Frozen Yogurt Program for Schools

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Soft Serve Solutions – Frozen Yogurt program for Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Yogurt Program for Schools, By Soft Serve Solutions

Soft Serve Solutions has partnered with Honey Hill Farms to offer a frozen yogurt program for schools.  Details can be found here.

According to the website, Soft Serve Solutions offers a Spaceman USA soft serve machine free of charge with the purchase of frozen yogurt mix.  Over 20 flavors of Honey Hill Farms frozen yogurt are available to choose from.  Each of the flavors meet USDA Smart Snack food guidelines.

What’s included?

SSS frozen yogurt program for schools will include the following:

  • frozen yogurt machine from Spaceman USA
  • frozen yogurt liquid mix from Honey Hill Farms
  • training on how to properly use the machine
  • service and warranty
  • seven day a week technical support
  • maintenance program includes preventative maintenance, sanitize solutions, lubricant, and wearable parts

What does it Cost?

Soft Serve Solutions has made a very simple program for schools to participate in.  Your only cost is for the frozen yogurt product.  Cost is calculated by ounce, product comes in cases with 4 gallons each.  Each flavor is approved USDA Smart Snack – this is a great opportunity for members of the School Nutrition Association to bring in a healthy fun program to their school district.

Soft Serve Solutions School Frozen Yogurt Program

Soft Serve Solutions offers a Frozen Yogurt Program for schools which includes equipment, product, and training.

About Soft Serve Solutions

From website:

Soft Serve Solutions was created to help independent restaurants, ice cream shops, frozen yogurt shops, schools and hospitals with offering soft serve products to their customers. Through our experience and network of resources we have many solutions to help your business succeed and grow. It is our mission to offer personal service to each of our customers all while reducing cost and delivery times of products and services. We are a family owned business that values our employees and customers. We take the time to care for our customers’ needs. It is our passion to deliver the best quality products and services in the frozen beverage and soft serve industry.

For more information on Honey Hill farms or Spaceman USA please see previous blog posts and reviews.

Review of Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt Mix!

Review of NancI’s Frozen Yogurt Mix!!!

Whenever I go into a frozen yogurt store I am curious to see what type of frozen yogurt mix they use.  Last month I had a delicious mix of chocolate and low fat vanilla. The yogurt tasted perfect! It was creamy, cold, and had a delicious clean and rich flavor.  It was not too sweet and it also did not leave a poor aftertaste. I asked the cashier what product they used and she told me Nanci’s. This young lady was very helpful and gave me a little bit of background on Nanci’s frozen yogurt mix. She shared that the customers have always complimented on the stores flavors and that she has not heard of any of their customers being unhappy with the frozen yogurt product.

I believed it. My cup of fro-yo was delicious. The chocolate was dreamy and the vanilla was velvety! I wanted to share my experience with you guys because the one thing that left me shocked is that Nanci’s frozen yogurt is a dry powder mix!! Dry powder mix? Yes it is a powder base and all you need to do is add water!!! I thought this was amazing that a powder base mix could taste so creamy, milky, and fluffy!

After talking to the store employees about the frozen yogurt mix they used I went home and did a little research and contacted Nanci’s. I emailed the owner and he got back to me right away which showed me professionalism and dedication to his company. He was more than happy to give me information on his frozen yogurt mix so that I could share it with The Frozen Yogurt Review readers.

Before I go into what Nanci’s provides I want to thank the company for being so open and sharing to all the blog readers what their company offers!

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Base Mix:

Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt mixes are all dry powder base mixes that you add to water. There are 9 base mixes, which include:

  • Non-Fat and Low-Fat Vanilla
  • Non-Fat Chocolate
  • Neutral Plain Tart and Premium Tart
  • Non-Dairy Sorbet
  • Non-Dairy Vanilla
  • Non-Dairy Vegan Chocolate
  • Stevia Vanilla (no sugar added)
  • Stevia Chocolate (no sugar added)

 

Flavorings:  

More than 100 liquid flavor concentrates you can add to the base mix. The flavorings include everything from Mango to Salted Caramel.

Nanci's Frozen Yogurt Mix

Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt Mix

Mixing Instructions:

1. Slowly pour one bag of Nanci’s base into 2 gallons of water (or 2.5 gallons for NSA mix) while stirring vigorously with a wire whisk. Or you can use an immersion blender.

