WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- A group of Purdue students is introducing a new treat that everyone can savor on campus. The project has been in the works since the founders' freshman year of college. They're seniors now, and have made quite a lot of progress. Soon enough, everyone on campus will be able to get a taste of what they've been working on.
There's plenty of dining options on Purdue University's campus.
"I usually go to Subway, sometimes Panda Express, I would do pizza but I'm lactose intolerant. Sad day," said Ezra Anderson.
But for those with dietary restrictions, like Ezra Anderson, wherever they go- their options are limited.
"When I'm at Walmart I always have to go to that section, the lactose free, there's not a lot," Anderson said. "When you go out with your friends, guess what? You're alone when they get ice cream."
That's why one group of students is bringing a new dessert option to campus that everyone can enjoy.
"A 100 percent all natural, dairy-free, frozen yogurt product," Marek Davis said. "And they can even create it to the exact customized variety that they would desire."
They call it FroYo Xpress. It's a self-serve kiosk that gives you frozen yogurt, plus toppings, minus the dairy.
Co-founder Marek Davis said it's about being inclusive.
"We've done some research that shows a vast majority of the international students have some sort of dairy-related intolerance," Davis said. "And the current products that we provide in our convenience stores don't cater to them."
Co-founder Henry Berkemeier says they're giving students the opportunity to try a new product.
"It's kind of been the latest health trend," Berkemeier said. "You know if you can eliminate dairy, there are lots of benefits to having a dairy-free option."
Another element that makes this project unique is the weigh-and-pay system at traditional frozen yogurt shops doesn't apply here.
"Customers basically walk up to the machine, choose a cup either small or large, pour as much frozen yogurt and toppings as they'd like and then pay for it," Berkemeier said.
The prices are a flat rate; four dollars for a small cup and six dollars for a large.
So whether you live a lactose-free life, or are just trying to be more health-conscious, this dessert is a pretty sweet alternative.
"We're, you know, hopeful," Berkemeier said. "We've done our research and we're excited to bring this to campus."
The Fro-Yo Xpress machine will be installed later this fall at the third street market on campus. The machine will be operable during the market's hours, which can be found here.
To keep up with FroYo Xpress' journey, follow them on Instagram at @froyoxpress or visit their website at froyoxpress.com