100% indulgent, 50% less fat, it sounds too good to be true! There is no denying us Sassy girls enjoy a sweet splurge as much as the next person so, as the weather heats up and you’re craving a frozen treat, we’ve got you covered with our top five fro-yos in Hong Kong… summer’s healthiest snack!
A nutritious alternative to the much-loved ice cream (though you can check out our top picks for that here), froyo (as the cool kids say) is genuinely good for us despite boasting a smooth, creamy taste. Being low in fat but rich in probiotics, calcium and vitamin B12, it aids digestion and is even suitable for those with lactose intolerance. To cater for the demand of this tasty treat, froyo bars have popped up all over the city all with unique tricks up their sleeve. So here are our top tips to the tastiest in Hong Kong!
The latest addition to the fleet is conveniently positioned just beside the escalator on Wellington Street. Migrating to Hong Kong from the other side of the pond, Red Mango is the #1 froyo bar to leave the States. Once you’ve chosen from their unique selection of froyo flavours (raspberry cheesecake!!), you are entitled to an unlimited number of toppings, as much as you can cram in, and there is everything from the healthy to the wicked! They are equipped to satisfy any craving from fresh fruit (most notably whole, juicy blackberries, raspberries and pomegranates) and crunchy chocolate s’more bites to cinnamon crunch and English toffee.
Great news for anyone with gluten intolerance, this yogurt joint has your best interests at heart; certified gluten free, 100% all natural with no artificial colours or flavourings and the use of probiotics to benefit your immune system. The Yanks have certainly served up a treat with this little beauty!
Regular Cup (unlimited toppings), $39
Red Mango, G/F, 71 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2907 1199
The good news is this much-loved Kowloon froyo bar has spread its wings and opened up in buzzing Causeway Bay! Renowned for their unique homemade toppings, freshly baked scones (though not at the CWB branch sadly) and homemade brownie chunks, they are sure to tickle your taste buds with their range! Also boasting a superbly smooth and creamy tasting yogurt, this bar is very reasonably priced, even allowing us big kids to delve into a kiddie-sized portion ($20 including one topping). Be sure to sample their signature “crumbs” whichever branch you make your way to – they are scrummy!
Regular Cup (with 1 topping), $30
Yoppi could well become your favourite after-dinner hangout. Located just off buzzing LKF, it has comfy sofas, great music and a welcoming atmosphere. With the opportunity to vote for your flavour of the month as well as serving your own portion and toppings, this yogurt bar certainly stands out from the crowd. If you’re seeking a healthy natural taste, this might not be top of your list; however their ever-changing flavours and extensive fruits and treats offering means you would happily sift around making your choices before kicking back and smugly enjoying your combo. The choice is yours!
Regular Cup, $4.50 per oz
Nestled within IFC and several of CitySuper branches, Yo Mama is one of Hong Kong’s original froyo bars. With a delicious natural tasting sugar-free yogurt and “feature flavours” that include dark chocolate, caramel and chocolate hazelnut, Yo Mama is your go-to bar for a mid-shop snack. Each pot comes with a free topping and any extras are priced on weight (believe me you won’t be able to resist adding at least another two to your mound)! With a wide selection of toppings (most notably flax seeds and rich cheesecake chunks) and an ever-changing selection of flavours, it is plain to see that Mama knows best!
Regular Cup (with 1 topping), $29
Yo Mama, Shop 1061, IFC Mall, Podium Level 1, Central, Hong Kong, 2872 7000; Shop No. 404, 4/F Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2545 3999; see all other Yo Mama locations in Hong Kong here
For all you Kowloon cats looking to get your paws on some frozen yogurt goodness, Tuttimelon will have you hounding them for their loyalty card (start collecting in time for the coming-soon CWB branches)! A premium frozen yogurt bar, these guys offer a great selection of flavours including Yakult, watermelon and strawreo (a strawberry and oreo combo for anyone sat their scratching their head). With fruits, treats, cereals and sauces to satisfy any craving, you are free to add as little or as much as you wish. Go wild and get involved with their two-tone fruity marshmallows, you won’t regret it!
Regular Cup, $15 per 100g
So if you’re in a dessert dilemma or in need of a healthy escape from the bikini-bod diet, then look no further. Not all pleasures have to be guilty!