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Mixx: Amazing Asian Self Serve Frozen Yoghurt in Allston

opinionatedchef Apr 25, 2011 09:41 PM

Mixx, what a cool concept- like a pay by the ounce serve-yourself salad bar, but with frozen yoghurts and myriad toppings, with an Asian slant. The 10 frozen yoghurt flavors change daily; every one we sampled was excellent and our favs today were taro, coffee, litchee, tart, peach. Tomorrow's flavors are posted to lure you back; they include green tea and coconut. It's such a different experience from that of rich ice cream; like sushi is to lasagna. Yes, it's dessert, but it feels so clean on your palate. I tell you, i WANT a Mixx down the street from me.Puhleeeese.

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Mixx Frozen Yogurt
66 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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  1. Luther RE: opinionatedchef Apr 26, 2011 06:51 AM

    Counterpoint: the yogurt itself sucks (chalky, too sweet). I will agree that the mix-ins are tops!

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      opinionatedchef RE: Luther Apr 26, 2011 08:10 AM

      it's hard to believe we could have such opposing views on this product! chalky? too sweet? and i saw before that you thought the taro not full flavored enough (i thought the taro flavor really came through). no way were any of the ones i tasted(listed above) too sweet. MAYbe the litchee..... And I can't tell you how many times 'cloyingly sweet' has been appraised by me on a fair number of rants about 99% of American bakeries. ah well. hope you find some you love some day, and hope it's in boston.

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        Fukui San RE: opinionatedchef Apr 26, 2011 11:05 AM

        Tart froyo is my wife's favorite. I prefer ice cream, but can live with frozen yogurt. How does this place compare to the many other places in the area?

        Berryline near Harvard and Fenway
        Pinkberry in Back Bay, Pru center, and Harvard Sq.
        Red Mango near Sympony
        Berry Freeze in Coolidge Corner

        I'd probably put those in that order right now, though the top three are close.

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          opinionatedchef RE: Fukui San Apr 26, 2011 11:10 AM

          haven't tried any of those places but jenny o.(from whose raves i first learned about mixx) has and wrote about them on some other thread. also, i believe mixx is the only self-serve. so cool!

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            Prav RE: opinionatedchef Apr 26, 2011 12:35 PM

            Berry Freeze is self-serve as well.

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            Jenny Ondioline RE: Fukui San Apr 26, 2011 12:15 PM

            Having been only only to Berryline (which is quite good) and Berry Freeze (which isn't) on that list, I can confidently say that I prefer Mixx's plain tart frozen yogurt--which is my favorite kind as well--to Berryline's. Mixx's just has a creamier texture.

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              joebloe RE: Fukui San Apr 26, 2011 06:43 PM

              I would put it in this order...

              Pinkberry-top notch special tanginess and expensive but worth it.
              Mixx-flavors inconsistant from day to day, cheap, awesome toppings, self serve.
              Red Mango-expensive, stingy with toppings, stingy hollow yogurt.
              Berryline-ok don't understand the hype here.

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                opinionatedchef RE: joebloe Apr 26, 2011 08:14 PM

                joe, do you know how many different flavors you can get at one time at Pinkberry? Do they have Asian flavors like Mixx(green tea, coconut, taro, lychee.....)?

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                  joebloe RE: opinionatedchef Apr 27, 2011 08:01 PM

                  Each machine can mix two flavors so you can get a swirl of two flavors. However if you insist on half of two swirls in one cup, I guess you can have four flavors. Pinkberry do not have the asian flavors. They have the regular tart, chocolate, coconut, and one seasonal flavor like orange or pumpkin.

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                    Gabatta RE: joebloe Apr 28, 2011 03:27 AM

                    Pinkberry currently has Lychee.

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                      beetlebug RE: Gabatta Apr 28, 2011 06:06 AM

                      Harvard Sq has lychee, green tea, coconut and mango.

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                        opinionatedchef RE: beetlebug Apr 28, 2011 10:21 AM

                        bb and gab, et al>> do you prefer pinkberry froyo to mixx?

                        BTW, just in case anyone missed it, yesterday's Globe food section had a big spread on froyo in boston.

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                          beetlebug RE: opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 11:11 AM

                          I haven't tried Mixx. I love the concept of self serve. But sometimes, it doesn't like me as much.

                          I prefer Berryline to Pinkberry. I always have slight sticker shock at Pinkberry.

