Posted by: theyogurtproject | July 17, 2010

WEEK 29 — Vacation time

Yes, it has been a slow July here at the Yogurt Project.  It is getting difficult to coordinate our lunch patterns, and now we are into vacation days…we may just have to change the style of some of our posts.  More to come…

Posted by: theyogurtproject | July 17, 2010

Week 28 — Day 1


Just watched the  movie Food, Inc. — I highly recommend it.  It just might change your life.

And there are some interesting interviews with the founder of Stoneyfield.  You may disagree with his philosophy — but I am ready to hop on board with him.  Go Stoneyfield!  Good stuff also on Polyface Farms.

Read your food labels.  Buy from the farmer’s market.

One of the many good things about The Yogurt Project — I am much more aware of the ingredients in my food.

Posted by: theyogurtproject | July 8, 2010

Week 27 — Day 1

Yet another visit to Red Mango…with guest bloggers…


I had the Madagascar vanilla, with chocolate chips.  Most excellent — maybe I am becoming a vanilla fan through my experiences here at the Yogurt Project!?!  The vanilla alone was quite good, and then I hit the chips at the bottom of the cup — perfect.

Bottom Line:  8.5 out of 10

(side note: met one of our devoted blog followers tonight — always nice to meet our fans!)

Blogger “M”:  had the Madagascar vanilla with fruity pebbles as a topping.  High marks for this combination!

Blogger “E”: had the original yogurt with blueberries.  The topping was not as good as the strawberries from a prior visit.  Not sweet enough.  Plus “E” wonders how Red Mango sweetens its yogurt — they claim not to use artificial sweeteners — but what do they use?

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 30, 2010

Week 26 – Day 2

More supplements.

Yogurt with granola.  We sampled a honey flavored granola.


I love granola in yogurt.  My only requirement is that there is a lot of granola added to the yogurt. I like having an even distribution of granola in every bite.  I love the crunch and sweetness and added texture that it adds to yogurt.  This is a winning combination in my book!

Bottom Line:  7 out of 10

Bill (with a startling confession to make):

Yes, it is true — I have never had granola before.  Is that as unusual as some people seem to claim?  I have had wheat germ, I have had Grape Nuts, but not granola.  Anyway, I thought the texture and overall “feel” of the granola was quite good, and probably a good complement to my Grape Nuts supplement.  I did not particularly like the honey flavor.  I will have to try some plain granola (which I assume does exist).

Bottom line on honey granola: 6 out of 10

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 28, 2010

Week 26 – Day 1

This week we are back to trying supplements in yogurt!

Today’s combination:  yogurt with blueberries.


I am not the biggest fan of blueberries so I think that skews my opinion.  I find blueberries to be too mushy in the yogurt.  I think strawberries are a better option for me if I am going to add fruit to yogurt.  That said, I like the idea of combining fruit with yogurt and making your own yogurt to limit sugar and stick to the basics.

Bottom Line:  5 out of 10.


The blueberries work for me.  I added it to the infamous Banilla yogurt, and the blueberries saved the day.  The Banilla yogurt was perhaps a few days past its prime, but the blueberries added some strong flavor, and which, in my mind, was not mushy at all.  As a side note, I have since had strawberry yogurt with blueberries, which also was a big hit with me.

Bottom line on blueberries:  8.5 out of 10

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 25, 2010

Week 25 – Day 3

A third trip to Red Mango.


I had the madagascar vanilla with kiwi.  The kiwi was a nice refreshing choice; however, the vanilla lacked as much flavor as I had anticipated.  I do like the tanginess of Red Mango and I do like the refreshing fruit toppings.  That said, the only actual yogurt flavors I have moderately liked are white peach (I tried a sample) and the tangomonium (far better than cocoa and vanilla).

Bottom Line:  I am not a Red Mango lover.  4 out of 10.


I had the blueberry frozen yogurt with chocolate chips (Ghiradelli chocolate, to be exact).   This combination worked well — but is it because anything would taste good with chocolate chips?  I guess there really was not a strong blueberry taste, but that was fine.  The texture of the yogurt is excellent, and the full combination made it a nice treat on a hot day.

