Recently a huge box full of yogurt was dropped off on my doorstep, giving the Accidental Locavore the chance to taste Dannon Creamy Yogurt, a new product. What makes this yogurt unique is that Dannon sources all the milk from a single dairy, the family owned-and-operated McCarty Farms in Colby, Kansas, in a program they call Cow to Cup (cute, right?). And if (like me) you weren’t sure, you’ll be pleased to know that all milk used in Dannon products is hormone-free.
My preference usually is for plain, which lets me add my own flavors — usually blueberries and some homemade granola, but transitioning to peaches and a rainbow of fresh berries in the summer. I like the tang of plain yogurt and generally make my own, but on occasion flavored yogurt is a nice change. The new Creamy Yogurt comes in multi-packs of 18 with six each of blueberry, peach and strawberry.
How does it taste? The peach has a slightly sweet, not overwhelming, peach taste. Creamy and smooth, it’s almost like a yogurt pudding. The color is interesting — kind of a throwback to the 50s and 60s sherbet colors. I like the fact that this is a blended yogurt, so no mixing or lumps of yogurt and fruit.
My husband, who only occasionally eats yogurt, sat right down with a blueberry one. “Creamy” was his verdict. Like the peach, the blueberry flavor isn’t strong but it has good blueberry flavor — fresh and not overly sweet. Of the three it would be the one I would gravitate to first, but by a narrow margin over the peach.
Strawberry is usually low on my list. As much as I love fresh strawberries, they are like bananas or coffee — all something I prefer to eat in their natural state. The strawberry yogurt was the most artificial tasting of the three and I might not have immediately recognized it as strawberry in a blind tasting (although, since it was being consumed at 4:00 in the morning, it could easily be considered a blind tasting).
My friend (not being a peach fan) took home some of the strawberry and blueberry yogurt. She really enjoyed both of them, “the flavors were light and not overpowering” and liked the how creamy they were. After feeding some to her granddaughter, this was the reaction: “Baby Eila loved it as well. She ate half the container, got full and then played with the other half, as she finger painted herself with the yogurt.”
If you want to pick up some of this Dannon Creamy Yogurt, it’s exclusive to Sam’s Clubs nation-wide.