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                            Gabatta RE: beetlebug Apr 28, 2011 01:27 PM

                            I've never had Mixx, however from the previous description of it being 'creamy' I might speculate that it is somewhat similar to Pinkberry (which I like). My wife prefers Berryline, but I just find the taste off for some reason. I always kid that it tastes like feet.

                            I am sure we will try Mixx at some point, maybe coupled with a Sakanya pick up.

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                          joebloe RE: beetlebug Apr 28, 2011 09:16 PM

                          Thanks. Time for me to visit the Hingham Pinkberry to test taste the lychee.

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                            bella_sarda RE: joebloe Apr 29, 2011 11:06 AM

                            I hit up the Harvard Pinkberry for the first time last night, inspired by this thread (and related one on yogurt "buzz"). I sampled the lychee, but I didn't love it. Something about it tasted a bit fake, so I went with the "original" flavor, which is just tart plain yogurt. I got the mini cup, with mango and kiwi topping. I gotta say, it did not really blow me away. Yes, the yogurt was tart, but it lacked some kind of fullness of flavor. Perhaps because it was served very much on the cold/hard side. Of course, I could have let it thaw, but it had a stubbornness about it--it didn't melt quickly enough for my patience (and hunger). The chopped mango was very unripe; the kiwi was fine. I haven't been to Berryline in a while, but my memory of it is that it was preferable (to me, at least) to Pinkberry. I think it is served slightly softer, and is tarter/more flavorful, than Pinkberry. Also, you're never going to find Taza Chocolate flavor yogurt at Pinkberry, only at Berryline.

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                            561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA

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                              opinionatedchef RE: bella_sarda Apr 29, 2011 11:33 AM

                              v. helpful info, as the only thing stopping me from scooting down there and trying it is the impossibility of parking (not an issue at Mixx)! I saw the berryline website; is it really true they only have 3 flavors? seems so weird.( i'm looking for taro, lychee, tart, green tea,along that line.)

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                                bella_sarda RE: opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 11:39 AM

                                I'm pretty sure Berryline has only 3 flavors at a time, typically, but I'm not enough of a regular to be quoted on that. I'm looking for those Asian flavors, too, and I was surprised that Pinkberry had only lychee and not more exotic ones such as taro. Pinkberry's other flavors were pomegranate, mango, and chocolate, and maybe one other (I'm forgetting). The overall slant of Pinkberry did not seem distinctly Asian, although they do offer mochi as a topping. They're going for a global appeal. I'm not so psyched about Berryline's flavor selection in general either, but I'm such a purist that I almost always go with (and am happiest with) the plain flavor, that I don't mind too much. That Taza choc flavor blew me away, but it's not offered on a regular basis. AGain, I'm going to take matters into my own hands and make my own!

                                edited to add: maybe Pinkberry did have a green tea flavor? Can anyone confirm? If mango counts as Asian then that would tilt them decidedly more in the Asian direction than Berryline, but not as much as Mixx.

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                                  beetlebug RE: opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 11:41 AM

                                  Berryline is always changing their flavors (every week and a half or so). The three branches usually have different flavors, well original and then two different ones.

                                  Also, re: Berryline, their mangoes aren't my favorites. They use the red mangoes. I like the yellow champagne mangoes. I sometimes cut up a champagne mango at home and then rush home with my yogurt and coconut flakes.

                                  Easy parking at the Porter one. Harvard, it depends, that Bow/Arrow street area is always hit or miss.

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                                    opinionatedchef RE: beetlebug Apr 29, 2011 11:54 AM

                                    bb, this is the first time i've read about diff mangoes.Is one typically used over the other at indian restnts in boston? the champ. flavor is more delicate?

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                                      FoodDabbler RE: beetlebug Apr 29, 2011 01:18 PM

                                      The most common red mangoes around here are Tommy Atkins, and I agree that they are not hugely tasty (and are fibrous). But, look for Kent mangoes a little later in the summer. They are very good, and match champagne mangoes in creaminess of flesh and fullness of flavor (although with a different taste).

                                      And, yes, there are hundreds of varieties of mangoes -- several dozen in Hawaii alone and over a hundred in India.

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                                        opinionatedchef RE: FoodDabbler Apr 29, 2011 03:26 PM

                                        wow, that many varieties eh? sounds like our apples. i wonder what botanical features are needed for a fruit to have hundreds of varieties v.s. just a few......a question for the General Board.

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                            nsenada RE: joebloe May 2, 2011 09:51 AM

                            I'll have to check out 2 swirls, 1 cup.

