Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Dannon Oikos Black Cherry Frozen Greek Yogurt

Sometimes a product comes out and doesn't excite me at all, so I never end up buying it.  What is funny is that something as simple as a coupon can all of a sudden excite me and get me to want to purchase something, especially when I can mix that coupon with a sale.  That's what leads me to another Dannon Oikos review as this time I'll be taking a look at a pint of their Dannon Oikos Black Cherry Frozen Greek Yogurt that I was able to pick up on sale at Kroger for $3.00 (before coupon).  This is the first time I've looked at one of their frozen yogurt products and each pint contains the typical four half-cup servings and each serving is a respectable 150 calories of six gram packed protein.

As you can see from the photo above and as I would have expected, there's not a lot of complexity in the design of this product.  It's a frozen Greek yogurt base that is flavored with black cherries, leading it to have the pinkish coloring.  Within that frozen Greek yogurt are little chunks of black cherries spread throughout.  They aren't overly abundant, but there is certainly a fair amount of them considering the size of the container.  Quite frankly, I would expect anything less out of a point of frozen yogurt that is been mechanically put together by the mega-conglomerate Dannon.  As for smell, this one had a very pleasant and smoothing smell of cherry coming off of it and being that my love affair with cherries dates back to my youth, I absolutely love that smell.

My first spoonful was just the Greek yogurt and unsurprisingly, it tasted just like I'd expect with one small caveat.  The fact that it was Greek yogurt made it a little drier and less creamy than I would have expected, but it did have a delightful black cherry taste.  I was alternately sweet and tart, but not enough of each to overpower anything.  I already said delightful and I'll say it again...the Greek yogurt itself was delightful.  What made this point even more enjoyable was the inclusion of the black cherry bits spread throughout the pint that really just amplified that flavor (a little) but also added a bit of extra texture to each spoonful as it made each spoonful have a bit of chewiness to it with the cherry pieces.  Also, those cherry pieces added a bit of sweet and tangy pop to the mild Greek yogurt that already had both of those components.  Not surprisingly, this was all cherry, all the time.  The only thing missing here was the Greek yogurt flavor of tartness and sometimes sourness, but honestly, I didn't really miss that much at all.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Everything about this was delight.  The Greek yogurt itself brought consistent black cherry flavor and the black cherry bits brought occasional extra bursts of extra flavor throughout while changing the texture every now and then.  Basically, all of that wrapped together made this a tasty treat deserving of a BUY IT rating.  Certainly not a flavor that re-defines anyone life, but certainly one that provides a nice experience for anyone that was eating it.


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