“ Brand: Onken / Type: Yoghurts „
Onken is part on the Dr. Oetker company that was founded in 1891. They are one of the leading suppliers of yoghurt in the UK with three different sites in the North of England.
This yoghurt is a fruit yoghurt which somes in a large but standard style pot. It has a foil lid & it also has a resealable plastic lid so you can have portions on different days & still keep the yoghurt fresh. According to their website it can be purchased in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Co-op, Waitrose, Ocado and Somerfield. In my local Tesco it costs around £1.00 per pack and must be popular as I don't ever remember seeing it on offer.
I like this yoghurt very much. It is very thick (although not set or even close). Very creamy with quite a lot of chunks of fruit which are soft & juicy. The Yoghurt is not at all sour & is not a chore to eat. It has a light sweetness about it. The flavours of the Mango, Papaya & Passion Fruit are all pleasant & subtle. This is not strongly flavoured. It is a very good fruit flavoured yoghurt.
I would recommend this to people who either like yoghurts or like Mango or tropical fruits. This is a very good quality & enjoyable product. The only fault I have with it is that they don't sell smaller single portion size packs.
Onken is all right, but not for real yoghurt lovers - Diet Strawberry for instance tastes like a bubble gum and I do not think it should become a part of the healthy breakfast! at least never mine! It's really good that they have many flavours (Mango is my personal favourite), but some of them taste just far too artificial! If you are looking for a better taste, you should try some Morrisons and Sainsburry's own labels, e.g. fabulously fruity strawberry. Some of them are really good.
Yoghurt plays a fairly large part in our family's diet. Having tried dozens of different brands and flavours, the current favourite is Dr Oetker, Onken Fruit Biopot.
I haven't got a clue what 'Onken' means but I do know that Dr Oetker was a German pharmacist who first traded in baking powder! The firm passed to his son-in-law, another doctor of something and the firm flourished. This all happened from 1908 onwards. Today it is a huge concern providing many baking products and, of course, yoghurts.
"Tell us about the blooming yoghurt!" I hear you mutter.
Quite simply the biopot fruit yoghurt tastes very good. We have tried all the varieties.
Here they are....
Mango, papaya & passion fruit.
Rhubarb & vanilla.
Fat free strawberry.
Vanilla, peach & passion fruit.
The yoghurt is creamy with a fairly thick consistency. I particularly enjoy the chunks of fruit that are mixed into it. The amount of fruit is just about right for me. Not too little, not too much. It is nice to be able to tell what fruity chunk you are eating rather than it being too small to tell.
A 500g pot gives four servings, (according to the pot, but they haven't seen my lot eat yoghurt!) each of which contain 120 calories. They are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. (but not Vegans unless they are having a day off!) It is fairly filling on it's own or it can be eaten with fresh fruit or on your cereal. (It doesn't work on toast!)
The prices vary but I would expect to pay about £1.60 per pot. Sometimes you can get BOGOF offers but I haven't seen any for a while.
The mango, papaya and passion fruit is the one I had for breakfast and a pot of it is sat in front of me on my desk in my cabin. I stupidly forgot to bring a spoon out with me and am currently fighting the temptation to stick my finger in it so I can have some more! (My keyboard would love that!)
The yoghurt is made with live bio cultures. The tub tells me that the live bio cultures are Lactobaccilus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum.
The live cultures are Streptococcus thermophilus. I am a bit baffled about what the difference is between a live bio culture and a bio culture. Does anyone know? I suspect it is more to do with marketing and less to do with science but I might be wrong.
Incidentally, if you are like me you will be trying to work out what the long latin names for the cultures mean. I amuse myself this way. (I know, I should get out more!) Bifidobacterium longum? My translation goes like this.
Bi = two
So according to my linguistic logic this culture obviously (and worryingly) comes from two long dogs! As it is a German product they must have been Dachshunds! I have just gone off it a bit!
(In case you hadn't realised and are resisting the urge to heave, this is not an accurate translation!! It did though, give me something to read and entertain myself with over breakfast!)
Now we have established that biology and Latin are not my strong points, back to the yoghurt.
It is available in low fat and wholegrain versions. All of which taste good to me. I can't discern any less creaminess or taste in the low fat ones.
