REVIEW: Yoplait Dunkin’ Inspired Yogurt Flavors

Yoplait Dunkin Inspired Yogurt Flavors

What are Yoplait Dunkin’ Inspired Yogurts?

While Dunkin’ is busy trying to make its coffees taste like Girl Scout Cookies, Yoplait has decided to translate the popular breakfast chain’s signature flavors into its perfectly portable 6-ounce yogurt cups. Released as a pair of both Original and Whips varieties, Yoplait’s Limited Edition Dunkin’ Inspired Yogurts aim to keep America running without making a run to their nearest coffee shop.

How are they?

Boston Kreme Donut

Starting with the two entries into their Original line, Boston Kreme Donut was the flavor I dove into first. Yoplait was apparently trying to recreate the treat’s filling as this flavor tasted closest to the sweet custard innards of the famous pastry. Even so, the slight tartness at play here continually reminded me that I was eating a cup of yogurt rather than a delicious, fresh-out-of-the-fryer donut, and its total lack of a chocolate element left my donut desires feeling unfulfilled.

Yoplait Original Dunkin Boston Kreme Donut Yogurt

Purchased Price: 77 cents
Size: 6 oz. container
Purchased at: Food Lion
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 container) 160 calories, 15 calories from fat, 2 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of total carbohydrates, 24 grams of total sugars, and 6 grams of protein.

Apple Fritter

Standing as the second newly-inducted member into Yoplait’s Original lineup, Apple Fritter also fell a bit short of my expectations. With a vanilla yogurt base with apple chunks and cinnamon spice mixed in, this flavor more closely resembled Chobani’s Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt than it did any pastry. Although I found it tasty enough, I didn’t think this flavor was anything unique, and you could easily recreate it at home by mixing some apple pie filling into a cup of vanilla yogurt.

Yoplait Original Dunkin Apple Fritter Yogurt

Purchased Price: 77 cents
Size: 6 oz. container
Purchased at: Food Lion
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 container) 150 calories, 15 calories from fat, 2 gram of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligram of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of total carbohydrates, 20 grams of total sugars, and 6 grams of protein.

Coffee Cinnamon Roll

As the first of their Whips additions, Coffee Cinnamon Roll immediately piqued my interest. I like drinking coffee while I eat cinnamon rolls, but I don’t necessarily associate the two flavors together in one food. After trying this, I realized why. While coffee and cinnamon buns generally complement each other, they canceled each other out in this case, which resulted in a bland, unappetizing flavor that can only be described as cloying. The whipped texture didn’t do this variety any favors either and just made it even harder to notice this yogurt’s resemblance to its indulgent inspiration.

Yoplait Whips Dunkin Cinnamon Coffee Roll Yogurt

Purchased Price: 77 cents
Size: 6 oz. container
Purchased at: Food Lion
Rating: 4 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 container) 160 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of total fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of total carbohydrates, 23 grams of total sugars, and 5 grams of protein.

French Vanilla Latte

Also joining into Yoplait’s Whips collection, French Vanilla Latte was perhaps the flavor I was anticipating the most, especially after my spectacular experience last year with Baskin Robbin’s take on Dunkin’s French Vanilla Coffee. Just as I had hoped, this variety ended up being my favorite out of the bunch. The whipped, mousse-like texture worked well here and made the yogurt seem reminiscent of the frothed milk on top of an actual vanilla latte.

Yoplait Whips Dunkin French Vanilla Latte Yogurt

Purchased Price: 77 cents
Size: 6 oz. container
Purchased at: Food Lion
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 container) 160 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of total fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of total carbohydrates, 21 grams of total sugars, and 5 grams of protein.

Is there anything else you need to know?

Although yogurt may seem like a healthy way to start the day, buyer beware, because some of these have more or about the same amount of sugar as the breakfast items that inspired them. For example, the Boston Kreme yogurt contains seven more grams of sugar than Dunkin’s actual Boston Kreme Donut.

Conclusion:

Despite most of these yogurts being good enough, they aren’t going to take the place of stopping by Dunkin’ on the way to work. Instead, I see them as a being a handy way to ward off the 3 P.M. snack slump without making you leave your office.

