guild the lily and top it with hot fudge and/or brownie bits. Plus, Schulman proclaims, it’s a favorite amongst all the celebrities who frequent the shop (Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, the Eilish family, Lee Kirk, Jenna Fisher, etc).
5. Green Tea Tranquility
Green tea ice cream is polarizing, but less so at Yoga-urt. The company has developed a flavor that isn’t cloyingly sweet or too earthy. Try it topped with mochi, blueberries, and strawberries. This is also a Yoga-urt original!
6. Coffee Karma
Can’t get enough coffee flavor? Make it an affogato. This Italian delight is made by pouring hot espresso over ice cream for a hot-meets-cold sensation that’s ideal for a warm summer night. This flavor is also exceptional on its own or with a few toppings such as cacao nibs or sliced almonds.
7. Mango Sunrise
On a blistering 100-degree Los Angeles day, nothing will refresh you faster than this tropical flavor. No cones or toppings required—the sweet, cooling, revitalizing mango flavor is all you need.
This flavor isn’t always in rotation, but when you see it, get it. The warm holiday spices provide just the right amount of kick to this cool treat. Give it a go for a spicey-meets-cool combination.
9. Cherry Amaretto
There’s not enough alcohol in this to get you buzzed, but if you wanted to take a pint home and pour a little extra liquor over it, we can tell you it’s definitely been done, and it’s a brilliant idea.
10. Mexican Hot Chocolate
The beauty of this flavor is that even when it melts, it’s still good—think of the ice cream as returning to its natural state. Order this in a waffle cone so you can drink the last drop.
11. Lavender Blossom
This pretty purple ice cream begs to be dressed up with sprinkles. The floral notes aren’t too overpowering, but you can definitely taste a hint of lavender. Pro tip: the flavor pairs extremely well with chocolate.
12. Pumpkin Spice
Since August is the new October, keep an eye out for this fall favorite soon. It’s also awesome as an affogato—think of it as an extra-sweet PSL.
13. Mint Magic
This isn’t your neon-green, artificially flavored mint ice cream. It’s so fresh, you can smell the flavor before taking your first bite. Here’s a secret: it gets is mild green hue from avocado! Try it simple and refreshing on its own, or build a chocolate mint sundae by adding brownie bits, shaved chocolate, and magic shell.
14. Salted Caramel Zen
Recreate a frozen vegan Snickers bar with this combo: Salted Caramel Zen topped with magic shell, peanut butter sauce, and chocolate chips. You’re welcome for that insider knowledge.
15. Tantric Tart
During the short-lived fro-yo boom years ago, tart was a flavor that spanned all menu boards—including Yoga-urt. The flavor has endured the years and is still a favorite amongst locals and celebrities alike—most notably Maggie Baird. Schulman describes it as a “lemony tart flavor” that goes well with strawberries and mango.
16. Orange Dreamsicle
This is exactly what it sounds like—that novelty orange-flavored ice cream bar with the vanilla cream filling you used to chase ice cream trucks for. Nothing tastes better than nostalgia and childhood memories.
17. Beautiful Blueberry
We would love for the shop to turn this bright blueberry flavor into a pie. We imagine it would be exceptional paired with pie crust and topped with fresh blueberries and sliced almonds. Until then, we love this flavor when swirled high atop a waffle cone.
18. Pistachio Passion
Pistachio fanatics—you know who you are. There’s no point in considering the other 30 flavors— you know what you crave, and you’re nuts about pistachios. Top this lightly green-hued fro-yo with pistachios and waffle cone pieces.
19. Thai Iced Tea
If this flavor were to melt, it would be impossible to distinguish it from an actual Thai iced tea. The taste is so spot-on. Enjoy it on its own or topped with chewy mochi or mango.
20. Maple Banana Pancake
Fro-yo for breakfast? Why not? The Glendale location opens at noon (1pm most days for Echo Park), which is a perfectly acceptable brunch time. The base is free of artificial flavorings—it’s honestly made with roasted bananas, pancake mix, maple syrup, and cinnamon. This flavor tastes exactly as it sounds, and it sounds like breakfast for dessert!
21. Coconut Chai
After tasting this flavor, you’ll order all your chai lattes with coconut milk. The hint of sweet coconut adds the perfect balance to the warming chai spices. This is an ice cream you’re not likely to find anywhere else.
22. Radiant Golden Rose
Schulman likens this floral flavor to akbar mashti—a popular Persian ice cream. It’s made with rosewater, cardamom, turmeric, and saffron. She highly recommends topping it with pistachios.
23. Sweet Greens NSA
“It’s like tasting a smoothie,” Schulman says. Sweet Greens is naturally sweetened with kiwi, pineapple, dates, and white grape juice. The greens component is made up of kale, spinach, and mint. It’s like spooning your favorite green juice, made even better with fresh fruit and nut toppings!
24. Purple Power NSA
Similar to Sweet Greens, Purple Power is naturally sweetened and packed with antioxidants. It has a cherry-berry taste and goes remarkably well drizzled with chocolate. It’s healthy, satisfyingly sweet, and so refreshing on a sweltering summer day.
25. Caramel Apple Abundance
The issue with caramel apples is twofold—the caramel is usually gone before the apple, and that sticky candy lingers unpleasantly in your teeth long after you’ve consumed your treat-on-a-stick. This flavor replicates that iconic carnival snack without all those logistical issues. Try it in a waffle cone topped with peanut sauce or slivered almonds.
26. Cracker Jacks / Blue Warrior
This flavor was born out of a love for the Los Angeles Dodgers when the team made it to the World Series. It gets its signature Dodger blue from blue spirulina, so while it may taste like that age-old, sticky-sweet popcorn you’d order at a game, it contains a superfood! You won’t find it often at the shop, but when you do (around playoff season or the Fourth of July), it’s a must-order.
27. Birthday Cake
We’re getting personal here. It has been eleven years since this VegNews editor has enjoyed a Like It-sized Birthday Remix from Coldstone Creamery. Back in the day, that signature creation was the cornerstone to every birthday, high-achieving report card, and spontaneous mother-daughter ice cream run. Yoga-urt has provided a way to replicate that experience with this flavor. I add the key Birthday Remix mix-ins—sprinkles, hot fudge, and brownie bits—and each time I’m transported back to those innocent childhood memories, but doing it in a way that doesn’t harm the animals.
28. True Tahini NSA
Tahini is the new vanilla. It’s subtly nutty and just sweet enough—a true summer’s day delight. We love this flavor on its own or sandwiched between two gluten-free cookies for a store-made fro-yo sammie.
29. Peaceful Peach
This flavor finally caught our attention when Yoga-urt transformed it into a pie. In early August, the shop launched individual slices of peach fro-yo packed in a flaky housemade pie crust and topped with chocolate sauce, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips. Fro-yo pie may be our new favorite pie.
30. Rocky Road
If you don’t top this classic flavor with slivered almonds and chocolate sauce, you’re doing it wrong. Not that this fro-yo isn’t exceptional on its own, we just like to go a bit over-the-top with toppings. From brownie bits to chocolate chips, shredded coconut to granola, this chocolaty flavor plays well with almost every topping.
31. Flavor number 31
We can’t reveal the secret just yet, but keep an eye on the Yoga-urt Instagram on August 22 for the big reveal. Of course, if you live in the Greater Los Angeles area, visit your closest shop for the big debut!
Yoga-urt is celebrating its five-year anniversary at its original Glendale and newer Echo Park locations on August 22 and August 23. Both stores are offering all customers $1 discounts from 2-5pm both days. Not all flavors are available at all times.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.
Image credit: Sydney Yorkshire
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