Cantaloop Frozen Yogurt – Dip Trip, Flip Fantasia

cantaloop frozen yogurt, hollywood, los angeles, ca

Cantaloop Frozen Yogurt

7095 Hollywood Blvd (at La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.874.0886
www.cantaloopyogurt.com

As if starting my birthday month with someone else’s party, and a baby shower no less, wasn’t punishment enough, I was being forced to eat frozen yogurt. I hate – no, make that despise – frozen yogurt. Admittedly, my abhorrence has absolutely nothing to do with how frozen yogurt tastes, its texture that spans from just finer than urine-stained snow to frozen Miracle Whip, or the very principle of diet-driven ice cream replacement.

It’s a dumb “I can’t let go of being wronged in my past” thing.

Ever since I overdosed on too creamy Yogurt Park that was nowhere near conveniently located on my way to economics geekdom on the 4th floor of Moffit Library and sent my body into that black hole death of teenage metabolim more commonly known as the Freshman 20, not fifteen, but twen-tee (yes, they don’t call me an overachiever for nothing.), I swore off frozen yogurt, along with a host of other collegiate culinary gems, for the rest of my life. Fortunately, Fat Slice, Zona Rosa, and the twin dragon Yokohama Station/Japanese Snacks didn’t stand a chance against my Delicious Life, but frozen yogurt has maintained its spot in the deep, dark corners of my unforgiving hatred.

For reasons that shall remain unblogged, I had no choice but to “go for froyo,” (calling it “froyo” makes me gag harder than Nicole Ritchie with a toothbrush) unless living in complete isolation of my family and friends for the rest of my life was the other choice. I had to ask myself what on God’s great earth did I do to deserve this punishment in the form of frozen confection with Korean heritage and a highly suspect “natural” content?

cantaloop frozen yogurt, hollywood, los angeles, ca - front sign
sweet sugar pop rocks it pops ya dont stop

Not only do I hate frozen yogurt and have thus far successfully avoided any and all attempts to flush Pinkberry‘s swirly mess down my Delicious throat, but this is Cantaloop. Ack! There it goes! The mere voldemortal utterance of the word “Cantaloop” inevitably initiates a series of teenage memories set to a soundtrack that is a merciless, infinite loop of that song – yes, that horrible song in which the lyrics are so inanely rhyme-alicious and melodic that the only non-nonsensical line I can remember is “Brace yourself as the beat hits ya, dip trip flip fantasia.”

Cantaloop, the frozen yogurt shop, not the song, is also located in Hollywood. At any other time, i.e. “night,” I can very sanely get to Hollywood with my eyes closed and my hands in a double fisted death-grip around a water bottle filled with a clear cocktail. (read: “taxi”). However, we were going to drive to Hollywood on a sweltering Sunday afternoon at the kickoff of tourist season (read: “ohgodsomeonekillme”). Frozen yogurt. Hell-as-weekend-traffic drive to Hollywood. God was playing a very cruel joke on me. I swear I could hear Her cackling over the infinite loop of “funky, funky” playing in my head.

But who gets the last laugh? I do.

Cantaloop is D. E. Luscious.

As much as the drive to the strip mall location on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea was as pleasant and comfortable as gripping a white hot iron with my bare, sunburned hand that has been sliced with a butter knife and doused with Tabasco, my first post-college frozen yogurt experience at Cantaloop was worth it, if for no other reason than the parking. The tiny little shopping plaza has parking, which alone can be a determining factor in my decision to go back to a place.

Cantaloop is small and clean, with an orange and teal color palette that suggests cuteness without being sickeningly cartoonish. Seating inside is limited to a couple of chairs in front and a bar along the side window that looks into the greater offering of choice seating on a canopied patio.

cantaloop frozen yogurt, hollywood, los angeles, ca - patio seating
made in the shade
cantaloop frozen yogurt, hollywood, los angeles, ca - natural, with fruit
rooty tooty, fresh and fruity

The menu is posted on the wall behind the small counter near the back of the space, offering natural, pomegranate, and mango yogurt flavors, and a litany of toppings that reads like a yogi’s breakfast – fruits and nuts, but instead of flakes, Coco Puffs, Fruity Pebbles, Loops, and Cap’n Crunch. Why putting kiddie breakfast cereal on a dessert is such a trendy novelty is beyond me, especially since Cap’n Crunch shreds the roof of one’s mouth into a pulpy, vitamin-fortified mess. Then again, the whole [blank]-beri yogurt fad did come from Korea, and Koreans are notorious for putting weird s**t like red beans, rice dumplings, and corn flakes on their shaved ice. Incidentally, Cantaloop offers tiny pieces of dduk, Korean rice dumplings, as a topping.

