“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Yoghurts „
Since the festive period has passed, my good lady wife and I have been cutting down a bit on what we eat, not dieting just cutting down and one way we have found to reduce our calorie and fat content is to turn to yogurts instead of rice pudding and other fattening puddings like cheesecakes and ice cream. Muller corner yogurts are a favourite of my wife and I but they can be expensive when not on offer so we decided to try this attempt at an alternative from Tesco, it has to be said that we were both bitterly disappointed. The Tesco duo mix natural yogurt and muesli cereal sounded very nice but that is as far as it went, on opening the yogurt it looked very bland and that I guess is ok as muesli and natural yogurt are not designed to be exciting but you expect it to improve as you go on to the smell and the taste but sadly it did not. It had a very odd smell and I described it to my wife as smelling like paper and she kind of agreed and as the muesli tasted like shredded cardboard perhaps that is where we got it from. The muesli was very dry and tasteless but for as dry as it was it went soggy very quickly when added to the yogurt and this made it even less enjoyable. The yogurt itself is very bland and not at all creamy and although I appreciate it is just a natural yogurt and not a flavoured one, I did at least expect it to have sweetness to it and a creamy texture. On top of all that you have one final disappointment from this yogurt and that is that although it would seem to be a very good for you yogurt it in fact isn't really, it has 195 calories per pot and over 8g of fat so I would be better with a much tastier snack all together.
I like Muller Corner yogurts but the price of them is going through the roof at the minute, so when I saw Tesco have brought out their own version of it called Duo Mix I decided to buy a couple of pots to try. The one I ate yesterday was natural yogurt with muesli in the smaller pot, the idea is to pour the muesli into the yogurt and mix it all together. I loved the sound of that because I thought the crunchy muesli would go wicked with the cool creamy yogurt. Unfortunately I was disappointed with it and any time I fancy a corner yogurt I think I'll go for Muller from now on. The yogurt itself is plain, which is fine because I like plain yogurt for a change. The problem is that the yogurt isn't very nice, it's not very sweet and I thought it had got a bit of a sour edge to it that made me feel a bit funny as I was eating it. The muesli is completely tasteless, I think it has had a bit of sugar added to it because it does add a bit of sweetness to the yogurt but apart from that it could be sweetened cardboard you're pouring into it. The muesli also isn't as crunchy as I'd like and as soon as you put it in the yogurt it starts loosing any crunch it originally had. For this reason I'd recommend you leave the muesli in it's seperate pot and add it a small spoon at a time to prevent it going soggy. I wasn't keen on this Duo Mix at all. The flavours were non-existant and it was a mega bland snack where I'd been expecting something a bit more interesting than that. It's not even THAT good for you because a pot contains 195 calories and 8.1g fat. I don't think that's particularly healthy and I would rather have a pot of plain low fat yogurt and mix some muesli AND strawberries into it for a nicer tasting and much lower fat snack.
In an attempt to compete with Muller Corners Tesco have launched their own range of yoghurts that also combine a second small compartment which has a mix of flavour to add to the youghurt, you can get three pots for a £1 however I will definatley not be buying this particular flavour again as it was rather disappointing. On the plus side this is a natural youghurt product raher than a flavoured one and this is generally the type of youghurt I favour and then I add my own fruit to it, in this case it is a granola mix that comes with it, the problem is however the natural youghurt is not that great a quality youghurt and to my tatse buds it has a slightly chemical flavour which is not at all pleasant. The museli was small little flakes and was rather insiped and added little in terms of taste, overall the whole offerring is rater chemical and tasteless and this is not aproduct I would bother buying again, it is much better to buy an organic tub of natural youghurt and add your own museli or fruit to it rather than waste money on this product. At lest Muller can sleep easy knowing that this is no threat to them at all.
The third and final yoghurt I've had from the new Tesco Duo range is this Crunch Duo Muesli Yoghurt. It costs 38p for a 175g pot, or there's a long running offer available where you can get three pots for £1. This is a duo mix yoghurt, which is Tesco's take on the Muller Corners. You peel back the lid to reveal two seperate plastic compartments holding your yoghurt and the accompanying topping. This keeps the topping fresh during storage so it doesn't get soggy, and you tip it in on opening to eat it mixed altogether. My first big, huge even, problem with this is that they can't make up their mind what flavour the yoghurt is. I bought this because it clearly says on the front of the packet "Deliciously thick and creamy vanilla flavoured yogurt with a separate portion of crunchy muesli". Sounds yummy right? No, because then this describes itself as being natural yoghurt, and it is actually just that - natural, plain, slightly sour and tangy natural yoghurt flavour. I expected this to have the same thick, creamy vanilla yoghurt that the chocolate ball crunch yoghurt has in it, as they've used the same descriptive terms and they're from the same range. But no, this is a completely different yoghurt. It's a different colour, as it's whiter than the vanilla yoghurt in the other product, and it's definitely a very different flavour. It's sour, almost to the point of being bitter, and I couldn't taste a drop of vanilla to it at all. The muesli was acceptable, but I'm not really sure what I was paying for here in all honesty. It would have been cheaper for me to shove a bit of Tesco Value muesli into a bowl of Tesco Value natural yoghurt - and I'd have got the same taste, texture and satisfaction (or lack of) from it. I appreciate that Tesco were trying to make a breakfast style yoghurt here, and that in theory this should have been a filling little snack. But in practice it tastes to sour and bland that it doesn't achieve that for me at all. This is quite simply a 'never again' kind of product. It's such a shame because I really love the chocolate balls Duo Mix that Tesco have bought out. But both this muesli one, and the strawberry compote one, have been absolutely horrible. I don't think I'll even bother much with the chocolate balls ones again, I think I'd rather pay that few extra pence to keep quality products like Muller yoghurts on the market.