Fro Yo Ho Ho, 'tis the season for all things white and chilly. And what better way to chill than with your own big pot of frozen yogurt in front of a roaring fire while watching the rest of the country trudge through piles of snow from the safe distance your flat screen TV provides? So put on your scarves and mittens, get your pumpkin spice gingerbread reindeercino and head to some of these top fro-yo spots. Make up your own flavor, throw on a thousand toppings, and bask in winter glory that you have something that's cold, white AND delicious. Eat your heart out Bing, Rosemary Clooney and snowy Vermont. This is a White Christmas, Cali style.






The Big Chill
Surely the name alone should entice you give this place a shot. The Big Chill has been a longtime favorite for fro-yo devotees for many good reasons. Different flavors are offered every day and they don't disappoint; try dipping your spoon into flavors like Irish mint, lemon cheesecake and vanilla custard. The servings are enormous and delicious--quite an achievement seeing as they are all fat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free or low-carb. And what's more, The Big Chill is doing its part for the community: it offers field trips for kids to see "behind the scenes," along with supporting all kinds of fundraisers.

10850 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-1070
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Humphrey Yogart
Experience the most delicious indecision paralysis at Humphrey Yogart where up to 4,000 possible flavor combinations are available every day. With more than 50 ingredients to mix and match, these custom blends provide something for even the choosiest palette. Can't decide? Pick from one of the top fave flaves: Espresso Heath Bar, Strawberry Oreo or Chocolate & Reese's Pieces. YUM!

4574 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 906-2490
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TCBY
It's an old favorite, having been around since the '80s. Though it might be a little old school, TCBY consistently maintains a high standard of tasty yogurt. Dive into the white chocolate mousse--it's a favorite--and don't worry about additives, a break down of the yogurt's nutritional facts is at the ready. Keep an eye on TCBY in the New Year, breaking news is that they are launching a new line of yogurt in 2010. What frozen delights await? We'll have to wait to see...

715 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 395-8388
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Pinkberry
Oh Pinkberry how you are so loved. For most fro-yo lovers, Pinkberry can't be beat. You can even become an official Pinkberry Groupie to express your love with other devotees (if you can stand the annoying music on their website long enough to sign up). Everything on the menu is made fresh including the Original, Pomegranate, Passion Fruit and Coconut frozen yogurts, with fresh fruit cut daily and seasonal fresh fruit toppings as a start. Add some crazy creative toppings like the organic fruity bears and check out their current seasonal option--chocolate with peppermint shavings.

9409 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
(310) 247-9709
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Yogurtland
Watch out Pinkberry, Yogurtland is swiftly wooing its own die hard fans. Not only does it carries more classic and unique flavors, it's also cheaper. And if you want to get your hands on the goods, at Yogurtland you can. This place is self-serve. So grab that yogurt, scoop up those toppings and knock yourself out rather than watching someone else give you a smaller portion. Also, the branch on Sawtelle is just an easy stroll to all the neighborhood Japanese restaurants and artsy shops.

2130 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268-8388
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Red Mango
This Korean chain truly knows it's fro-yo. Red Mango is 100% natural, contains no artificial anything and is only 90 calories. And it's full of all those probiotics that yogurt is meant to have. Add fruit toppings like banana, mango and raspberry, or if you want to crunch it up go for the organic granola, Ghiradelli dark chocolate, Mochi and Captain Crunch. Be sure to pop in this month for its limited edition flavor Pumpkin Spice.

10942 Weyburn Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 209-0194
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Cefiore
OK, so...it's another chain. What can you do? But it's got some coolio flavors including a├žai berry, raspberry pomegranate, original and green tea. You've got your toppings of course--fresh fruit stuff for the health nuts, or chocolate chips and Fruity Pebbles for junk foodies. Not in the mood for frozen yogurt in a cup? Get a smoothie instead.

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-0806
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Ye Olde Kings Head Shoppe
Kings Head? It's a wild card. But wild cards are good. In the corner of this chintzy, English trinkets on acid shop in Santa Monica, there is a machine...and this machine serves out one flavor of authentic delicious British ice cream. Yes, we did say one flavor. But at least you know what you're getting. No frills, no dancing fruity bears, just a swirl of soft vanilla ice cream that looks enough like fro-yo to fool yourself into believing it is. And the best part? The mandatory big chocolate flake you can use as a spoon. Just ask for the "99 flake." They'll know what you mean...

132 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1402
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