Last week we discussed what type of mix to use to create your frozen yogurt today we will discuss everyone’s favorite – toppings! Your customers will spend the most time in your shop deciding what toppings to add to their cup. The assortment of toppings can be limitless and most frozen yogurt shops offer between 40-50 different toppings.
Standard assortments include the dry snacks, fresh fruit and syrups. The dry snacks usually include cut up candies, sprinkles, nuts, cut up baked goods, and cereal. The baked goods are things like Oreo cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies. The fresh fruit selection requires a cold section and careful monitoring as there is nothing more unappetizing than old, hot, or mushy fruit. Fresh fruit should be put out in limited quantities and cut daily. Do not try to save a few pennies and reuse the fruit. The customers you lose will not be worth the few cents you save. Try to feature seasonal fruits; that will help with cost and availability. Your syrups will require a warm station for the hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, and marshmallow sauce. Do not forget the whip cream.
Use the holidays and seasons to vary your offerings. In December add some crushed peppermint candies, Gummi Snowmen and Trees and crushed gingerbread cookies to your assortment. Spring should feature jelly beans and Fourth of July requires red, white, and blue sprinkles.
Toppings should be purchased from someplace that it is convenient to buy from on a daily basis and that sells candy and fresh fruits at the low prices. Many owners purchase from Costco, Sams, BJs, Target, Walmart, or local grocery stores. Here is where keeping an eye out for sales can save you some money as toppings will definitely cost you more than the yogurt. The toppings will range from $.10 to $.40 per ounce- so be careful in what toppings you chose to offer, since your retail price per ounce is fixed. Some frozen yogurt shops offer premium toppings that carry a surcharge.
After you have been open a month or two you will have a good idea of what your customer’s ratio of toppings to yogurt is. The typical industry breakdown is 75% yogurt to 25% toppings. With the average of 7 cents an ounce for the yogurt and 20 cents an ounce for the topping with the typical serving size 8 ounces at 45 cents an ounce. If your customers are heavy handed with the toppings you may need to raise your retail price a few pennies.
Now that you have selected your toppings, you need a POS system so your customers can pay for the yogurt with their favorite toppings. Calypso’s turn-key package for the frozen yogurt industry contains everything you need to get started. With integrated scales our yogurt shop POS system is easy for your employees to use. Calypso’s turn-key package uses an easy to learn touchscreen interface with integrated credit card processing. Calypso PSO has a built in QuickBooks integration, kitchen video displays, inventory management, barcode scanning, digital surveillance integration, employee time clock and a labor scheduling module. Contact Calypso today at 800-771-7100 and let our experts show you all the goodies we have for you!