Taste test: Yogurt with granola

Serving size one container one container one container
Calories 220 180 140
Fat/Fiber 3g / 2g 2g / 1g 0.5g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium 29g / 120mg 27g / 85mg 13g / 60mg
Carbs/Protein 42g / 6g 37g / 6g 22g / 11g


To some of us, yogurt tastes better with lots of goodies mixed in. Yogurt sellers know that, and it didn't take them long to start mass-producing individual yogurts with tiny cups of granola attached. Our panelists blended each granola into its own strawberry-flavored yogurt. The results were as mixed as the yogurts.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Dannon Activia Selects Parfait Crunch 67YoCrunch 56Voskos 49
Judges'

comments
Judges liked the look and taste of one of Dannon's latest products. "It's pretty in pink," said one panelist. The tiny bits of strawberry in the yogurt were fresh and sweet-tasting and the texture was smooth and creamy, even with the added granola. Another panelist described the flavor as "fun." A couple craved even more crunchy oats in the granola and a bit more tang in the taste.This brand turned into more of a lavender than pink, but that didn't bother panelists. In contrast to the Activia brand, the granola in this mixture was very crunchy. Again, a couple of judges liked that bold texture, but a couple wanted a creamier consistency. This yogurt had a tart flavor that appealed to judges as well as a nice balance of sweetness from the strawberries. One panelist disapproved of the cinnamon flavor of the cereal bits, saying they overpowered the yogurt taste.Even in a blind test, judges knew this was Greek yogurt because of the bright color, very creamy texture and tangy taste. They rejected the granola, saying it was more like puffed rice than traditional granola. "I think the Greeks should just stick to plain yogurt," said one judge. Another liked the flavor, but said the yogurt tasted more like cherries than strawberries.
Would

they buy?
Two of the four judges said yes.One of the four judges said yes.One of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$1.25 for a 6-ounce container from Publix.64 cents for a 6-ounce container from Target.$1.75 for a 4.6-ounce container from Publix.


Also Sampled: Yo Crunch Greek ($1 for a 6-ounce container from Walmart, 48 points); YoCrunch Fruit Parfait ($2.25 for a pack of four

4-ounce cups from Walmart, 33 points); and Yoplait Light ($2.49 for a pack of two 6-ounce cups from Publix, 48 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute in St. Petersburg; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

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Taste test: Yogurt with granola 09/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:30am]

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