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                              Prav RE: nsenada May 2, 2011 10:01 AM

                              You owe me a new monitor, buddy.

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                                StriperGuy RE: Prav May 2, 2011 10:04 AM

                                And I just ate lunch...

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                          galleygirl RE: joebloe Jul 12, 2011 12:00 PM

                          Another difference; unlike the others, Red Mango is sweetened with stevia...I think serving it at such a cold temperature keeps the stevia from leaving that aftertaste....

                    2. re: Luther
                      tazia RE: Luther Apr 30, 2011 07:55 AM

                      I have to agree about Mixx's yogurt. I love the toppings and the concept, but the yogurt itself was just not good. It was not particularly creamy and the flavor was underwhelming. I actually ended up tossing my cup rather than finishing.

                      We ended up at JP Licks and I tried their Blood Orange X yogurt, and it was fantastic. My husband, who normally hates froyo agreed that it was delicious.

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                        opinionatedchef RE: tazia Apr 30, 2011 12:10 PM

                        well, DARN! it was so perfect, creamy and full flavored for me! but thanks for that bl orange tip; that sounds terrific.i'm alrdy a big fan of jplicks for my go-to maple walnut and rumraisin, so we'll do the bl orange when next we go!

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                          kobuta RE: opinionatedchef Apr 30, 2011 05:39 PM

                          I tried Mixx today and really liked it too. I had the original tart and some of the blueberry. I was nervous the blueberry would taste too sweet or too artificial but I liked it better than the original tart flavor. I understand the smoothness factor, but I thought the yogurt tasted good and liked it balanced with the toppings.

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                            opinionatedchef RE: kobuta Apr 30, 2011 05:43 PM

                            yay k! i'm hoping to get back tomorrow and if it's there,we'll get it; that's My Love's fav flavor fruit!thanx )

                            don't forget that just down the street at super88, Pho Viet has their terrific banh mi (I combine the 2 places for a real CH afternoon!) of course, you could combine mixx w/ any kind of lunch, but i just love the asian double whammy.

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                              kobuta RE: opinionatedchef Apr 30, 2011 06:56 PM

                              I combined Mixx with Bonchon chicken and then some sashimi from Sakanaya to take home. :)

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                              75 Linden St, Boston, MA 02134

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                      makonna RE: opinionatedchef Apr 26, 2011 04:27 PM

                      I had the froyo from Sophia's Greek Pantry recently and have been hooked. Tangy and so tasty. Although this weekend, the machine was down. Is it as good at Mixx? Although I love Sophia's, the one flavor choice is rather limiting. Would be great to have another option. :)

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                      Sophia's Greek Pantry
                      267 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA

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                        threedogs RE: makonna Apr 26, 2011 05:07 PM

                        I had it too - delish! Need to try Mixx to compare - was at Berryline in Harvard Square recently, but this was right after I got a shot for my bad knee, and I couldn't handle standing in line. Would like to compare (had one fr the Porter Sq Berryline about a yr or two ago - can't remember enough to compare) - I absolutely love the tart, creamy cone I got at Sophia's.  

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                          opinionatedchef RE: makonna Apr 26, 2011 05:17 PM

                          never would have known, so thank you!

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                            bella_sarda RE: makonna Apr 28, 2011 11:18 AM

                            This may not be convenient, but you could buy Sophia's plain (un-frozen) yogurt, add flavorings of your choice, and freeze in an ice cream maker. That Sophia's yogurt (haven't tried it frozen) is the best yogurt I've ever had. I plan on trying to make a frozen version soon.

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                              opinionatedchef RE: bella_sarda Apr 28, 2011 11:23 AM

                              wow, if that actually worked, you would have the richest tasting froyo in the world yes? ! (richest as in no one would believe you!) What a fun idea.

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                                bella_sarda RE: opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 11:27 AM

                                I'm researching recipes right now. Most fro-yo recipes have you mix something else with the yogurt---such as milk, cream, and/or eggs---in addition to sweetener/flavorings, while others just involve yogurt and flavorings/sweetener. I'm going to try both, but I would err towards keeping it as unadulterated as possible to maintain the amazing tartness of the un-frozen product. will report back, but that may be a different thread.

                                There's a fro-yo place in Gainesville, FL called Mochi that sounds very similar to Mixx: self-serve, flavors like taro and lychee. It was amazing as I recall, and they had very unique toppings, many of which based on mochi, a sweetened Japanese glutinous-rice product that can be made into many different shapes/sizes.

