“ Type: Yoghurts „
I stumbled across these yogurts as I was browsing through the yogurt section of my local Tesco one day. You know how it is when they decide to change all the stock around and none of your favourite items are in their usual spot.
It's incredibly annoying but the reason they do this is to lure the unsuspecting customer into unexplored areas and hence, tempt them into making a purchase they otherwise wouldn't have. And I fell for it hook, line and sinker.
After spending a while scanning every shelf for my usual yogurts, these Irish yogurts practically jumped out at me. There were two reasons for this:
1. The word 'DIET' was boldly imprinted and 10 times larger than any other text on the packet sleeve; and
2. I'd never seen them before.
This was worth investigating. As I've taste tested practically every diet yogurt on the market, I wondered how I'd never spotted these before now. They didn't claim to be 'new' so I imagine they've been around a while.
They are packaged in multi-packs of either 4 or 6, 125g yogurts. The 6 yogurt pots aren't joined together in any way so you don't need to snap them apart when you're retrieving one from the fridge. I prefer this because I find with the snap apart yogurts, quite often one of the lids will start to peel off from the top of another yogurt, so you have to eat them both. The pots themselves are made from quite thick cylindrical shaped cardboard with a foil peel off lid. Each pot is colour co-ordinated according to its contents with the appropriate picture of the different fruits on the front.
Surrounding the yogurt pots is the extremely attractive and eye catching cardboard sleeve. There's the Irish Yogurts green logo at the top with a picture of a large milk churn with the text 'Diet Yogurt' virtually fat free, no added sugar, gluten free.
Traditionally made in the churn...for that extra creamy taste. The rest of the sleeve is decorated with lovely juicy looking fresh fruit along with labels informing you which flavours the pack contains.
In the 6-pack you get 1 'Blackberry & Blackcurrant', 1 'Apricot & Nectarine', 1 'Fruits of the Forest', 2 x 'Strawberry' and 1 'Pear & Mango'. The 4-pack contains 1 'Apricot & Nectarine', 1 'Fruits of the Forest', 1 x 'Strawberry' and 1 'Pear & Mango'.
These yogurts rank amongst the best in my opinion. They're advertised as having a creamy taste, and they certainly do. For a diet yogurt they are quite rich, with a generous amount of fruit in each pot. They don't leave you with a residual aftertaste in the way some diet yogurts can.
My favourite flavours would probably be the Apricot & Nectarine and the Pear & Mango, but the others run a close contest. All of them are lovely when mixed with the appropriate fruits ie, I prepare a bowl of strawberries and pour over the strawberry yogurt. I also like poaching a pear and pouring over the Pear & Mango yogurt for a lovely dessert.
~~~About Irish Yogurts~~~
They state on their packaging and website that their yogurts are made the traditional way, in the churn. This is apparently what gives them their mild and creamy taste. I think that's also why I like them so much because of their creaminess - you don't feel like you're eating a diet yogurt, but rather, something more luxurious or calorific.
They also make a Thick & Creamy and a Custard Style range. So if the diet yogurts are creamy, I can only begin to imagine what the Thick & Creamy range is like. Far too decadent for me! There are a lot more yogurts to their range but sadly they're only available in Ireland. Hopefully they will find their way over here in the near future.
They are predominantly sold in Ireland but are also available in Great Britain where you can find them in Tesco and Sainsbury stores. They cost around £1.39 for the 4-pack and £2.09 for the 6-pack.
They are based on Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland and are grant- aided by the The West Cork Enterprise Board. They are an award winning brand including the 'National Enterprise Award 2000' and the 'Tesco Food & Drink Award' in 1998 which is not surprising at all.
Irish Yogurts were only established in 1994 and their aim was to produce churn made yogurt the traditional way.
Read on if you're keen to find out about the detailed ingredients and nutritional information. If not, thanks for reading and I hope this review has been useful.
The only drawback for some people may be the inclusion of artificial sweeteners which is par for the course with diet yogurts in general. I'm not bothered at all about this since I've been eating vast quantities of artificial sweeteners for over 25 years with no ill effects as far as I'm aware. As long as I can enjoy tasty food without all the empty calories from sugar, then I'm happy.
For the Strawberry flavour: Skimmed Milk, Skimmed Milk, Non Fat Milk Solids, Non Fat Milk Solids, Live Yogurt Cultures, Live Yogurt Cultures, Strawberry (Strawberries 6.48%, Natural Flavouring, Artificial Sweetener: Aspartame: Contains a source of Phenylalanine, Strawberry (Strawberries 6.48%, Natural Flavouring, Artificial Sweetener: Aspartame: Contains a source of Phenylalanine, Permitted Preservative: Potassium Sorbate E202), Permitted Preservative: Potassium Sorbate E202)
Per 100g: Energy 225kJ / 54kcal; Protein 4.6g; Carbohydrate 9.0g; Fat 0.1g.
For more information: http://www.irish-yogurts.ie
Variety Pack Flavours: Strawberry, Apricot & Nectarine, Blackberry & Blackcurrent and Pear & Mango