Friday, May 22, 2015

Caramel Macchiato Greek Yogurt- Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ

Caramel Macchiato Greek Yogurt- Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ
When all of the Greek yogurt hype started, I really thought it was a gimmick. I figured this was a way to get protein junkies to spend more cash on dairy, but I'm starting to really like this stuff. All these fancy flavors drew me in, like watermelon, and like a moth to the flame, I'm now a member of the Greek yogurt cult. (Do we get track suits?)

I reviewed the Bananas Foster version last week, which had pretty much the same packaging, so I am skipping my usual design discussion, so let's get right into the review.

The double seal on this container made it a little difficult for me to pull the foil back (plus my long nails didn't help) but it honestly wasn't that much of a struggle. Just slightly harder to open than yogurts with a single circular seal.

Once opened, the yogurt has a sour coffee aroma. I can't shake the feeling that this is some kind of stale coffee beverage. I feel like I had a cup of coffee, forgot about it, and came back a day or two later to find that it had magically turned into yogurt. Which is a childish description, but I don't drink coffee very often, so this aroma doesn't appeal to me and I feel like it's stale and sour in the not-so-great kind of way. The sour aroma does make sense though, all yogurts are sour, and I bet coffee lovers would think this smells great, but I am just not feeling it.

The yougurt itself is a creamy beige color, which doesn't look all that appetizing, but what would you expect a coffee yogurt to look like? It's going to be some kind of flat beige-y latte color, at least the amber colored caramel brightens things up a bit. I flipped the little caramel container over and...PLOP.

After I spread the big ol' dollop or caramel over the surface of the yogurt, things looked a lot better.

I scooped up a spoonful, and thankfully it tasted a lot better than it smelled of looked. On it's own, the coffee flavoring was very mild and a bit bitter. It doesn't as strongly as it smells, but it's a bit tanic (oo fancy words)  on it's own. With the added caramel topping, which tastes very similar to ice cream topping, it's so much better. The caramel adds sweetness as well as some nice burnt sugar notes, and it really enhanced the overall flavor of the yogurt instead of being a fancy mix-in or add-on. It reminded me a bit of the bottled caramel drinks from Starbucks.

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Coffee flavored yogurt sounds really weird, but it works. I'm guessing coffee addicts would happily consume this stuff and I'm sure it's healthier than any of those fancy Starbucks drinks, but I don't think I'll repurchase. I'll stick to the banana one in the future. (That's more my speed.)
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