In 2010, I had a grand ol' time scouring Houston for outstanding pumpkin dishes. One year later I'm older, definitely not wiser, and still in love with orange squash. So from now until Thanksgiving I'll be counting down (again) 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston. Forks at the ready!
#10: Pumpkin Spice Frozen Yogurt at Red Mango
I love frozen yogurt, but it ain't cheap (especially when you weigh down your bowl with candy and fruit), so I welcomed the chance to sample a new flavor involving my favorite autumnal fruit at a slightly diminished price.
I bemoaned the fact that the mango frozen yogurt at Red Mango was completely evacuated of color, and to make matters worse, reader Cice pointed out:
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Yea if it's not the color of the fruit then what you are eating contains little or no actual fruit, not even fruit puree. Likely a powdered or liquid mango flavoring. At least they don't put yellow dye in it. Nice.
But the pumpkin spice yogurt was a deep rusty orange, which, despite Cice's warning, actually suggested to me that Red Mango had used real pumpkin and not some imitation extract.
The earthy, only slightly sweet flavor confirmed my hunch. If you're looking for mom's pumpkin pie in yogurt form, you'll be disappointed by the more subtle notes of squash. And while the taste of pumpkin is certainly not over-powering, it's sufficient to compete with Red Mango's trademark tartness.
Red Mango's official topping suggestions for Pumpkin Spice include graham cracker crumbs and dark chocolate, which, I predict, would add some some texture and richness, respectively. I can't wait too long, however, to test this hypothesis as this flavor is only in season for a few weeks.