March 17, 2006

Stonyfield Farm Organic Creme Caramel Low Fat Frozen Yogurt

In keeping with this week's junk food theme, I gave Stonyfield Farm's Organic Creme Caramel low fat frozen yogurt a try last night. Here at ReallyNatural, it's tough to follow a St. Patrick's theme this week as there's nothing natural about green food coloring, and I'm not sure how enlightening it would be to review frozen peas and spinach. But I'll bet there's a heck of a market for organic green beer!

The one thing you'll notice right away about this product is that it is very, very sweet. The yogurt itself is caramel flavored, and there are caramel swirls throughout. This gives it a very rich, yet slightly overwhelming, taste. Don't eat this unless you're really enthusiastic about caramel. I think it'd be great as a complement to a fruit tart or apple pie, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again to eat straight up. (Note: the only picture I could find on the Stonyfield site was of the ice cream version--the low fat yogurt has a blue top.)

In terms of texture, it has the consistency typical of a good high-quality frozen yogurt. It ain't ice cream, but that's a trade-off I'm willing to make considering the inordinate amount of fat in regular hard ice cream. Check out this article if you want to know the staggering truth about how many calories and fat grams you're getting with a typical ice cream shop concoction. (Warning: it's depressing reading, as indicated by the title: "Ice cream shops serving coronaries in cones." Personally I wish I'd remained blissfully ignorant!)

That said, this frozen yogurt is low fat and organic, but it still packs a good 25 grams of sugar per serving. And who really eats a 1/2 cup (1/4 cup of the pint) serving? (C'mon, I know I'm not the only one!) As Mikko said earlier this week, these types of organic or "natural" foods are fine when viewed as what they really are: a treat that should be indulged in sparingly.

Stonyfield carries a wide line of low fat, non-fat and full fat organic ice cream and yogurt products including Javalanche, Minty Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Raspberry Swirl, and an ice cream version of Creme Caramel. For the full line, including nutritional information, click here.

About Stonyfield Farm: Long-time makers of all natural and organic yogurts, Stonyfield's products are found in supermarkets and health food stores around the country. The company was founded in 1983 in Wilton, New Hampshire, and began as an organic farming school. They are now majority owned by Group Danone, a large consumer foods company based in France. The so-called "CE-Yo" of Stonyfield apparently manages the company independently and retains majority control of the board. The company still donates 10% of its profits to environmental causes.

Stonyfield Farm Organic Creme Caramel Low Fat Frozen Yogurt ingredients: Cultured pasteurized organic nonfat milk, caramel swirl (naturally milled organic sugar, organic nonfat milk, organic cream, pectin, salt, organic vanilla flavor, baking soda, natural flavor), naturally milled organic sugar, organic rice syrup, whey protein concentrate, organic nonfat milk, organic cream, natural flavor, salt, organic vanilla flavor, carob bean gum, guar gum.

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