Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Fro-Yo or Ice Cream?

Those of you from much warmer climes will find this hilarious, but there’s a heatwave in Washington State right now. Temperatures have been reaching – wait for it – 92 degrees Fahrenheit!

Consequently, Washingtonians (including me) have been bitching up a storm and spending countless hours stuffing their faces with cold items. This has enlivened an age-old debate around my house: Which is better, frozen yogurt or ice cream?

I argue that frozen yogurt is better. Not only is it marginally healthier, but it has a sort of tang to it that makes it, oh, just delightful.

Husband is old school, arguing that kids scream for ice cream, not all-natural, low-fat, organic-dairy frozen yogurt.

Hmph. Well, they should be, is my retort.

How about you? Where do you fall on this side of this most sacred of debates.

By Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is a twenty-something blogger, cook, freelance writer and editor living in Seattle, Washington. She’s a feminist trying ever-so-hard to embrace her spaces, conventional or not. She looks forward to numerous bad hair days, burnt cremes, a soapbox or two, and maybe (just maybe) a yellow polka-dot bikini in the years ahead.

29 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Fro-Yo or Ice Cream?”

We have a fro-yo place in our neck of the woods that serves a mean coconut yogurt that pretty much kicks all other yogurts’ ass. However, on the other side of our woods is a mean gelato shop that serves the most heavenly banana salted caramel. It’s a hard choice but as nice as fro-yo is, there is just more variety with ice cream.

Well I had all but given up on frozen yogurt because I so wanted to love it more than ice cream and then came Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt.   OMG!  it is the best and now I know that I can enjoy the amazing cold stuff and don’t even care that it is a healthy alternative to ice cream because it is better than ice cream!!!

Don’t know if there is one near you but don’t walk . . . RUN to one of these locations.

I recently learned the difference between hard ice cream, soft-serve, and “creamees” (creamees being a whole other category for anyone living in the northern reaches of New England). It has to do entirely with the amount of butter solids/milk fat in the dairy. Now, I am one of the many non-lact-tolerant folks in the world, so if I’m going to have some sort of frozen dairy confectionary: go big or go home. Creamees all around!

(otherwise I admit to getting Soy Delicious, or some other soy-milk ice cream. or sorbet. it is not the same. not even close. but it’s better than having my body hate me.)

I prefer ice cream. It just tastes better. I think it has something to do with being worse for you.

Of course, I usually end up eating fro-yo because I’m lactose intolerant and have a tendency to forget my lactaid pills. So maybe for me it’s that I can have fro-yo whenever I want while ice cream is more of a treat, something I have to plan for in advance.

I’m always happy when stores have the B&J Phish Food FroYo around, because then I can pretend that I’m eating something ‘healthy’ and I like it a bit more than the ice cream version anyways (it’s softer).

But normally, the stores around here have a pretty crummy selection of frozen dairy treats, so I’d probably have to go to a dedicated FroYo store for any FroYo. I’m trying to stick to Gelatos or the ice creams w/coconut milk these days, just to switch it up a bit. If I really want to maintain the healthy ruse, then I go for the fruit ices and that sort of thing, but it’s been ice cream this summer. So… it depends?

ice cream > frozen yogurt

I always know what ice cream is going to taste like.  It’s only a question of just exactly how delicious it’s going to be.  Fro Yo is a crap shoot.  It could have zero tang or ULTRA tang and there is nothing more disappointing than discovering ULTRA tang when you were expecting mini tang and now your choice of toppings is completely wrong for the frozen treat you’ve selected.  Case closed.

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