You know a flavor profile has run its course and become overplayed when even the slow-moving behemoth manufacturers like Dannon are starting to make products of that flavor. Usually, the smaller manufacturers that can make things and re-tool faster are the ones that make something popular and then the behemoths come in and ruin it for everyone. Well, that's at least my fear and was my fear when I saw a product that could add another Dannon review (and another pumpkin product) to the blog with this limited edition (of course) single serving cup of Dannon Oikos Traditional Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt that I picked up at Marsh for $1.09. This cup comes in at the usual 5.3 ounces and has 170 calories with eleven grams of protein.
When I removed the cover off of this cup, the very first thing that I noticed was that this Greek yogurt was so thick that it almost held together in a gelatinous mold. I've seen that before, but it doesn't happen often, so that was kind of amusing to me. Within that almost hard-set of yogurt was a faint orange/tan coloring mixed with little specks of cinnamon. It smelled of pumpkin with a hint of cinnamon, so if the representation intended to smell like a pumpkin pie, it did a good job. Pretty basic observations, but being that this was just Greek yogurt and some specks of cinnamon that were visible, there really isn't much to say here.
As I dipped my spoon into this extremely creamy Greek yogurt for the first time, I was a bit apprehensive because as I've mentioned in these many pumkin-flavored product reviews this fall, I'm a fan of pumpkin but not of pumpkin spice. My apprehension revolved around the fact that I was once again going to be hit by spice, but happily, that was not the case with this product. This had very faint spice from the cinnamon, but its mildness actually made it quite attractive because it worked well with the sweet and smooth pumpkin flavor of the base yogurt. There was no real tartness or sourness to this either like a lot of Greek yogurts, so that was an added bonus as this really just was a pleasant and mild mix of sweet and just a bit of cinnamon pop.
Buy It or Fly By It? This was one of the better pumpkin flavored products I've had in a while. Not too much pumpkin and not too much spice, like I said. It was pleasant and tasty, which obviously earns this a BUY IT rating. So, I guess one of the behemoths has won this round as they produced something that was quite good, although I will say it was typical of a major manufacturer product in that it the flavor was pretty tame so that it could pull in all comers. Smart decision and that proves once again that they are behemoths for a reason...they ain't dumb.