Review of Provamel Blueberry Yogurts

I enjoy a yogurt most days as part of my packed lunch or as an extra addition to fresh fruit. The choices of vegan yogurts seems to have rapidly expanded. You can now easily pick them up from your local supermarket. Despite this I tend to buy the same yogurts so I thought that was about time that I tried some new yogurts. My first choice was Provamel blueberry yogurt.

I liked the style of the packaging. It’s simple cream background with blueberries cascading into a thick creamy yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being gluten free and lactose free. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for almonds and hazelnuts.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a medium consistency creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell an aroma that I associate with blueberries. Instead I got a slightly sweet artificial aroma that I would describe as berries. On placing the spoon into the yogurt it was slightly creamy in texture with pieces of blueberries intermingled within this. On eating the yogurt I was hit by two textures. The slight creamy texture from the yogurt itself which was very pleasant but this was combined by a horrible grainy texture from the blueberries. I found the grainy textures tad off-putting if I’m honest. I was expecting squishy slightly juicy blueberries not a grainy texture. I found this to be very disappointing. As for the flavour there was a hint of blueberries but nowhere near as strong as I had hoped. In fact I struggled to finish the yogurt, I did finish all four pots in the hope that maybe the grainy texture was a one-off sadly this was not the case. These have to be one of the most disappointing yogurts that I have tried in both terms of both flavour and texture.

So would I recommend this yogurt? I’m afraid not. They seemed to lack any real blueberry flavour and the intermittent grainy texture from the fruit pieces wasn’t very appetising. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet I would perhaps try a different yogurt instead. Sorry Provamel this yogurt just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Alpro Go On Strawberry & Raspberry Yogurt

When I heard that Alpro were adding some new flavours to their Go On yogurts I have to confess to being a tad excited. So of course I had to buy a pot of the new strawberry and raspberry Go On yogurt to try.

I liked the style of the packaging. It is a simple round pot with the Go On logo on the side . On the lid there is a small simple illustration of the summer berries underneath a very tempting picture of the yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being suitable for a dairy free, gluten free and vegan diet. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a thick creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell summer fruits. Instead I got a neutral aroma one would expect from a plain yogurt. The yogurt clearly consists of two layers the thick cream layer to the top and a compote style layer underneath consisting of strawberries and raspberries. On diving into the yogurt top layer is thick yet slightly creamy in texture. It has a nice neutral or what may be described as plain flavour. Underneath you get what I would describe as a fruit compote. This slightly sticky in consistency. The flavour of the compote was sweet with a slight tart undertone noted and the flavour reminded me of a summer pudding. The two layers mixed perfectly well together to produce a perfect pink creamy yogurt. The two flavours and texture of this yogurt work really well together. It sounds strange but it reminded me of eating the top two layers of a cheesecake. A bonus as it has a lot fewer calories. If I’m being picky I would perhaps liked just a little more of the berries.

So would I recommend this yogurt? Yes I would. In summary it’s nice to have a nice thicker and creamier yogurt that is dairy free. So if you are dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this yogurt a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a new yogurt that I can enjoy.

Review of KoKo Lemon & Coconut Yogurt

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, especially coconut based yogurts. You can now easily pick them up from your local supermarket. KoKo are one of the growing bands to produce their own brand of dairy free coconut yogurts. It took me a little while to get my hands on some as they always seemed to be out of stock. In the meantime I had read great reviews about these yogurts but put these aside so that I could construct my own personal review about these new coconut yogurts. They come in five flavours, including plain. I opted for lemon as I had yet been able to find a lemon yogurt that I can have.
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I immediately fell for the packaging. The design transported me to an imaginary desert island very briefly. I know this may sound a tad silly but I’m just being honest. You get two yogurt pots per pack which are slightly larger than most yogurts that I have tried. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being dairy, gluten, nut and soya free. There are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list oh and they are also suitable for a vegan diet.
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On removing the cardboard packaging you get two yogurt pots sealed next to each other. The individual pot continues with the KoKo theme of that desert island. I liked the subtleness of the scattering of the lemons and the free flowing milk from the coconut. I just wanted to dive in and give it a try.
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On opening the yogurt pot I have to admit to be being a tad surprised. I was greeted by a thick creamy looking yogurt. There was a nice coconut aroma with a subtle undertone of lemon noted. Onto the yogurt itself it was a pleasant a neutral cream / white colour with flecks of coconut intermingled in it. On placing my spoon into the yogurt it was the perfect creamy consistency for my personal taste. It didn’t run of my spoon like other yogurts I have tried, so this was real a bonus. On tasting the yogurt I found its flavour to be perfectly balanced. It was slightly sweet in flavour from the coconut with a subtle sourness noted from the lemon. I really liked its consistency and texture. It was slightly thinner and smoother compared to other coconut yogurt I have tried aka Co-Yo, but I preferred this. I’m going slightly of tangent now as it is also a more affordable choice. I tend to have Co-Yo as my weekend treat.

