Product Type: Rachels food products
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My first - err, nine-millionth - yoghurts
Rachels Organic My First Yogurts
Member Name: Sarah_Unity
Rachels Organic My First Yogurts
Advantages: Sugar-free yoghurts are hard to find - and can taste excellent
Disadvantages: Major variability between batches; ridiculous name
Okay, I'll come clean: I'm 27. I don't have any children. These are *not* my first yoghurts, having eaten hundreds, if not thousands, over the past three decades. And, yes, since they were rebranded from "Little Rachel's", when I pick a pack of "My First Yoghurts" off the shelf, I do sometimes think about inventing myself a child and loudly announcing that they'll love these...
But. These are one of only two brands of yoghurts I know of that have no added sugar, sweetened only with fruit and fruit juice. Despite the name, it isn't only babies who need to worry about eating sugar - those of us with hideously oversensitive bodies, do too. While these yoghurts seem to have become harder to source recently - my local Tesco (a Metro) no longer stocks them - they're usually worth it for sugar-free adults or discerning babies looking for a treat.
However, while I've been loyal to the brand for a good few years now, it's clear that the first thing you notice after a few packs of these is the variability between batches. I assume this is a natural side effect of the preservative-free recipe, but packs vary between super-sweet and smooth - frankly, the sorts of yoghurts that are too good for babies! - to being lumpy and hideously tart. There have been batches I've wolfed up in a sitting, and batches that went straight into the bin. While some variation is expected - and encouraged - is chemical-free foods, it seems bizarre that there is no consistency at all between packs.
Additional problems come from the packaging - sold in packs of four, it can sometimes be a real struggle just to split the pack into portions. I recently saw a pack of "big" Rachel's yoghurts with a "now with better pack snap!" flash on the front, however, so this looks like a problem the dairy are aware of and addressing. And who am I to complain if I sometimes need to eat an extra yoghurt because I can't separate them...?
While I don't fully understand the rebranding of the product - while understanding the need to make the yoghurts clearly different from more toddler-directed products, is it really necessary to turn them into an item an adult must feel slightly shameful about buying? Surely I'm not the only adult eating these, and there are phrases with less of a connotation of being six-months-old that could have worked just as well for a name? - I do remain loyal, not least because the more products on the shelf not filled to the brim with junk, the better, and not just for the kids. It's just a good thing that the babies can't complain about lumpy, sour yoghurts.
Summary: Sugar-free dairy goodness - sometimes!
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