This is the first Frozert Yogurt Blog post and I thought why not lead off by talking about our most popular flavor, Horchata Yogurt. You go to almost any Mexican restaurant in the El Paso area, and you can find that cool drink made from rice, cinnamon, sugar and sometimes vanilla. So refreshing. When we first opened and began to sell the Horchata flavor, we had no idea it would be such a hit. Our flavor even has real rice in it! Now we have even expanded into Horchata flavored frappes. Can’t get that at Starbuck’s. One point for the little guy!
But I got to thinking about what makes Horchata so special. The awesome flavor aside, the history lover in me had to do some digging. Come to find out, Horchata is a very old beverage originally from Spain (no surprise). The original drink is from Valencia where it is called orxata. They use a root called a tiger nut (also known to some gardeners as a weed: nutsedge) then water and sugar and then it is chilled. When the western hemisphere was colonized, local ingredients were used in place of the tiger nut. The updated drink was then embellished with cinnamon and sometimes vanilla. Instead of rice, other South and Central American countries use sesame seeds, morro seeds, and jicaro seeds. They even use cocoa in Horchata in Honduras and El Salvador (I need to try that sometime). I don’t want to bore you with more details, so here is the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horchata .
There you go, Horchata is a drink whose popularity spans both time and distance. And following in the tradition of adapting Horchata to new environs, we have it in frozen yogurt and as a frappe. Come in sometime and give it a try!