By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Customers go crazy for delicious offerings at new Turlock shop
Mango Crazy
Modesto-based business Mango Crazy opened in Monte Vista Crossings last month, taking over the former Rita's Italian Ice location (Photo contributed).

Name of Business: Mango Crazy

Type of business: Savory and sweet treat shop

Location: 2745 Countryside Dr. Suite B in Turlock

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Contact information: 209-226-1989

Specialty: Mangonadas


History of business:

Support from fans of both sweet and savory treats alike have made Mango Crazy’s new Turlock location a success after the Modesto-based business opened its eighth location in town last month.

It was announced in March of this year that five of the region’s Rita’s Italian Ice locations — including Turlock’s — would be converted into Mango Crazy shops. Rita’s opened inside of Monte Vista Crossings in 2018, and in November of this year the spot celebrated its grand opening and transformation into Turlock’s new Mango Crazy. 

Mango Crazy first opened in Modesto in 2014 and has since expanded as far as San Francisco. In addition to the Rita’s locations which have been rebranded into Mango Crazy, the business is also planning on opening a second Turlock location inside of the Raley’s shopping center in the coming months. 

“We’re very excited to be in the Turlock community and we’re so excited to meet everybody, give back and have in-store events once the pandemic blows over,” said Mango Crazy marketing manager Bobby Fara. “The support has been amazing. I’m at a loss for words.”

Mango Crazy is known for its dishes which satisfy a sweet tooth, from a simple scoop of ice cream to their fruit-laden Bionico, as well as savory menu items like ceviche. Those who enjoy both savory and sweet can order one of the most popular items on the menu, the Mangonada, which features a cup filled to the brim with freshly-diced mango, mango sorbet ice cream, mango nectar juice, lime, chamoy, hot sauce, salt and chili powder. 

Agua frescas are popular too, Fara said, and their flavors are different every day. Mango Crazy also offers catering services, which feature a rented, portable truck serving up their popular items. 

“We have something for everyone,” she said. 

Despite opening last month in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Mango Crazy has survived its first month of business thanks to carry out and delivery orders, which are available by calling in and through apps like Door Dash and Uber Eats. The Turlock location was described by Fara as one of Mango Crazy’s most-anticipated openings yet, thanks in part to word of mouth and social media. 

The business only expects that support from the community to grow, she added, especially ahead of its second Turlock location opening in the coming weeks.

“When we announced we were opening in Turlock, we gained a huge following here,” Fara said. “It’s honestly been a struggle during the pandemic, but we’ve been lucky enough that we’ve been able to survive and provide jobs to others who may be struggling during the pandemic.”