We Thank You With Some Pinkberry!
Continuing the celebration of Staff Appreciation Week, the company I worked for hosted an ice cream social for everyone on Thursday afternoon. So, we already had breakfast on Monday (see Staff Appreciation Breakfast), and now we’re getting an ice cream social! What could be better. After all, who doesn’t like ice cream?!?!
The ice cream social during Staff Appreciation Week is a long honored tradition here in the office. Weeks before our ice cream social took place, we had heard from the Office Administrator that this year, she was going to change it up a little bit. In the years I’ve been here, our ice cream social was always hosted by Coldstone, they’d come out here with various flavors of ice cream, and various toppings and their cold stone mixing board and put together whatever concoction we wanted. However, this year, we were told that things would be difference. Our Office Administrator was bringing in a whole new vendor that she wanted to try out. All she would tell us is that we would either love it or hate it. I had a feeling at the time that it was Pinkberry, since everyone either loves Pinkberry or they hate Pinkberry. Sure enough, when we were given the Staff Appreciation Week schedule on Monday, it was confirmed that it was Pinkberry. As you can see from the picture in the flyer we got, there was a Pinkberry cup of ice cream and toppings.
Pinkberry is known as the original frozen yogurt store. The popularity of Pinkberry started the fro-yo craze that exist today. Part of Pinkberry’s philosophy is that they use only hormone-free milk and live and active cultures to create their froze yogurt. They operate under the thought that frozen yogurt should taste like yogurt and not ice cream, so therefore, their Pinkberry product comes out tasting tart. It’s a very distinctive Pinkberry flavor. That’s where the you either love it or hate it philosophy comes in; people either like the tart flavor of the frozen yogurt or they don’t, there’s usually no in-between. With the popularity of the Pinkberry stores, they started to branch out and created a Pinkberry catering division. With Pinkberry catering, they bring the frozen yogurt to you and serve your event at your specified location. Pinkberry team members will pre-pack the frozen yogurt in freezer cartons and bring them over to your location along with the various toppings you choose, then they will create your swirly treat based on the toppings you desire.
At the designated time for our ice cream social, we all headed down to the conference rooms where this wall being set up, only to be greeted by a line of people waiting for their Pinkberry treats! Luckily, there were 4 Pinkberry employees there to serve us and the line moved rather quickly before anyone could riot!
For our celebration, Pinkberry brought 3 of their different flavors to our office: original, pomegranate and chocolate. The original is described by Pinkberry as their “signature flavor profile” that “is sweet and tangy with a refreshing finish.” The chocolate is described as “rich and dark in taste yet so light and delicate…” And finally the pomegranate flavor is one of the seasonal flavors that they serve which is “made with 100% California grown pure pomegranate juice…”
There was also a list which told us of the toppings they had brought with them. These toppings included a variety of fresh fruit as well as dry toppings that they could put atop our frozen yogurt. The idea was to look at the list, and know, before you stepped up to the plate, so to speak, what you wanted to order.
As we approached the front of the link, you could see cups of original and pomegranate frozen yogurt lined up on trays just begging to be chose. I guess the chocolate had to remain in the freezer carton because they were more prone to melting. It looks so tempting just sitting there, I could have just walked by and grabbed one!
Once you chose your flavor, it was time to move on to the toppings. The fresh fruit was packed in ice to keep it as fresh as possible. Here’s the sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. They look so yummy! And while an ice cream social isn’t always a good thing for your waistline, you keep telling yourself its frozen yogurt with fresh fruit, what could be bad about that. Right?
After the fresh fruit toppings, we moved on to the dry toppings station. This consisted of heath bar pieces, toasted almonds and granola. Geez, how do you say no to any of this???
Watch the Pinkberry employee put the toppings on the frozen yogurt. Don’t you just want to rip it out of her hands and devour it?
So, here was my creation, an original frozen yogurt with sliced bananas, strawberries and heath bar pieces. Yum. I’ve got no complaints.
And my friend Heather got a pomegranate yogurt with raspberry, granola and heath bar pieces. I don’t think she’s complaining either!
All in all, a fun event, a great treat in the afternoon, and a nice way for the company to say thank you to all of us during Staff Appreciation Week!