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Frozen yogurt comes in many types. It can be a soft serve treat doled out at a food establishment, a packaged product in the grocery store ice cream aisle, or a simple container of yogurt that has been frozen. When frozen yogurt comes in the form of a frozen container of pure yogurt, it can be any flavor at the store. The most common frozen yogurt flavors found in restaurants are chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. In frozen yogurt shops, flavors vary as widely as the imagination of the person who designed the yogurt flavors.
Generally, frozen yogurt flavors are more daring and varied than those normally found in ice cream. This makes frozen yogurt flavors not commonly found in ice creams an everyday find at frozen yogurt stores. Surprising, but common flavors carried by frozen yogurt shops include fruit flavors like taro, guava, and lychee, plus creamy dessert flavors like gingerbread, cheesecake, and cookies and cream.
Yogurt lovers seeking to satisfy a unique flavor craving can also opt for a frozen treat flavored like cookie dough, cake batter, or red bean paste. Many frozen yogurt shops are self serve style, allowing the patrons to mix and match their preferred flavors. This can sometimes produce some interesting and unexpected tastes when the contrasting flavors melt together a frozen yogurt soup at the bottom of the serving cup.
One flavor of frozen yogurt that has experienced great popularity in the United States is tart frozen yogurt, which was originally a Korean invention. It has roughly the same soft texture as other frozen yogurt flavors, but it has a tart bite in addition to its sweet creaminess. Recipes for tart frozen yogurt flavors differ, but they are generally tart because they contain more yogurt than other non-tart frozen yogurt flavors. Sweet, mild frozen yogurt flavors are mild because they are mixed with a large portion of cream or milk so they take on a flavor similar to ice cream.
Soft frozen yogurt can be bought at many ice cream shops and frozen yogurt shops, as well as some restaurants. Usually, when restaurants serve this treat, it is only a small part of what they serve, and it normally comes in limited and common flavors. In contrast, shops dedicated to frozen yogurt often pride themselves on a wide variety of tart and fruity or creamy and dessert-like flavors. Each yogurt shop offers its own permanent and seasonal frozen yogurt flavors.