Be on the alert for Red Mango, the number one rated frozen yogurt chain in the United States for the 2011 Zagat ratings, and Auntie Anne’s, a Pennsylvania based pretzel chain, which are both opening in the near future at Stanford Shopping Center according to John Benvenuto, the general manager of the mall.

Red Mango, which unfortunately closed its one and only location on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto last year, will be returning to Palo Alto shortly in order to satisfy the yearnings of all-natural food lovers once again.

“I am so excited for the re-opening of Red Mango in Palo Alto,” junior Savannah Moss said. “I have definitely felt deprived for the last year especially because Pinkberry and Fraiche are so unreasonably expensive.”

Its return last year left health conscious “fro-yo” fans to dwell on only Fraiche since Pinkberry and Yogurtland simply do not deliver the healthy punch because of their lack the all-natural, organic and probiotic ingredients and use of artificial flavors and colors.

In fact, according to the ingredient lists on their official websites, Yogurtland uses corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin in most yogurt flavors and Pinkberry also uses fructose and maltodextrin in its yogurts, which are both artificially produced from starch, whereas Red Mango uses pure cane sugar. Red Mango’s return will once again expand the options for healthy desserts.

“I hate having to pay so much for Fraiche or having to eat really unhealthy ice cream like frozen yogurt,” junior Shiri Arnon said. “I am excited for Red Mango to come to Stanford especially since I’m gluten-free.”

Soft baked pretzels, one of the only food items unavailable to be found in Palo Alto eateries, will soon be available with Auntie Anne’s grand opening at the Stanford Shopping Center.

Now pretzel lovers will be saved the lengthy trip to nearby malls such as Hillsdale or Valley Fair for a taste of one of these popular pretzels. In addition, Auntie Anne’s has just launched its new honey whole grain pretzel, which will fit in perfectly with the healthy Red Mango frozen yogurts opening at the same time.

“I’m so excited because I have so many memories of mall pretzel from when I was younger and now I don’t have to drive all the way to Valley Fair or Hillsdale to eat them,” junior Megan Rohrer said.

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