Finding healthy desserts that taste good always presents a challenge, but the frozen yogurt craze has changed that a little. While some still scream for ice cream, others have traded excess sugar for an inexpensive, low-calorie treat. With endless toppings and ever-changing yogurt flavors to choose from, this ongoing trend won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Here are our picks for the best frozen yogurt shops in sunny Orange County.
683 North Euclid Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
As one of the most popular yogurt chains in the area, Yogurtland is constantly thinking of new ways to step up their game. The self-serve machines, which are filled with flavors like New York cheesecake, apricot tart and chocolate milkshake and more, have a third handle in the middle to swirl your flavors together just to step it up a notch. Add fresh fruit, cereal, cheesecake bites or many other toppings to your yogurt and you’ll find the price is still affordable. Plus, they have free fruit-infused water to crush your thirst and cleanse your palette once you’re done eating. Yogurtland has special flavors during different times of year, which are often chosen by customer votes.
House of Yogurt
369 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Though they have somewhat standard flavors like vanilla, salted caramel and strawberries and cream, House of Yogurt has their own ways of jazzing up your yogurt. Add some texture with a crunchy waffle bowl, or try their special cinnamon sauce on top. Toppings include fresh fruit like strawberries, pineapple and kiwi as well as gummy worms and mocha, but they also keep some secret toppings in the fridge so be sure to ask if there is anything else available (coconut flakes, anyone?).
5655 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
Golden Spoon has locations in both Orange County and in Los Angeles and is one of the best around. With multiple locations in Orange County, including Anaheim, Buena Park and Aliso Viejo, Golden Spoon offers a huge amount of delicious flavors including devil’s food cake, toasted coconut, pink lemonade, strawberry, blueberry, mango tart, simply tart, graham cracker, cake batter, cinnamon, cookies and cream, s’mores, banana and much more.
24001 Via Fabricante
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
While most frozen yogurt shops are filled with colorful walls, white countertops and bright lights overhead, FRAPYS is quite the opposite. With dim lighting, rich colors and round wooden tables, the décor is more reminiscent of a coffeehouse than a froyo spot. They have 22 flavors at a time, which often include crème brûlée, vanilla custard, blood orange, cotton candy, Dutch chocolate, mango tart and even a dairy-free chocolate sorbet. Toppings range from fresh fruit and boba to cookie dough and Captain Crunch cereal.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
6376 Irvine Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92620
With locations around the world from Costa Rica and Cambodia to Sri Lanka and Switzerland, you know Tutti Frutti has to be doing something right. They regularly rotate a wide selection of flavors so visitors can try something different each time. Some of their most popular flavors include a bright pink watermelon sorbet, cake batter and cappuccino. They also have a pineapple yogurt reminiscent of Disneyland’s ultra-famous Pineapple Dole Whips—for half the price and no admission fee! The yogurt’s consistency isn’t as creamy as some of the other yogurt shops, making it ideal for fruity sorbets and tarts.
1006 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Although Active Culture serves food in addition to their frozen yogurt, it offers a unique alternative for those looking for an even healthier treat. Their selection includes 10 flavors—all organic, nonfat and gluten-free—like coffee, chocolate, peanut butter and pomegranate raspberry. They have a wide selection of toppings as well, with healthy options like pomegranate seeds, carob chips, flaxseed and granola. For those that don’t want to give up the sugary sweets, they have things like sprinkles and gummy bears plus a variety of freshly chopped fruit. It’s a little more expensive at 41 cents per ounce, but those looking for the healthiest option won’t find any better.
941 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Sure, Pinkberry is one of those huge behemoth’s when it comes to the frozen yogurt industry, but that doesn’t mean it’s not incredible. With flavors that are always changing, their main tart flavor kicked off a craze when they opened in the mid 2000’s. Other flavors on rotation include cookies and cream, hazelnut chocolate, green tea, passion fruit, and holiday inspired flavors, too. Over the past several years, they have also stepped up their game with their toppings, by offering a big selection. From fruity pebbles, mochi and almonds to delicious fresh fruit, think of Pinkberry as a healthy dessert that will make you want to come back time and time again.