Korea: Red Mango

Red Mango

809 Davis St. (This location closed, other US locations open)
Evanston, IL 60201

Red Mango is the Korean chain that kicked off the latest version of Frozen Yogurt mania. However, it was Pinkberry who really brought the Custom FroYo concept to America by ‘co-opting’ the Red Mango concept. However, Red Mango is the true original, and is increasingly bringing their treats stateside. Red Mango recently opened their first Chicagoland stores in Evanston and Naperville and the eaters were there to check out the scene on the opening day.

Keeping the look of its West-Coast stores, the Evanston Red Mango is small and modern, with only a few tables and stools. The concept is simple – pick a flavor of frozen yogurt – plain or green tea and choose an assortment of toppings, raging from fresh raspberries to Fruity Pebbles. This little number on the left is green tea with Ghirardelli chocolate chips. The yogurt is smooth and creamy, with a hint of citrusy tang (or in the case of green tea flavor – a sweet green tea kick). A small cup – seen here on the right – is $2.50 for plain and $3.50 for green tea. The toppings are $1 for one, and $1.25 for two. Though a little pricey for a daily indulgence, it’s one you don’t have to feel to guilty about at only 90 calories a serving.

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