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Tart Trend


Courtesy of Red Mango

Frozen yogurt is finding its soul. The sweeteners and artificial flavors that became de rigueur in the 1980s have been stripped away, allowing fro-yo’s essential tang to shine through.

Today’s sour yogurt craze started in 2002 with a company called Red Mango in Korea. Its stores specialize in lightly sweet frozen yogurt in plain and green tea flavors. In 2005, a rival company called Pinkberry got in on the game with its West Hollywood shop.

Soon, Pinkberry and knockoff sour yogurt shops began popping up all over Los Angeles. The trend then spread to New York and the Bay Area. Red Mango stores now number 150 worldwide—Diablo cover boy and Survivor winner Yul Kwon is even attempting to open one locally.

Luckily, the East Bay is getting its first steady supply of the tart delight thanks to three shops near the UC Berkeley campus.

Papamingo This store offers a wide range of sour flavors, including pomegranate and chocolate. Toppings include fresh fruit. 2510 Channing Way, Berkeley, (510) 848-1097. Michelle’s Yogurt & Sweets This candy and ice cream shop carries one flavor of sour yogurt it calls mangoberry. 2430 Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 486-8135. Yogurt Harmony 2259 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 848-5903, www.yogurtharmony.com.

The following fro-yo outlets occasionally offer sour yogurt. Call to find out if it’s on the menu. Yogurt Park 80 Broadway Ln., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-4748, and 2433-A Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 549-0570, www.yogurtpark.com. Yogurt Castle 1499 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 937-2569.

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