Let’s take a look at the new Apple, Carrot, Beetroot and Ginger Yogurt from Waitrose.
Delicious Magazine posted about these on Facebook at the end of January. Kev’s Snack Reviews posted a picture on Instagram a week later. Knowing I’d be dropping by the UK at some point in February I pinned these images somewhere in my food-clouded brain. Strange sounding new vegetable yogurts from Waitrose? Take my money!
Priced at 69p each or 2 for £1, this 125g pot comes in at 101 kcal per serving. First impressions are good. It’s got a beautiful bright pink colour, as well you might expect from something that contains 6% beetroot juice. As anyone who has ever touched the stuff, you’ll know the pink juice gets everywhere… and stays there. It also contains 6% apple purée and 6% carrot purée, flecking the yogurt itself with little slivers of vegetable.
After the lid comes off, things go a little downhill. The yogurt smells like apple juice with an earthy edge and that’s pretty much how it tasted. It’s mild though the aftertaste it left on my tongue wasn’t overly appealing. I’ve written in my notes “I’m not sure what it is, or if I much like it”, which pretty much sums up the experience of eating this yogurt. For all the flavours it apparently contains, the result is somehow watery and lacking impact. Apple is clear, I think the beetroot is adding the earthy note, but I’m not sure where the carrot and ginger went. The ingredients list “ginger powder” which I think is a mistake, real ginger here could have made a big difference.
Texture wise we’re not much better off. It feels artificially aerated, or at least lightened in some way. The yogurt doesn’t have the creamy rich mouthfeel I’d have hoped for. A quick check on the ingredients list tells me it does contain cornflour, which I’m not a huge fan of in my dairy produce as a rule.
I expected more, quite honestly. I finished the pot still wondering what it really tasted like… Earthy apple juice, I guess. I certainly wouldn’t want to buy the Apple, Carrot, Beetroot and Ginger Yogurt again. Curious about the Pineapple version lurking in the background? Full review of that one up tomorrow… Can it do any better?