Bottom Line:  7 out of 10

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 23, 2010

Week 25 – Day 2

Week 25 - Day 2

Week 25 - Day 2

Brand and Flavor:  Haagen Dazs – Vanilla Raspberry Swirl, Low fat frozen yogurt and sorbet

1 serving = 1/2 cup

160 calories (15 from fat), 1.5 grams fat, 25 grams sugar


This was terrible.  After my love of the Haagen Dazs vanilla, I had high hopes for this flavor that were immediately dashed.  The raspberry flavor tasted like cough syrup to me.  Not refreshing at all.  I would not buy or eat this yogurt again.

Bottom Line:  2 out of 10

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 22, 2010

Week 25 – Day 1

Week 25 - Day 1

Week 25 - Day 1

Brand and Flavor:  Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Frozen Yogurt, Minty Chocolate Chip

1 serving = 1/2 cup

140 calories (25 from fat), 2.5 grams fat, 21 grams sugar


This was below average for Stonyfield Farms.  I am starting to think that they should avoid frozen yogurt.  The flavor lacked mint and the yogurt left a chalky taste in my mouth.  The chocolate tasted a little off.  Certainly, this is not a terrible yogurt and I would eat it again; however, I have no interest in a future purchase.

Bottom Line:  4 out of 10


As a lover of chocolate, and of mint, I came away from this a very disappointed fellow.  Where was the taste?  If Stoneyfield thinks this was a minty flavor, they have another think coming.  The overall taste was…non-descript.  The texture was poor.  A complete waste.  Stay away from ice cream-like flavors, Stoneyfield.

Bottom Line:  3 out of 10


“M”, a summer intern:  Too much mint.  Bad taste.  4 out of 10

“A”, another summer intern:  Will never eat this again.

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 18, 2010

Week 24 – Day 3

Second Trip to Red Mango Frozen Yogurt store


I had a sample of the White Peach and should have stuck with the White Peach because it tasted quite good.  Instead, I tried cocoa with Newman’s chocolate cookies, as the Red Mango sign suggested.  This combo was verging on a yogurt disaster.  The cocoa yogurt did not seem to have any chocolate flavor.  The cookies could have been a nice accompaniment to a more choclatey yogurt; however, with this crummy underlying flavor, it did not taste very good.  I do not recommend the cocoa flavor to anyone!

Bottom Line:  2 out of 10


Sara can blame me for her bad experience, as I mentioned that I had the cocoa on a visit to Red Mango last night with my family.  But I do think it is a good idea to try the same flavors.  I agree with Sara, that the cocoa was not “chocolately”…though, to defend Red Mango, this was not chocolate, it was cocoa, so perhaps we should not have come in with strong chocolate expectations.  I had coconut with it, which was excellent.

Family members had the “original” yogurt.  They were tentative in their response at first, noting that the yogurt is a bit tangy.  But they warmed up to it (and enjoyed their fruit toppings)

Bottom Line for Cocoa with coconut flakes:  6 out of 10

Posted by: theyogurtproject | June 18, 2010

Week 24 – Day 2

Week 24 - Day 2

Week 24 - Day 2

Brand and Flavor:  Stonyfield Organic, BaNilla, Smooth and Creamy, Low Fat, Serving Size 1 cup

200 calories (20 from fat), 2.5 grams fat, 34 grams sugar

Sweetened with naturally milled organic sugar


This had a pretty intense banana flavor.  Like, really intense.  I liked this more than I thought I would, but I don’t think this is something I could eat on a regular basis.  Consistency was thinner than I would have liked.  Texture was fine.  Also, who thought the name BaNilla was a hit?  Stonyfield Farms — I expect more from you!


I was shocked — shocked, I say — by how much I liked this.  Could it be that my extremely low expectations overly influenced me?  Am I becoming a fan of vanilla?  The combination of flavors seemed to cancel out the flavors — it has more of a tangy taste than anything else.  I couldn’t really taste the banana, in stark contrast to Sara’s posting.  We can’t blame a one bad cup of yogurt for the big disconnect between Sara and me, since we ate from the same (very large) container donated by a summer intern.  The consistency was indeed a bit thin.

Bottom Line: 7 out of 10

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