Review of Marks & Spencer Strawberry Soya Pots

Things are certainly getting better if you are dairy free like me. I enjoy a yogurt most days as part of my packed lunch or as an extra addition to fresh fruit. The choices of yogurts seems to be rapidly expanding. You no longer have to pop into a health food store you can easily pick them up from your local supermarket. Marks & Spencer are one of the growing shops to produce their own brand of dairy free yogurts. They are made from soya and are called soya pots. It took me a little while to get my hands on some. In the meantime I had read mixed reviews about these soya pots, but put these aside so that I could construct my own personal review about these soya pots.
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I immediately fell for the packaging. It made the yogurts look soo inviting with pictures of bright vibrant fresh strawberries to the front. The packaging style is in the same theme of their other free from products. It is clearly labelled as being dairy free with made without dairy clear and easy to see, so there’s no confusion there. The only allergen highlighted on the ingredients list is soybeans, oh and they are also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.
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On removing the cardboard packaging you get two yogurt pots sealed next to each other. If I am honest I found them a little difficult to separate and was worried that I may accidentally open two instead of my intended one. The individual pot continues with the Marks & Spencer free from branding. I personally like the green and white colours. It is clearly labelled made without dairy so great for those lunch boxes and making sure you are having something safe to eat.
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On opening the yogurt pot I have to admit to be a tad disappointed, there was an aroma noted but this just reminded me of a soya product. I didn’t get hit by an aroma of strawberries. If I was blindfolded I would not have been able to tell the flavour by my usual sniff test. I got falsely lured in by the those lovely pictures of the strawberries. Onto the yogurt itself it was a pleasant pink colour and looked slightly thick and creamy in consistency. This may sound strange but it reminded me of Tesco’s free from fruity strawberry soya fromage frais alternative. On placing the yogurt on my spoon the thick consistency remained which meant it didn’t run of my spoon like other yogurts I have tried, so this was a bonus. On tasting the yogurt I found its flavour to be bland I couldn’t really taste the strawberry. It was slightly sweet pleasantly so without being artificially sweet or overpowering, but pretty non descript really. I did like it’s consistency and texture. It was slightly thicker and smoother compared to other yogurts, but I am afraid this was the only good thing about this yogurt. This may sound a little harsh but it reminded me very much of Tesco’s free from fromage frais but to a lesser quality.
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So would I recommend this yogurt if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet, I’m sorry Marks & Spencer but I wouldn’t. It simply lacked any real flavour and I personally expected a little more.

11 thoughts on “Review of Marks & Spencer Strawberry Soya Pots

  1. And it contains sugar as the second ingredient! I struggled for years trying to find a plain soya yogurt without sugar after Alpro changed from apple juice to sugar. But now I prefer CoYo yogurts, no strong soya taste, no sugar, no additives and gorgeous coconut smell.

  2. I agree that it’s nice that dairy-free products are becoming more accessible. I’m dairy-free and soy-free so I wouldn’t try these, but it’s great there are options. Sorry you didn’t enjoy these!

  3. if only they sell it at the M&S here where i live. they only have a small food section where they keep limited selection of dry foods on shelves.

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