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                                  opinionatedchef RE: bella_sarda Apr 28, 2011 11:43 AM

                                  if you do start a thread on homecooking, would you plse post the link here? yes,various mochi cubes are available toppings at mixx!

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                                    bella_sarda RE: opinionatedchef May 9, 2011 08:30 AM

                                    Hey opinionatedchef and others interested in my experiment with making frozen Sophia's yogurt. I made a truly incredible chocolate frozen yogurt with Sophia's yogurt yesterday. Used a recipe from the Chocolate&Zucchini blog, courtesy of Clotilde. Very easy. I posted about it on the home cooking board here:

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/376016#6524788

                                    If you want to proceed straight to the recipe, it's here:

                                    http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archi...

                                    My guess is that, if you wanted to adapt this recipe to make vanilla fro-yo, you could just omit the chocolate and cocoa and adjust the sugar to taste. Heidi Swanson's recipe (cribbed from David Lebovitz) suggests 1/4 cup sugar per cup of yogurt. One key difference between Heidi's recipe (referenced above in this thread; search 101cookbooks.com for it) and Clotilde's chocolate yogurt is that Clotilde's uses a small amount of heavy cream.

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                                      opinionatedchef RE: bella_sarda May 9, 2011 08:52 AM

                                      yay bella! you hot ticket you! thanks much for the link.

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                                    Allstonian RE: bella_sarda Apr 28, 2011 11:44 AM

                                    What you want is the frozen yogurt recipe in David Lebovitz's THE PERFECT SCOOP. Jenny Ondioline has made it a number of times, and it is simple and incredibly delicious.

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                                    Jenny Ondioline RE: opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 11:28 AM

                                    There's a recipe for frozen strained yogurt in the bible of ice cream, David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop: simply yogurt, sugar, optional vanilla. We regularly make it with our homemade yogurt during the summer.

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                                      bella_sarda RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 28, 2011 11:33 AM

                                      That recipe is reproduced here, at the "101 Cookbooks" blog:
                                      http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                                      It's first on my list to try---thanks!

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                                        Jenny Ondioline RE: bella_sarda Apr 28, 2011 11:36 AM

                                        No problem. If you like it, I strongly recommend investing in the cookbook. Every single recipe I've tried from it has turned out amazing, including the best peach ice cream I've ever had...and I've had a lot of peach ice cream.

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                                          FoodDabbler RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 28, 2011 11:54 AM

                                          +1 on Perfect Scoop.

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                                            bella_sarda RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 28, 2011 11:55 AM

                                            @Jenny: I know. I need to buy that book, since I love to make ice cream. So far, I've just cribbed a bunch of his ice cream recipes from his blog and other blogs. I made his salted-butter-caramel ice cream, which is insane (is it in the book?); but my all-time favorite is the pistachio gelato, which is def. not in the book (he explains why on his blog). I'm a big Lebovitz fan so I should actually fork over some dough for the book.

                                            In the mean time, looking forward to trying Mixx and Sophia's frozen (at her shop) and will post a link if I post on home cooking.

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                                              Jenny Ondioline RE: bella_sarda Apr 28, 2011 01:41 PM

                                              The book just barely predates the craze for salt-caramel-everything, so no, it's unfortunately not in there.

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                                      threedogs RE: bella_sarda Apr 28, 2011 11:48 AM

                                      Great idea, bella-sarda. Her frozen yogurt (I only had it once, but still thinking of that cup, lol) is awesome, as is that amazing yogurt. She said her frozen yogurt is fat free. Would be interesting tried w/different flavorings.

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                                        opinionatedchef RE: threedogs Apr 28, 2011 11:52 AM

                                        i wonder if you could get additions whisked into it well enough in time for it not to start melting, and then get it refrozen? DO IT, three, and TELL US!!!!!

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                                          threedogs RE: opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 12:02 PM

                                          Ah, but I don't have an ice cream maker (*yet). I def live close enough for the experiment, though!

                                  4. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef May 1, 2011 07:31 PM

                                    Finally got back here today . I still have not had a 'bad' flavor. Today the new finds/delightw were blueberry and coconut. The Green Tea was not strong enough for me. Other CHs have said that about the taro, which i find wonderful, but who knows, maybe batches differ like they do with so many things.....
                                    Anyway, my new favs list is: Tart, lychee, taro, coconut, blueberry, chocolate, coffee,peach. My Love gobbled his strawberry as well. Completely packed at 8pm Sunday.