REVIEW: Yoplait Go-Gurt Dunkers

Yoplait Go-Gurt Dunkers

Yoplait Go-Gurt Dunkers are the brand’s attempt to get children to eat more yogurt, which in turn will help them grow, build strong bones, and allow them to brag at school how they got this cool, new product instead of some passe tube yogurt.

I picked up two varieties —- vanilla yogurt with chocolate graham sticks and strawberry yogurt with honey graham sticks. Yes, they’re not the most creative flavor names for a product line named Dunkers. No Chilla Choco Vanilla or Slammin’ Graham Strawberry? Missed opportunity, Yoplait.

There’s also a cotton candy variety I was unable to obtain at my local Target, which is unfortunate because, of the three, it’s the one I wanted the most.

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Look, it’s yogurt and crackers. I imagine the dairy part is hard to mess up for Yoplait because, with decades of experience, it has yogurt down. It could make a decent batch of the stuff with its eyes closed, hands tied behind its back, and Gilbert Gottfried shouting obscenities at it. And that proof is in the pudding, I mean, yogurt. There aren’t any fruit chunks or vanilla bean specks floating in their respective ‘gurts, but they taste like what I’ve experienced with Yoplait. I know, not surprising.

Yoplait Go-Gurt Dunkers 4

So it really comes down to the crackers. They have a light sweetness that’s fine without dipping them into anything. The honey graham ones aren’t quite Honey Maid quality. They’re slightly blander, but it lets the strawberry stand out. As for the chocolate graham sticks, they have a light cocoa flavor that comes through a little when eating it with the vanilla yogurt.

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I imagine the most important question you might be asking yourself is: If I want to steal one from my kids, which one should I pilfer?

If I wanted to ensure my place in Hell and steal Yoplait Go-Gurt Dunkers from your kids, I’d go for the strawberry one. The vanilla one is just, well, too vanilla. If the chocolate sticks stood out more, it would be a different story.

Also, for a brief moment, the vanilla yogurt and chocolate graham tasted as if I was eating an old school Kraft cheese and crackers. You know, the ones that have the red stick to spread the cheese. For reals. It’s fleeting, but I was able to recreate that flavor a few more times.

If you’re trying to get your kids to eat yogurt, Yoplait’s Go-Gurt Dunkers are a tempting way to do so. Too bad General Mills and Mondelez couldn’t do some cross promotion and include Teddy Grahams. Oh wait, dunking Teddy Grahams head first into yogurt is too Salem-esque. Never mind.

Purchased Price: $4.79 each
Size: 4-pack (2.2 oz. trays)
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Strawberry)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Vanilla)
Nutrition Facts: (1 tray) Strawberry – 130 calories 2.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Vanilla – 120 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup

Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup

The Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup flavor is like dumping your good Halloween candy into Greek yogurt.

Or, to be more exact, it’s tiny peanut butter cups, tinier peanut butter oat clusters, and even tinier fudge coated peanuts you dump into chocolate and peanut butter-flavored low-fat Greek Yogurt.

Let’s start with the chocolate and peanut butter Greek yogurt base. If it was sold separately, I’d pick it up regularly to get my calcium, protein, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, bifidus, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus fix. It doesn’t have a strong flavor because the yogurt’s tang cuts through it like a chainsaw into a marshmallow. But it’s mild enough that eating it sans mix-ins was more than fine with me.

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But with that said, the mix-ins are what makes this Chobani Flip perhaps my GOAT. The peanut butter clusters and fudge-covered peanuts slightly amp up the sweet flavors and provide a little crunch. But they pale in comparison to what those tiny peanut butter cups do with the yogurt. They pack a punch that makes you forget there are other types of mix-ins. It’s as if I’m eating a peanut butter cup by itself that happened to get a little Greek yogurt on it.

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With this Chobani Flip variety, you can experience three different levels of chocolate and peanut butter goodness. There’s the yogurt by itself, which would be level one. Then there’s the yogurt with the PB clusters and fudge peanuts, which would be level two. Then there’s the yogurt with just the mini PB cups, which is several chocolatey and peanut buttery levels higher than the others.

All it takes is just one of those tiny PB cups to make a spoonful worthwhile. Unfortunately, there might not be enough of them in every container to make EVERY spoonful worthwhile.

