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Taste test: key lime flavored low-fat yogurt

Serving size One container One container One container
Calories 150 100 110
Fat/Fiber 1.5g / 0g 0g / 0g 0g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium 24g /90mg 14g /130mg 12g / 120mg
Carbs/Protein 29g / 5g 19g / 5g 17g / 7g


One of my friends treats yogurt as dessert. I don't even like it as a healthy snack. Not since Snackwell's produced double chocolate puddinglike yogurts in the mid '90s have I even considered eating yogurt. But that changed when a co-worker suggested key lime flavored yogurt might be worth a try. Originally, it wasn't an easy flavor to locate. These days, it's in every grocery store refrigerator. Admittedly, I still prefer mine mixed with low-fat or sugar-free Cool Whip, but it's an enjoyable snack when chocolate isn't available. It's also a low-cal treat in a New Year's Resolution diet. Our panelists tried eight brands of low-fat key lime or key lime pie flavored yogurts.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Great Value: 62Yoplait Light: 57Publix: 39
Judges'

comments
The flavor of this yogurt said "key lime." Judges were quick to point out that they meant the real key lime flavor — not the fake, overly sweet and bright-green kind that is often passed off as the real deal in mass-produced pies and treats. "This is smooth and not too strong," said one judge. "It actually tastes healthy!" Another described the flavor as light and the texture as "creamy, creamy."Judges compared this yogurt to pudding, saying they liked the nice balance between sweet and tart flavors and the sturdy, soft texture. "It has a great yogurt flavor with just enough lime," said one panelist. "Bring on the granola," said another.Only one panelist said he would buy this brand because he liked the smooth texture, but he said he definitely would doctor it up with grains or a whipped topping. "It tastes sweet like the nice people you meet on Duval Street in Key West," he said. "But it's pretty pale and bland."
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.One of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$1.50 for a pack of four 6-ounce containers from Walmart.75 cents for a 6-ounce container from Sweetbay.50 cents for a 6-ounce container from Publix.


Also Sampled: Weight Watchers (54 cents for a 6-ounce container from Walmart, 36 points); Archer Farms ($1.99 for a pack of four 4-ounce containers from Target, 36 points); Winn-Dixie (60 cents for a 6-ounce container, 21 points); Yoplait Fiber One ($4.08 for a pack of four 4-ounce containers from Target, 20 points); and Hannaford (50 cents for an 8-ounce container from Sweetbay, 12 points).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute in St. Petersburg; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail them to jkeeler@sptimes.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to food.tampabay.com.

Taste test: key lime flavored low-fat yogurt 01/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 3:30am]

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