2. If using flavoring, measure out 6 oz. of flavor and stir it into the mix.

3. Pour the prepared frozen yogurt mix into a soft-serve machine.

Strengths:

Nanci’s is known for creamy and smooth texture, a wide variety of flavors, and excellent health benefits.

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Frozen Yogurt Mix Review

 Health Benefits:

Nanci’s has better or equivalent nutritionals than any frozen yogurt on the market. Benefits include:

  • Sweetened with either fruit sugar or stevia, which does not cause blood sugar spikes and is better for diabetics.
  • Low calorie.
  • Active cultures that are protected in the dry form at warm temperatures.
  • No fat or low fat.

 

 

 

Packaging:

Base mixes are packed with 5 bags per case. Each bag makes 2.5 gallons of yogurt mix or 360 ounces by weight.

Flavorings come in Half Gallon or Gallon sizes.

Nanci’s products are Kosher and Halal certified.

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Nanci’s Packaging

Pricing:

Nanci’s mixes, including flavoring, cost between 6-7 cents per ounce. For orders within the United States, shipping is included.

 

About Nanci’s: 

Nanci’s has been making premium frozen yogurt mixes for more than 25 years. They sell products throughout the U.S. and in more than 25 countries internationally. They are family owned and operated with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.

Contact Information:   www.nancis.com     info@nancis.com

1-800-788-0808 or 480-834-4290

I hope you found this review helpful!

Ten Frozen Yogurt Toppings Every Self Serve Frozen yogurt must have!

Frozen yogurt Toppings

Frozen Yogurt Topping ideas for shops

One of the best parts about owning a frozen yogurt franchise is that frozen yogurt shop owners aren’t just selling a standard menu of items that customers can choose from, but are actually selling hundreds and possibly even thousands of combinations of their self serve frozen yogurt treats.

Whether your customer is on a diet, in the mood for something sweet, or they want to put together a dessert masterpiece, frozen yogurt can be personalized to suit everyone’s tastes and cravings. A survey of over 200 people on ranker.com asked people to rate their favorite frozen yogurt toppings, and the findings were pretty sweet (and savory). So if you’re a new shop owner or you are an old pro looking to change up your toppings bar, look to put the following toppings on standby to keep your regulars and to get new customers to come back again and again:

  1. Strawberries for froyo topping

    Frozen yogurt toppings – fresh cut strawerries

    Strawberries- Strawberries go great with chocolate, caramel, or other fruits to make a healthy treat after a workout. Slice and dice the strawberries into small bits so that the customer can enjoy every bite of their soft serve with a bite of this tasty fruit. Remember when using fresh fruit to check for mold or other abnormalities (especially when keeping at room temperature).

  2. Hot Fudge- froyo customers love this ooey gooey topping, which goes great with just about every flavor and every topping. When it comes to storage, you can safely store hot fudge in an air tight container for two weeks if it contains dairy. If you are buying and making a store bought hot fudge, just be sure to read the directions on the packaging for storage information.
  3. Oreo- The classic American cookie gets reinvented as a frozen yogurt topping—and it doesn’t disappoint. Cut the Oreo cookies into small bites so that you can maximize the amount of overhead on your toppings bar.
  4. Caramel Syrup-Customer’s not a choc-a-holic? Well, keep this savory sauce on standby. Suggest to your customers to mix caramel syrup with a peanut or another nut to create a sweet and salty
  5. Brownie Bits-Add texture to your customers’ frozen yogurt by making a fresh batch of brownies and cutting them into small pieces.
  6. Whipped Cream- Whipped cream adds that little something extra to an already delicious dessert. Make sure to store whipped cream cans or homemade whipped cream in a cool container.
  7. Peanut Butter Cup- Is there really anything much better than peanut butter and chocolate together? Chop up this classic candy into small pieces for your customers to enjoy with their fro-yo.
  8. Cheesecake Bits- Cheesecake elevates the flavor of your soft serve and gives it a complex, elaborate taste. Suggest to a customer to mix with fruit or chocolate to replicate
  9. Frozen yogurt toppings - Chocolate Chips

    Frozen yogurt toppings – Chocolate Chips

    Chocolate Chips- Chocolate chips in frozen yogurt provide the taste of mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies but in a hurry. Chocolate chips are inexpensive and are a delicious asset to your toppings bar.

  10. Chocolate Syrup- There’s not much more classic than vanilla soft serve and chocolate syrup. Add a little, add a lot, it doesn’t matter. You know this topping will be a winner with your customers.

