Ahhh, Dannon...you sneaky French guys. You've managed to sneak a new product line into my stores that I just noticed recently as I was aimlessly wandering by the dairy case in my local Meijer and saw another Dannon product review subject sitting right above the Greek yogurts. Immediately intrigued, I grabbed up a couple of these new products from the Creamery line for $1.50 and my first review leads me to this container of Dannon Creamery Caramel Cheesecake Dairy Dessert. The container itself is 5.3 ounces, which puts it right at the same size as the Greek yogurts that it was sitting next to. Despite the fact that it doesn't have yogurt in the name, my super sleuthing skills (okay, I just read the container) caused me to find out that the "cheesecake" in this actually a formulation of Greek yogurt. Interesting. Anyway, the whole container is 230 calories and since it's protein-packed Greek yogurt, I suppose I should point out that it has nine grams of protein, which is semi-respectable.
Being that this is named after caramel cheesecake, it should come as no surprise that upon opening the container (kind of funny/interesting that this is in a reusable container...thanks for the free plastic storage container Dannon!) that this was kind of modeled after a caramel cheesecake in that the caramel topping/syrup was on top and the cheesecake (Greek yogurt) was on the bottom. The caramel topping was more runny than I would have anticipated, but that's not necessarily a bad thing because it did have a strong scent of caramel (the burnt kind), so it seemed as if it would have a lot of flavor, despite being runny. The cheesecake/Greek yogurt beneath that was semi-stiff too, just like an actual cheesecake, so that was encouraging as well.
Being that this was made up of two separate components, I felt it was my duty as a reviewer to address the two components individually before diving in. The caramel was first and it was rich and quite flavorful. It was definitely the burnt kind of caramel and since I personally prefer the sugary type of caramel, I wish it had leaned more that direction. Still, this caramel was quite good. Next was the "cheesecake" portion and I can say that this Greek yogurt did quite a good job emulating cheesecake itself. It was creaming and cooling, just like a real cheesecake. What was interesting was that it didn't have a lot of the Greek yogurt flavor at all and was more like cheesecake. So much so that I had to do a double take looking at my free reusable container to make sure this actually was Greek yogurt. It says it was, but I still have my doubts. Anyway, I then took a taste of both components together and they were exactly like I'd expect a caramel topped cheesecake to taste like (minus the graham crust). Rich, decadent and quite tasty. Again, I wish there had been less burnt flavor, but that's more of a me problem than a Dannon problem.
Buy It or Fly By It? If Dannon is going to sneak more products like this out, I wish they'd speed it up because I enjoyed this quite a bit and will happily give it a BUY IT rating. Like I said previously, rich decadent and quite tasty. It's a fun spin on typical single serve Greek yogurt cups and one that I look forward to trying some of the other flavors. Oh by the way, did I mention that this gives me a free reusable container once I finish it?