You see, Yoplait has come out swinging hard. Oh sure, TCBY broke out before summer with their introduction into the freezer aisle, but this didn't really shock me as much as this did because they are boldly attacking both the froyo and Greek froyo trend at the same time. I don't think anyone else has tried that yet, at least not in my neck of the woods.
Now, there is one strange thing I should mention before we proceed. Yoplait isn't really talking about these new products yet. There is no mention of it on their website yet, though I did find this lone September 16th facebook post that mentions 7 pints + 2 bars of froyo & 7 pints + 2 bars of greek froyo - they don't specifically list the flavors though, so let me do it for them:
Regular Froyo Bars in Harvest Peach and Strawberry Banana.
Greek Froyo Bars in Honey Caramel and Raspberry.
That's a pretty impressive lineup if you ask me. There's nothing funny either like chocolate or cookie dough, these are all very much Yoplait's standard flavors just in frozen form (yes, Yoplait does play around a bit with their light flavors, but I'm not seeing that here in the frozen section).
Oh yeah, notice that these are 16oz PINTS, not 14oz faux pints, so you get four full servings --- hahahaha, they are made by Blue Bunny! very cool. Let's see what our friends from Iowa have in store for us.
Update #1: Marvo found a small homepage for these new flavors.
Update #2: 10/3/12 - Nick noticed the real homepage is up now.
Let's get ready to rumble!
I take my first bite of the original and it doesn't taste nearly as strong as it smells. There is definitely a bit of a yogurt taste, but not tangy yogurt. I really expected the flavor to be stronger like their regular yogurt. It's a bit icy/non-creamy, but it's also somewhat airy and not dense so we are doing ok overall. Actually, now that I think about it, I guess it is vaguely reminiscent of Blue Bunny's naturally froyo line, but definitely not identical.
Overall this is decent product. It's no ice cream, but the healthy nutritional info is such that I could easily justify it's freezer presence, I just wish it was more flavorful. Original Verdict? Decent
ok, going greek ---- wish me luck --- oh this one is so white ---- man up Dubba --- holy freholy that's solid. The regular was easy to scoop, but the double protein of this one apparently makes it very strong...
HAHAHAHA, now that's a tough froyo - it holding up it's own spoon!
Oh yeah, that's a weird first impression! It's almost got the consistency of very chilled cannoli filling, plus there is no strawberry flavor to boot. Let me try another scoop. I'm not getting nailed by a tang, but wow, talk about a wacky texture. It's almost frozen butter like? There is very little air in this one... oh, wait, did i just get some tang, yeah, a bit. I was aiming for the strawberry swirl and apparently I missed.
As the Greek sits out, the texture does get a bit more normal. As the regular sits out (for too long), it becomes very soft. The original vs Greek thing is not a gimmick here to drive sales. These products are very different. I'm shocked really at how dissimilar they are. If you disguised the pints, not in a million years would I think these two buggers were sharing a freezer shelf together. Now I'm not saying this is a bad marketing strategy, it's just really weird experiencing first hand.
So I definitely wasn't expecting that. I mean, part of me was since Greek yogurt tends to be thicker, but trying to compare those two side by side is alot of froyo for one blogger. I'm literally on froyo overload .... yeah, I just washed those two down with a big handful of pretzels.
So who's our showdown winner? The Original ofcourse. It's lighter fare but it makes me want to try all the other original flavors in hopes of finding the perfect one. The Greek? Well, its funky and healthy enough that I will try another pint at some point over the next few months, but it'll be a calculated decision before I do, it won't be a free for all of just buying all the pints.
Alright, have a good night, and thanks to Nick for the "Saturday Showdown" moniker, without it, I would have been up 'til midnight trying to get this fight posted.