Taste test: key lime flavored low-fat yogurt
||1.5g / 0g
||0g / 0g
||0g / 0g
||12g / 120mg
||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
© 2013 Tampa Bay Times
(out of 100)
|Great Value: 62||Yoplait Light: 57||Publix: 39|
|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."|
|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.|
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.
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