Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Edy's (Dreyer's) Slow Churned Caramel Praline Crunch Yogurt Blends

I've nailed a lot of Edy's (Dreyer's) products here on the blog, but I've never done a review of one of their yogurt blends.  Emboldened by my often uncontrollable sweet tooth, I decided to pick up a 1.5 quart container of one of those yogurts blends on a recent trip to Kroger in order to finally give that portion of their product offerings a try.  This container of Edy's (Dreyer's) Slow Churned Caramel Praline Crunch Yogurt Blends set me back $2.99 in a mega sale and it contains the typical twelve half-cup servings of yogurt.  Each half-cup serving clocks in at 120 calories, so it's somewhat healthy (or at least healthier) compared to you typical frozen desserts.

This slow churned yogurt blend starts out with a base of basic vanilla yogurt.  Within that vanilla yogurt blend is is a large and extremely thick, gooey and incredibly strong smelling caramel swirl.  Also well-spread throughout the pint were several BB-sized praline almonds.  Edy's product description their website says this is "Cool and crunchy meets rich and gooey" and when you take into consideration all the components that I listed above along with the photo of the inside of the container, they definitely nailed that description perfectly.

A problem that I often have with frozen yogurts is how thin they taste compared to full power ice creams or even light ice creams.  This yogurt blend was no different than a typical light ice cream in its creaminess, so that was a nice component of this container.  The vanilla flavor itself was pretty basic, but I wasn't expecting much.  What I was expecting some sort of tasty performance out of was the gooey caramel and it delivered.  It was alternately sweet and also carried some, but not a lot, of the flavor characteristics of a burnt caramel.  It was an interesting, but welcome, flavor profile.  Adding to that were the praline almonds as they brought obviously crunch, but also a decadent buttery taste to each spoonful that included them and based on how well they were dispersed, they were included in a fair amount of spoonfuls.  While I did mention that the vanilla yogurt was pretty basic, that was actually a good thing because it tamed down what could have been an overly sweet container of frozen yogurt if the caramel and praline almonds were able to operate on their own.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This was a solid tasting product and pretty much nailed everything that it promised, so I give this a BUY IT rating.  It had enough sweetness to meet the expectations of a sweet tooth, but the vanilla yogurt tamed it down enough that it didn't get out of control.  Add in the crunchiness of the nuts and what you had here was something cooling, gooey and crunchy, just like Edy's promised.  I like it when people fulfill promises, don't you?


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