“ Type: Other Desserts „
Browsing the yogurt aisle in Co-op earlier with my mum, my eyes were caught by a bright green-coloured packaging on the second shelf with the price tag of £1.59, standing out against the other different flavours and brands. As I picked it up, I recognised the yogurt immediately. It was Paula!
Paula is a yogurt produced by the manufacturer Dr. Oetker. Now your first thoughts may be this; Paula? What kind of name is that for a yogurt? Well, actually, Paula is the name of the cow that appears on the front of the packaging! Oh yes, and not only is Paula a cow, she's a brown cow with yellow splodges. And she wears sunglasses. Do you know of any other cow like Paula? I didn't think so!
Obviously Paula appeals to kids, and the packaging is sure to attract their attention! On the front of the cardboard is the word 'PAULA' in large, red letters, that stands out against the bright green grass that is the background. Underneath this the description 'Chocolate Dessert with Vanilla Splodges' is easy to read, in a smaller font, and the rest of the packaging is consumed by a cartoon picture of the wonderful Paula herself.
On the inside of the packaging, drawn on the recycable cardboard is a picture of Paula for young children to colour in. Personally, I think this is a great idea as it makes the fun of eating the yogurt that more exciting for children and gives them something to do whilst enjoying the chocolate and vanilla flavoured dessert!
Anyway, onto the pots of dessert themselves. Inside the packaging there are four 125g pots containing the yogurt. Each pot is made of plastic, making the milk chocolate coloured yogurt and yellow splodes inside visible, sealed with a foil lid that holds the same design as the cardboard packaging.
Once you've peeled off the lid - which I did hesitantly due to my eating - you are faced with that same milk chocolate colour and the yellow splodges, however this time you are hit by a rich, chocolatey aroma that makes the dessert even more tempting and appealing for those about to eat it. Spooning some of the yogurt up with a teaspoon and putting it in your mouth, you'll realise immediately how thick the yogurt actually is! As soon as you grow used to this wonderful texture, your tastebuds will be dominated by the delicious creamy, yogurt. Surprisingly similar to the taste of a Cadbury's yogurt, which I tried around three years ago. With an extremely rich taste, the chocolate flavour is devine, and over powers the vanilla splodges almost completely. However, the vanilla does come through with a very milky, creamy taste. The two tastes together were so sweet, but not so much that it was too much to handle. Altogether it created an absolute satisfying pot of yogurt, and the strong flavour lasts throughout.
Unfortunately, most pleasures such as this can end in the person that ate it feeling guilty, as the nutritional value ruins the whole dessert. So, reading the back of the packaging, it's a pleasure to admit that this yogurt is rather surprising!
Nutritional information per 125g pot:
* Energy 608 kJ
* Calories 145kcal
* Protein 3.9g
* Carbohydrate 21.0g
* of which sugars 17.6g
* Fat 4.9g
* of which saturates 3.3g
* Fibre 0.6g
* Sodium 0.09g
* Salt equivalent 0.23g
Each pot contains only 145 calories, which may sound alot to some, but compared to other desserts, this is an extremely low figure. It also contains just 4.9g of fat and 17.6g of sugar, which compared to other yogurts and desserts, is pretty good.
The packaging also states that not only does this little treat contain no artifical colours or sweeteners, it's also a great source of calcium, providing us with 15% of our RDA, which obviously helps our bones grow stronger!
Ingredients: Whole Milk (83%), Invert Sugar Syrup, Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder (1.5%), Skimmed Milk Powder, Thickener: Carrageenan; Salt, Colour: Beta Carotene; Natural Vanilla Flavouring, Flavourings.
Because of this list of ingredients, Paula is also suitable for vegetarians and gluten free, which is great news for those allergy sufferers, as they too can enjoy this delightful little dessert.
Overall, I'd definately recommend buying Paula and trying it (or her) yourself! Just because it's aimed at younger children doesn't mean adults can't indulge in this delicious yogurt themselves. Paula would make an excellent, low-fat alternative to a chocolate bar when a craving hits, or for when you've finished a meal and you fancy treating your sweet tooth. Whatever the reason, I'm sure Paula will be a hit with your tastebuds.