Product Type: Muller Dessert / Yoghurts
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Muller Light Smooth Raspberry & Cranberry
Muller Light Smooth Raspberry & Cranberry Yoghurt
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Muller Light Smooth Raspberry & Cranberry Yoghurt
Date: 16/09/10, updated on 16/09/10 (208 review reads)
Advantages: Great combination of health benefits and taste
Disadvantages: Usually too expensive
This is my last review of Muller Light yogurts (thank goodness for that i'm sure many of you are saying). Many thanks for all who have read and rated them.
Muller is one of my preferred brands when it comes to yogurts. They always seem to suggest a touch of quality with their products. Normally, I'm not somebody who immediately grabs the healthy or low-calorie option when out food shopping, but as you can't be too careful with fat and sugar, and the fact that they were on special offer, I thought that I would sample this Muller Light Smooth Raspberry and Cranberry.
These yogurts are made by Muller at their large factory in Market Drayton, Shropshire. The factory produces 80,000 pots of Muller Light every hour, 24 hours a day. They are quite a green company who pride themselves on the fact that they source over 90% of their milk within a 30 mile radius of the factory, thus keeping carbon emissions to a minimum and supporting their local farmers. This is another reason why I prefer Muller over other brands.
The yogurt comes in a plastic pot with a foil lid. The lid is quite easy to peel away, but be careful because sometimes it rips and then it can get a little messy to completely tear off (I've just made a real mess of mine!). Both the lid and the plastic pot are recyclable, which will please the environmentally conscious among you. The pot is generally white and coloured to represent the yogurt flavour. This flavour uses what I would call a deep red or maroon colour for its styling and lettering (nothing like the DooYoo picture which is actually Blueberry!).
As you would expect from raspberries and cranberries mixed with milk, it has a nice pale pink colour. The yogurt itself is reasonably thick and quite creamy and, as its title suggests, has a very smooth texture. I assume the smooth in the title means that there are no real fruit pieces like you get in other flavours like strawberry and cherry. Although I do enjoy the chunks of fruit in the other flavours, I'm certainly not missing those annoying seeds normally associated with raspberries. I always seem to get them stuck between my teeth.
Many reduced fat alternatives I've tried in the past have been quite watery and rather tasteless, but for me this one is quite satisfying, although I'm sure it won't be to everyone's taste. It has got a genuine fruity flavour, from the raspberry puree (8%) and cranberry juice concentrate (3%) that appear in the ingredients. But be aware that the taste is quite sharp, which I assume is from the cranberry juice. Overall the taste is very fruity and pleasant, with that slight sour taste of cranberries. I find that it doesn't satisfy me in the way that the chunky fruit flavours do, but this one is still very nice in its own right.
As this snack is directed at the health conscious I had better quote some of the nutritional values to let you know exactly what you're getting. Each 190g pot contains the following:
Energy: 414kJ (97kcal)
Of which sugars: 13.7g
Natural sugars: 10.5g
Of which saturates: 0.2g
As you can see this is virtually a fat free snack, low in calories and very rich in calcium; providing you with 30% of the recommended daily amount. It doesn't contain any artificial colours or preservatives. But, for those concerned, it does contain milk, aspartame, gelatine and a source of phenylalanine. Therefore it isn't suitable for vegans or vegetarians, but is ok for coeliacs.
The yogurt comes in a 190g pot which I suppose is an adequate size portion for the average person. For me, it never quite feels enough, but it just about fills a little hole. It's great at any time of day. I've eaten them at all meal times and I even have them as a snack mid-morning or afternoon.
There are numerous other flavours in the range, so if raspberry & cranberry doesn't quite tickle your fancy then maybe one of the others will. I have already reviewed several other flavours and the remainder I will cover in due course.
These yogurts are widely available in just about every supermarket; large or small. Just head over to the fridge section.
Muller Light yogurts can be purchased individually or in packs of six. The normal retail price for an individual pot is just over 50p which I think is extremely expensive. I usually only purchase them if they are on special offer. For example they have recently been sold in Sainsbury's at 4 for £1 which is much more reasonable. Often the six packs can be on offer at two packs for £5 which works out at about 42p per pot, which is still too expensive for a dollop of yogurt.
If you do purchase them when they are on special offer, you will invariably have to take quite a few pots. But don't worry, as the use by date is usually around 3 weeks from the date of purchase, so you will have plenty of time to eat them all.
Because of the health benefits Muller Light is a good choice of yogurt; it's fat free and low in calories. As a bonus this yogurt tastes great too. It may not be my favourite flavour in the range but I would still recommend it.
Summary: A win-win situation of health benefits and taste; just let down by the rather steep price.
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