'Pinkberry' on Serious Eats

I Like Pinkberry's New Grapefruit Flavor

When I'm hit by a Pinkberry craving—which come infrequently, but there's no denying them when they do—I never really bother with the flavors. It's the original I want, sweet-tart and refreshing, maybe with a few raspberries or mango chunks on top. But after trying the new grapefruit flavor, I'm starting to reconsider. More

Chain Reaction: Trying Pinkberry's New Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has been a terrific addition to the cultured dairy world. So has tart fro-yo, and I think Pinkberry churns out better frozen yogurt than most of the other chains and independent shops. That's why I had high hopes when the California-based company chose a small contingent of their stores to launch Pinkberry Greek: their fat-free, non-frozen take on thick, creamy, protein-packed Greek yogurt. More

Blogwatch: Homemade Vietnamese Yogurt

As Pinkberry, Red Mango and a thousand imitators battle it out for yogurt supremacy, the Vietnamese have been quietly making their own addictively sharp (but non-frozen) yogurt snack, da ua, or sua chua, for decades. Diane from White on Rice Couple shows us how it's done. The secret ingredient? Sweetened condensed milk. The star player in dulce de leche mellows the tang and gives the yogurt a silky, gently set consistency. Sprinkled with in-season pomegranate seeds, as Diane serves hers, it makes an unusual alternative to the pomegranate yogurts now making the soft-serve rounds.... More

Red Mango's New Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt

Red Mango, the frozen yogurt chain that's not Pinkberry, just launched a pomegranate yogurt this week, adding a third flavor to the menu's "original" and "green tea." Oddly enough, Pinkberry is also introducing a pomegranate flavor next week, except it doesn't advertise the POM Wonderful juice as an ingredient, as with Red Mango's version. For me, the appeal of pomegranate is in the seeds. The crunch, the tang, the way they mysteriously dissolve in your mouth. But pomegranate-flavored yogurt? Does pomegranate even have a defined flavor? (Other than generic reddish, tartish fruit?) It's not Red Mango's fault that the yogurt isn't overwhelmingly pomegranate; I'm not sure pomegranate even knows what it should taste like. Extracting the "essence" of the... More

Pinkberry Sues 'Copycat' Fro-Yo Shops

Pinkberry seems to spend half its time in court. This week, the Los Angeles-based frozen dessert chain filed lawsuits against six shops: Yoberry, Yoberry, Yogiberry, Pingo Yogurt, Peachberry, and Monkee's Teriyaki. (Monkee's Teriyaki?!) Those in trouble too heavily mimicked Pinkberry's name, fruit-shaped swirl logo, or "minimalist layout."... More

After Three Years, Pinkberry Finally Approved as 'Frozen Yogurt'

After settling a lawsuit where they were accused for misrepresenting their product as frozen yogurt, Pinkberry has decided to come clean. The ultra-popular frozen yogurt chain has at last unveiled their list of "secret ingredients," added more live cultures, and began making their product off-site, earning them an official 'Live and Active Culture' seal from the National Frozen Yogurt Association. Will it make that much of a difference? Probably not. Pinkberry's had a stronghold on the fro-yo scene, despite the influx of competitors in the past year. Red Mango, Pinkberry's big rival (and actually the original fro-yo chain from South Korea that was inspiration for Pinkberry), has always touted the fact that their fro-yo meets the NYA's criteria for live... More

LA Times Food Section Roundup: Cooking For Two, Crème Anglaise, and Fast Food

Regina Schrambling, on tricks to cooking for two: "The best thing about dinner for two is that you can brave dishes that would be too labor-intensive and time-consuming for a crowd. You can fry up little corn cakes to top with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, or skillet-roast a whole duck cut in half, or sauté two skate wings that can go from skillet to plate without waiting for four or six more to be cooked. But when you want a night to remember, you can pull out more stops and spend a little more money. In polling coupled friends on their ideal menu with wine but no cliché roses, I found the ingredients and dishes always differed, but the... More

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