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National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 6 is National Frozen Yogurt Day! Frozen yogurt, or “FroYo” as it is often shortened to, is a frozen dessert made out of yogurt and other dairy products. It has a lower amount of fat than its sister dessert, ice cream, because it is made with milk instead of cream. It is also known for being slightly more tart than ice cream and sometimes contains live and active bacteria cultures.

In the 1970s, frozen yogurt was first put on the American market, but consumers found the tart yogurt taste to be unfavorable. It wasn’t until 1981 when the first TCBY opened featuring a sweeter version of the dessert that frozen yogurt’s popularity began to incline. TCBY differed from previous frozen yogurt sellers because they dispensed their yogurt in soft serve form through machines rather than selling it pre-packaged.

By the mid-90s, several other frozen yogurt chains had opened and frozen yogurt had accrued over $300 million in sales. In the late 1990s, however, Americans’ favored diets turned to higher protein and higher fat foods, causing the frozen yogurt trend to fall off as ice cream regained its previous popularity.

As quickly as frozen yogurt went out of style in the ‘90s, it made a resurgence in the mid 2000s with the invention of live probiotic powder-based mixes. This mix made frozen yogurt available in countries outside the United States for the first time. The tart flavors that were unpopular in the ‘70s suddenly began attracting a new crowd of frozen dessert aficionados and new frozen yogurt chains began popping up all over the world.

To celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day, stop by your favorite FroYo shop – you might even find that some stores have special discounts today on this tasty frozen treat!

Sources: WikipediaExaminer.comPunchbowl

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Monopoly Goes On Sale

On February 6, 1935 the board game Monopoly was first sold to the masses.

Although Charles Darrow is credited with its creation, Elizabeth Magie patented a basic version of the game in 1904. Many varieties of board games much like Monopoly were created in the 1930s. Most centered around buying and selling property, but it wasn’t until 1935 that Parker Brothers agreed to mass produce Monopoly. It has since become one of the world’s most popular board games!

Monopoly is played by moving around the game board buying and selling or trading properties, acquiring homes and hotels, and collecting rent. The properties on the game board are based on real locations in and around Atlantic City,New Jersey. The game equipment includes: Chance and Community Chest cards, property deeds, dice, houses and hotels, money, and metal tokens used as pawns.

Called “The Fast Dealing Property Trading Game,” Monopoly has sold more than 275 Million games worldwide, and has been produced in 111 countries in more than 40 languages.

Take out your Monopoly set today and have a family game night in memory of the first day the game was ever sold. Don’t have the game? Check out all the versions of Monopoly for sale at Calendars.com!

Sources: Searchamelia, Wikipedia

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