Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yoplait Yogurt - It Really IS "Sooo Good"

I cringe inwardly every time I look at the label on my yogurt of choice since it brings back unpleasant, stifled memories of the most irritating commercial and commercial actress there ever was -- the pixie-haired brunette that made ridiculous comparisons to how good Yoplait yogurt was ("This is like, cute best man good." *Spastic eye-roll*). For a long while, I boycotted this brand of yogurt because I couldn't handle how obnoxious and cliche those girl-power-yogurt ads were. But for health reasons (live and active cultures, like Acidophilus are phenomenal preventative creatures, and Calcium and Vitamin D become more important as women age), I found it necessary to dive back into the world of yogurt-eating, and only justify trying Yoplait again since:
  1. They finally stopped making those television commercials.
  2. It became harder and harder to find Colombo. (C'mon -- you must remember this brand! Happy little blue and yellow cups with snap-together spoons built into the lid?)
  3. Dannon's cups shrunk in size by half, and the level of sweetness went up by half. (The "fruit at the bottom" people.)
  4. Meanwhile, Stony Field wasn't sweet enough. (They do the organic, nothing artificial yogurt.)
Okay, back to my point.

After trying the Yoplait Lights, I found that those were basically kind of disgusting. With an artificial aftertaste due to it having been sweetened with aspartame, it leaves a funky feeling in your mouth, which can sometimes travel up to your nose. Although the calorie count is approximately anywhere from 70-90 less than the Original, it's not worth it to feel like you're choking on a cloud of Sweet 'N Low while you're eating it, and feel like your tongue's villae have become noticeably furrier afterwards.

So that's my contention on fake-sugar yogurts, which I now steer very clear of.

Yoplait Original is pretty good, of medium consistency, many varieties have real fruit inside (the Cherry is particularly tasty), and the density is such that it's easily stirred with minimal effort, but not liquidy and watery. There isn't often that thin film that sits atop the ones you have to mix yourself, like the Dannon classics, which is nice. They're already pre-blended, though, so you can't control the amount of stuff per spoonful, which is Dannon's biggest plus.

However, for a handful of calories more, I've discovered the Yoplait Thick & Creamy yogurts to be particularly satisfying for a sweet tooth that isn't craving a full-on dessert. Extremely, extremely dense and thick, you can stick your spoon in the middle of it before stirring and it won't fall down. Nice. (Or kind of gross, depending on how you feel about gelatin, the collagen of animals, in your dessert-like snack.) It fluffs up pretty nicely once your whip it up vigorously, but maintains that rich, thick mouthfeel that kind of coats your tongue with a smooth, cool layer that doesn't run anywhere. A fellow food blogger described it negatively as "bouncy." But on the other hand, I find it particularly annoying in yogurts with thin consistencies, when the yogurt runs off and mixes with your saliva before you even have a chance to swallow.

Another plus is that the Thick & Creamy blends are slightly less saccharine-sweet than the other types. The Vanilla is the mildest I've been able to find at a typical grocery store without tingeing on the slightly tart, bitter flavor that plain yogurts have. With just a hint of vanilla, its density reminds me more of custard, which makes it easier to eat. The Strawberry Banana is my other favorite, more banana-y than strawberry-y, which is a plus since the banana lends a heaviness that tones down the berry a great deal. Processed strawberries tend to cut right into your salivary glands with that overly sugary flavor, causing an instant ache, and this combination does not.

1 comment:

  1. I prefer Stony Field. I kind of hate yogurt and its texture in general but Stony Field is bearable and occasionally, even enjoyable.