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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:45pm
(CNN) -- — Dairy good! June 4 is National Frozen Yogurt Day.
Some blasts from the past are suddenly quite au courant. For example: bingo night, parachute pants and handlebar mustaches are currently all the rage. Another product that's making a comeback? Frozen yogurt.
In the early 1980s and '90s, frozen yogurt stores were on almost every street corner in the U.S. After a brief market slump in the late '90s and early 2000s, the industry is back on the rise, fueled in part by the recession. Frozen yogurt offers consumers choice at varying price points; perfect for those who want to treat themselves without blowing a hole in their wallets.
The multi-million dollar industry has another thing going for it -- head to head, frozen yogurt is less fattening than ice cream. That's because in order to be classified as ice cream, the product needs to contain a certain amount of fat. Producers often add cream to achieve the necessary fat content. Frozen yogurt, on the other hand, isn't federally regulated, and since yogurt naturally contains less fat than cream, the resulting product is as creamy as ice cream but with much less fat.
Before you go buckwild at your local frozen yogurt store, consider this: while the actual treat might be less in fat, it's very easy to erase the difference with toppings. That's not to say that toppings are off the menu, but if healthfulness is the goal, consider cutting back on the brownie bites and hot fudge sauce.
You could also make your own frozen yogurt in an ice cream maker or blender, thus controlling the mix-ins and nutritional content.
While no one really knows how long the froyo craze will last, our bet is that kids will be lining up at their local yogurt shop long after the last hipsters are yelling "Bingo!"