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      08.10.2013 21:57
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      yummy little yoghurts

      My kids are huge yoghurt fans and go through them far too quickly!

      I must admit I was a bit of a snob and used to buy the more expensive brands for my children. I would usually choose mullar little stars. They would cost me about £1.50 for 6 teeny fromage frais '. That might not sound like a lot but when you have two yoghurt munching monsters in the house it soon adds up and I'm always looking for ways to save a few pennies here and there.

      One day whilst shopping in sainsburys I noticed these sainsburys basics fromage frais in their basics range. I had a look at them and noticed they are only 40p for 6. There must be much more sugar in these ones or not be as good for you in some way if the price is this much lower I thought.... I was wrong! I had a look through the ingredients on both this pack and the brand name pack and they were pretty much the same.

      They come in a pack of 6 with 3 different flavours, 2 strawberry, 2 raspberry and 2 apricot. Pretty much the same as the brand name packs. The only major difference between them is the obvious packaging difference. The sainsburys basic is their usual plain looking white and orange label. But who cares about packaging anyway?!

      My children love these yoghurts and can't tell in anyway that they are a cheaper range.

      Overall: lovely little yoghurts without the huge price tag, definitely worth a try :)

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        02.09.2012 12:36
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        Very cheap but tasty fromage frais from Sainsbury's in their Basics range

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        A recent shopping trip to Sainsbury's saw me having to choose some different yoghurts as my usual favourites weren't on the shelf. Instead, I chose Sainsbury's Basics Fromage Frais. We've always had fromage frais at home for our children, but I normally leave these alone so the kids have always got some in the fridge. Being a big fan of the Basics range and liking yoghurts, I dived in with a spoon in one hand and a pen to write the review in the other!

        The Product / Opinion

        What is a fromage frais? I had to look this up as I thought it just meant a small yoghurt. It's not actually a yoghurt at all, it's a cream cheese which hasn't been allowed to set, like Ricotta or Mozarella. In it's purest form it is usually almost fat free, but many manufacturers add cream to make them slightly runnier as opposed to a firm ball of soft cheese. Sainsbury's add milk instead of cream, but I am guessing that the milk is full fat as there is some fat content.

        A pack costs 46p and for this you get six pots, two strawberry, two raspberry and two apricot. The different fruit flavours do taste like the fruits in question, even though Sainsbury's have only used a small percentage of both fruit puree and fruit juice (3% each of the total ingredients). For 46p, this works out at roughly 7 and a half pence per pot - fantastic value if you are feeding kids but for adults you might find that the small pot size (60g) means that you eat a lot more of them. Sainsbury's have managed to keep them this cheap as they use less fruit and don't put the fromage frais into extravagantly packaged pots.

        A good fromage frais should have the consistency of cream cheese, these however have the consistency of a thick yoghurt and aren't that rich in texture. Don't let this put you off though as they still taste great.

        I would recommend these if you like yoghurts but couldn't eat a full one or just need a little fix of sweetness, also I'd recommend them for kids - mine love these and I'm sure they are not alone. I like them, even though they are effectively just a small pot of thick yoghurt. Four out of five stars from me.

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        17.10.2010 00:13
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        good stuff

        Personally I am not a yoghurt eater (I class these as yoghurts) but they are a good source of calcium for young children and easy for them to eat. They also make good weaning food.
        When both my daughters were being weaned I never thought to buy basic stuff I wanted the best but as my youngest got older and loved yoghuts, money got tight so I checked the cheaper ones. The ingredients were practically the same no more salt and sugar etc so as the very first time I bought these they were on offer for 20p for 6 I went for it.
        They are now normally priced at 45p.

        The packaging is very basic as with all the basic products and has the usual orange writing on.
        In each pack of 6 you get 2 of each of strawberry, raspberry and apricot. Each pot is 60g and each pot contains 62 calories, so the pots are small but can be just enough for a very young child or for a little sweet after dinner. They are quite high in sugar but better than sweets and sometimes we need to look at the overall picture of what we are feeding our children.

        These taste just as good as named brands but are more than half the price. They are cheap and handy for putting in lunch boxes for young children. My 11 year won't have any yoghurt in her lunch box but my 3 year old loves them and if I am running really low on stuff 2 can go in for her, then it's a real treat.

        I would have expected these to be quite bland and only a hint of the taste of strawberry etc but I was surprised they do taste quite fruity.

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          11.08.2010 17:44

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          Pretty good Fromage frais...

          I was pleasantly surprised by the Sainsbury's Basics Fromage Frais. I am not very brave when trying a supermarket's 'Basics' or 'Value' section... I do get worried that they use the worst possible ingredients! However, my husband returned home with these 'look-alike petit filous' for my 3 year old, looking very pleased with himself for only spending 45p on 6 yoghurts! There are three flavours: Strawberry, Raspberry and Apricot (2 of each). I was not so impressed myself as I am not one to use my daughter as a guinea pig! So after testing for myself, I was rather surprised that the yoghurts actually tasted rather nice without the awful 'E number taste'. However, the Strawberry flavour is possibly a little strong on the artificial flavour.
          After looking at the label, I could see that they were made in France, which possibly means that they are all made by the same people, but the Sainsbury's Basics ones are simply designed with a very cheap label.
          These are small yoghurts, ideal for small children and very good value for money, I would definitely recommend them, and have become a standard buy in my household.

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          20.04.2010 18:25
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          yup.

