Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thoughts on Fro-Yo Flavors

Fro-yo girl here. Since flavor seems like an obvious way for fro-yo shops to differentiate themselves, it’s interesting that so many shops have the same flavors. Perhaps this is because of the limited number of suppliers of fro-yo mixes (e.g., YoCream, Cielo) but I know YoCream offers custom mixes so that doesn’t explain away the lack of variety. I can understand why the original/plain tart flavor is the most common as it usually serves as the base for other tart flavors. Berry fro-yo perhaps is perceived as a better counterpart to the popular fresh berry toppings.

I'm puzzled by the absence of citrus tart fro-yo. Since citrus fruits are tart, I think they would make for wonderful tart fro-yo flavors. I’d love to see the following fro-yo flavors one day:
* Tangerine
* Grapefruit or pomelo
* Blood orange
* Meyer lemon
* Yuzu
* Kumquat
* Kaffir lime

Spices like ginger, cardamom and lemongrass would make for wonderful tart fro-yo flavors as well.

Finally, a honey tart fro-yo seems like a natural flavor extension since honey is a popular fro-yo topping and honey tastes amazing with plain fro-yo.

If I had to give an award for innovative fro-yo flavors, it would go to Chill for black sesame and red rooibos tea tart fro-yo flavors.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* CHILL: 125 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cefiore has a flavor that they call Golden Cherry. It's part Acerola Cherry and part Blood Orange.

It tastes like Orange Sherbert or a Creamsicle.