The yoghurt files: supermarket yoghurts – the good, the bad and the ugly

God I love my little foodie soapbox. Proclaiming what ingredients should be mixed where, which restaurants have satisfied my rampant appetite and now, to put another finger in yet a new pie, my humble (and potentially irrelevant) opinion on supermarket yoghurts: the good, the bad and the ugly.

It was my own Dad that posed this delicious challenge to me, and as one that loves a good spoon of bacterial dairy, I could but jump at the chance. Here goes (and remember, let’s not sue Hannah for defamation – opinions taken at your own peril (or deliciousness)):

Listed in order of deliciousness…

Harris Farm Honey and Almond – 350g – $4

 

Harris Farm honey & almond

Harris Farm honey & almond


– Very creamy – the thickest of the lot
– The yoghurt was fairly sweet, although there was a distinct honey taste (as opposed to just sugary)
– The chopped almonds added a nice textural touch, but this may deter some eaters
– Quite expensive at $4 for a mere 350g
– Only available from Harris Farm
– Overall I thought it was a delicious yoghurt that would actually go well in place of cream for a dessert like an apple pie or similar

Macro Organic Greek-style Yoghurt – 500g – $5

 

Macro Organic Greek-style

Macro Organic Greek-style


– I was definitely impressed with this yoghurt. I’d always had this image that greek yoghurt was this gross sour mess. Macro’s yoghurt is very thick. It has the requisite non-sweetness to it, but I think sometimes that is nice, especially atop some muesli and fruit for breakfast in the morning
– Fairly high in fat
– Developed more of a watery residue after a couple of days, than the Harris Farm yoghurt – but still lasted very well for the week
– Very thick and creamy – a lot more than other greek yoghurts I have had

Gippsland Organic – individual tub – $1.70

Gippsland Organic (vanilla)

Gippsland Organic (vanilla)

– Comes in a range of flavours including vanilla and berry
– Certainly very creamy, not quite as thick as the two above and very, very smooth
– Slightly sour tinges, but in a good way! – the yoghurt wasn’t too sweet

Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy Blueberry Fields – individual tub – $1.90

Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy

Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy

– True to its name, the yoghurt was indeed creamy, although not to the thick, lush levels of the more expensive first two yoghurts
– I noticed that it had quite a lot of sugar (16%), which could trick the average punter, seeing as it claims to be low in fat
– Visible blueberries – a rare feat in the wide world of yoghurt. I wouldn’t necessarily refer to it as a “field” of blueberries…but let’s not be nit-picky

Farmers Union Greek Strained Yoghurt – individual tub – $2

Farmer's Union Greek Strained

Farmer’s Union Greek Strained

– It was a fairly expensive serve at $2 for an individual tub
– There was a noticeable watery residue, but perhaps this was due to the “strained” part. That said, it may turn off the average yoghurt-phobe
– The yoghurt was quite nice and creamy, although you felt that you had to stir it a fair bit to achieve that creaminess
– On that topic, I failed to notice the extent of the layer of honey down the bottom – very much bordering on too much. Pro-tip: you need to stir this so you don’t end up with a painfully sweet ending. I ate about half the tub, then noticed the honey, then prayed that after eating, my teeth wouldn’t fall out from sweetness

Vaalia Passionfruit – 4 pack of individual tubs – $5 (on special)

Vaalia

Vaalia

– This one was on par with the Gippsland Organic in terms of creaminess. It was a lot creamier than a lot of the “non-gourmet” yoghurts (you know the ones…Ski D’lite, I’m looking at you)
– The passionfruit flavour was lightly sweet (and not overly, which was a good thing) and slightly tart
– No actual passionfruit was noted, unfortunately. I like a couple of seeds to know what I’m getting myself into

Danone Activia – pack of 4 smallish individual tubs – $4

Danone Activia

Danone Activia

– Chunks of mango were noticed, although they were kind of firm/hard, which was a little disconcerting
– Slightly acidic aftertaste that hit you in the back of the throat
– Despite being low fat, it was sufficiently creamy, especially compared to the non-gourmet yoghurts
– The tub was noticeably smaller than the other individual tubs of yoghurt. If you really tried, you could knock it off in two decent-sized spoons

Yoplait ForMe – 6 individual tubs – $5 on special

Yoplait ForMe

Yoplait ForMe

– The flavours of black cherry, boysenberry and strawberry in the pack of 6 was nice…has anyone ever actually eaten a boysenberry? In the yoghurt, it sort of just tastes like “generic berry” to me
– Claimed to be low-GI and low in sugar…though perhaps it was this that resulted in the yoghurt being a fairly watery / liquidy consistency
– I did notice a few little bits of fruit, but overall I felt that the flavour was quite fake and that perhaps even some colour had been added

Well there ya have it. My humble opinion on a small variety of various yoghurts. Take it as you will, and if anyone offers you the Harris Farm or the Macro Organic, you take that little tub of bacterial goodness, you grab the nearest, biggest spoon, and you go mental.

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3 comments on “The yoghurt files: supermarket yoghurts – the good, the bad and the ugly

  1. JP says:

    Yeah what about Aldi ‘Greek style’ yoghurt? A huge tub (500 g) for $4.99…..nothing in it, just a creamy bucket of plain yoghurt made by some ‘Greek’!

  2. Fenwicky says:

    I would have like your comments on Jalna which has been a long time favourite of mine. However I haven’t tried the Harris Farm yoghurt so I will buy that next time.

  3. Anni says:

    Why I’d it so darn expensive. I really like the Farmer’s Union Strawberry Greek Yoghurt. It is not as sweet as the honey, which causes instant diabetes. The manufactures should sell a larger variant.

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