Frozen Yogurt Liquid Mix vs. Powder Mix – What’s best for your frozen yogurt shop?
Below I laid out some information on frozen yogurt mixes and what I think the best options are depending on your goals for your business. In my opinion, the top choices for liquid mix in the business are YoCream, Honey Hill Farms and Dreyer’s/Edy’s. Top Choices for dry mix include Nanci’s, Pregel and Cielo.
In terms of liquid mix vs. powder mixes there are different pros and cons to consider. The advantages of powder mix is that it’s a dry storage and there isn’t any need for equipment that requires electricity. Theoretically it’s easier to source, no need for a supplier to have frozen distribution. The disadvantages of powder mix is that it’s usually more expensive than buying frozen liquid mix. You also end up needing more ingredients like skim milk and filtered water. It takes longer to mix it, you need about 15-20 minutes per batch of froyo. It’s labor intensive because employees need to mix it and mix it well enough for the froyo to be creamy. Consistency can becoming an issue depending on who it’s mixed by, when, the temperature of the room etc.
If you’re wondering how making powdered product works, basically your employee will use approximately one pound of dry mix, corresponding amount of flavoring mix, 2 gallons of skim milk and 3/4 gallon of filtered water. They then would put this in a plastic 5 gallon bucket (food grade) and mix it together with a freestanding motorized mixer. The above measurements should yield about 3 gallons of product which is the typical size for most soft serve hoppers.
The advantages of liquid mixes vs. powdered mixes are that there is less labor needed. You just pour the mix straight into the machine. It tends to be more consistent considering it is premixed at a factory and that means you don’t have to worry about always mixing it correctly. Less materials are needed for liquid mixes, for example the additional ingredients mentioned above for the powder mix. Liquid mix also tends to be less expensive than dry mix. You WILL need to buy a freezer to keep it refrigerated correctly.
I hope that this post offered you some valuable information in order to start your frozen yogurt business. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!
Peace, love & froyo!