Kimi Yoshino just reported in the LA Times a lawsuit by L.A. resident Bryan Williams who contends that the powdered mix which Pinkberry uses in their dessert does not contain "good" bacteria cultures typically found in yogurt. Also, as defined by California's Food and Agriculture, Pinkberry cannot technically be classified as "frozen yogurt" because they mix their product in-store. (Apparently, the state requires frozen yogurt to be mixed off-site for reasons I'm unsure of.)
So okay, technically, Pinkberry may not be frozen yogurt in the eyes of California state law. The owner seems to have conceded to that much. But if this guy is accusing Pinkberry of not even using yogurt ...well, then he's gonna have a lot of 'splaining to do, unless I've suddenly been cured of lactose intolerance.
I mean, even though in my eyes Pinkberry has become yesterday's dessert I'll still stop by every now and then to have some because it's tasty and easy to digest.
No, actually let me just put it this way. If something contains even half a cup of milk I will succumb to gas and other things I will leave to your imagination. Yogurt, on the other hand, contains slightly less lactose, but more importantly includes the "good" bacteria called lactobacillus, helping to break down that which produces gas. It's what gives yogurt that sour taste.
I've been lactose intolerant for the past ten years so I've come to learn what makes my tummy ache. Pinkberry isn't one of them. And at times, it's actually relieved me of stomach pains after a dairy-heavy dinner. So if Pinkberry doesn't contain yogurt, well, I'll be very puzzled.
Because of this lawsuit, Pinkberry may be forced to reveal how they make their dessert drug. This could get interesting...