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Disclaimer: Yoplait provided travel accommodations and samples of the Yoplait Greek yogurt. They will also be providing free product to a randomly chased winner of a giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own.
Have you ever gotten to sample a new product before it hit the store shelves? Let me tell you, I did, and it was super fun. Yesterday I told you about my trip to the General Mills Headquarters, where we talked all things Greek yogurt, and tried the six flavors of the new Yoplait Greek Blended. I know you thought my stories and photos fun and interesting, but what you really want to know is whether its good and if you should go buy it.
In a word… YES!! Well, first I’ll give you the opportunity to win a case of the flavor you are most excited to try. But after that, go find it stores. I already have seen it on the shelves in my two local grocery stores. For those that love Greek yogurt, you’ll love this. For those that love yogurt, but not the Greek style, I’m thinking you’ll love this, as well.
The first thing Kate, Heather and I all did was read the labels – no artificial flavors or sweeteners, no funky ingredients, just stuff that you would expect to see. As the resident Mom of the group, that made me feel really good. There are so many day-glo yogurts marketed to kids, but this is something I could feel good about feeding my boys. Nutritional stats seemed similar to other Greek yogurts on the market, another positive.
When I first peeled the lid, the first thing I noticed was that there was no watery layer on the top, like most Greek yogurts on the market. Then you could see that it was blended nicely, with no needed to stir and stir and stir to have a nice, smooth texture. It was already smooth and silky, much more similar to traditional yogurt, but with nice juicy chunks of real fruit, which was a pleasant surprise. However, if you love the thickness, you totally get that here. You could flip the cup upside-down and it wouldn’t spill out.
And what about the taste? Well, they tasted like FRUIT, not fruit-flavoring. There is a hint of the tartness of Greek yogurt, but it isn’t as strong. Nor is Yoplait Greek as cloyingly sweet as some traditional yogurts can be. Not one of the flavors was, in my option, super sugary sweet. And I liked that about this product. I’ve strayed away from traditional yogurts because I do now find them too sweet, and even with Greek yogurt, I tend to eat plain, and add my own fruit or sweeteners or other toppings.
Up first was Tangerine. Honestly, not my favorite, but that is because I’ve never been big on citrus and creamy-type stuff. I will say, it had a very authentic tangerine flavor, and was not muted or artificial-tasting at all, since the flavor came from tangerine pulp and oil. I could totally see freezing this into some popsicles, and for a savory spin, I am thinking an Asian-style salad dressing or chicken salad. I think The Bug would love that!
Then we moved on to one of the more traditional yogurt flavors, Blueberry. The first thing I noticed were the whole blueberries in there, which I loved. While sweeter than the other flavors, it was not overly sweet, as some berry-flavored yogurts tend to be, and again, channeling my inner Willy Wonka, the blueberry tasted like blueberry. I’ve already used it to make some blueberry peach overnight oats, which were pretty darn fabulous.
Next on the list was Vanilla. I sound like a broken record, but I can’t emphasize the natural and real flavors enough – it tasted like vanilla. I actually think this is a big one though, because so many vanilla-flavored products taste totally fake. I don’t usually just eat plain vanilla, but this would be great base for toppings like fresh berries or nuts or granola, and in smoothies. It is also what I used for my Test Kitchen recipe, which you will see on Thursday.
And now, OMG, the Coconut. This was the unanimous favorite. I never liked coconut until the last few years, and now I am obsessed, but can still be put off by the texture of coconut flakes. Well there is a coconutty texture here, but it totally works. Heather, Kate and I could NOT STOP eating the coconut. And the ideas I have for it – coconut curries, coconut frosting and cake filling, fro yo, straight out of the cup sprinkled with some mini chocolate chips. Please, just bring me more!!
Then we had Pineapple. What surprised and impressed us the most was the chunks of juicy pineapple that looked and tasted totally fresh. After the coconut, this was my second favorite, which I totally did not expect. Combining this with the Coconut, I am totally seeing some pina colada smoothies in my future.
