1/12/06 | Dannon Light ‘N Fit Yogurt
[ Currently Eating: Yogurt ]
Hang onto your hats folks, because we’re about to review Dannon’s Light ‘N Fit Yogurt line. Huh? A diet food review on Cheap Eats? Don’t we scoff at diet foods? Well, I was lucky enough to receive actual yogurt samples in the mail the other day so I’m not about to complain about the price. By the way, they didn’t send me a coupon for yogurt, they sent four ACTUAL Dannon 6 oz. yogurt cups in the mail in a handy carrier filled with blue ice. Pretty cool.
Everyone’s concerned about calories these days, but here at Cheap Eats we could give a floopy rutabaga about staying healthy. Still, for those who are interested, 60 calories for 6 ounce cup of this Dannon Light ‘n Fit seems to be pretty decent for those watching their weight. (The handout sent with it says that their Light ‘n Fit yogurt has gone through reformulations that now make it the “lowest calorie, nationally branded light yogurt available”)
Of a bigger concern for me, was the fact that like nearly all diet foods today it contains artificial sweetener in the form of Splenda. I’m going to preface these reviews by saying that I have a long, well-documented disklike for any artificial sweeteners. It especially bugs me in soda and desserts. Saccharin is particularly problematic. It just leaves a horrible aftertaste that stays in your mouth for hours.
Lately though, the foods that have Splenda in them have seemed less offensive to me in terms of aftertaste. Still, if this doesn’t bother you then I would disregard everything I say about artificial sweetener in the following reviews.
First up is Raspberry Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt:
One of my favorite flavors in candy, yogurt and other treats is Raspberry. So I had some high hopes for this particular flavor. Dannon’s Light ‘N Fit yogurt line (they also have “Smoothies”) is a blended yogurt like Yoplait. So this isn’t the “fruit on the bottom” yogurt I used to get when I was a kid. It’s already mixed and quite smooth in consistency.
The Raspberry yogurt was ultra silky smooth in both texture and taste. Unfortunately, I had an extremely hard time eating this particular one. For me, when I think of raspberry flavor, I actually want to taste the tartness of the raspberries and there didn’t seem to be any “tang” in this flavor. As it was, it tasted cloyingly sweet and 5 seconds afterwards there came a huge sucralose aftershock that lingered around just like Diet Soda. Ugh. In addition, there was a sort of funky smell to the yogurt… not so much like raspberries and yogurt than raspberries and socks. Hm…
I feel that making this flavor lightly more sour would probably de-emphasize the artificial sweetener. In addition, although all 3 flavors I got contain “fruit puree”, this was the only one that didn’t seem to have any chunks of whole fruit in it. It helped to get over the fact that this was light yogurt when there was a little “distraction” in the form of real fruit.
Cheap Eats Score: 4/10
The second was Blueberry Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt:
I had to wash out my mouth out with water and eat some bread to get rid of the aftertaste of the Raspberry Yogurt. Clean up the palate, just like wine-tasting, hehe. From the moment I tasted the first spoonful of Blueberry Yogurt, I knew it was going to be better. Unlike the raspberry flavor, this one is non-homogenous in texture because it has actual “bits” of blueberry fruit. Tiny little bits, but real bits of fruit nevertheless.
The blueberry aroma was also excellent here. I thought that the flavor actually had more “tang” to it than the raspberry one did which is definitely strange because blueberries are a little sweeter in my opinion.
Maybe it was my imagination or the fact that I’d become acclimated to the Splenda, but the aftershock of artificial sweetener seemed lessened. I actually ate the entire cup of yogurt because it tasted so good. I forgot to mention that the color of the blueberry yogurt is that darkish mauve color, very similar to the raspberry in fact. Both looked appetizing, but boy did the Blueberry one kick Raspberry’s ass in texture and flavor.
Cheap Eats Score: 6/10
The last yogurt I tasted (I got TWO cups of Raspberry unfortunately) was the Strawberry Banana Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt:
After palate cleansing, I moved onto our final tub of yogurt which is the popular Strawberry Banana flavor. We actually buy this flavor a lot when we get yogurt, so I’m familiar with what it usually tastes like. I forgot to mention that there are a ton of other Light ‘n Fit flavors, some of which I would have like to have tried including: Blackberry Pie, Strawberry Kiwi, White Chocolate Raspberry, Cherry Vanilla, Lemon Chiffon, Strawberry, Vanilla, Peach and Orange Mango.
So the Strawberry Banana flavor ended up being my favorite one. The aroma was nice, you could tell there was both strawberry and banana in the mix. Although the banana was from puree, there were fairly good sized chunks of strawberries in the mix and a lot of them. In addition, there was a surprisingly pleasant “tang” to the strawberry side that I didn’t expect. I suppose they put it in as a counterpunch to the sweeter banana flavor. But I definitely think that some of this sourness would help to fix up the raspberry flavor. I ate all of this one too, very yummy.
Cheap Eats Score: 8/10
Overall, I think that given the choice I would always get normal yogurt as opposed to anything healthy. I just cannot take the artificial sweetener aftertaste. And I’m not willing to pay the extra since I’m not on a diet. But at $0.73 per cup, it’s not the worst price in the world, and if it went on sale might be worth it for those Cheap Eats dieters…
Price: $0.73 per 6-oz cup
Purchased at: Company Samples
Cheap Eats Score: 6/10 average for 3 flavors