A second frozen yogurt shop has opened its doors in Hauppauge this summer, further fueling the frozen treats trend.
Tutti Frutti, an international frozen yogurt chain, held the grand opening of its Hauppauge location in the Motor Parkway Plaza off Exit 55 over Labor Day weekend. The brightly colored storefront near the Hauppauge Industrial Park attracted families and business employees alike.
"Our shop is bright, open and modern, there is nothing quite like it on Long Island. Tutti Frutti is the best-known international brand and Long Island is the ideal market for us to expand the franchise," said co-owner Ray Lugo.
Tutti Frutti offers more than 50 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt that can be paired with more than 75 toppings. Lugo said his shop is only frozen yogurt brand to offer protein-rich, soy-based frozen yogurt, so even the lactose-intolerant can enjoy.
"We actually manufacture our own yogurt, where other places get their yogurt from third-party distributors. We make ours fresh in the back," Lugo said.
Tutti Frutti's frozen yogurt flavors range from standard classics, like chocolate and vanilla, to fruity raspberry, peach and watermelon. There's birthday cake or cookies`n`cream for kids. But, surprisely enough, Tutti Frutti's most popular flavor is Taro, made out of the slightly-sweet tasting root vegetable.
Hauppauge is the company's first location on Long Island, despite it having nearly 600 locations worldwide including in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, China and the United Kingdom. It will create 15 jobs.
"Motor Parkway Plaza in Hauppauge is a great location for our first Long Island shop. We are near the Long Island Expressway and on Motor Parkway. We benefit from also being next to the active Hauppauge Industrial Park," said Silvia Liscano, Lugo's wife and co-owner.
The Motor Parkway Plaza's Silver LED certification also played a factor in the shops location, according to the owners. The company has a green policy of using bio-degradable materials when possible, as countertops are made of recycled corkboard and compressed recycled paper.
Lugo and Liscano said they have plans to expand, opening 20 Tutti Frutti locations over the next year years. The first to open will be in Manhattan this September.