REVIEW: Yoplait Lactose Free 99% Fat Free Yogurt (Peach and Strawberry)

Yoplait Lactose Free 99% Fat Free Yogurt (Peach and Strawberry)

Being a hardcore fan takes dedication. It entails joining fan clubs, showing up whenever the thing you’re a fan of makes a public appearance, and devoting a huge portion of your week to enjoying whatever it is. Also a little bit of stalking. I believe the kids have created a delightful portmanteau for that kind of stalker fan: “Stan.”

But can one be a “stan” for a dairy product? I think I may qualify. I freaking love yogurt, man. I eat it every day. I have tried many brands, and I can say with confidence that I’ve settled on Yoplait as my brand of choice. Maybe it’s Yoplait’s high amount of sugar talking, but Yoplait is my jam. That’s not to say that fruit-flavored yogurts are my ultimate faves (see what I did there?) I have my old standbys: Vanilla, Boston Cream Pie, and Banana Cream Pie. These are the flavors that I can’t do without, the ones over which I will seriously get mad if my store hasn’t stocked them or if someone steals them from my fridge. And the stalking… Yes, I will do a drive-by of the dairy section just to see if my favorites are in stock, not even to buy them. I don’t leave scary notes declaring my love, but those little containers know what I’m thinking. They can see it in my steely, meaningful gaze of longing mixed with a touch of resentment.

Now Yoplait has provided a whole new product for me to obsess over by releasing lactose-free versions of the creamy goodness: Yoplait Lactose Free 99% Fat Free Yogurt. (Just in time for Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month! This is actually a thing. Can’t wait for the Hallmark product tie-ins… I’m thinking gassy teddy bears clutching milk bottles.) I’m not even sensitive to lactose, but I will buy this variety.

For now, Yoplait Lactose Free 99% Fat Free Yogurt only comes in Strawberry, Peach, Cherry, and French Vanilla flavors and not in delicious cake/pie flavors… but as a true stan, I don’t hate, I appreciate, and I will kick the faces of anyone who does otherwise. I decided to sample the Strawberry and Peach ones since those are the sweet flavors that got me through my toughest times in 3rd and 4th grade. OK, not really, but they were always on my after school snack list. Lactose Free Yoplait 99% Fat Free Yogurt boasts that it has 50 percent of your recommended daily value of calcium, so we’re off to a good start. Curious about the other ingredients, I read the label and saw that the only ingredients “not found in regular yogurt” were a lactase enzyme, Tricalcium phosphate and Vitamin D3. Interesting. It appears that the yogurt DOES have lactose, but it also contains an added enzyme to help break it down into nothing. But look, it’s a genius addition, and if anybody complains about it they’re just jealous. I’m going to have Vitamin D3 tattooed on my face so everyone will know I’m down with the Yoplait nutrients.

I was pleased to find that the enzyme did absolutely nothing to change the flavor of the Strawberry and Peach yogurts. Both were sweet and creamy and had a nice smooth texture. You seriously wouldn’t know whether you were eating regular yogurt or “lactose-free” yogurt if it weren’t for the stylish, bright green packaging that proudly proclaims the latter.

I’m sure all this is welcome news for those amongst us with lactose intolerance. Poor devils. Sure, alternative non-dairy yogurt exists — I’ve tried soy, but it’s just not the same. And it’s expensive. Those little beans can be so hard to milk. So now we have an alternative to the alternative. Works out fine because they’re just imitators of the Originator. And as the Yoplait stan that I am, it pains to me say that, price-wise, Yoplait Lactose Free is only slightly less expensive than the non-dairy brands. One thing to consider is that the label may have the word “Free” on it a lot, but the price is 90 cents, which is a little more than I’ve paid for regular or Light Yoplait yogurt in the past. On the bright side, if my insides decide they suddenly can’t process yogurt anymore then I’ll have a reason to keep living because there’s no replacing Yoplait. EVER.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 container (6 ounces) – Strawberry – 170 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, 15% vitamin A, 50% calcium, 50% vitamin D, and 4% iron. Peach – 170 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, 15% vitamin A, 50% calcium, 50% vitamin D, and 4% iron.)

Item: Yoplait Lactose Free 99% Fat Free Yogurt (Peach and Strawberry)
Price: 90 cents
Size: 6 ounces
Purchased at: Ralphs
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Peach)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Strawberry)

Pros: Yogurt stans. No lactose-related tummy aches. Provides 50% of recommended daily value of Calcium. Tastes like normal yogurt. Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month.
Cons: Gassy teddy bears. Stalking dairy. Slightly pricier than Yoplait Light and regular Yoplait. Lack of cake/pie flavors. Milking beans.

37 thoughts to “REVIEW: Yoplait Lactose Free 99% Fat Free Yogurt (Peach and Strawberry)”

  1. I am very lactose intolerant, I cannot eat regular yogurt. In
    Canada we have lactose free Yoplait and it tastes entirely different
    from the product here in the US. The Lactose free Yoplait In Canada
    has a lot less sugar and is creamier, delicious. I wrote to Yoplait
    here in the US last year and they told me that the US yogurt is the
    way Americans like it, 26 grams of sugar, there is no choice down
    here, Yoplait is the only one on the store shelves, more choices in
    Canada.

  2. I JUST FROZE LACTOSE FREE YOPLAIT ATE IT FROZEN & IT IS WONDERFUL, ICE CRYSTALS LIKE A POPCICLE BUT CREAMY TOO. PLEASE CUT BACK ON THE SUGAR, YOU ARE KILLING US. WE COULD EAT MORE YOGART IF LESS SUGAR. T

  3. I have been eating the lactose free Yoplait for several years and love it. I do not like the vanilla particularly and am ok with the strawberry which is hard to find. I love the cherry which disappeared about two weeks ago in all stores and only had the peach once in another section of the country. What gives?
    If I had access to peach and now cherry I would buy a lot more. I have asked but no one can give me an answer as to why peach is not available and now cherry has disappeared.

  4. I have tried the lactose fee and love it, but now I can’t find it in any stores. Would like to buy the product again, need to know where the closest store to my location. Zip code 33950 thank you

  5. I tried the strawberry lactose free yogurt and it made me very sick and gave me long bouts of diarrhea. I am lactose intolerant and a celiac as well. So I don’t know what’s in this yogurt to make me so sick but putting milk in something and adding acidophilus to make it lactose free makes no sense.

    1. I am lactose intolerant and cannot eat any yogurt but lactose-free. The problem is that the only flavors available here are Vanilla Yoplait which is terrible, peach which is ok but I am tired of it and years ago but not now, cherry which is wonderful. So at various Walmarts, the vanilla sits unsold and the peach occasionally appears. I have called Yoplait and they do not seem to care.

  6. I am lactose intolerant and can not find Yoplait lactose free yogurt at any of the Walmart stores in Charleston SC. The only Walmart that did carry the lactose free Yoplait yogurt was in Tanger Mall, but, they stop carrying it. I don’t know why because a lot of people were buying it. If you know where I can buy it, please let me know.

    1. My Walmarts have stopped carrying the vanilla or peach in lower Alabama but I found some today at a Winn-Dixie. I really miss my favorite, cherry and would eat it almost everyday if it were available. I do not understand because that flavor always sold out first when they did carry it.

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