In a nutshell, Peanut Butter Cup the best Chobani Flip flavor I’ve ever had. Although, that could be the sugar in the candy that goes into the Greek yogurt talking. This flavor better be around forever, because if it ever gets discontinued, I’ll eat a large tub of Yoplait Plain Yogurt in protest.

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: 5.3 oz. container
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein.

VIDEO REVIEW: Chobani Flip S’more S’mores Greek Yogurt

Purchased Price: $1.75
Size: 5.3 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Nutrition Facts: 180 calories, 40 calories from fat, 4.5 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 170 milligrams of potassium, 90 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt

Carrot yogurt makes me think of what an elderly Bugs Bunny would eat at a nursing home while saying, “Eh… What’s up, doc?” to actual doctors.

The Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation has low-fat sweet carrot yogurt. Some of you might find the idea of vegetable yogurt off-putting. But I’m here to tell you it’s not bad and it doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because of what you “flip” into the yogurt, which is a mixture of cinnamon glazed cake pieces, walnuts, and white chocolate chunks.

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt 2

The yogurt on its own is surprisingly pleasant. Your taste buds will know it’s carrot flavored, but then their follow-up thought will be something about how sweet the yogurt is. Think of it as candied carrot flavored. There are carrot bits floating in the yogurt, but once the mix-ins are added, you won’t even know they’re there.

The cinnamon glazed cake pieces, which let’s be honest aren’t really cake pieces because they’re crunchy, do a great job at making the carrot yogurt taste more like cinnamon yogurt.

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt 3

The walnuts were, um, there? I’ll be honest I forgot this had walnuts as I ate it. My photos show walnuts, but I guess their not-very-strong flavor got lost among the other mix-ins.

As for the white chocolate chunks, they add a creamy flavor that combined with the tang from the yogurt could be argued as “cream cheese frosting flavor.” They also add a different texture than the crunchy mix-ins.

But the yogurt as a whole doesn’t make me instantly think of carrot cake. It’s missing the other spices in the dessert. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say it’s like a cinnamon donut with cream cheese frosting. I mean, that still sounds great and Bugs Bunny would approve, but not quite carrot cake.

(Nutrition Facts – 200 calories 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of potassium, 75 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: 5.3 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Taste like a cinnamon donut with cream cheese frosting. Carrot yogurt is surprisingly pleasant. A number of textures. Tang of yogurt and white chocolate could be considered cream cheese frosting.
Cons: Doesn’t quite taste like carrot cake. The idea of vegetable yogurt might be weird to some. Walnuts were there, but not there.

QUICK YOGURT REVIEW: Yoplait Plenti Oatmeal Strawberry Greek Yogurt

Yoplait Plenti Oatmeal Strawberry Yogurt

Two things nutritionists might tell us we should eat more of are yogurt and oatmeal. Yoplait combined the two for their Plenti Oatmeal line.

After plunging my spoon into it, the first thing I noticed was how thick it was. Greek yogurt is usually thick, but the oats made it elementary school paste-like. It felt as if stirring would give my wrists a slight workout.

But, thankfully, there’s no need for stirring because the oats are swimming in the yogurt. This results in the oats being a little slimy and chewy. It’s slightly weird, and probably a deal breaker for many of you, but I like to tap into my inner Calvin and pretend I’m eating the eggs of an alien to save humanity.

The yogurt tastes like Yoplait strawberry yogurt, but the oats give it a slight starchiness. There are also several fruit chunks floating around. But they don’t do anything to enhance the strawberry flavor.

Nutritionists would say oatmeal is a good source of fiber, but Yoplait Plenti Oatmeal isn’t that great. It provides only two grams.

Overall, I liked this and, just like with the original Yoplait Plenti, I didn’t mind its texture. The amount of fiber is sad, but the oats make me feel I’m eating something substantial. For many of you the texture will turn you off and I completely understand. But if you enjoy strawberry Greek yogurt that’s feels like you’re chewing on alien eggs and paste, then you might like Yoplait’s Plenti Oatmeal Strawberry Greek Yogurt.

Yoplait Plenti Oatmeal Strawberry Yogurt 2

Purchased Price: $1.79*
Size: 5.5 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 180 calories, 20 calories from fat, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein, and 10% calcium.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.