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Yogurtland in Irvine

So I have tried Pinkberry in LA, Frucci in Pomona and now Yogurtland in Irvine. Waited 20 minutes in line tonight at Yogurtland in Irvine and ended up with about a pound of tart creamy goodness. The self service is a great idea however, you can really go overboard with the toppings. Eating a pound of yogurt is insane but people were guzzling the stuff like there was no tomorrow. There is something wonderful about the tanginess of the yogurt and the sweetness of the fruit. The line could go much faster but two kids at the register were just overwhelmed with too many people. So if you have lots of time and money, stop by this new addition to the yogurt craze.

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  1. I was there tonight too. The line is absolutely insane.

    1. was there last weekend, and it was WORTH the $13 for two of us.....yes, a bargain it is until you hit the register scales! an occassional indulgence, for sure.

      1. I was there father's day weekend and the line was insane. I counted a total of 104 people waiting in line (89 inside & 15 outside) in front of us. Despite the number of people, we were in and out in 35 minutes. So don't get too discouraged if you see a long line. I've tried plain tart, espresso, green tea, blueberry tart, strawberry, mango, taro, pistachio, chocolate, peanut butter, oreo, cheesecake. I love that most of the flavors are subtle and not too sweet.

        1. Okay so I went back again and had time to sample more flavors. This time i got "tart" flavors and non-tart flavors. I was surprised that I didn't like the tart flavors. I like Pinkberry. Then again, Pinkberry isn't so much yogurty as it is Yoglooy (this kind of sweet Korean yogurt drink in the frozen section of the supermarket) This stuff was pretty tart and yogurty.

          Yogurtland's non-tart flavors didn't taste any different to me than Golden Spoon's wares. For instance, their chocolate mint tasted a lot like GP's chocolate mint, though honestly I'm not a connoisseur so maybe someone else could tell the diff. If Golden Spoon updated its flavors and started advertising more, I bet they'd get mad crowds like this place.

          One thing I do like is the dduk (mochi ball) topping option at these places. I love chewing on them when they're cold and I think it's kind of cool that the American public is embracing them too. You can buy these little dduk thingies at any Korean grocery store for $1.99 a box, usually near the canned sweetened red beans.

          --oh yeah tart flavors I've had so far: plain and blueberry. both too tart for me, sorry.
          --non tart flavors I had: green tea (tasted like sweetened air), new york cheesecake (where's the cheesecake flavor?), taro (mild but semi tasteless), chocolate mint which I always like
          --toppings I've tried: blueberries and dduk

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          1. re: choctastic

            Yow! I've been to that area recently, and saw people lining up around the block for Yogurtland. I was wondering what the big deal was. I have yet to try it.

            I do love mochi though, and green tea yogurt sounds great too (it reminds me of the green tea yogurt I ate at TCBY literally EVERY day while I was in China).

            Golden Spoon's yogurt is lush (anyone tried the cake batter flavor - yum!)

          2. I still can't believe the lines at yogurtland! I went there for the third time last wk on a thurs. at 10.3opm and there was a 25 min wait. I was a group of friends and we were just chatting as we were waiting so it didnt' seem that long. Most of them that tried it for the first time really did enjoy it especially the self serve toppings part. I usually just go for the tart flavored ones now after trying a couple of the non tart flavors such as green tea, taro, strawberry cheesecake. The non flavors to me tastes too artificial and just very plasticky. Tart to me tastes the most natural and fulfilling. The green tea flavor at Yogurtland tastes like fragranced soap.
            I did finally try Pinkberry last Sat on Vermont in HOllywood and did think that their yogurt is a lot more creamier than Yogurtland's. If I did have a choice between either Yogurtland or Pinkberry or Kiwiberry I think I would choose either PB or KB because I their yogurt tends to be more tart and creamier. Yogurtland's yogurt tends to me more icey and watered down. But when I did got to Kiwiberry in Rowland hts 2 wks ago I felt so ripped offf. The girl at the counter gave me the stingiest swirl of yogurt I've ever had in my life. The swirl didn't even touch the perimeter of the cup! it was the weakest and shortes swirl ever.. I chose just to go with a kiwi and strawberrry topp;ing and it amounted to 4 bucks! At yogurtland I would have gotten twice the amount of yogurt! So for value I'd sayYogurtland.

            1. I just tried Yogurtland this last week. While the self-serve concept is novel, it just doesn't seem to be working for them so well. Since there are so many options (i.e. flavors and toppings), it really slows up the line and makes things just way too messy and annoying. Also, judging by the way the customers were toying with the machines, and sampling the toppings, it just didn't seem too sanitary to me. But onto the actual yogurt... Plainly put, I was really unimpressed with their product. I sampled just about every flavor, and the only ones that tasted "pure" (i.e. not processed, airy, and overly sweet) were the peanut butter and cookies & cream. Their "original tart" pales in comparison to both Red Mango's (the best, IMO) and Pinkberry's.

