While waiting for my flight back to Kansas City this week, I happened on a Red Mango kiosk in LaGuardia Airport. With the Dallas-based frozen yogurt chain slated to open its first store on the University of Missouri-Kansas City's campus in May, I figured this was a good chance to get a preview.
Red Mango falls into the same category as Pinkberry or Mochi Yo: A sweet frozen yogurt with a slightly sour tang at the end, it's the gourmet version of the classic frozen yogurt shops of the '80s. What Red Mango shares with its predecessors is a commitment to a wide range of toppings including cookies, candy and fresh fruit.
Taking into consideration that most airport kiosks aren't the finest representations of their chains, here's what I learned.
Red Mango offers three sizes ($3.25 to $5.25) and charges 75 cents per topping. Only two of the four advertised flavors were available: original and pomegranate (made with Pom brand juice). Not in stock: Seasonal and Tangomonium. Perhaps that was for the best, given that I was experiencing a weather-related flight delay and might not have been able to handle the excitement of the light citrus flavor that tangomonium promised.
I opted for the original with fresh mango, and the pomegranate with cookies and cream. When I asked for Cocoa Pebbles, I was told they didn't serve them, though the menu said otherwise.