Frozen yogurt started out as the weightwatcher’s alternative to ice cream, occupying a small corner in the ice cream freezer of a grocery until one day, frozen yogurt is no longer considered as just an alternative as even those who are not counting calories became patrons to its distinctive texture and bite. The continuous popularity of frozen yogurt can be attributed to the creative presentations of Red Mango and Orange Leaf. Here is a brief background on the leading yogurt chains in the country.
History and Growth
Red Mango started out in South Korea in 2003. The U.S. subsidiary of the South Korean company opened its first site in Los Angeles, CA in July of 2007 near UCLA. Red Mango is a frozen yogurt brand that is presently headquartered at Dallas, TX with more than 190 locations in 25 states.
Orange Leaf, on the other hand, is an Oklahoma City-based self-serve frozen yogurt chain that was founded in 2008. They offer a wide array of flavors in a homey atmosphere described as living rooms with yogurt dispensers. At present, Orange Leaf has expanded to over 300 stores across the United States.
What’s on the Orange Leaf menu?
Orange Leaf has divided their frozen yogurt menu into four categories. For their signature combinations, they have 24 choices in their “Creamy and Delicious” Menu which includes the popular Chocolate Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Strawberry, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cinnamon Cheesecake. They have a “Fruity and Fantastic” Menu with 28 of their fruit flavored frozen yogurt; Blueberry Banana, Pink Grapefruit, Raspberry Lemonade to name a few. Aside from the regular menu, Orange Leaf has 4 special flavors of “No Sugar Added” yogurt, Chocolate, Vanilla, Toffee and Chocolate Toffee and 2 “Dairy Free” choices, Pineapple and Orange.
So, when you go to Orange Leaf, you have 52 choices of frozen yogurt flavors. If you are a diabetic or just monitoring your blood sugar levels, you can choose from 4 flavors. Or, if you are highly lactose-intolerant you have 2 choices.
What’s on the Red mango menu?
For the frozen yogurt section of Red Mango, they have classified their flavors into 3 categories. They have 48 flavors in their “Tart Frozen Yogurt” Menu. Some of the favorites are Madagascar Vanilla, Peppermint Dark Chocolate, Caribbean Coconut, Raspberry Cheesecake, Spiced Brown Sugar, and Duice de Leche. Their “Sweet Yogurt” Menu has 8 flavors. Honey badger and Strawberry milkshake are two of the favorites here. And, they are also serving Frozen Greek Yogurt that has 50% more protein and supplies 25% of the daily values for calcium. For their sugar-free options they have 2 flavors; Raspberry Skinny Sorbetto or Dark Chocolate Skinny Sorbetto.
So when you go to Red mango, you have 56 flavors of frozen yogurt choices and the Greek yogurt. If you are watching out for your sugar, you have 2 choices. If you are the gym type and would like the most protein in your yogurt, you can have the frozen Greek yogurt.
Which is better?
If you go to Orange leaf you have 52 choices. If you go to Red Mango, you have 56 choices. Red mango only has a 4 flavor advantage so in terms of choices, they are in almost equal footing.
However, if you are watching out for your sugar levels or you have somebody in your group who does, Orange Leaf has the advantage, they have 4 “no sugar added” flavors; Chocolate, Vanilla, Toffee and Chocolate Toffee. Red mango only has two choices under their Skinny Sorbettos Menu; Raspberry and Dark Chocolate.
And, if you prefer sweet yogurt that’s a bit close to the taste of the transitional creamy ice cream that most are still used to; again, Orange Leaf has the advantage because they have 40 sweet flavors while Red Mango only has 8.
Considering you are not after extra-sweet or sugar-free yogurt then, we have to consider something else; ambience.
In terms of ambience, Orange Leaf has focused on turning their stores into something homey; American living rooms. It’s a place where you can bring your laptop and do some surfing while you enjoy your yogurt; anyway, yogurt tastes as good even when melted. It’s a place where you and your friends can hang out a little longer.
On the other hand, Red Mango will always have that distinct foreign ambience. After all, it’s a Korean invention. Somehow, a visit to a Red Mango store still feels like being in a foreign land and that too is enticing.
These two yogurt bars may be serving the same yogurt but the experience they are providing are worlds apart. It now all depends on you. Do you like dining in a place that reminds of home? Or, do you like to dine in a place that’s a complete breath of fresh air? Then again, there is nothing wrong in patronizing both Red Mango and Orange Leaf so you can have the best of both feelings.