Friday, February 24, 2012

Taste of Inspirations
Black Raspberry Greek Frozen Yogurt Review
A Hannaford / Food Lion inhouse brand

You know, I complain alot of froyo, I understand this. Oh I say it's too light, it's too bland, it's too tangy, it's too fatty, it's got too many calories, it's too this, it's too that... I don't mean to be overly critical, I just can't help it. Well, fellow ice cream lover Nick tipped me off that Hannaford's actually has a respectable in-house brand of Greek frozen yogurt. Hey, for a $1.99 a pint, what's there to lose?

This is the Taste of Inspirations Black Raspberry Greek frozen yogurt. There were four or five flavors in my particular store, all fairly standard. I bought this and also the Strawberry. Note that Hannaford's is owned by Delhaize (a Belgium company) that also owns the mighty Food Lion (well over a thousand stores), Sweet Bay, Harvey, and Bloom.

Looks normal enough right? Not super creamy and not super solid, but a nice middle of the road texture that struck me as fairly soft but not gummy. Now take the texture you see above and add in a nice acceptable low-fat flavor. Sure, there's a small bit of skim milk (or yogurt) funk, but it's so mild I don't care. I'd rather have a hint of skim milk then have to chew my flavorless treat. In fact, that mild yogurt reminder actually makes me want to put on some mixins like granola or graham cracker (oh, it's very tasty with the crushed graham cracker). It's a nice, uncomplicated flavor and I obviously like it.

Now on one hand, I could easily blow through this two dollar pint if I wanted to. On the other hand, it's kind of filling despite being somewhat light. The texture and flavor are in a place were I don't need to eat a ton. I enjoy my serving and think "ahh, that was nice, I need to save this for later". Actually, that's the star point right there. This is a "cheap" froyo yet I'm saving it for later. I'm not putting it off mind you, I'm saving it. I'm shocked how much I like this actually. Yes, it helps it's not tart, but I enjoyed this ten times more than the new B&J raspberry froyo.

I can't stress this enough but either you go fancy or you keep it simple. No, this isn't perfect, but when you factor in price, nutrition, flavor and texture all together, this one becomes a winner in my book. If they could make this stuff all natural there'd be no reason to buy anything else. Nice job on this.

Verdict?  I like it
Buy Again?  Yup

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (86g)
Servings Per Container    4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150from Fat 35
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g6%
- Sat Fat 2.5g13%
- Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 100mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g8%
- Dietary Fiber  0g0%
- Sugars 20g
Protein 4g

Vitamin A 4%Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 15%Iron 0%


Nick Rovo said...

I'm happy you enjoyed it man. Unlike you though I had no problem demolishing the pint=p

Dubba Scoops said...

thanks for the tip, I can't wait to break into the strawberry either tonight or tomorrow.

Nick Rovo said...

The last time I was there they only had vanilla left so I'm waiting for them to restock so I can try the blueberry pom one

2G1S said...

This sounds interesting, shame we can't get it here. You and I are definitely different in what we like in froyos: I love the tartness that says "this is YOGURT". To each their own, though. :)

Anonymous said...

I tried this and it was quite good, tasting like a pretty good quality ice cream, so I wondered how this is frozen greek yoghurt? The ingredients label doesn't help. There is nothing that suggests that there is yoghurt in here. The listed milk products (milk and cream) are not cultured. There is no identification of any bacillus necessary in making yoghurt. So, how about it, Hannaford? I know greek yogurt is all the rage now, but is there anything about this product that suggests that the it is honestly named?