National Frozen Yogurt month is celebrated every year in June. Frozen yogurt is the ultimate cool dessert, and we will not be accepting any other answers. After all, it is a well-known universal fact that frozen desserts are superior to all other desserts in every way. Yogurt? Mouth-watering. Frozen anything? Yum. Now put these two together and you get the best dessert in the world. This frozen goodness comes in all kinds of flavors, is easy to make, fun to look at, and most importantly, tastes divine.
History of National Frozen Yogurt Month
We have warm temperatures and souring milk to thank for yogurt. While the exact records are unknown, we know yogurt was discovered around 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. This ancient food was used in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Yogurt was used by almost every culture that kept animals for milk.
In ancient India, the combination of yogurt and honey was called “the food of the gods.” The Persians believed that Abraham’s fecundity and long life were a result of regularly eating yogurt. Yogurt was a well-known food in the Greek and Roman empire and has played a major role in Mediterranean cuisine since 800 B.C. Quite simply put, this is one food item that just refuses to go out of fashion. Even the fearsome Genghis Khan was a fan. He believed the extraordinary bravery of his warriors was because of their regular consumption of yogurt. The man bowed before no one but yogurt it seems.
The founder of Kellogg’s decided that patients at his sanitarium in Michigan should each get a pint (one pound) of yogurt. It was not until the late 20th century that this beloved food became more endearing. Entrepreneur H. P. Hood introduced frozen yogurt in the 1970s, known back then as ‘frogurt.’ This was served as a soft-serve dessert and tasted a lot like ice cream.
The ice cream company, the Country’s Best Yogurt, noticed this rising star. This superstar of a dessert, paired with consumers’ increasing hankering for a healthier product that still tasted like ice cream, led to the company opening its first yogurt shop in 1981. By 1984, there were more than 100 frozen yogurt chains nationwide. National frozen yogurt month was first celebrated in 1993, and we have not looked back since.
National Frozen Yogurt Month timeline
Isaac Carasso starts a yogurt company called Danone.
Frozen dessert makes up 10% of the total frozen dessert market.
Pinkberry opens its first store leading to a resurgence of frozen yogurt.
The frozen yogurt business shows no sign of slowing down and is expected to reach $2.14 billion by 2028.
National Frozen Yogurt Month FAQs
What is the most popular frozen yogurt flavor?
Plain vanilla is the most popular flavor, followed by chocolate, strawberry, banana, and cookies and cream.
Is frozen yogurt healthy?
Frozen yogurt has a lot of health benefits compared to other frozen desserts. It contains fewer calories and lactose levels and it also has beneficial nutrients and bacteria.
How long does frozen yogurt last in the freezer?
Frozen yogurt lasts in the freezer up to three months past its best-by date.
National Frozen Yogurt Month Activities
Have some frozen yogurt
Grab your loved ones and drive down to your nearest frozen yogurt store. Try out some wacky flavors and combinations. Don’t forget to add toppings.
Make some yourself
If there is no store nearby, make frozen yogurt at home. Look up some easy recipes and invent new and exciting flavors — one for each day of the month.
Throw a party
Everyone loves frozen yogurt, so why not treat your friends to some? Call your friends over for a froyo party. Tell every person to bring a different flavor for everyone to try.
5 Facts About Frozen Yogurt That Will Blow Your Mind
There are many animal varieties
Yogurt is mostly made from cow’s milk but people also make it with milk from sheep, goats, and buffalo.
Yogurt is a federally regulated term in the U.S. — only products that were created with one or both of the bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, can use it.
Call it what you want
Frozen yogurt has had many names throughout its short history — froyo, frogurt, Humphrey Yogart, and Danny.
Justice tastes like frozen yogurt
There is a frozen yogurt machine in the Supreme Court cafeteria.
It was sold in cones
Back when frozen yogurt was first invented, it was sold in scoops like ice cream.
Why We Love National Frozen Yogurt Month
It has a long history
Although frozen yogurt is a relatively new invention, our ancestors have been enjoying yogurt for millennia. So really, you are honoring your forefathers with every frozen yogurt you eat.
We love yogurt
Everyone loves yogurt. It is easy to make and delicious. You can serve it as a side with some spicy appetizers, a snack, or freeze it to make dessert. It is so versatile, you can eat it with almost anything!
A day to try different flavors
National Frozen Yogurt Month is a great time to pick out all those different flavors you have been too scared to try. Black sesame, jalapeno, sriracha…yum?
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