~~Some, but not all, of the nutritional information~~
The thing that concerns me about this particular flavour is the amount of sugar it contains. 15.2g per 100. 21% of your RDA. There is also 2.7g of fat per 100g of which 1.7 is saturated fat.
It's a case 'swings and roundabouts' really. You get vitamins from the fruit and calcium from the dairy content, the live cultures help to keep your stomach healthy but the downside is the amount of sugar and fat each portion contain.
On the whole, the flavour is strong and very pleasant, the nutrition is good and the price is reasonable, so this is a useful and enjoyable food to include in your diet as long as you eat it in moderation.
Now, where's that spoon?
First of all I will give you a little background behind my buying decision. Every morning (except Saturday mornings) I have cereal, well usually muesli or sometimes fruit and fibre along with a pot of yogurt. Healthy huh! Until just two weeks ago we didn't have a car and where we live it is not so easy to get to a supermarket so we have been buying our shopping from Tesco over the Internet. I was happy with their Tesco own low fat toffee yogurts, in fact I really liked them! When we got the car it made more sense to go to our local Asda and do the shopping ourselves (or should that be myself!)
The first week I bought their low fat toffee yogurts, they were foul! So much so that I ate one and the rest went in the bin! So last week I looked along what was on offer in Asda to find something else to have. There were the usual Muller yogurts the Ski yogurts, which I have never been much of a fan of and the fancy ones that are completely over priced. Then, something different! A large bright turquoise pot grabbed my attention and on further inspection I had made my choice!
Onken's Summer Biopot. Doesn't sound all that amazing a name does it but what is in a name? The yogurt as you may have guessed contains live bio cultures, we have all heard of these. They are meant to be good for the lining of your gut. Hmmmmmm puts you off the thought of it really doesn't it! Anyway, meant to do you good and every little helps but this wasn't a reason for me buying this yogurt for others it may be a bonus though.
The name doesn't really give much away about its flavour but under its name and make it tell you that it is mango, papaya and passion fruit yogurt. Yum! I love anything with tropical fruit and so thought this would be a great choice for me. (They do other flavours, which I will talk about later in this review.) Under this description is a picture of the fruits it contains.
The carton itself is completely recyclable! The main part of the carton is cardboard with a tinfoil lid and then a plastic lid that clips on over the top. All three parts are easily recycled and so that part is very good in my eyes. All three will go in my recycling bin after I have finished writing this review, as the yogurt is gone!
The background to the pot is all bright turquoise and the writings white. It is all very clearly laid out on this large tub that stands at 12cms (nearly 5 inches) and the diameter of the pot is 9.5cms (3.5") going in to 7cms (just under 3") at the base, yes this is bigger than your average pot, it contains 500g most individual pots of yogurt are 125g so this is the equivalent of four.
The front and back both have the name description and picture as described above and one side shows four symbols, A large V saying under it that this yogurt is suitable for vegetarians, a piece of wheat crossed out saying underneath that this yogurt is gluten free, live bio cultures written inside a circle self explanatory really isn't it and the recyclable symbol and under it says please recycle. There is the website and email address of the company.
The other side has the ingredients and nutritional information, as well as their description that says, "Onken Mango, Papaya & Passion fruit yogurt is made from wholemilk and Bio cultures. The cultures consist Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum and streptococcus thermophilus that combine to give a mild, fresh, creamy flavour. It also says to use within three days of opening (I completely ignore that, I don't stick to use by dates either and have NEVER had food poisoning! My Nan tells me about watching her mother cut off rotting parts on joints of meat before cooking them and at 80 she is still alive and well!) and to keep it refrigerated. 500g.
This pot of yogurt cost me £1.08 I don't think that is an outrageous amount of money really, it is actually cheaper than a set of four Ski yogurts!
On opening the pot I found 'normal' looking yogurt. A lovely creamy colour with obvious chunks of fruit swimming through it. It was easy to tell that it was very thick. I opened it so me and my other half could try it as we were talking about it and wondering if it was any good. I had a spoonful and from my eyes lighting up and the fact I said in a very sarcastic voice "you wont like it" that it was lovely and tried some himself.
We both agree that it is not too sweet yet not sharp and is so fruity! I would go as far as to say it is the creamiest, fruitiest yogurt I have ever had! It is so tasty and really is a great alternative to other yogurts I have had in the past. It is jam packed with fruit so much so that there is no doubting the flavour of the yogurt.