              The majority of Yogurtland's clientele seems to be teenagers, and they clearly love the place. I probably would have too at that age: it's like these teens have graduated from making "suicide sodas" at the self-serve soda fountain to crafting their own yogurt creations. Anyway, I think Yogurtland has become a bit of a hangout for Irvine high schoolers. Business is definitely booming, so obviously they've got something right.

              So, while I'm happy to have this "fro-yo" option less than a mile away from my boyfriend's house, I am a bit disappointed with it. Honestly, I still would rather go to Golden Spoon on Walnut and Culver. Hopefully they'll come up with a delicious "original tart" flavor with fresh fruit toppings soon.

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              1. re: ali76girl

                America's Cup on 17th in Costa Mesa has the same self-serve set-up (no mochi balls, though!), about 6 or 8 rdifferent flavors, including that low carb no sugar stuff, 1 tart flavor - I think it's usually vanilla, but all the better to be creative with your toppings... and sounds like it's half the price with no line. Nice proprieters, too.

                1. re: ali76girl

                  Pinkberry is coming to The District in Tustin soon

                  1. re: aprmayjun

                    Do you know if Pinkberry's open yet? I went by the District a few weeks ago but it still wasn't open and I didn't even see the sign for it anymore.

                    1. re: FoodieKat

                      I haven't been to the District as of late so I don't know if it's open or not yet.

                  2. re: ali76girl

                    That's a good Golden Spoon, the one on Culver. It's become a weekly ritual to do the 'Spoon after visiting Trader Joe's. :-)

                    1. re: ali76girl

                      About a week ago GoldenSpoon got a new flavor called Plain Tart. It tastes like the Tart at Yogurtland or Pink Berry but a bit creamery better texture. they are also no offering fresh fruit strawberries & mangoes. This is sitll the ultimate low call healthy cheap treat!

                      1. re: sassyjap

                        Hmmm, might need to investigate, as I haven't yet been to Golden Spoon this week. ;-) There's a location in Orchard Hills (also Irvine/Tustin Ranch area) I tend to go to more regularly now, since it's closer.

                        1. re: sassyjap

                          Tried the Plain Tart at Golden Spoon last week. They only have it so far at the location in Orange (the one near the Village on Tustin). It was nice, had just the right blend of sweetness and tartness. Now I just need to try Pinkberry to compare.

                      2. FYI, Tapioca Express (across the street from Walnut in the shopping center where the 99 Ranch is located) also is now carrying FroYo, albeit just the "plain" flavor, which IMO is pretty good -nice and tart and refreshing - with a decent variety of topping options - but no mochi balls (unfortunately).

                        Also, I noticed the other day that in the same (99 Ranch) shopping center, a Kiwiberry is getting ready to open (no idea on the timing). I'll be interested in trying this place, as well.

                        1. I complain to my wife about waiting in line at the Irvine Yogurtland, and all the teenagers taking cuts near the front of the line, but it's ultimately worth it, I think. My favorite flavors are green tea, vanilla, berry tart, mango and peach. No need for toppings. I carefully apply each flavor on my serving bowl and arrive at the register with a veritable rainbow of yogurt deliciousness. I think the lines will disappear once school starts. Interestingly, the two times I went to the Yogurtland in Fullerton there were no lines at all.

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                          1. re: OCKevin

                            I really like the taro root flavor. And of course, the plain (nice and tangy).

                          2. I hit Yogurtland for the first time last night and was really impressed. I paid around $4.50 for a nicely sized cup, which is a bit less than what I'd end up paying at Pinkberry, and a lot more rewarding. I don't think too much of the quality of the yogurt, but the freedom to create a symphony of flavor is nothing minor! I was surprised at how haphazardly my friends threw together random things in splotches as I was crafting a multilayered strawberry tart vanilla cheesecake red berry graham cracker masterpiece of a dessert. I'd recommend that anyone who goes to Yogurtland take into consideration soft-serve dispensing technique and flavor-matching skills to maximize its natural strengths. Then again, I'm pretty obsessive about dessert presentation :D

                            1. Do they charge by the ounce? Yogurtime in Upland is also self-serve and charges $0.36/oz, so I can get a nice size cup comparable to Pinkberry's small (5 oz) for under $2. Their pomegranate flavor is very tasty.

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                              1. re: avena

                                Yogurtland does charge by the ounce. It's been awhile since I've been there so I don't know exactly how much they charge- I think it's around 35 cents an ounce but I'm not certain. I wanted to like Golden Spoon since it was so conveniently located to UCI, but I found that their yogurt had an unpleasant aftertaste.

                                1. re: crystaw

                                  yogurtland is 30 cents per ounce. theyre opening a yogurtland next to uci too as well as many other places. its spreading like crazyy