So would I recommend this yogurt oh my goodness yes. It exceeded my expectations and believe me this can be difficult. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, but free, soya free or vegan diet, I highly recommend that you give these yogurts a try. So thank you KoKo for producing a delicious coconut yogurt that I can enjoy. I look forward to trying your other flavours.

Wot, No Dairy? Dessert

Now I am a girl who likes to enjoy a yogurt most days mainly as part of my lunch. There are certainly more yogurts which are readily available that are dairy free. One yogurt that I have been meaning to try for some time is Wot, No Dairy? It is not readily available in supermarkets but can often be found in health stores. I finally managed to pick up some whilst shopping in Holland and Barrett the other day. The Wot, No Dairy? Dessert / yogurt is UHT which a tad unusual for a yogurt. I opted for their raspberry flavour. The packaging is a simple white pot with a deep red section with a few raspberries cascading down.
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The dessert / yogurt is clearly labelled as being a raspberry dessert. It is suitable for vegans and is dairy and soya free. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients and there is a note stating refer to ingredients list for allergens.
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On opening the pot there was a faint aroma noted which I would describe as slightly appley but not in a nice way. I tried not to let this not me put me of. The colour of this dessert / yogurt was and greyish purple. Not particularly appetising if I am honest. On placing the dessert onto my spoon the first thing I noted was its runnier consistency compared to other yogurts / desserts I have tried. There were small pieces of raspberries intermingled in this dessert. On taking some from the spoon it was not what I expected. I couldn’t really taste the raspberries more of a feint apple intermingled amongst what I guess is pea but I could be wrong. It didn’t taste like peas that I have had. I didn’t like the runny consistency it fell of my spoon back into the pot. To me the raspberries broke this up a little but they were scarce.
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So would I recommend this dessert / yogurt no I wouldn’t. It just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the aroma, it lacked any real texture or consistency and was far to runny for me. Maybe a few more raspberries may of helped with this, who knows. I won’t be buying this dessert / yogurt again, sorry VBites.

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.

Review of New Alpro Go On Blackcurrant Yogurt

When I heard that Alpro were brining out a new range of yogurts I have to admit to being a tad excited. They are one of my favourite dairy free yogurts. I have them most days during the week with my lunch. So of course I had to buy a pot to try.
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The new Aplro Go On yogurt come in three flavours blackcurrant, mango and passion fruit. I opted for the blackcurrant. The portion size is 150g so it is in between their small multipack and their larger pots. I liked the style of the packaging. It is a simple round pot with the Go On logo on the side and on the lid there is a small simple illustration of cascading blackcurrants.
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The yogurts are clearly labelled as being dairy free and gluten free as well as being suitable for vegans. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for almonds and hazelnuts.
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On opening the yogurt I was pleasantly surprised. I was greeted by a thick creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell blackcurrants. Instead I got a neutral aroma one would expect from a plain yogurt. The yogurt clearly consists of two layers the thick cream layer to the top and a compote style layer underneath of blackcurrants. The top layer has a nice neutral or what may be described as plain flavour. Underneath you get a strong rich hit of slightly tart blackcurrants. The two layers mixed perfectly well together to produce a rich creamy yogurt with a nice subtle hint of blackcurrants. It sounds strange but it reminded me of eating the top two layers of a cheesecake. A pleasant surprise. If you remember their cremoso yogurts it was a bit like this but much nicer.
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In summary it’s nice to have a nice thicker and creamier yogurt that is dairy free. So if you are dairy free like me, gluten free or follow a vegan diet I recommend you give these yogurts a try. I am looking forward to trying their other flavours. So thank you Alpro for producing a new yogurt that I can enjoy.