Inevitably, frozen yogurt customers will eventually approach the register with hodgepodge cups of all sorts of different flavors that are tasty by themselves but don’t necessarily go well together. Instead, do your taste buds a favor and go to your local fro-yo shop with a plan, using the following frozen yogurt and topping combinations as inspiration.
We’ll tell you where you can make each one using available flavors and add-ons and also give you some suggestions and recipes for making fro-yo at home!
With that, here are 20 combos you need to try.
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All is Fair
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What it is: Our favorite fair sweet — cotton candy — in a cup with some festive flair.
Where to get it:Head over to 16 Handles, as they have both a cotton candy fro-yo flavor and a fizzy cotton candy topping. Add some rainbow sprinkles for added color…and added sugar.
How to make it:Cotton candy isn’t just a fair affair, you can make a fro-yo version at home withthis recipe from House of Yumm.
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Apple Pie a la Fro-Yo
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What it is: Apple pie a la mode in a cup! Apple pie-flavored frozen yogurt with apple and cake toppings.
Where to get it:An apple pie fro-yo flavor is available at 16 Handles, Menchie’s, and sweetFrog, but the first location offers the best toppings. Choose between “Just Crumb Cake Crumbs,” “Apple Pie,” or “Cinnamon Streusel,” and pair it with one of two caramel sauces.
How to make it:For the home version, you can use a simple vanilla fro-yo for a base and top it with apples andthis homemade crumb topping from My Sequined Life.
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Breakfast for Children
What it is:A re-creation of a sugar-loving kid’s breakfast, this combo starts with Fruity Cereal fro-yo and tops it with Cap’n Crunch, Froot Loops and Fruity Pebbles. Sorry, mom and dad, this one is definitelynotpart of a balanced breakfast.
Where to get it:You’ll need to head over to sweetFrog to try this beauty.
How to make it:Making cereal-flavored fro-yo at home isn’t really an option, but if you have the appropriate toppings,this recipe for classic vanilla frozen yogurtcourtesy of Beachbody on Demand should do the trick.
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Breakfast for Grown-Ups
What it is:A grown-up and slightly healthier version of the previous combo, this one has a base of latte-flavored yogurt (representing both coffee and milk) and is topped with granola clusters, blueberries, and bananas.
Where to get it:Menchie’s or sweetFrog is your best bet for this one, as you can start with either of their cappuccino yogurts and add crunchy granola clusters on top, in addition to the fruit.
How to make it:Want to make coffee latte fro-yo at home?Try this recipe from Cuisinart.
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What it is:A cheesecake lover's dream: cheesecake frozen yogurt topped with cheesecake bites and a drizzle of raspberry or strawberry sauce.
Where to get it:16 Handles and sweetFrog both have everything you need for this one.
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Chocolate and Caramel Confusion
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What it is:This one is perfect for folks who love the pairing of chocolate and caramel (which should be everyone in the world). Combine chocolate and caramel frozen yogurt varieties in your cup, top them with milk chocolate turtles, and drizzle with chocolate and caramel sauces.
Where to get it:Menchie’s offers “Rockin’ Salted Caramel” and “Pure Chocolate” fro-yo flavors to give you the perfect base, with turtles available as a topping.
How to make it:Using just your blenderand this recipe, Make the Best of Everything will show you how to prepare homemade chocolate-caramel fro-yo.
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Classic Banana Split
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What it is:As the name suggests, this is a classic banana split sundae in fro-yo form. Choose vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry fro-yo flavors, and then top them all with bananas, hot fudge, whipped cream, mixed nuts, and a cherry. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Where to get it:Whether you go for 16 Handles, Menchie’s, or sweetFrog, you’ll be able to make this classic banana split sundae. If you’re the kind of split-lover who also needs strawberry sauce, then make sweetFrog your destination.
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What it is:Cookies and cream yogurt topped with crushed Oreos and/or Oreo pieces, as well as chocolate sauce.
Where to get it:16 Handles, Menchie’s, and sweetFrog all offer the fro-yo and cookies you need.
How to make it:This one is a cinch to make at home withthis recipe from Healthy Food for Living.
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What it is:If you love the romantic allure of chocolate-covered strawberries, then combine bases of chocolate and strawberry fro-yo, and top them with chocolate-covered strawberries and milk chocolate fudge.
Where to get it:Menchie’s is the only place you’ll be able to replicate this combination, as nobody else carries chocolate-covered strawberries as a topping. As for the base, pair your favorite strawberry and chocolate varieties.
How to make it:At home, you can make frozen yogurt that combines both strawberry and chocolate flavors usingthis recipe from Dashing Dish.
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Double Strawberry Shortcake
What it is:Strawberry shortcake yogurt topped with cake pieces, strawberries, strawberry sauce, and plenty of whipped cream.
Where to get it:sweetFrog has the elusive pound cake bites you’ll need for this one, as well as the yogurt, fruit, and sauce.