Many of the frozen yogurt shops that I have been too have great displays for their topping selection. I have done some research and found good quality topping dispensers to hold all of those tasty frozen yogurt store toppings.

My-frozen-yogurt-store.com carries quality frozen yogurt dispensers that are scratch-resistant and shatterproof; and not to mention they are good looking!

Frozen yogurt store owners who carry these frozen yogurt / soft serve toppings will have customers coming back again and again!

http://my-frozen-yogurt-store.myshopify.com/collections/topping-dispensers

 

Best Soft Serve Machines in USA – Reviews

Hello Friends!

Frozen yogurt and ice cream are still HOT, more so then ever!  So far in 2013 Frozen Yogurt sales have grown over 70% on 2011 sales numbers.  Additionally, frozen yogurt represents about 40% of sales in frozen treat and novelty market.  Ice Cream remains strong at about 54%. Sales of both ice cream and frozen yogurt amount to over 11 Billion dollars per year!

Below is a list of the Best Soft Serve Machines for frozen yogurt and ice cream.

Frozen yogurt is a good bet, as deserts will always be popular and the flavors keep getting better and better for you.  Opening a frozen yogurt store takes money, time, and research – through our website we hope to offer some helpful information regarding getting started.  The #1 question we get from writers is regarding soft serve equipment, so that is what we have decided to write about today.   For more information on frozen yogurt machines please see our other posts dated over the last 3 years.

Below, we will list the  Best Soft Serve Machines, top quality soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt manufacturers – and rate them on a scale of 1-10 on quality, service, cost, and warranty.  We will then offer a brief description and our choice for best frozen yogurt machine(s) from that company.

 

Taylor Company:

Frozen yogurt machine by Taylor Company

Taylor Crown series soft serve machine

QUALITY:   9

SERVICE:   7-10 depending on distributor

COST:        5

Product Consistency:   9

 

Taylor Company has the largest market share in the world of soft serve machines.  Taylor is a exceptional manufacturer or machines, unfortunately, we hear rave reviews as often as we hear negative reviews from customers who say they are fed up dealing with Taylor.  The Taylor Crown C723 with stand is our pick for frozen yogurt stores.  A great machine, priced over $13,000 each, plus other fees.  Taylor has created a strong presence by hiring its own service technicians throughout the country and placing strong requirements on dealers.  This in turn leads to higher prices, and less room for creativity and change.

 

Stoelting:

Stoelting soft serve frozen yogurt machine

Stoelting soft serve frozen yogurt machine

QUALITY:  8

SERVICE: 7

COST:     8

Product consistency:  9

 

Stoelting has made a name for the F231 machine in franchises like orange leaf and aspen leaf.  It is a great machine that produces excellent creamy yogurt.  Stoelting sells through distributors across the country, sometimes service can be an issue for the smaller guys.  The F231 uses a single compressor for freezing cylinders with dual control by using a solenoid.

 

Electro Freeze:

Electrofreeze SLX4000 review and information

Electrofreeze SLX4000 review and information

QUALITY:   9

SERVICE:   8

COST:        6

Product Consistency:  9

 

Electro Freeze / HC Duke and Son has been making soft serve machines for a long time (as you can tell by the design J) A solid machine, produces great texture product, excellent programs for soft serve ice cream and pressurized systems, not so strong for self-serve frozen yogurt on a national basis.  The new model released this year is the SLX4000 which is their stab at the frozen yogurt industry.  A single 6500BTU compressor similar to the Stoelting and Taylor machines keeps cost down and energy use down.  The problem is, half the country does not have access to the product, and the cost can hurt!

 

 

Spaceman USA:

Spaceman USA soft serve machine review

Spaceman USA Soft serve machine review for 6250, 6378, and 6235 model machines – best soft serve machines

QUALITY:  9

SERVICE:  9

COST:   8

Product Consistency:  9

 

Spaceman USA is the distributor for Spaceman products, a  manufacturer of soft serve and slushy equipment.  Spaceman holds an extremely high quality standard and reputation in Asian markets and European markets.  One of the best tasting products we have tried is out of a spaceman machine. The machines build is similar to Taylor in size and capacity.

*We are ranking the Spaceman 6250 as the Best Soft Serve Machines for the frozen yogurt and mid sized soft serve ice cream business.

We know that we have left some manufacturers from this list.  Please email your questions, comments, or concerns so that we may address them on our next update of the Best Soft Serve Machines in the USA.