Finally, Strawberry Raspberry, which is more like some of the traditional yogurt flavors, but with a surprise of cranberry to cut some of the sweetness, plus chunks of cherries with the strawberry and raspberry. This is yummy straight from the cup, but I also want to experiment with a creamy berry balsamic dressing.
And naturally, being the foodie folks we are, we started combining flavors – Pineapple & Coconut, Vanilla & Tangerine, Blueberry & Coconut, Strawberry Raspberry & Vanilla… Yogurt carnage!!
Then, like good food bloggers, we styled and photographed and Instagrammed!!
We also had the opportunity to taste the unflavored base, and I totally hope that Yoplait decides to market a plain version sometime soon. I use tons and tons of plain Greek yogurt in cooking and baking and making different parfaits and smoothies, and I totally love the texture and flavor of the unflavored Yoplait Greek.
So you wanna try some right?! Well here is your opportunity to win a case of your very own in whatever flavor YOU think you are gonna love the most.
Giveaway runs until midnight on August 5th, EDT, and is open to US residents. Winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
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I would love to try the Coconut one!
I would choose Raspberry!
I would love to try the Vanilla and Coconut flavors!
I’d love to try the vanilla, coconut, or strawberry raspberry! They all sound delicious though!
They all sound absolutely delicious! I would have a hard time choosing between pineapple, which is one of my favorites, and vanilla, because it is so versatile! Yummm!
I’d love to try the vanilla or strawberry raspberry.
I’d love to try the coconut if you love it so much!!!
They all sound yummy. I’d especially like the blueberry, coconut, or tangerine.
They all sound good but I’d love the tangerine.
Oh love the sound of them all, but pineapple sounds wonderful…
I can’t wait to try the Coconut flavor!
They all sound good but I would love the raspberry!
Yum! Love yogurt…strawberry rasberry sounds delicious!!
I would like to win a case of vanilla. 🙂
I love stawberry
I would love the coconut
I love greek yogurt! Vanilla is my favorite 😛
I’m a recent convert to Greek yogurt and would love to try the coconut flavor!!!
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Strawberry Raspberry sounds delicious!
The coconut sounds amazing!!
Coconut! I cannot get enough coconut in my life. My husband is allergic (weird, I know), so anywhere I can eat it without including it in something he eats is great. Like my own treat that I don’t have to share!
I love coconut so that would be my first choice.
YUM! I’d like a case of the blueberry!
I love the hint of cranberry idea in the Strawberry-Raspberry combo!
I want to try the coconut!
I would love to try the tangerine yogurt! It sounds like a great flavor for summer!
I would pick delicious vanilla, it’s a classic flavor sensation treat!
I just bought some of the coconut today! I think I will try adding some dark chocolate chips to it and maybe some craisins.:) Yummy!
Want…no…NEED to try that coconut flavor! Yum.
coconut and pineapple
I can’t wait to try the coconut and blueberry! Love both! Can’t wait to see the recipes you create with yogurt!
tangerine or bluberry
Blueberry is my fav! 🙂
Definitely the coconut!!
I would love to try the coconut one, it sound delicious!
I would love the blueberry Greek yogurt!
Of the six new flavors of Yoplait Greek, the flavor I would like to win a case of is…….Coconut!
Sounds like a fun trip! I would love to try the strawberry/raspberry! YUM!
I would love to try either the pineapple or the coconut. I already love those flavors in most everything else, why not in yogurt too!!
coconut sounds delish!
The Coconut and Pineapple sounds great! Would make not only a healthy breakfast option, but a tasty dessert too.
I am such a plain Jane, but I would totally want to try the vanilla- it’s my go-to flavor! Although I must say, the coconut does intrigue me as well!
I LOVE Greek Yogurt! I haven’t tried the raspberry yet, but that sounds absolutely delicious! (:
I would love to try the coconut! I’m a coconut fan. Big time. What a fun trip it looks like you had!
Love, love, love Yoplait Greek Yogurt.
The flavor I would most like to win a case of is the coconut. I love coconut!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
vanilla as I have yet to find one I like…and you could do so much with it!!
i love Greek Yogurt. thanks for the giveaway!