Needless to say I am not at all disappointed with my purchase and definitely find it good value for money. Do I recommend it? Most definitely! I will be buying this again, I went shopping yesterday and bought one of the other varieties to try, wholegrain peach. Asda also sell vanilla, strawberry, raspberry and the wholegrain peach I have just bought. As I don't like strawberry I wont be trying those but the peach is very nice and the vanilla is next on my list. After looking on the Onken website I noticed the do lots of flavours in this range, 14 in total they also tell you more about them and the stockists which is handy.
There is one slight drawback to this yogurt! You don't want to stop eating it so you may well eat more than a quarter of a pot each time but that just means you need willpower!
I don't know if the live cultures make you feel any better or not I cannot tell either way as I only have one pot a week so am not eating this every day more like every other day and have started having a piece of fruit with my cereal on the other days.
I wish I could give this more than five stars!
Nutritional values per 100g
Of which sugars 14.7g
Of which saturates 1.7g
If you are interested in finding out about the different flavours and stockists check out the Onken site www.onken.co.uk
The Biopot I buy the most is the strawberry variety, but Onken also sell 8 other flavours; mango papaya & passion fruit, raspberry, rhubarb & vanilla, cherry, fat free strawberry, vanilla, peach & passion fruit, and natural. Onken also have wholegrain, greek style, and natural ranges.
The fruit variety is a medium thick creamy yoghurt with fruity bits in it. The Onken site says that the creaminess is got from using live bio-cultures (presumably why they called it BIOpot). The yoghurt comes in 500g pots which are plastic and have foil peel back tops as well as a plastic lid which can be taken off and put back on as many times as you need. This is important as you are unlikely to eat the whole pot in one go and the lid saves any sticky spills if the pot is knocked over in the fridge.
Thee flavour in these yoghurts is of a pleasant strength, neither overbearing nor too weak, and Biopots is my yoghurt of choice. It is not the yoghurt for anybody who does not like yoghurt of reasonable consistency (though I dont know of anybody who has that issue...), or if you don't like chewy bits (they can get stuck in your teeth and be raaaaather annoying).
In an attempt to try and make me eat breakfast my mum has recently taken to buying the large Onken Fruit Biopots as part of her shopping. So in order to keep her happy I've been eating them. Not that this is a bad thing, the yoghurt itself is reasonably healthy, quite filling and definitely tasty.
The flavour my mum has recently been purchasing is the strawberry flavour, maybe it's on offer or maybe she just knows I love strawberry yoghurt. Anyway the yoghurt in question comes in a 500g pink carton (fitting in with the strawberry theme) with a plastic lid, making it easy to reseal and store. An added bonus being that both pot and lid are recyclable. I've found that the yoghurt, once opened, will keep quite nicely for about a week without starting to taste funny or loosing that lovely strawberry flavour.
The yoghurt itself is quite thick but you must shake the carton before opening as watery yoghurt does rose to the top if left standing. The yoghurt has quite a fresh taste in my opinion and the fruit flavour definitely comes through. It is also quite creamy. The yoghurt however does contain bits, which I personally like but if you're like my brother, who detests such 'bits' then maybe this yoghurt is not for you.
As I mentioned before Onken yoghurt is reasonably healthy. A typical portion of 100g, I usually have about 150g for breakfast, contains:
3.8g - Protein
15.2g - Carbohydrate
2.8g - Fat
101 - kcal
So not the healthiest yoghurt on the market but then again not too bad.
Like I have already said I eat this yoghurt for breakfast but it is equally delicious as a desert either on its own or with a slice of fruit pie or even fresh fruit.
Onken Fruit Biopots also come in other flavours such as cherry, peach, rhubarb & Vanilla and mango papaya & passion fruit. So there are flavours to suit all tastes. There is also a fat free strawberry flavour, which contains per 100g protein, 4.7g of Protein, 6.9g Carbohydrate and 0.2g Fat, so overall much healthier - maybe my mum should start buying this variety :) - It also only contains 48kcal per 100g.
Onken Biopots can also be purchased in a wholegrain variety with a strawberry, peach or summer berry flavouring. All are equally delicious.