“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Yoghurts „
The variety pack of Ski yoghurts by Nestle make for a good snack or alternative dessert. They boast about making their yoghurts 'with a blend of creamy yoghurt, juicy fruit and a sprinkle of love'. They are free from artificial flavours, low in fat and gluten free, so they are a popular choice for everyone! The emphasis is placed upon the fruit content inside, via the outside packaging. They are perfect for kids lunch boxes, university students, to take to work or casual use.
-WHERE TO BUY & PRICE-
These yoghurts are available to buy nationwide, especially the larger supermarkets (Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's etc). They are normally found in the dairy isle, next to the milk and cheese. I shop at Asda, and the price for a four-pack costs between £1.20 and £1.50, although there are usually deals such as a reduced price or buy two for £2 etc.
There is a strong strawberry flavour contained within this yoghurt. The strawberry pieces themselves are quite poor in my opinion, it appears to just be the skin. Chunks of strawberry would have made a much better yoghurt. For those of you who do not like the strawberry pieces, there is a smooth version available (i believe it comes in a four pack - two strawberry and two raspberry).
It is quite difficult to tell apart from the peach flavour... although the peach has more defined chunks. The apricot is creamy in taste, and a bit thicker in consistency compared to the strawberry, which seems watered down. The apricot chunks are smaller than the peach but still satisfactory. I usually have this one with Weetabix and fruit in the mornings.
Like the strawberry flavour, for those of you who do not like the 'bits' there is a smooth version available to buy in a four pack. Personally, i do not like this flavour because the raspberry pieces get stuck in between your teeth! The flavour of the actual yoghurt is much like the strawberry one, but quite sharp in comparison.
This is my favourite flavour, by far! It's ALWAYS the first to go whenever i buy a new pack. The yoghurt itself is the creamiest one of the four and there are whole chunks of peach instead of tiny pieces like the strawberry and raspberry flavour. It has a refreshing taste, and the 'bits' do not get stuck in your teeth :)
The yoghurts are quite small to be fair. The pot is roughly 10cm in height and 15cm in circumference. They are the optimum height for placing on fridge shelves - together or separately. The pots are made from thin plastic, which is strong enough to protect the contents inside but thin enough to aid recycling after use. The four pots are joined together via the thin plastic, which is easy to snap and therefore decide on a flavour to eat. Each pot has a thin plastic cover around it to show you which flavour is which, and to highlight the nutritional contents inside. The lid is easy to rip off (which is really good for children) but strong enough to keep things from piercing the top. The yoghurts are covered with a cardboard sleeve, which also highlights ingredients, nutritional information and Nestle's contact information. The outer packaging can be placed with papers and cardboard to recycle easily. If wet though, the packaging becomes soggy and falls apart.
I would definitely recommend giving these a go. They are not the cheapest yoghurt on the market, especially as you only get 4 per pack, but in my opinion they are worth paying that little bit extra. I would highly recommend them to anyone who likes the fruit pieces within the actual yoghurt. If you like these, i suggest looking at the tropical flavours (also by Ski).
I am recently trying to each a little more healthy so I bought these yogurts from the supermarket. I was debating on whether to get the usual 'Muller Light' yogurts or to try something new. I went with my instinct to try something new and these seemed like the best option for me.
I like fruity things so I guessed that I would probably like the fruity yogurts too. I wasn't sure whether to buy the 'Variety Burst' at first because I'm not a big fan of yogurts which have 'bits' in them. Normally the only yogurts that have 'bits' in them thta I can eat is peach or apricot yogurts. I figured that these yogurts have thoser two flavours in them so if I didn't like the rasberry and strawberry then at least I would be able to enjoy two out of the four!
The yogurts come in quite small pots and have all natural ingredients. They are free from artificials, low in fat and probiotic!
I tried the Peach one first as that is my favourite flavoured yogurt. I was very pleased with this yogurt because it was what I expected: creamy and smooth with small chunks of peach mixed inside. I thought that there was a nice balance of the creamy flavour and the pieces of peach. I found that the Apricot flavour was just as good as the peach flavoured yogurt. They both tasted very natural.
