Mmm… Food

Red Mango: Not Your Ordinary Frozen Yogurt!
September 15, 2008, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Restaurants

It rained and rained and rained in Chicago this weekend.  8+ inches.  And while rainy days may be best spent indoors with a lazy day agenda of reading, sipping hot chocolate and watching movies, we instead ventured out to see the new Coen Brothers movie “Burn after Reading“, refuel at Dave’s Italian Kitchen (which requires an entry all itself) and trying out the frozen yogurt at Red Mango.

Red Mango

Red Mango

First of all the Frozen Yogurt here tastes nothing like the frozen yogurt most of us have grown up with. It’s got a tarty tang to it, that likens itself more to what you expect from the regular yogurt you’d buy at the grocery store. It’s lighter and more refreshing than a traditional frozen yogurt like Columbo or TCBY, but still has lots of creaminess. This seems key. Frozen Yogurt is often touted as a healthier alternative to ice cream, and Red Mango ensures that same kind of nutritional promise. A small 4OZ serving contains only 90 calories and 0gm Fat. It contains 100% all natural ingredients, does not use any preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, and contains active cultures, which means it would be a great treat when you’re sick and taking antibiotics.

Red Mango frozen yogurt only comes in two flavours. Original and Green Tea. The base is not where you are supposed to get excited. Instead the toppings choices were what really seemed to set it apart from your other frozen dessert establishments. While the website touts fresh fruit toppings of mango, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, banana and pineapple, the location we visited also had fresh kiwi and currants. I can’t tell you the last place I’ve been that had fresh fruit toppings, let alone this kind of variety as options. In addition to some standards like Almonds, and Chocolate, we were also given the more unusual choices of Fruity Pebbles and Mochi, which is where I have to stop you. When you go, you must get the Mochi. Mochi is a rice cake (both the Japanese and Chinese eat them) made of glutinous rice (the kind they use to make sushi) pounded into a paste and molded into shape. April and Jennifer made the wise choice of choosing Mochi, and I was left to to try a sampling of theirs and wish I too had made the same decision although my combo of fresh raspberries and slivered almonds was also nosh-tastic.

If you live in Chicago like I do, you’re going to have to travel to Evanston to get your Red Mango. Attention readers: I’ll pledge my business to anyone who opens a location in Andersonville!!! This stuff is super tasty. Get out there and try it!


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