There have been many Yoplait Reviews", but never of the Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Yogurts. So naturally, when I received a few samples to try out, I set out to remedy this situation, starting first with the Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Cherry Orchard Yogurt.
My first thought when I tasted a spoonful was, "Holy Cow, this yogurt is SOOO SWEET!" Thanks for taking out the fat Yoplait, and still leaving us with a creamy yogurt; and thanks for all the cherry which seemed to be in every spoonful. BUT Yoplait, PLEASE ease up on the sugar. It's way too sweet ... overwhelmingly so - I drank almost a gallon of water after consuming a 6 ounce container. Everything else about this cherry yogurt is on point, so again Yoplait, I implore you, get rid of the headache inducing sweetness, which will also lower the amount of calories - a win win situation, don't you think?!
Each 6 ounce container of Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Cherry Orchard Yogurt provides 170 calories, 1.5 grams of total fat, 1 gram of which is saturated (2% and 5% of the daily value), 26 grams of sugars and 5 grams of protein. There is also 50% of the daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D.
My first experience with Yoplait Greek Yogurt was the Strawberry flavor, and it wasn't well received at all. Still, since it costs $1.00 - almost half the price of many of the other brands, I was willing to try, try and try again. This time, I picked Yoplait Key Lime Greek Yogurt to try.
This is not as thick as other Greek yogurts, and the key lime flavor is subtle, and it's more tart than sweet, especially after eating a few spoonfuls - but the flavor is not as good (in taste) as Dannon Light & Fit Key Lime Yogurt. In fact, it's quite unremarkable.
A serving of Yoplait Key Lime Greek Yogurt - 6 ounces - provides 160 calories, no fat, 20 grams of sugars and 14 grams of protein. So the same amount of calories and sugars as YoCrunch Greek Non-Fat Yogurt (Peach) Review, but 3 grams more protein - I like to compare the "Yo" yogurts. Both also cost $1.00.
When I saw that my local grocery store had Yoplait Smoothies in the freezer aisle, at $2.89 for a bag with 2 servings, I picked up 2 varieties to try. The Strawberry Mango Pineapple Yoplait Smoothie was the first one I tried and it was oh so good, that just a few days later, I decided to try the Yoplait Triple Berry Smoothie.
This is not a pre-made smoothie. Instead inside the bag, you'll find chunks of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, plus some little yogurt nuggets. Pop everything in a blender with milk, and the result will be a creamy and thick smoothie creation. This variety is heavy on the sweetness and berry-ness. Vary the amount of milk added to get the consistency just right for you, and I guarantee you'll have a tasty smoothie on your hands.
A serving is 1/2 the pouch and provides 110 calories, only 1.5 grams of total fat, 2 grams of fiber (8% of the daily value) and 15 grams of sugars.
After trying a lot of different brands of 'light' yogurts, it was time to return to the one that started the trend - Yoplait Light. This was one of the first light yogurts I ever had, and it's still one of my favorites. There used to only be the standard Berry flavors, but now there are quite a few more 'indulgent' flavors, such as Apple Turnover Yogurt, Red Velvet Cake, Black Forest Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which is what I recently tried.
The flavor was rather pleasant, in fact, I liked it quite a lot. The yogurt is sweet and there was a strong taste of pineapple flavoring, but no hint of any artificial sweetener taste. I would have liked some little pineapple chunks mixed in there too though, but I knew full well that this wasn't a 'fruit on the bottom' yogurt, but I think the texture would have made a delightful difference.
Each 6 ounce serving of Yoplait Light Pineapple Upside Down Cake Yogurt provides 110 calories, no fat or fiber, 15 grams of sugars & 6 grams of protein. The sweeteners used are high fructose corn syrup & aspartame.
Yoplait Light fat Free Yogurt was the first brand of fat-free yogurt that was edible in my opinion. Since I started having them many years ago, more and more palatable "fat free" yogurt brands and flavors have come along that have delighted my taste buds. Lately, I have been enjoying Greek yogurt, in particular, Better Whey of Life Plain 'n Tart Protein Yogurt and Chobani Plain 0% Yogurt. But as I was perusing the supermarket aisles recently, I spotted a few varieties of Yoplait Greek Yogurt. Its $.99 price tag is a bit less than your average cup of Greek yogurt and I knew it was worth a try. Since Tanya already provided a review of the Plain Yoplait Greek Yogurt, I decided to get the Strawberry flavor.
Unfortunately, things were just not clicking for me. While it was thick and creamy, it was less so than most other Greek yogurts, and it was also a bit gritty from the strawberry fruit puree that outline the subtle flavor profile. I have to say that this was not one of my favorite Greek yogurts ... it wasn't horrendously bad, but it really wasn't ... memorable.
Each 6 ounce container of Yoplait Strawberry Greek Yogurt provides 130 calories, 18 grams of sugars & 12 grams of protein.
Sometimes when I'm in need of something cold and creamy to wake me up in the morning or give me a mid-afternoon boost, I'll grab a Yoplait Light Smoothie. But if you have a few extra minutes, why not whip out your Magic Bullet (or blender) and blend up a Frozen Yoplait Strawberry Mango Pineapple Smoothie. All that you need is a touch of milk.
Now it was a bit of a stretch to see a bag of frozen fruit with the Yoplait brand name on it, but I like the Yoplait Light Smoothies (not so much the Yoplait Nouriche Light Breakfast Smoothie). In the Yoplait Strawberry Mango Pineapple Smoothie, you will notice what looks like big hunks of banana when you are dumping the vibrantly colored contents of the bag into your blender. Come to find out, those are not bananas, but little magic nuggets that make the smoothie taste as though made with luscious ice cream.
The ingredients in this Yoplait Frozen Smoothie are, "nonfat yogurt, sugar, fructose, milkfat, corn starch, banana puree, nonfat milk, gelatin, xanthan gum, pectin, carrageenan, sucralose, citric acid, natural flavors and a preservative."