However I wasn't too pleased with the strawberry and rasberry flavoured yogurts. Even though I'm a bit reluctant to eating yogurts with bits inside them, I thought I should give them a chance. The yogurt did taste nice but it had way to many bits inside them for me. However if yogurts with bits inside them do not bother you then I have no doubt that you will enjoy these two flavours. I think that they have a range of 'smooth' yogurts that contain no bits which would be good for me and any overs who have that problem.
Overall I think these yogurts are very nice but not for me!
I didn't know what I fancied so I took a peek in the treat cupboard, but on seeing the chocolate, my tummy churned and I realised I wasn't overly hungry. So I picked up an apple, and headed back for the sofa. However just as I was about to leave the kitchen, I remembered something my mum had picked up on offer in Sainsburys that afternoon.
I plonked the apple back into the fruit bowl and darted over to the fridge.
I pulled out a 4 pack of yogurts. These particular yogurts were, _NESTLE Ski Activ8 Variety Fruit burst Yogurts._.
My mum had picked these up in the reduced section as they were due to be used in the next three days. In the reduced section, they had cost 79p. We thought this was a bargain as normally, these cost £1.49. However these are on offer now, for 2 pots for £2. We had never tried these before and so decided to play it safe and only purchase one pack.
The four yogurts were joined together by there plastic tubs, much like any other yogurts that come in a pack. Unlike some other yogurts though, these are then held together in a cardboard sleeve. Which can easily be slid off. The cardboard sleeve matches the pots. They are mainly blue in colour, with a darker blue strip down the side of the pot, stating "VARIETY".
The Nestle logo is in the top left hand corner of the side of the sleeve, and underneath, SKI is written in large white writing, the dot of the 'i' being red. Underneath the brand name, there are pictures of the fruits which make the flavours of the yogurts. This being, a raspberry, a strawberry, a peach and an apricot. Next to the pictures, the sleeve clearly tells us the flavours of the yogurt.
Each pot is 120g, a nice size yogurt, and there is one of each flavour in every pack.
The cardboard sleeve also tells us the nutrition values.
It tells us that each 120g pot contains 111 calories, and 2g of fat, in which 1.2 is saturated fat (the bad fat!). Taking a glance at the sugar content, it is un-surprisngly high, each pot contains 17.6g, however I amn't surprised at this, because most yogurts these days are high in sugars. Next to the nutritional information, it also tells us each yogurt is blended with 8 different vitamins.
We are also told, these (obviously) contain milk, so are unsuitable for those with milk alergies, the lactose intolerent and some vegetarians, though most of this is plain common sense!
One thing I did notice when reading the ingrediants, is that the yogurts contain real sugar, no nasty sweetners such as Aspartame.
Over the next 3 days (yes, I ate them when they were out of date, but they were fine, and I am still alive to this day), I consumed all of the 4 yogurts, I think my family forgot about them. I am not a fan of strawberry yogurt, so I thought I'd sample this one first to get it out of the way.
The STRAWBERRY yogurt was just like any other yogurt. When I peeled back the foil lid, I was faced with a watery looking pale pink yogurt, with tiny strands of red strawberry. I took my teaspoon and gave the yogurt a firm mix. After I'd mixed the yogurt was definitly not as watery, however it was a pretty sloppy looking mess. I dunked in teaspoon and shovelled a spoonful into my mouth. I can't say I was thrilled with this flavour. It just tasted as any other strawberry yogurt does, and it did taste rather artificial. I'm not a fan of "bitty" yogurts, however I was pleased with this one that I couldnt detect the strands once in my mouth. This was probably my least favourite out of the whole packet.
The next yogurt I tried, was poured over a bowl of fruit salad. This was the APRICOT. Now I can never tell the difference between the apricot and peach yogurts, and this experience was no different. I'm a bit weird, me, I always have to try everything individually before I mix foods, so before I poured it over my fruit, I took a spoonful of yogurt on its own. Before this however, I did give it a good mix, because again it look rather watery. This yogurt was a bit thicker than the strawberry and tasted creamier too. The taste was as I had expected, it tasted very like the Apricot Muller Lights. It was almost white in colour with a slight yellow/orange tinge to it, and the bits of apricot were surprisingly smooth- much to my indulgance. Once slopped over my fruit the yogurt stayed strong in flavour and was not lost among the fruit.
