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Jun 23, 2008 11:14 AM

Throwing my opinion in the FroYo wars

I am a HUGE ice cream fan, but never was really much for Froyo. I just alway felt like the only soft serve worth eating was from carvel (haha, I know), otherwise I ate real ice cream from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory of Emack and Bolio.

A couple of weeks ago I was in LA on business and since there are more pinkberry's in LA than in NY (yes, i know it's hard to believe) I got myself a cup. Then, I was with a friend and she wanted to stop at Red Mango and I obliged and got myself a cup. Finally, after years and years of shopping at Bloomingdales and never having been to 40 carrots, I went and found FroYo heaven.

Pinkberry was ok, but i found it to be lacking oomph. The blend of tartness and sweetness just didn't satisfy my palate. I got it with mango topping and still I didn't feel like it satisfied my sweet tooth.

Red Mango I found better, but I found the consistently to be a bit to chemicalish, almost like hair gel.

Then I went to 40 carrots, where I tried regular and chocolate. Wow, what a huge difference. I mean, how is there any argument about who is best. The texture, the tartness/ sweetness blend, it was great. I will deifnitely be stopping in everytime i go to bloomies.

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  1. agreed. i am generally a fan of all the froyo, but bloomies rocks.

    1. Yes. 40 Carrots is definitely the best out of all of them. The coffee flavor is much better than the chocolate. They also serve that yogurt in Lord and Taylors as well, though you can't do take out. I also heard a deli in Midtown is also offering it as well. Does anybody know of the name and address?

      And Pinkberry is so vile -- don't get me started on that.

      12 Replies
      1. re: Miss Needle

        I think the deli you're referring to is Printon56, but that is a sham.

        1. re: offthebeatenpath1

          Are you sure? That would totally suck.

          Why is it that you can only find Frogurt in department stores? Is it nationwide? If one opens independent stores or stands selling the stuff, it would totally put Pinkberry out of business. It's so much better.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            they also seel frogurt at zabar's cafe

            1. re: melenyrdd

              Thanks. I seriously didn't know how more widespread it was. How come these places aren't as talked about as Pinkberry? I'm generally not opinionated about food because everybody has different tastes. But, seriously, frogurt is superior in every single way.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                I don't think the Za-berry froyo is the same as 40 carrots. From what I have heard, only Lord and Taylor and Bloomies has the 40 carrots.

                1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                  Boo hoo if that's true. I'm hardly in the Bloomies area, and I don't want to be forced to sit down to eat frozen yogurt. When I have a moment, I'm going to try to check out A Zest Cafe to see if it's the real deal.

                2. re: Miss Needle

                  My hunch is that they're not talked about because they're:
                  1. not in the sour/pucker/icy style, which I suppose is what the "new wave" of frozen yogurt is all about, i.e. Pinkberry and Red Mango clones
                  2. no cutesy brand with bright colors and silly name
                  3. as you mentioned earlier, Frogurt is a brand name of yogurt that is always sold through someone else - they don't have retail locations

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Frogurt is not puckery as Pinkberry, but there is a pleasant sourness to it. The texture is really much better, and not sure why people would want a icy-creamy style. And Frogurt definitely is lagging behind in the marketing department.

                    Okay. I tried that A Zest Cafe. btw, it's on 40th and Broadway, not 41st and 7th. It is indeed the same one as the one they sell at 40 Carrots except it's a bit more pricey. I didn't have time to get it until after work, which was after 8P. They looked like they were closing. I peered in and asked them if they were closed. They said yes. Then the guy's like, "Do you want frozen yogurt?" Gee, does it look that obvious? I replied yes, and he was so nice to turn on the machine and start it up. Within 5 minutes, I got a nice cup of the stuff. They only had one flavor (plain), and it came with a choice of toppings. I just wanted it plain. At $5 for a large (which is much smaller than 40 Carrots small size), it's not the best deal. But it was indeed the real thing. And it definitely beats having to go all the way uptown and go up several flights just to get some frozen yogurt.

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      btw, when I was referring to the "real thing," I meant that the cafe had the same yogurt as 40 carrots. I still think this type of frozen yogurt is full of chemicals and don't really think of it as particularly healthy.

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        Thanks for the tip. And, you are right, I hate that there is this misconception that frozen yogurt is in anyway healthy. It is essentially a cup of sugar, but still, nice to indulge on a hot summer day every once in a while.

          2. re: Miss Needle

            They have Frogurt at Ben and Jerry's in Grand Central and A Zest Cafe on 41 St/7 Ave.

          3. I have heard bad things about Pinkberry but I still haven't visited yet. Can you explain why the blend of tartness and sweetness didn't satisfy your palate? Was it too tart or too sweet (or not tart and not sweet enough?)? I am just curious about why you don't like it so I can make my own assessment on whether to visit them at all.

            I like 40 carrots too! ... I actually like the original flavor... it tastes like real yogurt to me.

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            1. re: bearmi

              Pinkberry's got a chalky and chemically aftertaste. The texture is very icy as well. I'm always amazed to pass by a Pinkberry and see the masses of people in the stores. But, then again, Budweiser is the most popular beer in America.

              1. re: bearmi

                I agree with Miss Needle's observations. I found it to feel unnatural (which despite claims, it partially is). It was like they were trying to manufactur the most perfect product in the world, but instead it came out confused, not knowing if it wants to be sweet or sour. It also didn't melt in my mouth like 40 carrots.

                1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                  Thank you guys for explaining the bad taste. That sounds kind of scary. The way you guys describe it almost reminds me of the cream puffs from Bearded Papa's, which I did not like because the flavoring and texture were kind of fake and it reminded me of gums/stabilizers/food hydrocolloids plus artificial flavoring (maybe they aren't made that way but they sure taste like processed food to me). I am always curious about why so many people like Pinkberry but I suppose it might be somewhat of a hype. With that, I will know not to go out of my way to try it next time.

                  1. re: bearmi

                    Pinkberry was way too sour for me. Red Mango just opened on my block and I will have to try it today. Still addicted to Tasti-d-Lite though.

              2. Nothing beats 40 Carrots - the plain yogurt tastes exactly how plain yogurt is supposed to taste. Try it with fresh bananas or a little coconut.

                1. I have to agree with the OP...why would you eat FroYo when there are so many good gelatto places