Frozen yogurt, often abbreviated as “froyo,” is a popular dessert made from yogurt and sometimes other dairy products. It’s served cold and has a creamy texture similar to ice cream but is typically lower in fat due to the use of yogurt instead of cream. The tartness of the yogurt is a characteristic flavor, though it can range from tart to quite sweet, depending on the amount of sugar and flavorings added.Frozen yogurt is available in many flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate to more exotic varieties like mango, green tea, and red velvet. It can be enjoyed plain or with a wide range of toppings, including fresh fruits, nuts, candies, and syrups, allowing for a customizable dessert experience.
The process of making frozen yogurt involves culturing milk with live yogurt cultures, which ferment the lactose in the milk, producing lactic acid that acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and tangy taste. This mixture is then frozen while being stirred to incorporate air, resulting in a smooth, soft consistency.Frozen yogurt became especially popular in the United States and other parts of the world in the 1980s and has remained a favored choice for those seeking a dessert that’s perceived to be healthier than traditional ice cream, partly because of its probiotic content and lower fat content. However, the nutritional value can vary widely based on the ingredients and toppings chosen.
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