January 17, 2013 at 17:33 PM EST
16 Handles Expands Menu with New Fro-Yo Based Hot Chocolate Affogato

Twist on Wintry Beverage Launches in Three Flavors: Salted Caramel, Crème Brûlée and Toasty Marshmallow

16 Handles Expands Menu with New Fro-Yo Based Hot Chocolate AffogatoNew York, NY  (RestaurantNews.com16 Handles™, today’s most innovative frozen yogurt brand, today is launching a new fro-yo-based Hot Chocolate Affogato beverage in three delicious flavors: Salted Caramel*, Crème Brûlée and Toasty Marshmallow.

16 Handles’ new Hot Chocolate Affogato merges the delight of cool, creamy frozen yogurt with the welcome warmth hot chocolate brings to wintry days and nights. Made famous by Italian cafes, Affogatos are typically espresso-based treats. 16 Handles take, however, layers premium Ghirardelli™ syrup atop Ghirardelli™ hot chocolate topped off with an iceberg of premium frozen yogurt and real whipped cream. Hot Chocolate Affogato is now available at 16 Handles Manhattan locations and will expand into other areas in the month of February.

“We’re starting off 2013 by kicking things up a notch and taking our frozen yogurt flavors and novelties to the next level,” said Solomon Choi, 16 Handles founder and CE-YO!. “For those un familiar with an Affogato, the word literal means “drowned” in Italian. Our proprietary recipe pairs everyone’s favorite frozen yogurt with rich Ghirardelli™ hot chocolate. It’s certain to become a winter treat that many will love to sip and savor.”

16 Handles features 16 rotating “handles” of frozen yogurt, along with an endless toppings bar that includes fresh, hand cut fruit, nuts, candies, cakes, sauces and other exclusive, chef-inspired toppings. In addition, 16 Handles offers non-dairy sorbets, frozen yogurt cakes, and WhipUps­guest-inspired creations that blend premium frozen yogurt and toppings into one delicious frozen confection.

* Salted Caramel Flavor available at participating locations.

About 16 Handles

16 Handles Expands Menu with New Fro-Yo Based Hot Chocolate Affogato16 Handles is an innovative frozen yogurt and dessert brand that encourages guests to Flaunt Their Flavor™. Whether guests want a better-for-you snack or an indulgent frozen dessert, 16 Handles offers something for everyone. Founded in 2008 by foodservice industry expert Solomon Choi, 16 Handles was the first frozen yogurt brand to pioneer the self-serve concept in New York City. Today the company has grown to 29 locations across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida and forecasts that 50 stores will be open by the end of 2013. Committed to sustainability, 16 Handles uses biodegradable packaging and spoons; each store plants 16 trees per day through a partnership with Trees for the Future. For more information visit http://www.16handles.com.

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