SWEET TOOTH
Where to Get Your Fro-Yo in Midtown Manhattan

Frozen yogurt chains have become increasingly popular over the last few years. If you have the craving for something cold, light and sweet while you are in Midtown, these are the spots to check out. They offer all the classics, along with some interesting flavors you could never predict.

Off the Wall just opened its new location at Second Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets. This spot plays hopping club music to accent customers’ yogurt-eating experience. It is a self-serve establishment, which is fun in itself. Customers can ask the counter staff for taste cups to sample the wide variety of low-fat and non-fat frozen yogurt options, which can include Banana, Mint and Pineapple. Once the flavor decision has been determined, the customers can grab a cup from the back, fill up the desired flavor and sprinkle it with some self-serve toppings, which include gummy bears, yogurt chips and sugar cereal. If that’s not enough, they can ask the staff to add some additional toppings, such as fresh bananas, carob chips, cheesecake bites and chocolate-covered pretzels.
Recommended flavor: Pomerazzle Tang with Blueberries (Get in all of those antioxidants!)

Usually considered the go-to for frozen yogurt consideration, Pinkberry lures many people in with its standard, simplistic pink-and-green shades and different yogurt flavors. Started and based in the midst of “Fro-Yo”-crazed Los Angeles, Pinkberry has trickled all the way out East, and all around New York City. The chain’s location at Second Avenue and 55th Street offers customers the consistent goodness of Pinkberry, with its year-round Original and Chocolate flavors and seasonal options like Mango and Peanut Butter.
Recommended flavor: Strawberry (Appropriately named, after a pink berry, their Strawberry frozen yogurt is nicely tart and not too sweet.)
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CHEAP EATS
Not All Yogurts Are Created Equal

Frozen yogurt (fro-yo, for short) has reached a “dessert-popularity” that even rivals cupcakes. Toted as an indulgent dessert without the heavy calorie punch, this not-so-guilty guilty pleasure has been cropping up in all different shops all over the city over the past couple years. Although, low on calories, fro-yo can be high on price, so here’s the best place to indulge without the guilt due to their reasonable prices.

Located in the East Village, 16 Handles’s philosophy on yogurt is “like everything in life, not all yogurts are created equal.” Therefore, they’ve decided to give YOU the power to choose the amounts of yogurt AND toppings to your hearts’ desire. With 16 flavors always on “tap” and 30 different toppings to choose from, this yogurt shop is the perfect place to give in to your yogurt craving.

DAILY BITES
Sweet Streets: LA Ice Cream Trucks

Ice cream trucks have come a long way since the days when creepy music box melodies lured the neighborhood's youth into the street, clutching dimes and nickels that would more than cover the cost of a Fudgsicle or two.

Today, the mobile dessert industry is a bit more sophisticated—rather than chase the trucks down the cul-de-sac, we follow them on Twitter. Instead of digging through our change jars to pay for an ice cream we happily charge the five-dollar treats to our credit cards. And in place of laminated picture menus displaying an array of pre-packaged, neon-colored popsicles and waxy chocolate drumsticks, these trucks offer highly specialized menus of artisan-crafted ice creams with natural ingredients.

BACTERIA
Red Mango Now Featuring “Friendly Bacteria?”

Red Mango, one of the leaders in the trendy frozen yogurt craze, is upping their game and introducing “friendly” bacteria to their yogurt. A probiotic will be added to the yogurt, GanedenBC30™, to be exact. This will provide health benefits because it stays in the digestive system, where about 70 percent of our immune system actually lives. So, is this bacteria really good or just a marketing trend to ease fro-yo eaters into consuming more? Supposedly, GanedenBC30™ emphasizes digestive health and contains live and active cultures… just like real yogurt. Perhaps they are actually ringing true to their promise of all “natural” ingredients. Because it has no fat, is sweetened with natural sugar, and contains no preservatives, maybe it is a miracle.