February 6, 2013

National Frozen Yogurt Day

"We sell forbidden objects from places men fear to tread... we also sell frozen yogurt, which I call frogurt"!" - Shopkeeper, "The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horrors III"

It's National Frozen Yogurt Day!

Frozen yogurt (which the cool kids call "froyo" or "frogurt") is similar to ice cream, but it's made with - you guessed it! - yogurt instead, making it lower in fat. It's believed to have originated in New England sometime in the seventies as a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream. Interestingly enough, it wasn't initially well-received, because people were taken aback by the unexpected tartness to it. In the past few decades it has gained serious popularity, especially with trendy froyo shops like Pinkberry, Red Mango, and Orange Leaf.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

When I was in high school I had a mega crush on one of my mom's friends son. He was a rebellious hockey player who loved to eat ice cream for breakfast, citing to his concerned mother that because it featured multiple different food groups it was an acceptable food to eat first thing in the morning. While my metabolism was moderately unimpressed with this decision, I decided to channel my inner sixteen year old boy and do the same thing... a bowl of blueberry frozen yogurt (with a handful of dark chocolate chips strewn on top) for my most important meal of the day.

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!