How to make it:You can actually make strawberry shortcake fro-yo at homeusing this recipe from Delish.
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Elvis on a Diet
What it is:A re-creation of Elvis Presley’s favorite food: peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches. Few fro-yo shops offer bacon as a topping (and that’s probably for the best), so this is just peanut butter and/or banana yogurt topped with peanuts and bananas.
Where to get it:16 Handles, Menchie’s, and sweetFrog all offer some variation of both flavors and the necessary toppings.
How to make it:Want to try making your own banana frozen yogurt? Trythis five-ingredient recipefrom EatingWell.
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Gimme a [Brownie] Break!
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What it is:A Kit Kat in bowl form with the bonus addition of brownies.
Where to get it:Reverse-engineer this one by starting with the most important part: the toppings. Kit Kat pieces and brownies are available at 16 Handles, Menchie’s, and sweetFrog (plus some sort of waffle toppings at the first two), as well as chocolate sauce. For the base, you can choose from chocolate, vanilla, or brownie fro-yo.
How to make it:Brownie fro-yo is the real game-changer here — make it at home withthis recipe from PaleOMG.
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What it is:Fat-free fro-yo topped with fresh fruit (we recommend strawberries, blueberries, and bananas), plus almonds, peanuts, pecans, and/or walnuts.
Where to get it:16 Handles, Menchie’s, and sweetFrog all have nonfat or no-sugar-added yogurt options, and all of them offer a variety of nuts.
How to make it:To get started at home, all you’ll need isthis nonfat frozen yogurt recipefrom Food.com.
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Dessert
What it is:An excuse to celebrate the holiday season at any time of year, this combo features peppermint frozen yogurt topped with cake pieces and Ghirardelli White Chocolate Sauce.
Where to get it:For this concoction, head to 16 Handles, where you can use the “White Chocolate Peppermint” yogurt flavor.
How to make it:You can alsojust stay home and check outthis peppermint stick fro-yo recipefrom SheKnows.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly
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What it is:Peanut butter yogurt topped with raspberry sauce and fresh strawberries, raspberries, and/or blueberries. Or, you could also try raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry yogurt topped with peanut butter sauce and peanut butter & jelly cups.
Where to get it:16 Handles offers the two aforementioned peanut butter yogurt varieties, as well as fruit flavors like “Blackberry Addiction,” “Ripe Raspberry” and “Strawberry Fields.” They're also the home of the PB&J cup topping!
How to make it:Alternately, you can learn to make your own PB fro-yo withthis recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.
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What it is:Coconut yogurt topped with shredded coconut, pineapple chunks, and a cherry on top.
Where to get it:16 Handles has “Coconut Castaway,” Menchie’s has “Fresh Shredded Coconut” and sweetFrog has “Sweet Coconut.”
How to make it:Steamy Kitchen has an easy, four-ingredientrecipe for coconut frozen yogurt!
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Pumpkin Spice Latte
What it is:Obviously there aren’t enough pumpkinspice-flavored foods in the world (sense the sarcasm), so allow us to suggest a pumpkin spice sundae that mixes pumpkin and coffee yogurts and tops them with some cinnamon spice and whipped cream, of course.
Where to get it:16 Handles is the only place that can handle this one, mostly due to the topping. Opt for “Oh My, Pumpkin Pie” (seasonally) and one of the numerous coffee flavors as your base, and then use the crumb cake crumbs as your cinnamon source.
How to make it:You know where pumpkin spice fro-yoisavailable? Your kitchen, assuming you can followthis recipe and videofrom BuzzFeed.
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What it is:Re-create this campfire classic using graham cracker yogurt topped with marshmallow sauce, hot fudge, chocolate chips, and graham cracker pieces.
Where to get it:16 Handles offers a graham cracker flavor, marshmallow sauce, and all of the chocolate!
How to make it:Recipes are hard to come by for this one. Instead, try getting creative withthis recipe for marshmallow creme fro-yofrom the Bold Abode.
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They Say It’s Your Birthday
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What it is:A birthday cake in fro-yo form, with birthday cake yogurt topped withcake bites and rainbow sprinkles.
Where to get it:16 Handles and sweetFrog are the only places with everything you need for this one.
How to make it:Don’t have a 16 Handles or sweetFrog near you? You can make cake batter fro-yo at home in five minutes with no machine usingthis recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking.
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I'd like Samoa that
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What it is:Caramel and chocolate-flavored frozen yogurts topped with chocolate chips, caramel sauce, and coconut shavings. It’s basically a Samoa on top of a Samoa.
Where to get it:Each shop offers some sort of caramel and chocolate (or caramel AND chocolate) fro-yos. Start there and add coconut, caramel, and your favorite chocolate toppings.
How to make it:Although you probably won’t be able to tackle making Samoa fro-yo in your own kitchen, you can instead try your hand at making homemade Samoas withthis recipe from Just a Taste.