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As if you needed more "yogurt": Green Apple

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Green Apple is the latest to join the swirled dessert craze. It's located in a strip mall on Wilshire at Crescent Heights. I've had my eye on the place since the sign went up because I live just footsteps away and am a frozen dessert addict.

The place finally opened on Sunday, and we visited Monday. Along with the now-expected green tea and original flavors, they also offer their signature green apple flavor. The yogurt (though I'm not sure it's really yogurt) is just okay. Decent enough, but a little icy for me, and the green apple flavor didn't do much for me. My boyfriend and I are addicted to Yogo Tango, so if you know what that tastes like, this place isn't even close. I should mention that my bf does NOT like all the yogurty tart flavors that are out there, but he did actually like the original flavor here. It has more of a lemony vibe to it than the usual yogurt flavor we've come to expect (which is why I'm pretty sure it's not actually yogurt). They have all the usual fruit and cereal toppings (but no mochi)...plus chunks of CHEESECAKE! That was exciting.

There are also smoothies, and drumroll please--because this is what I think will save this place from being another spot with mediocre yogurt--fresh crepes! There are lots of filling options. We didn't get a crepe this round, but did try a sample that was sitting on the counter. It was good, though I'm sure a fresh serving would've been much better.

In short, I'll being visiting often, just based on proximity (and to try the crepes), however, I don't know that I'd drive out of my way to go. I'll give them a few weeks to iron out opening kinks, and report back if my opinion changes.

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  1. Hmm...I wonder where they'll put all these frozen yogurt machines when the craze disappears in a year or two. The Island of Broken Creams?

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    1. re: wutzizname

      I'll take a couple for my kitchen!

      1. re: ITurnedOutTV

        Years ago, my mom had a client that owned the strip mall of the Bigg Chill; we looked into taking a yogurt machine for home, as I (and my mom) were addicts... The work it takes to keep that thing clean? Wow.

        Bummed to hear that the green apple flavor is no good, but for some reason, despite my passion for that flavor, I can't imagine it as a tart icy form... kinda like my aversion to bubble gum flavored ice cream... doesn't seem like something you should be swallowing.. Personally, Yogotango for tomato.

        1. re: Emme

          Haven't tried the tomato yet, but I do dig their self-serve topping SOP. And I think their yogurt is the creamiest I've tried (yes, that includes Sno:LA).

          1. re: wutzizname

            I wouldn't be surprised if one finds Yogotango to be the creamiest. I've found it to be creamier that the other stores, too, but Yogotango is an exception to the rule. After all, Yogotango is just LOW-fat frozen yogurt, not nonfat like CéFiore and sno:la. That bit of milkfat makes a huge difference.

    2. Chunks of cheesecakes and crepes, eh? The healthiness of this "Froyo" is definitely teetering on the edge now. ;)

      ~H.C.
      http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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      1. re: AquaW

        Yes, unlike many newly opened places, this one didn't post nutrition information anywhere! Maybe they'll get around to it, but I don't really want to know how bad the "sugar and butter" crepe is for me! (Don't even get me started on the jars of Nutella they had sitting around.)

      2. Just stopped in to sample the Green Apple flavor. I actually liked it a lot, though you're right about the lack of yogurt tang. It is just slightly icier than most too, however when fruit flavors are involved I sorta like that, more like sorbet.

        The big downside was...tiny portion, no topping, $2.50. Maybe it was the clueless guy at the wheel, but I'm talking half as much as Sno:LA's two-buck small, for fitty-cent more. That's just ain't right.

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        1. re: wutzizname

          "It is just slightly icier than most too, however when fruit flavors are involved I sorta like that, more like sorbet."

          Then get thee to Cantaloop at the corner of Hollywood and La Brea! Their mango, blueberry, and pomegranate are the fullest, best fruit flavors after sno:la's sour cherry and fig and date. Each flavor has a distinct taste (unlike the two berry flavors at CéFiore, which I couldn't tell apart if my life depended on it), and the servers will dish them up side-by-side instead of swirled together. The texture is more sherbet-like, so with the fruit flavors, it is almost as if they froze fresh fruit yogurt from the grocery dairy case. Good stuff. They have a really good topping bar, too.

          1. re: Woolsey

            I'm on my way. Well, tomorrow. Thanks!

          2. re: wutzizname

            You're right, it is more like a sorbet. I think I'll like it better if I adjust my expectations next time. I wonder if you had the same guy behind the counter who a TON of trouble getting the raspberries to stay in the cup! I'm guessing they'll have a better handle on things in a week or two.

            (This was a reply to wutzizname, but somehow ended up here...so I look like I'm talking to myself.)

          3. Actually, I got there on sunday, they took awhile during construction, but their crepes are really great, I used to go to the one on farmers market, but theirs is light and fuffy.
            You should try the nutella, or even better dolce de leche, i think its correct spelling its like a caramel cream or some kind, and so good. They acutally have a reall good smoothy, im not a big fruit person, so I went for the mocha one. Since i try it regularley at starbucks. I hate to think how many colories its got inside, but I never had it quite this good, I think they got some secret sauce or something.

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            1. re: robroy3

              We actually went back Saturday night. Still haven't gotten the crepes, but we did get the newly offered banana flavor yogurt. It was pretty good and perfect mixed with the cookie dough topping. I also tried the green tea flavor and thought it was good. Much stronger green tea flavor than other places that offer it. Next on the list to try is a smoothie!