“ Brand: Rachel's Organic / Type: Yoghurts / Food quality: Organic food „
With its autographed stencilled pot to give it the 'personal touch' (as if you can be on first name terms with yoghurt anyway), Rachel's Organic Low Fat range is one of those products that quite smugly markets itself in the 'reassuringly expensive' bracket, normally retailing near the £2 mark and crammed at eye-level above all the safe, boring unflavoured yoghurt further down that is almost certainly much better for you. I can't believe that marketing types are still trying to pull this 'low fat' trick. Anyone with any sense knows that if you see the phrase 'low fat' it can nearly always be substituted for 'packed with sugar!' Rachel's Vanilla Yoghurt is no exception. A cursory glance at the nutritional table reveals that it is made up of a not-very-healthy 13% sugar. Just because something's calls itself low fat doesn't mean that it's healthy at all. Anyway, holier-than-thou sarcastic ranting aside it does taste quite nice, despite being a bit too sweet for me. For once something labelled vanilla does actually taste of vanilla pods, rather than being a byword for flavourless beige nothingness. It's thick and full of flavour, witha nice creamy texture and is quite moreish. I try to make sure there is always yoghurt in the fridge, but I only ever get this if it's on offer, or very rarely as a treat. It's quite good with chopped fruit of pretty much any variety (bananas and figs are my favourite), or poured on cereal for breakfast, but I wouldn't choose it as a staple over plain Greek yoghurt. Good for a treat every now and then
One thing I really do enjoy is yogurt though to be honest I stick to Yeo Valley ones most of the time as I just love it and it is made locally to where I live! However the other day I spotted this Rachel's one reduced from £1.65 to 45p in my local Tesco store and I bought it thinking it was a plain yogurt and later that evening mixed it up with mint to make minty yogurt to go with an Indian meal I cooked! I can't tell you how sick we all felt dipping our nan breads and dipping poppadums in this...its vanilla! Luckily though the whole tub wasn't wasted and I had put half back into my fridge and I enjoyed that the following morning with some fruit for my breakfast...without mint sauce in it too lol. The Packaging: The yogurt comes in a light cream plastic tub with yellow flowers on the front of it and also on the front of it we are told that it is Rachel' Organic Low Fat Vanilla Bio-Live Yogurt and that it is 'Even more delicious'. Information on the back of the tub includes being told a bit about the yogurt and the ingredients used as well as allergy advice, storage advice is also listed (once opened consume it within 3 days of opening it), the weight is given which is 450g and contact details for Rachel's Dairy ltd are given. Nice peel back lid to the top of it over a large hole and again on that we are told what it is etc. The Yogurt: Forget the fact I didn't read it was vanilla and made the most disgusting dip in history with it through my own stupidity....this is absolutely gorgeous, indulgent , smooth and creamy vanilla tasting yogurt. With no lumps in it and it being not too thick or runny this is a creamy yogurt with a sharp tang to it, a natural sweetness and lovely light taste of really beautiful vanilla that isn't too overpoweing but certinaly there. With less than 2% fat this is fantastic on its own, with fruit or cereal... the next one I buy I'm turning into a smoothie it really is simply delicious hence why at £1.65 a tub it isn't what I'd call cheap as well as the fact that this contains probiotic cultures meant to keep us healthy...and it still tastes amazing! Made with Madagascan Boubon Vanilla and Welsh Organic Milk this is aimply superb and just oozing quality and taste and I love it! Nutritional Information Per 100g (The Important Bits): Energy: 86Kcal Fat: 1.8g of which saturates: 1.1g Available in all good supermarkets etc and other flavours from this brand are also available.