Frozen Yogurt vs Ice Cream – Who Wins

If you’re reading this post, you’re already either in the frozen yogurt business or want to get into it. Or perhaps you’re just a huge fan of froyo and want to catch up on the latest buzz. If froyo is your thing and you’d like to sell it, you first need to get a frozen dessert machine. But can you justify the cost, especially if you already have a frozen dessert on the menu?

Quite easily! Frozen Yogurt is one of the top selling desserts in America today. It is also simple to produce, quick to serve, and quite cheap. But doesn’t ice cream, a much more well-known treat, sell just as well? Here are the facts:

Serving times:

Ice cream has to be scooped and topped by someone, whether it is a customer or an employee. It can take quite a bit of time to get a few scoops out of a hard-frozen ice cream tub and add toppings. As much as five minutes for complex desserts!

For frozen yogurt, all the user has to do is pull a handle down and aim their serving container under the nozzle. Gravity does the rest.

Serving time: under a minute. Winner: frozen yogurt.

Sanitation:

As long as the container is positioned correctly under the nozzle, frozen yogurt dispenses very cleanly. With ice cream there is always a scoop to clean afterward. Some restaurants, buffets mostly, keep the scoop in a small container with water flowing over it to clean it up. This water gets very nasty very quickly.

Winner: frozen yogurt.

Flavors:

Both ice cream and frozen yogurt have a lot of flavors. It is also possible for shops to blend their own flavors. However, it’s much easier to make new flavor mixes with frozen yogurt than with ice cream. Different flavors are created by combining liquid flavoring agents in the base mix. If you want chunkiness and texture, you just add toppings to your frozen yogurt.  With standard ice cream, you can mix those right in without having to make a topping.  So, the winner of this one depends on your tastes.

We’ll call this a tie.

Speed of production:

Even a small frozen yogurt machine can produce 14 quarts of product an hour. A five-gallon tub of ice cream is 20 quarts. Unless you’re a dedicated ice cream shop with tons of tubs, you’ll be able to sell a lot more product with frozen yogurt. The amount of mix and flavoring is small compared to the volume due to the air that is whipped into the product inside the machine. You do have to wait for mixes to get cold enough to dispense, but this doesn’t take long.

Winner: frozen yogurt.


Curious about what else frozen yogurt can do for your business? We have an infographic from Spaceman USA for that. Check it out, especially this profit calculator along with the graphic. Compare the numbers to your ice cream business and see if an investment in a frozen yogurt machine might be cost effective for your business. We’re pretty sure it will be.

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