REVIEW: Haagen-Dazs Cultured Creme

I wonder if Chobani influenced Häagen-Dazs to think outside of the freezer aisle. For years, Chobani was known as a yogurt company, but then it used its dairy knowledge to develop other products, like coffee creamers and cold brew. Häagen-Dazs has been known as an ice cream brand with a made-up name for decades. But now it’s using its dairy expertise to take up some space near Chobani’s turf with its new yogurt Cultured Crème.

They look like yogurt, and you will find them in the yogurt aisle, but the word “yogurt” doesn’t appear anywhere on the label. While traditional yogurt uses milk as the main ingredient, these use crème fraiche. According to General Mills, the product utilizes a fermentation process that is up to five times longer than traditional yogurt to create a thick, creamy texture reminiscent of ice cream. It also uses a unique blend of dairy cultures that offer a smoother taste experience, unlike the slightly sour flavor of traditional yogurt.

Currently, six flavors are available: Black Cherry, Blueberry, Coffee, Lemon, Strawberry, and Vanilla Bean. They come in four-ounce containers, which seem slightly stingy compared to the 5.3-ounce Chobani and six-ounce Yoplait containers.

The Blueberry, Strawberry, Black Cherry, and Lemon varieties mostly taste like yogurt I’ve had from other brands. However, something about them makes them slightly more enjoyable than any yogurt I’ve had. Is it the cane sugar or the use of actual fruit and fruit juices? I’m not sure. All four have fruit pieces in them, although I didn’t notice the pulp in the lemon one. Also, these are smoother tasting than Greek yogurt, but there’s still a noticeable tanginess.

While the tang isn’t weird with the fruity flavors, it’s odd and maybe slightly more noticeable in the Coffee variety, which is made using cold brewed coffee. Its taste is similar to coffee ice cream but with some tanginess. While I’m fine with it and think it’s a great flavor, I can taste how some folks might be turned off by it.

As you can see, I don’t dislike any of them, but I was surprised by my favorite of the bunch — vanilla bean.

It’s the best tasting vanilla product in the yogurt aisle I’ve ever had. There are vanilla bean specks throughout, and as it goes down my throat, it sometimes tastes like I’m eating vanilla ice cream. Also, the tang gives it a cheesecake-like flavor most of the time. Of the six flavors, it’s the one that tastes most like a dessert than something yogurt-like. I scraped the container’s sides with a spoon and licked the foil lid to get every bit of it. That’s how much I loved it.

With all that said, the name, Cultured Crème, confuses my gut microbiome. Does it contain live and active cultures? Unlike most yogurt, it doesn’t say it anywhere. So am I getting any health benefits while eating these, or are these just sugary desserts in the yogurt aisle? While I’m unsure if these are great for my digestive system, they do taste great and are worth trying.

Purchased Price: $2.00 each
Size: 4 oz containers
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Vanilla Bean), 7 out of 10 (all others)
Nutrition Facts: (1 container) Black Cherry – 190 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar (including 10 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein. Blueberry – 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of sugar (including 11 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein. Lemon – 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar (including 15 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein. Strawberry – 190 calories, 10 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar (including 11 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein. Coffee – 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar (including 13 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein. Vanilla Bean – 190 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of sugar (including 12 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

20 thoughts to “REVIEW: Haagen-Dazs Cultured Creme”

  1. My (bitter jaded) assumption is that by not calling it yogurt they get around label requirements. And since active cultures are considered a good thing desired by consumers, the fact that they don’t list them probably means they don’t have them. So by being with the yogurt then get the halo effect of being assumed to be just as healthy, but like you said are just desserts.

    So I guess the question is, are they good enough as a dessert to not care what they really are because they taste good regardless? Sounds like yes with the vanilla at least? Would you choose it from a dessert cart with other options based solely on taste?

    1. Take a look at the sugar in yogurt. Most brands of yogurt with fruit in it have About 26 g of sugar! I’ve seen it as high as 40 g. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see 16 g on Häagen-Dazs. I do wish they had live cultures though.

  2. These were found in the dessert area of the yogurt aisle along with the pudding and cheesecake cups, so I would say they’re definitely desserts.
    I think they’re delicious, but probably not worth buying instead of yogurt.

  3. The Sams club ingredients show it as kind of a dessert creme fraiche with no live cultures. Its NOT yogurt .

  4. I had the vanilla. It was delicious but tasted like a panna cotta or other kinda dessert- in fact my hub thought it was melted ice cream when I had him try a bite. I wouldn’t likely buy this again even though it was good, because the cals/sugar/fat you’re spending on this might be better used on real dessert.

  5. Had the vanilla bean best tasting yogurt or whatever it’s called I’ve ever had I am so glad I decided to try it. Just try it I would almost bet you will love it. I eat a gallon if they sold it like that. Please try you will thank me later.

  6. I tried the strawberry and added fresh strawberries. It was my dessert for dinner tonight. Very delicious! A lot of sugar but tasty! Very smooth texture and enjoyable!

  7. Fool me once. They positioned themselves in the “yogurt” section so unsuspecting fans would think they are buying a new good for your gut product. Let’s see the label….lots of carbs, no live cultures, 18g of sugar (coffee flavor), 200 calories. Why would I ever eat this instead of actual Haagen Dazs ice cream for the same nutritive values?

  8. Ingredients? It’s nice to know about the nutrition which isn’t even provided on the Haagen Daz site; however it would make the decision on whether or not to purchase knowing the ingredients. Guess I’ll have to wait and go to the store to find out.

  9. Delicious taste. Very creamy. I however thought it was to thin. Are they doing that on purpose to try to make us think of it like a yogurt? Or did they do it as an absolute for “cultured crème”. Since it’s so like a yougurt, to me, I’ll simply buy yogurt. Cheaper and more yogurt.

  10. I love this creme fraiche dessert. I’ve tried the coffee, strawberry, and blueberry. I make a blueberry/raspberry syrup using a little Splenda. I mix the berry syrup into it, scoop it into a parfait glass, and top it off with a little whipped topping … so elegant and delicious. I had something very similar at a B&B in Nova Scotia only it was topped off with a little granola. I think I had it for breakfast everyday ! YUM !!!

  11. Love all the flavors!! The last couple of weeks stores have been out of all of them. Store says there’s been a problem and can’t get them now. Would like to know why and when they’ll be available again.

  12. I love your yogurt but I went in to pick up some yesterday and the containers are smaller. And the price is the same.

  13. Lemme tell ya, I’ve shouted from the rooftops about this Creme Fraiche. It tastes like ice cream and yogurt had a baby. I’m not partial to blackberry or the coffee flavored one, i dont even want to try it, but The Lemon Whew Baby!!! the right amount of tartness to smoothness mmm mm good!!! The vanilla bean is literally Heaven Sent and the strawberry, well lets just say I’d def eat these as a dessert while i’m on my journey of healthy eating!!! Bery good job. I’d give 5 stars, but I am disappointed in how tiny they are. MAKE THEM BIGGER!!!! lol

  14. I absolutely love these yogurts, my favorite is the black cherry, vanilla bean and lemon. My favorite way to eat them is to freeze them asks eat for cold treat!! Good job!

  15. I buy the vanilla bean flavor and then add a teaspoon of whatever jam I have on hand. This allows me to have flavors not typically available in yogurt, like pineapple or fig, two of my favorite add-ins. The size is just right for breakfast or a snack in the evening. I do buy actual yogurt, as well, but for me, these are well worth keeping on hand.

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