For the health-conscious dessert-goer, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt is tough to beat. This low-sugar treat made from real yogurt cultures is loaded with that probiotic bacteria the company claims will improve digestion and taste delicious. And guess what? It’s now certified gluten-free.
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) recently bestowed its seal upon Red Mango, which didn’t change or swap any ingredients to receive the GFCO’s official gluten-free badge. According to the GFCO website, the badge is awarded to a company after inspectors thoroughly audit all ingredients and production procedures. Inspectors then return from time to time to make sure the plant is staying up to par.
Our Virginia offices are a few hundred miles from the nearest Red Mango location, but Kay claims to have tried it and said the product is outstanding. The company originated in South Korea before moving to the United States, where it now spreads across ten states and hopes to open a whopping 550 stores over the next five years.
Red Mango has a lot of knockoffs too – a nearby Korean bakery in Annandale, VA sells a no-name brand of South Korean frozen yogurt, which reminded us of the health-oriented Red Mango in both name and banner design. Its taste however, was a bit lacking. Its icy, crystallized texture didn’t quite match the creamy and rich Red Mango, Kay said.
Also check out Pinkberry, another fro-yo chain that – you guessed it! – mimics the Red Mango brand very closely. The article above mentioned Pinkberry as possible competition for Red Mango, as both try to obtain a larger market share in both the U.S. and abroad.
Only Red Mango has received the official GFCO certification, though Pinkberry is also gluten-free.
Have any of you tried Red Mango or Pinkberry? What did you think? What about gluten-free certification? Do you check for GFCO’s logo on products before you buy them? Let us know!