You Can Now Get Froyo Delivered By Drone

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By Cooking Panda

Ah, the good old days of college, when it was socially acceptable to stay in bed all day and eat either ramen noodles or take-out for every meal.

And now, college kids are getting an even sweeter deal, because one genius company has made it possible to order froyo… via drone delivery service.

Oct. 4 marked the first day that Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt made a successful frozen yogurt delivery to a student attending Hope College in Michigan.

Per USA Today, it is possible that the momentous occasion actually marks the first drone-delivered frozen yogurt in the world.

Say what?

The drone is able to travel up to 30 miles-per-hour and can carry a cargo load of up to 30 pounds. Personally, we’re hoping the student in question didn’t actually order 30 pounds of frozen yogurt, but we’re not about to shame them if they did. This is legendary stuff, people.

Per USA Today, the drone took 15 minutes to travel nearly a mile to campus; however, when the delivery was successful, the company went and threw a dang party in celebration.

“More orders and more tests will bring further opportunities to deliver and expand this to other markets in the area and beyond,” Emily Port, senior director of communications for Orange Leaf, told USA Today.

At the moment, interested and hungry students and faculty members at Hope College are able to schedule drone delivery from the Orange Leaf Holland store, although the cost of each drone delivery is negotiable when the order is being placed.

Source: USA Today / Photo credit: Huffington Post

Tags: Drone, food delivery, froyo, Frozen Yogurt
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Indulgence Over Health, Ice Cream Sales Show

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By Cooking Panda

When it comes to our ice cream, it appears that we like to indulge a little.

According to a report by Nielsen, sales of frozen custard have increased as healthier options, such as frozen yogurt, have fallen quite a bit.

Although many consumers are concerned with health and wellness in other areas, with ice cream, we seem to prefer a decadent, fat- and sugar-filled treat more than a healthy middle ground.

“When people look at the indulgence, they may not want to compromise,” Jordan Rost, vice president of consumer insights at Nielsen, explained to the Dairy Reporter. “Ice cream formats marketing a health claim are shrinking.”

Sales of frozen custard have grown over 130 percent, obtaining close to an $18 million share of the U.S. market. Frozen yogurt, on the other hand, has experienced the largest drop with a 10.7 percent decrease to $23.9 million in sales over the past year.

Non-dairy ice cream has seen a substantial increase to over $75 million, a 43.7 percent increase. That being said, it’s merely a drop in the bucket in the multi-billion-dollar U.S. ice cream industry.

“It’s still only around one percent of the overall category,” Rost said of non-dairy ice cream products. “There’s a long way to go for non-dairy replacing the traditional ice cream experience.”

In addition to indulging, the report discovered that many consumers are also leaning towards novelty ice cream products, such as ice cream sandwiches. From food trucks to fine-dining establishments, Americans are buying more ice cream sandwiches than ever.

“If you delve a little bit deeper, you’re also seeing indulgence in novelty ice cream, which is growing at 6 percent year-over-year,” Rost explained. “With 14 percent year-over-year sales growth, this summer might be the summer of ice-cream sandwiches.”

Furthermore, many of us would rather enjoy a local specialty over a widely-known brand. About 36 percent of U.S. customers prefer a local brand, whereas 31 percent would rather purchase products that are sold on a global level. A trip to our favorite neighborhood ice cream shop is always more exciting than a trip to the supermarket, after all.

“Retailers looking to capitalize on consumers’ sweet tooth would be wise to stock their freezers with local ice cream products to satisfy their cravings,” Nielsen explained.

Source: Dairy Reporter / Photo credit: floridecires/Flickr via Bunch Family

Tags: frozen custard, Frozen Yogurt, ice cream, Nielsen, non-dairy ice cream, novelty
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Learn How To Make Healthy Homemade Frozen Yogurt In Under Five Minutes (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

While we will never disavow our love of ice cream, there is something perfect about the guilt-free sweetness of frozen yogurt. Whether you prefer creamy chocolate or tropical mango, there is no question that this chilled diary product is the perfect dessert for enjoying summer nights without fear of overindulging.

Unfortunately, however, while there is no shortage of frozen yogurt stores, most recipes for homemade frozen yogurt require an ice cream maker. As firm believers in the fact that homemade is always better (and cheaper), we were left with a dilemma—is it possible to make delicious, healthy frozen yogurt without investing in an expensive kitchen appliance?

Luckily for us, the answer is a resounding, “yes.” After some serious research, we stumbled upon this amazing video (below), which demonstrates a mind-bogglingly easy way to make frozen yogurt from scratch.

The clip reveals how to craft strawberry, pineapple coconut, chocolate banana, mango lime, and cake batter frozen yogurt. Not only do the resulting creations look delicious, but also the method is so simple that it will leave you questioning why you didn’t think of it yourself!

Watch the video below, and then pull out your food processor or blender. Personally, we’re already preparing for a summer filled with healthy, delicious frozen yogurt in more flavors than we can possibly imagine!

Source: Gemma Stafford/YouTube Photo credit: Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking

Tags: food hacks, Frozen Yogurt, healthy, Homemade
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