It’s well established that America is an ice cream loving nation. From our downtown gelato shops to our beachside snow cone carts to our trendy, modern creameries, we love frozen sweet treats containing or inspired by rich, decadent, sweet, dairy cream. For centuries ice cream has been the desert of choice, but not until relatively recently has America revealed its infatuation with frozen yogurt.
It was in 1981 that TCBY founder, Frank D. Hickingbotham pitched franchising his modest frozen yogurt shop. Within a few years, frozen yogurt swept the country as an alternative to calorie-rich ice cream. Though the first true frozen yogurt incarnation was achieved when a Boston dairy company employee sent regular yogurt through a soft-serve ice cream machine in 1971, Mr Hickingbotham would go down in history as the father of frozen yogurt.
Sadly, America seemed to fall out of love with froyo just as quickly as it had fallen. TCBY’s massive franchise closed a thousand stores by 2001.
Just a few years later, Yogurtland in Southern California became the nation’s first self-serve frozen yogurt shop and America once again resumed its love affair with froyo. The self-serve craze has shown a longevity that leads us to believe that ice cream might soon be edged out as America’s favorite frozen treat.
Luckily at Frenzi, you can enjoy both decadent ice cream and silky froyo! Why choose a side when you can enjoy both? Visit our menu to see all our delicious froyo, ice cream, and extensive topping offerings.
Next time you visit historic Downtown Gresham, stop by Frenzi Frozen Yogurt and treat yourself! Don’t forget to stop by every Wednesday for Waffle Cone Wednesdays — buy one desert and receive one waffle cone or waffle cup free!