This post about making frozen yogurt at home was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.
If there’s one thing my girls love, it’s ice cream. If there’s one thing they love even more, it’s frozen yogurt – and I agree. We’re guilty of making a trip to the Frozen Yogurt shops at least weekly. But what if I told you that you could make DIY Frozen Yogurt at home – no machine required?! That’s what we’ve been doing and let me tell you, it’s quite delicious… and fun!
It all started with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt. Stonyfield is a staple on our weekly grocery list and I’m so excited that I get to use my beloved yogurt in a new, frozen way. Now I will say that one of my favorite Stonyfield product’s is their Frozen Yogurt [if you haven’t picked up a pint of it yet, do yourself a favor and go to the store now], BUT… it’s not carried in any of my local grocery stores. The nearest Whole Foods is over an hour away so we stock up and bring it back home in a cooler.
So for the times in between Frozen Yogurt trips, we can now make our own that’s delicious and totally fun, even though we don’t have an ice cream machine. Want to know our secret? It’s a ball!
An ice cream ball, that is. Take a look at this YayLabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball. It has 2 sides with 2 chambers, a soft shell, and will make delicious DIY frozen yogurt while you’re having a ball. On one side of the ice cream ball you put your ingredients – which for us on this night was about half a container of Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla, 1 tsp of Mint Extract, and 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. On the other side, you put in lots of ice [those chambers are larger than they look] and top off with about 1/4 cup of rock salt.
How does the yogurt actually become frozen yogurt?
With a little fun, of course!
This is where the YayLabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball really becomes fun. It encourages your kiddos to get active [but not too active, no throwing, dropping, bouncing, or kicking the ball], get excited about their upcoming treat, and get social. I could see some fun games with our ice cream ball as the girls get older “Tell something about your day when the ball gets to you”, it could really be a fun party conversation starter for older kids.
Unfortunately, my girls are so enthralled with the idea that ice cream is being made inside a ball, that they just want to hold it and look at it, which causes ice cream to be made slowly, people. I need my frozen yogurt, stat! So we decided on a game of hot potato which helps things move a little faster.
We’ve made different types of ice cream and frozen yogurt now and I have to share this tip, which isn’t actually a tip since YayLabs instructs you to do so, but don’t overlook this instruction…
At the 15 minute mark, scrape the freezing yogurt off the sides of the chamber.
Our first attempt at making ice cream in our YayLabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball was a frozen mess because we overlooked this very important step. It’s also super exciting to see that frozen yogurt taking shape [and a great time to take a quick taste test to keep the excitement going].
Are you ready to have a ball while making frozen yogurt and ice cream treats? You can find the YayLabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball in 3 different colors [pink, blue, and
Tennessee Vols orange] on Amazon.com [ships FREE with Prime], and at a variety of outdoor retailers like Bass Pro Shop, REI, and Cabela’s. It retails for around $34.99 and gives you the ability to make frozen yogurt anywhere – no machine required!
Make frozen yogurt at home, while having a ball - here's a recipe for everyone's favorite Mint Chip!
20 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1/2 container Stonyfield Organic Yogurt
- 1 tsp Mint Extract
- 1/4 cup mini Chocolate Chips
- Mix ingredients together and put into YayLabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball. Close the chamber and add in ice and rock salt on the opposite chamber.
- Roll the YayLabs Ice Cream Ball for 15 minutes, then scrape sides. Continue rolling until your organic yogurt has become creamy frozen yogurt!
What type of Frozen Yogurt would you make in the YayLabs Ice Cream Ball?