PEACH was the next flavour I tried. I ate this one on its own. When I peeled back the lid, I was shown a light yellow yogurt. The peach flavour was slightly darker in colour to the apricot, however the bits inside looked the same. I scooped a spoonful into my mouth, and I was in heaven. The taste was creamy and smooth, and not watery in the slightest. I was expecting the raspberry to be my favourite, however I was very surprised when I enjoyed the peach one the most.
I tried the RASPBERRY the day after these yogurts went out of date, but I hardly noticed. Although, when I did open up the yogurt, it had a watery layer on top, but after a good mix it turned into a creamy looking yogurt, but by no means thick. The yogurt was slightly darker than the strawberry, more of a red-pink, rather than light pink. There didn't seem to be any bits in this one, however when I took a mouthful, the texture was "bumpy" and this is when I realised it was too good to be true. The flavour of the raspberry was quite sour, however a lot more enjoyable than the strawberry. Although sour, there was a slight tangy sweetness to it too, which added to the pleasure!!
Overall, I think the peach yogurt comes out tops, with raspberry a close second, then apricot, then strawberry coming in last place. I didn't enjoy these ski as much as I do Muller, and I think I'll stick to Muller. However if we do come across these agian in the reduced section for as little as 79p i'm sure i'll be tempted to throw them into our trolley. (Well I wouldn't throw them- I wouldn't want them to burst).
5 Sense Summary
*Texture- Smooth & small bits
*Sight- Watery looking yogurt with small bits
*Smell- No recognizable smell, just fruity yogurt
*Taste- Creamy, sweet, sour, bits ever so slightly detectable.
I try to eat a yogurt everyday to help boost my calcium, although to be completely honest I drink so many cups of milky tea throughout the day that a solitary yogurt is not likely to make much difference - so it's a good job I like eating them otherwise I'm sure I wouldn't bother!
I rarely buy Ski as I think it's a very expensive brand for what it is, some of the supermarket own brand yogurts are comparable with this brand and cost roughly a third less. I only bought this pack of Ski Variety Burst because they were on special offer and cost just 99p, which is more or less the same as I'd pay for my usual own brand yogurts.
I'm impressed in an 'it's only yogurt' sort of way. I was pleased to find that the four flavours in the pack I bought were the classics; strawberry, apricot, peach and raspberry. I saw this because yogurt brands seem to be trying to outdo one another with weird and wonderful flavours at the moment, while I'm all for experimenting I just wish they wouldn't put one of these strange flavours in the multi-packs as if I wanted to try one then I would! I refer here to a Pineapple yogurt that I recently found in a pack of (I think) Sainsbury's yogurts which was absolutely foul and had no place next to the less exotic strawberry yogurts in there!
Each yogurt in the Variety Burst package was excellent. My favourite is easily the peach one as it's such a smooth and creamy snack, please be aware that each of these yogurts have pieces of fruit in them although I believe that Ski also do a range of Smooth yogurts in these same flavours. Personally I like fruit added to yogurts providing it's of high quality and it certainly is in this selection.
All flavours are quite thick, definitely thick enough for my plastic spoon to stand up in and stay standing up rather than flopping against the side of the pot and covering the handle in yogurt! This makes them a substantial snack and ideal for dieters as this Variety Burst range is much more filling than other brands of yogurt.
The yogurts are all extremely fruity and taste nicely of the individual fruits, the raspberry one in particular has a nice tangy undertone which instantly puts me in mind of the fruit. It's still nicely sweet, as are all the flavours, but hasn't scrapped the natural tartness of the raspberries in order to make a more average tasting yogurt.
My granddaughter is two and loves yogurt, I feel more than happy to give her these as Ski make these with all natural ingredients and browsing the ingredients list I can see nothing untoward. The thickness of the yogurts make them ideal for giving to a young child as none at all drips off the spoon even if my granddaughter is being particularly mischievous. However, please be aware that these are low fat yogurts so should not be used to substitute the full fat dairy products that it is so important for babies and toddlers to consume. My granddaughter eats so many yogurts and fromage frais over the course of the week that this is not a concern for us as the odd low fat product isn't going to make a great deal of difference.
Each 120g pot of yogurt typically contains 113 calories and 3.1g of fat (which isn't particularly low fat now I come to think of it!) and the pack of four costs around £1.49 depending, of course, on where you shop.