          These taste good. I picked them up one day because I had been fancying yogurt for a while and I don't actually know the difference between fromage frais and yogurt and...it was cheap. So there you go. These come with three flavours which are strawberry, raspberry and apricot and you get 2 of each. I tried the apricot on the first night and it was really good! The strawberry was also good, as was the raspberry. The only problem I have in regards to taste is that I feel like the flavours are quite...artificial, if you know what I mean, particularly in the case of the strawberry. It just tastes too strong to be natural, haha. However, the ingredients do list strawberry puree, raspberry puree, etc, so it is natural flavouring. However, just take note that ingredients are listed in order of highest percentage...and these purees are valued at 5%. Sugar precedes them. I guess this explans the strength of flavour cause it's all just sweetness really.

          The pots are very small so I think they are good for a quick snack but particularly for kids lunchboxes if you have a cooler to keep it in. For myself, I found it quite difficult to even get a spoon in these things because the tubs are so tiny and I ended up using my finger! You don't really get a lot which is why I think these are probably better for kids. However, after all, they are only 35p and you do get 6 so I suppose you could eat quite a few and not be missing too much money. I think they're more of a flavour thing than actually filling you up, though, because you don't really feel like you've eaten anything in terms of how full you are after these. You can taste the fruit for quite a long time afterwards though.

          35p is an absolute bargain for six of these in my opinion. The tubs are good even if they are tiny. I think it's definitely worth a go for the price especially if you're looking for something your child's lunchbox. The tubs are all connected via the top but you just snap off the pot you want quite easily. The yogurt is smooth with no bits so you just sort of gulp it down really which is nice! I do recommend getting a really small spoon for this though. In retrospect I was using a regular spoon whereas I think a teaspoon would be better or one of those very small spoons you can get specifically for things like this.

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            20.03.2010 16:18
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            An excellent yoghurt just as good as leading brands.

            My daughter is a huge fan of yoghurts, so I decided that it's about time to find a cheaper version. This is where the Sainsbury basic range comes in.
            The fromage frais come in a pack of 6 pots each holding 60gs. There are 3 different flavours included, 2 x strawberry, 2 x apricot and 2 x raspberry. Each pot contains 62 calories, 1.7grams of fat and 5.8grams of sugar. They are high in sugar so I wouldn't recommend eating them all the time.
            The yoghurts them self are in a very basic plain white packaging, with the Sainsbury logo and product name on the lid in orange. The lid isn't recyclable but the pot is so don't forget to pop it in your plastic recycling bin.
            The yoghurts are suitable for vegetarians.
            My favourite flavour is the apricot, its full of flavour and doesn't leave that nasty taste in your mouth. The yoghurt is smooth and just melts away in your mouth. It's lush. The yoghurt is nice and thick and doesn't have that nasty runny taste to it.
            Priced at only 45 pence this is a steal! They taste great and excellent value for money. And great to pop in the kids lunch box for nursery or school.
            So the next time you're looking in the fridges in Sainsbury's and want to try something different, I would recommend trying this small pots of fromage frais.

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            04.04.2009 15:22
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            A must try!

            When it comes to yogurts as a rule I'm a real fan of them! So when I saw these Sainsbury's Basics Fromage Frais pots at 46p (for six) I thought I'd give them a go for a change! I couldn't believe the price and as my Mum says a change is as good as a rest! lol.

            The Packaging....

            6 white plastic pots with peel off plastic lids. The six pots are plain (but for a couple of ripples to the sides of them indented in) and come in two lines of three and they all snap apart very easily. Across all of the lids is all the information you need all given in orange and black writing. I'm told they are indeed Sainsbury's Basic's Fromage Fries 'with fruit puree' the flavour is listed on each clearly, the display and best before date is displayed, nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advice are given along with being told they are vegetarian, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there as well, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, size is stated (360 gram, 6x60g) and finally there is bar-code on there. Simple and cheap looking packaging it really is and doesn't scream quality at you but after all in my view it's taste that the most important thing!

            The Fromage Frais....

            Well you have two of each flavour and them flavours are strawberry, apricot and raspberry. Get this too! All of them are delicious!

            They are a cross in consistency of a yogurt and a fromage frais. A little set on the top you get a stiffish layer to the top when you put your spoon in and when you've scooped that off basically you have a yogurt underneath that not too runny or drippy and is of a great consistency.

            All of the fromage frais have a nice colour to them and are smooth in appearance (no pips). So the strawberry flavour is a nice light pink, the apricot is a light peachy colour and the raspberry is a kind of light lilac colour but they all look natural. All have a delicate smell to them and all look and smell creamy, fresh and light.

            Taste wise... well they are delicious. You don't get a lot of the fromage frais in a pot (about 8 level teaspoons in each, of which you can get a teaspoon in the pot by the way!) and all are very gently sweetened but taste incredibly natural and moreish.

            Verdict....

            I love them! All of them! In fact eating six pots in one sitting is not foreign to me at all. They leave no nasty after taste and for a 'value' product really do taste a bit like a soured cream with a delicate helping of fruit in each. I wouldn't even know these were a value product if blindfolded and the only give away that they are of course is the cheap packaging and size of a pot. (Sadly they only come in this flavour variety and size). Really brilliant buy and since buying my first six pack last week I've been back to the store to specifically get these and these alone on a few occasions. They really fill a small gap in your tummy, are really healthy and not full of nasties, light and tasty and above all a luxurious snack we can all indulge in! Fabulous, I love them! Brill buy!

            Allergy Advice....

            Contains Milk.

            Each Pot Provides....

            Calories 62
            Fat 1.7g
            Saturated Fat Trace
            Total Sugars 5.8g

            Only available in Sainsbury's.

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