Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: Dannon Activia Selects Blueberry Greek Yogurt

As I make my say through the dairy case at the various grocery stores in my area, it never ceases to amaze me how many product lines some companies have and Dannon is one of those.  They have Greek yogurts, Light & Fit yogurts, regular yogurts, etc.  I guess that's what happens when you are a monster-sized company like Dannon is.  Anyway, this voyage through the dairy case leads me to my next review and first of the Dannon Activia Selects line of Greek yogurt with the review of this Blueberry flavor (no specifc website available).  I picked this one up on sale at Marsh for $1.00 for a six ounce cup.  Each single serving cup contains 190 calories, twelve grams of protein and is zero fat.

Opening this up, this one had all sorts of stuff going on as the yogurt it self was spread with intermittent little bits of blueberry throughout.  When I stirred my spoon to the bottom and brought it to the top, I was met with what you see above.  Yep, that's a full size blueberry and a healthy-sized one at that.  It goes without saying that I was quite surprised by this because despite the fact that blueberries are a smaller berry, I certainly did not expect to see any of normal sized in this yogurt cup.  That said, the rest of the yogurt carried the blue/purpleish hue of blueberry yogurt, which could be expect and the yogurt itself was thick and creamy, but not nearly as thick as some of the Chobani or Yoplait products that I've reviewed in the past.  It also carried a strong blueberry smell, so on the smell/looks test, this was passing with flying colors.

On the taste test, it didn't pass with flying colors, but it did pass over the bar quite safely as this was a solid product.  Since it is a Dannon product and is specifically trying to appeal to an extremely wide audience, the flavor of the Greek yogurt was somewhat muted in its tartness.  In fact, it was pretty tame.  That said, it did retain the thick and creamy chacteristics of Greek yogurt and when you mixed the very mild tartness with the sweetness and tartness of the blueberries and their flavor, you get a cooling and refreshing treat.  Not an overwhelmingly powerful treat, but enough of one that you know what you are eating.

Buy It or Fly By It?  BUY IT.  I have to admit, I expected this to be boring when I picked it up at the store and while it is a flavor angled to appeal to a very broad audience, it's not necessarily boring.  In fact, it's got a pretty solid taste and if someone is looking for an introduction to Greek yogurt without having to experience some of the tart "weirdness" that can result from that, this is a good place to start.  It's also a good place to start for Dannon Activia Selects on the blog, because this one is a winner coming out of the gate.


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