Charting a FroYo Addiction

With all the frozen yogurt places popping up around the city, we decided to take on the difficult job of trying as many as we could and giving you the lowdown. It was tough, but someone had to do it. Service rating system: 1 - might as well be self-service 2 - they can't be bothered 3 - not bad but not very good 4 - painless and pleasant 5 - you'll feel like a VIP Sourness index: small_sour - just a hint of tanginess small_sour - a combination of tangy and sweet small_sour - so tangy it might make your jaw hurt [gallery = 44]

From? Service Toppings (approximate) Sourness Index
California Berry (Silver City Mall) Price range: P60 to P115 Not California. Though their logo is a dead ringer for Pink Berry's, California Berry is homegrown. 4 - but the store could use a bit of sprucing up 20 (some looked stale and some were unavailable but still on display), prices start at P15 small_sour
FYI (Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato) Price range: P80 to P110 FYI, or Frozen Yogurt Indulgence, is another product from a brand that likes acronyms: Fruits in Ice Cream (FIC). 1 - The server looked bored and uninterested in being there. 35, prices range from P15 to P25 small_sour
I Love Berries (Mall of Asia) Price range: P65 to P100 (plain), P110 to P140 (combo) Starting out as a bazaar/tiangge regular, I Love Berries recently opened its first store in MoA. 3 20. Very generous with toppings small_sour
Lulubelle (Power Plant Mall) Price range: P80 to P120 This bright and cheery pink-and-white confection of a store is also by FIC or Fruits in Ice Cream. 4 24, P15 to P30 for a generous serving small_sour
Yogurbud (The Podium) Price range: P90 (one size only) Yogurbud is Filipino made and on a self-declared mission to encourage the Filipino market to have "a healthier lifestyle." 4 10, prices range from P15 to P30 small_sour
Yoh-gurt Froz (Robinsons Manila, Greenbelt 5, Promenade, Bonifacio High Street) Price range: P80 to P110 Completely local, despite the foreign-sounding name. 3 - you have to line up twice; servers aren't attentive 31, P40 for three toppings (which sucks if you only want only one kind) small_sour
Yoswirls (Shangri-La Plaza) Price range: P75 (one size only) Owned by the Philippines' frozen yogurt veteran, BTIC (Better Than Ice Cream). 4 - very nice and enthusiastic 15, P25 for a generous serving small_sour
Red Mango (Trinoma, Megamall, Eastwood Mall) Price range: P80 to P225 (family size) They've also got stores in the US, but it's actually franchised from South Korea. 5 - very fast and efficient, plus they won't serve you mediocre-quality yogurt. Best overall froyo experience. 22, prices range from P20 to P40 small_sour
White Hat (SM North EDSA Annex, Rustans Makati, Robinsons Place Manila) Price range: P85 to P115 (plain), P120 to P150 (combo) The brand is local, but the yogurt is from Italy. 5 - Quick, efficient, pleasant 21, P35 for two toppings small_sour
Photos by Joanna Manalastas and Jason Inocencio, illustration by Yoni Veloso

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