Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: Yoplait Greek 100 Lemon Greek Yogurt

I've taken a look at a lot of Yoplait's regular Greek yogurts and also a look at their Blended Greek yogurts in reviews past, but I've never taken a look into their Greek 100 line.  It seems like their purpose with this line of yogurts is to be something to everyone, meaning they want to capture that Greek yogurt fad along with also capturing the people that are looking for low calorie treats.  I guess I'm both of those things somehow, so I picked up a container of this Yoplait Greek 100 Lemon Greek Yogurt on sale at Kroger for $1.00.  Each container is 5.3 ounces, has 100 calories (obviously) and ten grams of protein.  It's also branded with the Weight Watchers tie-in, so on that scale, it's worth two points.

Based on prior experiences with lemon yogurts, I wasn't expecting much in terms of things to look at with this.  I was expecting customary white Greek yogurt with a lemon smell and perhaps a few shards of lemon.  I did get the Greek yogurt part down as I expected, but what I didn't expect was a kind of a lemon puree/jam type mix at the bottom of the yogurt cup.  It was very faint yellow in color and somewhat hard to notice even with the naked eye, so I'm not sure if my iPhone accurately represented the color difference in the photo above.  It was indeed there though and it did pack some additional lemon smelling punch, so I at least knew that the intended flavor would be making an appearance in this.  That may not seem like it should be a big deal, but sadly it is.  One thing I did notice is that this yogurt itself was a bit more runny than most thick and creamy Greek yogurts that I come across and when I stirred the lemon mix in, it got even runnier.  That's fine for typical yogurts, but it's not all that welcome when it comes to my experiences with Greek yogurt.

Before I tasted the total package, I dug into each flavor individually.  I can't say much about the Greek yogurt itself as it was tart as I might expect from Greek yogurt.  The fact that it was runnier than usual was a different experience, but that's fine.  The lemon mix on its own provided some nice and I hate to keep going to this well, but the flavor was almost "fresh-like" as well.  It wasn't overly potent and didn't do anything to knock my shoes off, but it was definitely tangy as I'd want it to be.  After my individual tastes, I mixed both together to get a taste of the total package and what I got was a spoonful of a mix that alternated between being both tangy and tart, but not overly so in either way.  In fact, the conflicting tastes kind of muted each other out and ended up making something that could have been potentially overpowering in either direction into something that was mild in flavoring.

Buy It or Fly By It?  While the flavor was just mild and not overly wonderful, I still give it a BUY IT rating.  I found myself enjoying this, although it's something that I'd only buy occasionally when I had a craving for lemon.  That doesn't happen often, but when it does, I'm glad I've found a more than viable solution for that craving.  Funny enough, in a VERY bizarre way, this actually reminded me of a lemon flavored Starburst.


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