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                                      opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef May 5, 2011 09:38 PM

                                      found a bit of nutritional info. They have some sheets in a folder for just 3 of their flavors, but in general, zero fat and about 90-100 calories for a 4 ou. serving.

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                                        Klunco RE: opinionatedchef Jul 12, 2011 12:10 PM

                                        Just checked out Mixx this weekend and I'm with you: I thought the Taro was delicious. I found the classic yogurt flavor a bit icy and not as creamy as other froyo style places, but with the range of toppings, relatively cheap price, and range of flavors Mixx is doing a great job.

                                        I'm looking forward to trying more of the other flavors.

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                                          galleygirl RE: Klunco Jul 14, 2011 03:28 PM

                                          I just checked out Mixx yesterday; taro and original flavor...And I managed to need to go past again and stop today, for the same flavors...Houston, we have a problem...;)

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                                            opinionatedchef RE: galleygirl Jul 14, 2011 11:42 PM

                                            Am very fond of the honeydew which they have this week. Peach will be avail next week and it is a fav too. After loving this stuff for awhile now, I HAVE had the previously mentioned experience of some of it being too sweet(the chocolate and watermelon.) I also found out that it is the Tea Zone Taro powder that they use to make their taro flavor. If anyone wants to split the large bag of it that i bought, contact me through my member pg.

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                                              Prav RE: opinionatedchef Jul 15, 2011 07:10 AM

                                              Agreed, OC - the honeydew is AMAZING. Light, refreshing, no strange aftertaste, and robust (but natural) honeydew flavor. My girl and I have been going there every night this week for it; we find that we don't even need toppings for it.

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                                                opinionatedchef RE: Prav Jul 15, 2011 09:42 AM

                                                i'm with you. but just fyi, since they change those flavors weekly (drag!) they don't show it on the board for next wk. :-( [so last night i packed up a quart for the home freezer!] you're lucky you live nearby.

                                      2. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef May 6, 2011 07:13 PM

                                        just wanted to mention, for those unfamiliar with them, Mixx has these amazing little bubble things- think a big version of salmon roe- that are a topping option (different flavors every day, as with the froyo). I was suspicious of them, thinking they'd be kool aid-like, but NO! they're super! and fun- bursting in your mouth. mango tasted just like mango. what a cool thing.

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                                          Luther RE: opinionatedchef May 10, 2011 12:02 PM

                                          I think the alginate/calcium reagents used to make the "fruit caviar" topping must be distributed by the same company that sells the rest of the equipment and ingredients for the knockoff by-the-pound yogurt places. I was just in southern CA and they had the same mango fruit caviar topping at a couple places I went into.

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                                            opinionatedchef RE: Luther May 11, 2011 11:57 PM

                                            luther, would you check this out plse!

                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784092

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                                              lipoff RE: Luther Jul 13, 2011 10:01 AM

                                              No, I don't think so. I think they're sold intact by the company Hula Boba, from Hawai'i but with good penetration into the Southern CA yogurt and bubble tea market. The "weigh and pay" froyo store seems a very Southern California innovation, and I think Mixx is following along that trend. I love, love the "popping boba" and have even filled up a cup with just those alone to experiment with them in drinks at home.

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                                                Luther RE: lipoff Jul 13, 2011 03:04 PM

                                                http://www.poppingboba.com/
                                                I was not aware that it's shelf stable!

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                                                  lipoff RE: Luther Jul 13, 2011 04:12 PM

                                                  https://www.familyfoodhawaii.com/hula...

                                                  I was surprised when I saw this a few weeks ago too!

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                                            CookieLee RE: opinionatedchef May 8, 2011 07:01 AM

                                            I had a taste of the lichee last night, after dining at Bon Chon Chicken. I liked it, I thought it truly tasted of lichee. I don't think I'd want to eat a lot of it at once. I'm interested in tasting the taro, and the peanut butter. Next time, I'll leave room for dessert!

                                            1. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 11:19 PM

                                              Finally made it to Harv Sq Pinkberry. Yes it is very beautifully creamy, and nice tang. For me, their all star flavor winner is the GreenTea; much stronger flavor than that at Mixx and totally addictive. But the choco is a bit too sweet for me and the coconut and pomegranate both don't have enough flavoring; they really taste like the regular Tart . The manager says fruit caviar should be coming into the stores this summer.

                                              Wow, that waiting line is a major drag. They should have an express line for people who want no toppings.
                                              (But then again, that appeared to be only me on that bus.)

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                                                opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef May 16, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                Had new Mixx flavor today- Honeydew. LOVErly!

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