For people who prefer healthier desserts after a meal, February 6 is a day to look forward to because it’s when we celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day.
Here, you’ll discover the different things to do on the special holiday and some quick facts about froyo (frozen yogurt).
But before all that, let’s take a quick look at the evolution of the froyo!
A Brief History of Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt is a delicious dairy product crafted through the fermentation of milk with numerous good bacteria, such as lactobacillus and streptococcus.
It has been a beloved food by people for over 5,000 years, originating in the Middle East and India.
However, it was only in the 1970s that frozen yogurt became a thing, thanks to a food company called HP Hood. This early form of froyo was called “frogurt” and tasted similar to ice cream.
Other food companies then followed along after they realized consumers were looking for a healthier alternative to ice cream.
One of these was TCBY, which opened its very first frozen yogurt shop in 1981 – it continued to expand, having over 100 stores by 1984!
Throughout the years, frozen yogurt consistently increased in demand. One notable year was 1986, wherein the healthy dessert surpassed $25 million in sales in the US alone.
Fast forward to the 1990s, and frozen yogurt accounted for 10% of the frozen dessert market!
How to Celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day
Try out new frozen yogurt stores.
You could just go with the tried and trusted big froyo brands today, like Menchie’s, Pinkberry, and Yogurtland.
However, how about we change things up and try out those budding and lesser-known frozen yogurt chains?
So, go on, shake things up today. You might just find your new favorite froyo!
Make your own frozen yogurt.
If you want to celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day without breaking the bank, though, then making homemade frozen yogurt is the way to go.
There are plenty of guides to choose from online. But in general, the ingredients you need to have to create a simple yet mouth-watering frozen yogurt are Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract.
Convince your family and friends to switch to frozen yogurt!
You can use this special holiday to convince people who are very close to you to ditch the different unhealthy types of desserts.
Tell them about the many benefits frozen yogurt has to offer, like improving gut health, lowering blood pressure, and boosting the immune system.
Make sure that you share some froyo with them, though, to help make your case!
National Frozen Yogurt Day FAQs
Why is National Frozen Yogurt Day celebrated on February 6?
Unlike other special holidays, like National Dictionary Day, there’s no specific reason for choosing a date for celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day.
If there was a good reason for it, it was never documented, which means nobody knows why or when the first National Frozen Yogurt Day occurred.
All we really know is that it’s celebrated every year on February 6!
Why celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day?
It’s an opportunity for us to indulge in a tasty frozen treat while celebrating the evolution of frozen yogurt.
On top of that, this day serves as a nod to the innovation and creativity within the dessert industry.
So, whether enjoyed for its health benefits or its sheer deliciousness, celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day reminds us that being healthy doesn’t always mean eating food that tastes nasty!
Are there any special promotions or discounts on National Frozen Yogurt Day?
Absolutely! But of course, different frozen yogurt chains have their unique way of celebrating the special holiday, with some offering discounts while some offering free froyos.
An example would be Menchie’s, which offers a buy-one-get-one-free for their froyos on National Frozen Yogurt Day.
Red Mango also offers its Fill-A-Cup promo, wherein you can fill your cup with all available flavors and toppings for a fixed price of $5.
5 Fast Facts About Frozen Yogurt
A study in Japan found that eating unsweetened frozen yogurt reduces the amounts of sulfur-producing bacteria in your mouth – these bacteria are the culprits for halitosis or bad breath!
There’s an association for frozen yogurt. It’s called the International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA), which was founded in 2013 to promote the healthy dessert and build a community around it.
In 2015, the frozen yogurt chain Yogurtland held a competition that gave the winner free frozen yogurt for a year! The contest revolved around customers showcasing their topping skills on Instagram.
To make the dessert even healthier, some companies have made activated charcoal froyos due to the many benefits of charcoal, one of which is assisting kidney function. An example would be BLK 513, which was established in 2015 in the Philippines.
Not all frozen yogurts are healthy! Some contain high amounts of sugar, which isn’t exactly great for our bodies. So yeah, just make sure that the frozen yogurt you’re eating has little to no sugar content if you’re trying to eat healthy!
National Frozen Yogurt Day is dedicated to celebrating the numerous health benefits your body can get from frozen yogurt, ranging from gut health to the immune system.
This memorable holiday reminds us that there’s an alternative dessert that’s both healthy and tasty!
So, on February 6, celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day your way. May it be through making your own froyos, encouraging your friends to try one for the first time, or going to a yogurt store you haven’t even been to. Or just eat some froyo, whatever floats your boat!