Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: WholeSoy & Co. Raspberry Soy Yogurt

If you stop and think about it, the amount of uses that people find for soy beans is truly amazing.  Meat fillers, veggie products, etc.  I've been spending a lot of time in the organic section at my store recently for some reason and when I was going through looking at the yogurt products, I encountered this WholeSoy & Co. Raspberry Soy Yogurt.  Soy yogurt?  Well, this was a first for me.  Upon further examination,  I found out that not only was this a soy yogurt, but it was also a yogurt that was dairy free.  Dairy free yogurt?  Now I've heard it all.  My continuing education notwithstanding, the organic food section in question was located at my local Kroger where I picked up this six ounce single serving cup of yogurt on sale for $1.00.  It's 170 calories and has six grams of protein.  To continue it's uniqueness, it's also gluten free, vegan and a Non-GMO product.

Being that this was a soy yogurt, I was quite sure what to expect prior to opening this since I didn't even know that soy yogurt existed until I bought this one.  My curiosity piqued, I ripped open the lid and what I encountered was something that loosely resembled yogurt, but was not truly yogurt at all, in the traditional sense of course.  The coloring of this was more of a brownish and reddish color and frankly, it was not appealing at all.  It kind of just looked weird and borderline gross.  There were small raspberry bits spread throughout the yogurt, but no large chunks.  About the only thing that made this loosely resemble yogurt was that it was loose and jiggled when I shook the container, much like a regular yogurt would, so at least it had that going for it.  It also had a slight yogurt smell, although I will say that the smell was slightly off which was just another factor that contributed to the weird adventure that I had embarked on.

As I took my first spoonful, I was prepared for more weirdness and weirdness is what I got.  The yogurt tasted almost stale, but not in a disgusting way, and then had a slight raspberry tang at the end of each spoonful.  I guess almost stale is how something tastes when it is soy and not dairy.  The very tiny raspberry bits added some textural differences with each spoonful, but nothing that changed this in a substantial way.  Although I was initially put off by the taste of this after my first spoonful,  it grew on me as I went along and I found it to be quite edible.  Not good, but very edible.

Buy It or Fly By It?  If you can get over the weirdness of this like I did, I think you'll find this to be an alright product.  I know I did, so I give it a BUY IT rating.  It's not something that I'm going to rush out to re-purchase, but given the option of eating this, I would not be entirely upset.  That said, if you don't want to deal with the oddness of a soy product, stay away from this.  That said, if you have food allergy issues that force you to avoid gluten, dairy, etc., this is not a bad option.


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