 

 

Soft serve machine reviews – comparison chart

UPDATE: 2014

The list and comparison chart below is our soft serve machine reviews pick for frozen yogurt stores.  Therefore, we have picked the best machine for that purpose from each manufacturer.  This is after all, The Frozen Yogurt Review!!!

If you are interested in soft serve equipment for different applications, such as high volume stores, or where air pumps are needed – then we suggest starting with the below mentioned manufacturers and seeing what they have available.

Notable models for high volume are:

the Taylor Crown Series C713, Taylor 794, Taylor 336,

Spaceman 6378, Spaceman 6248,

Electro Freeze FM8, Electro Freeze 66TF,  and Stoelting F431.

We get a lot of questions regarding machines; how much energy they use, production capacity, heat required, and price.  We have used A LOT of machines, and we have compiled a list of the most common machines new stores are using to open frozen yogurt shops.  Older models of Taylors and Electro Freeze we feel are not worth the investment, since they are not efficient in energy consumption, and to buy a used machines makes little sense to us.  So, please review the below chart, you can click on it for an expanded view.  If you have any information you would like to add please comment or email us and we will get on it!

Below is our comparison chart with soft serve machine reviews above.

Soft serve ice cream machine comparison chart review

Soft serve equipment comparison, Taylor C723, 713, Stoelting F231, Electro freeze SL500, Spaceman 6250, Donper BH7480, Wellspring, Sani Serve

 

Machines reviewed are, in no specific order:

Taylor Crown Series c723, Electro Freeze SL500, Stoelting F231, Spaceman 6250, Donper BH7480, and Wellspring WIM310, Spaceman 6240

How to: Starting a self-serve frozen yogurt business / shop. Part 1

How to:  Starting a self-serve frozen yogurt business / shop.  Part 1

Frozen yogurt is tasty, healthy, and also a desert, or is it dessert?  Just in case you don’t know, desserts have been around a couple thousand years (so have deserts) and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  So, with people more health conscious than ever, why not make it froyo?  With live cultures, potential for organics, no sugar added and low/nonfat options – it’s the right choice.  Opening a franchise frozen yogurt store or even your own concept is a great choice too, as long as you do your homework and follow a few proven techniques to ensure you end up successful.  We have been researching frozen yogurt franchises and ma and pops for years at the frozen yogurt review, and here is what we feel to be the most important “ingredients” to owning a successful self-serve location:

 

–          Great tasting product (duh, but you’d be surprised! – or maybe not?)

–          Great location (we will give tips for finding good spots below)

–          Good, no, GREAT atmosphere!

–          Mediocre employees…NOOOT…Great Employees!  (By the way, it’s your responsibility to train them to be great!  We will go over that too if you can read that far)

–          Um, social media and marketing, maybe?  Depends on your intentions, and just how GREAT you are!  We will also make suggestions – there are lots of free tips to succeed that worked great for Steve Jobs!  Think newspapers, magazines, etc.  Why not flatter an unknowing columnist and con, I mean convince them into writing an article on you!

 

So, this is a good place to start, we will go over these topics in paragraph form in order of bullet.  At the end of it all we will go into even more detail on what and where to you will actually need in the store.  These are just logistics and not as important as the concept, or “foundation”.

Great tasting frozen yogurt product:

Pretty self-explanatory, but cannot be said enough!  Test as many different brands as you can, and pick one with great flavors, and plenty of them.  You want the company to have at least 10 good flavors year round and then a variety of sorbets, seasonal, and low/nonfat and NSA (no sugar added) options.  You also want to make sure the company has good distribution to your store so that you are not let down and run out of product.   Good consistency is produced by good yogurt, a machine no matter what brand should produce good yogurt if the settings are correct.  If the frozen yogurt is too icy it’s usually the setting on the soft serve machine, not the machine itself, or it could be bad product with no stabilizers or poor content.   Anyways, don’t get a bad tasting yogurt in your store that leaves people with a bad aftertaste.

