Frozen yogurt is tastier than ice creamRichelle E. Goodrich
A lot of people think that a big old scoop of ice cream makes everything better. But there is something that could be considered even better than that!
Those who guessed “Frogurt” would be absolutely correct! Frozen Yogurt has all the benefits and diversity of flavors that are bestowed upon its more famous predecessor, ice cream. But it is far healthier–without sacrificing any of the yummy taste. Live active cultures and naturally occurring calcium make Frozen Yogurt a treat that is great for the tastebuds as well as the body!
Frozen Yogurt is able to satisfy a sweet tooth with cold creamy deliciousness, while helping to keep the heart and body healthy! What could be better?
History of Frozen Yogurt Day
Yogurt is a treat that has been around for much longer than most people would guess. It is well over 4000 years old, in fact! Yogurt found its start in the Middle East and India where it was (and continues to be!) used extensively in just about every kind of meal imaginable.
But it wasn’t until the 1900’s that yogurt found its way to the western world and the Americas, and increased in popularity so quickly and thoroughly that it’s no longer thought of as exotic. By the 1970s, when ice cream was hitting all-time popularity, some bright spark knew they could do better–and then they did. They froze the yogurt in a treat that was similar to ice cream but also uniquely different.
Frozen Yogurt sales exploded after TCBY launched its first store in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981, and by 1986 Frozen Yogurt sales had reached $25 million dollars annually. By 1990, it was 10% of the frozen dessert market, and no one could argue that Frozen Yogurt (affectionately known as “Fro-Yo”) was in the world to stay.
How to Celebrate Frozen Yogurt Day
Obviously, enjoying a cone, waffle cone or cup of this delicious treat is step one of celebrating Frozen Yogurt Day. But that can happen on just about any day. So in order to make this day extra special, consider other ideas to add to the fun!
Locate Some Freebies or Coupons
Many businesses that sell this yummy treat offer special deals, or even freebies, in honor of Frozen Yogurt Day. Shops across the world celebrate Frozen Yogurt Day, including countries such as India, Singapore, Malaysia, Nigeria, El Salvador, United States, United Kingdom and Thailand.
Each year’s celebration may be different than the last, so be sure to check out local shops to find out what is on offer:
- TCBY (with locations in the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East) has been known to offer the first six ounces free to customers in celebration of Frozen Yogurt Day.
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (located in the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, UAE, India, China and many more all over the world) has offered Buy One Get One Free in some of its locations during the afternoon hours, in honor of Fro Yo Day. Some locations have also offered an enter-to-win raffle where the winner can receive free frozen yogurt for a year.
- Yogurtland (with locations in US, Australia, Indonesia, Guam, Thailand and more) in past years celebrating Frozen Yogurt Day, has given out free cups of frozen yogurt for a limited time during the late afternoon hours.
Host a Yogurt Day Party
Invite some friends or family members over for a fun evening with a Fro-Yo bar. Organize it just like an ice cream sundae station with a toppings bar. Choose a base of standard vanilla yogurt, or invest in a rainbow of flavors, whether fruity, chocolate, caramel-packed.
Ask everyone to bring their favorite toppings and pile them on top of a yummy scoop of Frozen Yogurt. Of course, adding sugary toppings may cancel out the health benefits, but it’s a fun way to
Be creative with a toppings bar, including some of these or others:
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Chocolate sauce
Celebrate at Work
Make it a special treat day by organizing a Frozen Yogurt Day celebration at work or at school. Encourage each person to bring in a carton of their favorite flavor of yogurt, and have a little frozen yogurt social right there at lunchtime. Of course, having folks sign up for certain flavors and toppings will ensure that there’s a good variety with no repeats.
Make Homemade Frozen Yogurt
If there’s no soft-serve, frozen yogurt shop location nearby, or for those who are just feeling particularly adventurous, making frozen yogurt is certainly an option!
Actually, it’s not that difficult to make this treat at home. Using pre-made or homemade whole-milk yogurt, add a bit of cream and sugar to the mix. Then pour the mix into the ice cream maker and churn it until a rich and creamy frozen yogurt results. While plain or vanilla yogurt makes a fine treat, flavors such as fruits or chocolate may also be added.
Frozen Yogurt Day reminds people to go out and enjoy this delicious alternative to ice cream, and to remember that sometimes the original isn’t necessarily the best, sometimes it’s all about innovation! So those who are looking for a healthier dessert that has all the flavor of ice cream, get out there and buy some Frozen Yogurt to enjoy alone, with a friend or in a group!
Frozen Yogurt Day may only come once a year, but of course it can be eaten all year round!