10/17/06 | Yoplait Whips
[ Currently Eating: Stax of Pringles ]
There’s probably nothing that will bias me more toward giving a food item a favorable review than it being free. When the jig is up, and you’re found out to be pandering something unworthy of a good Cheap Eats score, you can always fall back on it being free…
Like these Yoplait Whips (sorry in advance, Charlie). I got coupons for 3 of these free yogurt novelties awhile back. It actually took quite awhile to get a hold of them because they happened to be out for weeks at both of the grocery stores near me. And when I did pick them up, the crusty checkout lady gave me the evil eye and said “Did you print this off the internet?”
I had to explain to her that I review food. That seemed to placate her, though she did go to her supervisor to okay them. She also seemed in a hurry to get rid of me. Man, food reviewers get no respect. Or maybe I didn’t use deodorant that day.
I ended up getting the tower of three yogurt whips above: Dulce de Leche, Key Lime Pie and Strawberry Mist. They call this whipped yogurt “lowfat yogurt mousse”. I’m not so familiar with mousse, except the kind we used in the 80s in hair. I was sort of expecting maybe something along the lines of Cool Whip. I really don’t know.
(If I was writing for The Impulsive Buy, it would be at this point I would make some nice tie-in about chains and whips to jazz up the review.)
Here is the thing with the Yoplait Whips. Since the flavors and content of the yogurt exist in “normal” unwhipped versions as well, and they’re the same price, the only thing new to talk about here is the texture. And in my opinion, that texture was simply AWFUL.
I tried the Dulce De Leche Yoplait Whips first. I’m not going to get into what this looks like here, but do you know that Radiohead song “Fake Plastic Trees”? Now, replace “trees” with something less tree-like and more dog poo-like.
In their defense, as with all of these single serving yogurt cups, you’re not meant to dump the contents out into a clear custard dish like I did. But yeah, that consistency is like inconsistent curdled milk. The mouthfeel is sort of like someone mixed up cool whip with yogurt… in their mouth and spit it back into the cup.
I actually rather dig the normal Dulce De Leche flavored Yoplait. It has a nice caramel-ish flavor that’s a bit tangy and is rich enough without being overpowering.
At this point, I started to realize what they’re going for when they call it “mousse”. It’s very much like contents of a jello mold mousse. It is extra airy, fluffy and light, which means you can eat this rather quickly. But I really like the substance that you get behind normal yogurt better.
I went with the Key Lime Pie Yoplait Whips next. It had a nice lime flavor and since yogurt is already sour to start with it was a good match. Once again, a bit mushy and bubbly tasting… I suspect this might be popular with the kids. It sure seemed like a novelty item more than anything.
You know what, it wasn’t horrible but I just see no reason to get the Whips when you can get normal Yoplait at the same price (and as I saw at the market, more readily than the Whips version). You may have noted that there was another flavor not pictured here, Strawberry Mist. I’m actually eating that now as we type. I didn’t feel it was worth it to take another picture. There’s nothing to write about really. It’s that texture that sinks this yogurt variety in my opinion. The yogurt and flavoring itself is pretty decent. But the “fluffy cloud in your mouth” novelty just doesn’t cut it for me.
Price: Free ($.79 – $.99 normally)
Found At: Ralph’s
Cheap Eats Score: 3/10 (Just get the normal Yoplait)