Since there were enough people in our party to order at least one of each, I got to try all of the yogurt flavors. With fruit toppings, I like the natural flavor the most, but I am a little bit of a purist, so I actually prefer eating the yogurt plain.On yogurt alone, I fell in love with mango. The yogurts have have a crisper, icier texture than the previous generation of frozen yogurt, melting in the mouth less like a smooth ice cream, and feeling more like a creamy popsicle. All of them have a slight tang and a very familiar taste that at first, I could not identify, but hurled me, like Flip Fantasia did, into a previous lifetime. The yogurt tastes like a frozen version of a popular Korean “yogurt” soft drink that is sold in tiny plastic containers shaped like milk bottles and sealed with foil. I think the brand that I remember was called Yogloo. The previous lifetime, of course, was a phase in which I party-trained through Ktown, sucking down Yogloo-flavored soju and snacking on gwa-il ahn-joo (the $40 fruit plate), both of which I would inevitably see again on their way out of my system the following morning.

Hopefully, Cantaloop will be contagious enough to spread to the Westside (you hear me, guys? Westside!), but until I “feel the vibe from here to Asia,” I wont’ mind the dip trip to Hollywood Fantasia.

Who Else Dip, Tripped at Cantaloop?
~ 44 Yelpers give it 4½ stars
~ Cantaloop makes Chowhounds wag their tails
~ LA Times’ explicit coverage of the Cold Frozen Yogurt War
~ A Passion for Food has a passion for Cantaloop (Apr 2007)
~ Cantaloop is the rich man’s Pinkberry, Blogging.LA (Apr 2007)
~ Paris Hilton prefers Cantaloop (X17, May 2007)

** a year ago today, just admit it; you’ve been to chin chin, too **
** two years ago today, sagan gave us “suh-biss” and calamari looked like condoms **

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  • JF

    “Groovy groovy Jazzy funky pounce bounce dance…”

    Someone on the interweb finally makes the Yogloo connection! I used to freeze those little bottles, mash it up, and drink them like a yogloo slushie. (give me a second to smash my head against the wall as I realize I should have capitalized on that idea years ago)

    Mango topping is the best though, as it provides a nice contrast to the frozen yogurt.

  • Taste-Buzz

    I quite liked Us3′s contribution to the Get Shorty soundtrack.

    Biddy biddy bop… (funky! funky!)

  • sarah

    jf: i know right? it’s not yogloo, though. i thinks it’s more like “yakult,” or “yagurut” or some other such korean butchering of the word “yogurt.”

    taste-buzz: get shorty. haha!

  • Xericx

    went to RED MANGO today…that was good….so inefficient though at getting the yogurt back to ya….like its artwork or something…..

  • sarah

    xericx: red mango… i may try that one since it’s in westwood. there’s a pinkberry just steps from my house, but i absolutely refuse to go to pinkberry (for now at least).

  • Almost Vegetarian

    That sounds wonderful. And perfect for these dog days of summer. I make a version at home: Just yogurt whipped with frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, whatever is around) then frozen. It keeps me away from the ice cream (thank heavens) and it cools my parched throat on a too hot day.

    Cheers!

  • jgimlee

    cantaloop is the best frozen yogurt ever!!!

  • sarah

    almost vegetarian: wow – does the yogurt have the same texture? or doesn’t it get too hard if you put it right into the freezer?

    jgimlee: hi, u big dork! :)

  • jgimlee

    hi, u bigger dork! ;)

  • Anonymous

    cantaloop tastes like rotten yogurt with nuts… yuck! i’m back to pinkberry, even though it’s not yogurt, who cares… life’s too short!!!!

  • sarah

    anonymous: wow. i am willing to bet that really, all of these new gen yogurt places taste very very similar. maybe not exactly the same formula, but pretty close.

    rotten yogurt? careful now. have you ever eaten rotten yogurt? that’s like saying something tastes like crap, and unless you have actually eaten poo, no one will believe you ;)

    i have, however, mistakenly eaten rotten yogurt. it’s not really rotten. it’s more like…very very pungent with slime mold.

    ew.

  • sarah

    anonymous: wow. i am willing to bet that really, all of these new gen yogurt places taste very very similar. maybe not exactly the same formula, but pretty close.

    rotten yogurt? careful now. have you ever eaten rotten yogurt? that’s like saying something tastes like crap, and unless you have actually eaten poo, no one will believe you ;)

    i have, however, mistakenly eaten rotten yogurt. it’s not really rotten. it’s more like…very very pungent with slime mold.

    ew.

  • Kevitivity

    I understand that Pink Berry isn’t “technically” yogurt. So whats the scoop on Cantaloop?

  • Edward

    I had a conversation w/the owner of a franchise of a popular Korean style yogurt chain and here is the “scoop” on the real yogurt stuff. Pretty much most yogurt places will use powdered dairy product because of the difficulties of dealing with real dairy products. Real dairy is very sensitive, hard to store and keep fresh. Thus the white powder is just easier for these businesses to deal with.

  • Tabetha

    Do you want to swallow this?! Imagine eating yoghurt eaten out of dog’s rear!

    Ewwwwwwww! Light and Fit doggish model or actress sounds and looks like my dog licking his! She may love it but it would be less disgusting to eat yoghurt out of any other container … or no yoghurt at all!

    Disgusting yuck!

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