Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: Muller Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

As I've said many times before, I sometimes run into products in the grocery store that are complete surprises to me as they just pop up out of nowhere.  Today's review is one of those as I thought I had pretty much reviewed all Muller products before.  Much to my surprise, as I mentioned, I was in Meijer recently and this container of NEW Muller Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt appeared on the shelf.  According to their website, this is part of a line that is "Ice Cream Inspired" (would be nice if they put that on the container), so I guess there's that.  Anyway, this one set me back $1.29 and is 5.3 ounces with 210 calories and seven grams of protein.  Interestingly, it advertises itself as 6% milkfat on the container and while I've seen products advertise themselves in varying percentages of milkfat up to 2%, I've never seen someone advertise such a seemingly random number of 6% before.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened up this oddly shaped container (it's Muller's "thing", I guess), but what I got was a fairly basic looking yogurt with quite a few chocolate chips mixed in.  Now, the chocolate chips were more of squares than drops, which is what I think of what I heard the word "chips", but that's not really anything of consequence in the grand scheme of things.  The mint yogurt (interesting) was exceptionally thick, which was probably due to the high amount of milkfat included.  Aromatically, this carried a small hint of mint, but primarily had the dairy smell of a typical yogurt product.

When I took my first spoonful, I tried to observe the mint yogurt alone at first and what I got was a yogurt that had more tang to it than I would have expected and then a bit of mint that came in as an aftertaste.  I would say it was similar to mint ice cream, although obviously in a different texture consistency.  I then went to incorporate the chocolate shavings and the tang and minty components of the yogurt really overpowered the chocolate here and I couldn't really taste anything chocolate.  That shouldn't have been surprising though since the "chips" were so small and they would have had to be pretty powerful to have any sort of noticeable flavor.  That said, they did kick in a different texture element that made the mouthfeel of this yogurt different and a bit more pleasing in my mind.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I think the word "different' is a good word to use when describing this yogurt and I certainly used it several times in my review.  I can't say I've ever had a mint-tasting yogurt before and while I will say the flavor was odd (read:  different), it was still appealing to me personally and I give it a BUY IT rating.  Keep in mind that this is coming from a guy that typically does not enjoy the mint and chocolate chip combination, so if I'm giving this a positive rating, it must really be positive.  So, if this one sneaks into your store like it did mine, I'd suggest picking this up if you too are looking for something different and oddly appealing.


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