Red Mango

by janet on July 15th, 2007

Sigh. I am so sick of the yogurt wars. It’s too hard to keep track, so I will outline just the main points of the saga. So, Red Mango was the original frozen-yogurt-with-fruit type joint in Korea. Pinkberry came along [still in Korea] and copycatted Red Mango. Then, PB jumped the Pacific Ocean and started their yogurt imperialism stateside. They claim to be “yogurt” but it actually doesn’t have live yogurt cultures, so they were sued. Sued by…Red Mango! RM, pissed, starts their own yogurt crusade. Meanwhile, copycats of the copycat have also sprung up all over the place, like Snowberry, Cefiore, Blue Mango (too lazy now to “a href” this shit), Cantaloop, Snola, Yogurtpia, Yogotango, and on and on and on and on. It’s dizzying trying to keep track.

So let’s just stay with the Big Two. Pinkberry vs. Red Mango. The Pinkberry craze has swept all of UCLA, and so when news of Red Mango opening in Westwood hit town, people were skeptical. Could Red Mango topple the original? (Ironic since Red Mango is the original). I am a huge PB fan but I also love my acidophilus too, so I was looking forward to trying it. James (that bitch) had already tried some (and had seconds) when they were giving out free Red Mango at the LA Film Festival. The picture to the left was taken by his iPhone. Awesome, no?

Anyway, we went. James and I noticed different things. James is a claustrophobe so he loved that the store actually had an inside with actual places to sit. I am Asian so I noticed that they had more brand name cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cap’n Crunch, and Fruity & Cocoa Pebbles (to be fair, PB also has Fruity Pebbles).

RM just has more toppings in general. Unlike PB, they have honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Mmmmm. For my virgin RM experience I got raspberries, honeydew, and pineapple. To my shock and horror RM does not have yogurt chips. That hurts.

But, RM does have the important pièce de résistance – the live, active cultures of S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. lactis, and L. acidophilus. Boo yeah! Checkmate, Red Mango.

In terms of taste, what everyone says is true. RM is in between a Penguin’s-like froyo and PB’s ultra tangy froyo. It’s much creamier than PB, and I think the fruit is fresher, too. The honeydew, in particular, was exquisite. Not mealy at all, very crisp but very sweet. James spied employees walking into the store with full grocery bags from Whole Foods, which would explain why their fruit is so good…and also why they cost a million dollars. It’s worth it, though, and I can easily say that Red Mango is my favorite of the two.

I’m also excited that I have a new way of categorizing the people I know. “Are you a Pinkberry person or a Red Mango person?” It will be very telling. Some people will try to be ultra yogurt indie and say, “Oh, I actually prefer Cantaloop” and these people I will punch.

Red Mango
10942 Weyburn Ave
Westwood Village
Phone: Coming Soon

7 Responses to “Red Mango”

  1. David says:

    I discovered a Berrysweet in Fullerton. I’m thinking about applying for a job there.

    Do you know how PB is doing after the lawsuit?

  2. Jay says:

    I’m more of a PB kinda guy myself. One word of correction though: Pinkberry IS real frozen yogurt with all the yummy bacteria you can handle (per the LA Times investigation lol). But if that’s what makes yogurt “ultra tangy”, then why is RM so bland?

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  4. janet says:

    really? i told you this whole saga was too overwhelming to keep up with.

    i had some PB last night and i wish to confirm that i like RM better.

  5. DJ Deer says:

    I can’t believe they opened one in Westwood. I’m so excited to try it!

  6. janet says:

    no fish flavor at RM, that’s for sure.

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