Great location:

The better the location, the more visibility, the more foot traffic, the more sales.  Here are some good tips:  Make sure the sign is visible from the street, and if it’s a 4 way intersection make sure you are able to have a visible sign from each position a car will be stopped (all 4 directions, also make sure the sign portrays that you are frozen yogurt store).  Be close to schools!  Don’t underestimate the desire and manipulative ability of children; they will get their parents to take them for frozen yogurt after school or after soccer practice.  High school kids will also want to go get a snack after school and hang out.  Also make sure if possible that you are close to restaurants, movie theaters, nice places to walk, business parks, and high traffic areas.  Do research to find the closest competition – make sure you have a plan for getting people to come to your store instead of theirs – or, pick another spot.  If it doesn’t make sense to you it sure won’t make sense to them.  Also, you should be able to get a couple months free rent on your lease – get a commercial broker to put a proposal together for you, remember the leasing agent for the space is required to put the land lords best interest before yours!   They should also help with build out costs.

Great atmosphere:

Think hard about how you want your frozen yogurt shop to “feel”.  Get a clear “feeling” in your mind prior to starting anything else.  Hold onto this “feeling” and radiate it in to every decision you make, tell people who you think don’t even care – this creates passion – the best artwork is always done from passion.  Opening a frozen yogurt shop should be fun, and it will be successful.   Make sure all of your furniture, colors, store layout, and design all go together and work in accordance with your theme “feel”.  When everything and everyone is working together in your store it will create an energy that will attract people back to your business, this force is powerful, do not neglect the force!  Each detail should be thought out and not overlooked.  Also, we recommend hiring an architect, or designer, or contractor who has done a frozen yogurt shop before.  They understand how to build out the walls correctly to reach through, get the place set up with the right electrical, air flow, etc.

Great Employees:

Make sure your employees get the “feeling”.  Hire people with passion, who love their job, and who like people.  They will need to interact with people, and if they are happy and give off good vibes then that’s the first thing your customers will notice.  Some people will never have had self-serve frozen yogurt before and will look at all the machines and be thinking in their head “WTF, what am I supposed to do?”  Have your employees ask people if they have been there before, show them where the sample cups are, encourage them to try the flavors, and explain they pay per ounce and get yogurt then add their own toppings.  Make it fun!  Everyone should be greeted.  Also make sure you have enough people so that if someone is cutting fruit, or filling the machines with product, someone is still out front to cashier and greet.  It’s worth it!  Be the frozen yogurt store in the pictures with lines to the curb; don’t just expect to have people casually come in every half hour.   Make sure your employees also understand the value of cleanliness.

Social Media, Marketing, etc:

Facebook page?  Absolutely, it’s free and people will like you, then you can promote deals, new flavors and get people talking about your store.  Do not overlook this simple tool.  Google listing, good places, do we really even have to say it!?!   I went to get a haircut 2 months ago and wanted to call earlier this week to check the hours and couldn’t find their number on the internet, are you kidding!!!  Guess what I did, Google mapped from my phone the next closest place and went there.   Another great idea, get the local newspaper or magazine to feature your store and do a story on you.  People love frozen yogurt, take advantage of it, if you’re the first self-serve store in town get on the phone and pimp yourself out!  They will do a story on it.  Their alternative is to try to make up a story on the local homeless celebrity…  Twitter also works.  Make sure you are listed and utilizing all available free social media and news.  Do deals, and put them on your Facebook page.  If you have a local high school or college then do a mascot theme night, or a sorority night with giveaways and specials.  One of the local frozen yogurt shops does sorority nights and has a lot of success.  Another shop offers delivery on their yogurt!  That is the ultimate treat to college stoners (sorry, but it’s true).

After you have the concept, have the passion, and are fired up to go you need to do the following:

Get a lease on a great spot, get a great build out, get good new machines (service, warrantee, etc.) try to save some money on the machines, there are alternatives out there now and this is a big expense (donper, forte equipment, spaceman usa) – don’t use an import company like palm island trading, you don’t want to get left high and dry with nowhere to get parts or service.  You can save up to $50,000 on soft serve equipment.  Same with refrigerators, topping bar and dispensers, point of sale equipment, etc. (TurnKeyparlor.com, restaurant depot, katom.com and many more)   Get a great logo and name for your store that can be branded, loved, and recognized.  Form an LLC, corporation, or DBA if already have one.  Find the product, have the sales reps help you find other things you need like cups, spoons, toppings, fruit.  If you have a big local distributor like Sysco or US Foods contact them.  They should be able to supply a good portion of your needs and even tell you things you didn’t think of.  Hire someone to make a website.  You can get a good one made by companies like inMotion hosting for a good price.  Or make one on word press (like this site).  Badabing-badaboom!  If you have the passion and can follow some proven methods you are ready to rumba!  Oh yeah, you might need some cash too 🙂