Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Dannon Creamery Lemon Cheesecake Dairy Dessert

I've got to admit that these Dannon Creamery products kind of intrigue me.  I don't know why, but when I see them on the shelf at the store, I almost automatically grab one.  Maybe my life is so boring that I the prospect of a new release product to review is how I get my enjoyment these days.  Who knows?  Anyway, the prospect of that potential enjoyment led me to grab this container of Dannon Creamery Lemon Cheesecake Dairy Dessert off the shelf of the dairy case at Meijer on sale for $1.25.  Each container is 5.3 ounces and has 180 calories and eight grams of protein.  I list the protein counts because the cheesecake portion of this is actually Greek yogurt, which is interesting because they don't really say that anywhere on this container.  The only reason I know that is because I looked at the actual Dannon Creamery website where they mention that.  So strange that Dannon has chosen to put that little nugget on the actual container (at least that I could find).

Like the other Dannon Creamery cheesecake dairy dessert products that I've reviewed, this one starts out with the base layer of "cheesecake" (Greek yogurt) that is then topped with the layer of lemon topping, which is similar in texture to a jam, just like an actual lemon cheesecake.  One thing I will point out about the "cheesecake" portion of this was that the yogurt mix was extremely airy and fluffy, which is exactly like I would expect a cheesecake to be, so that was a fine representation of the real thing.  Both components smelled exactly like their namesakes as well, so from a presentation perspective, this was a win for Dannon.

I first attacked the "cheesecake" portion of this and I can honestly say that it was similar to my other reviews in the fact that Dannon did a good job emulating the flavor of actual cheesecake by using Greek yogurt.  It was fluffy, cheesy and beautifully sweet.  All of what I have come to expect in a cheesecake.  I then went to exclusively try out the lemon topping and it added a nice acidic citrus tang that had a lot of lemon flavor.  For something that is manufactured to last for a long time on the shelf, I was kind of impressed with the flavor as it wasn't as flat as I would have ordinarily expected.  Finally, I mixed both components together and what I got was something that I would come to expect from a real lemon cheesecake.  Sweet, cheesy, tangy, etc.  Basically every adjective I can think of that would apply to a real lemon cheesecake applied to this.  The only things that differed were that this "cheesecake" Greek yogurt was slightly less stiff than a real cheesecake (for obvious reasons, in my opinion) and that there was of course not a graham cracker crust.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I've got to say that Dannon did a more than excellent job emulating the real cheesecake and I found this to be very tasty.  Of all the Creamery products I've had to so far, I can confidently put this one at or near the top and give this a very strong BUY IT rating.  While lemon cheesecake is not my favorite variety of cheesecake in real life, tasting this might make me more open to having real lemon cheesecake in the future because the taste of this did such a good job selling the flavor combination.


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