Have you seen the yogurt section at your local natural food grocer as of late? It’s being taken over by dairy-free options! And Coconut Dream Non-Dairy Yogurt is the latest to encroach on a former dairy-rich space.
Coconut Dream Non-Dairy Yogurt possesses many surprising similarities to those well-known Yoplait yogurts. The sugars, calories and low-fat nature are nearly spot on (sadly no protein though), and the smooth, creamy but light and slightly gelatin-y consistency (don’t worry, they’re vegan!) boasts a remarkable resemblance to its dairy-rich nemesis.
All of the flavors have a similar sweet vibe that is mild, pleasant and indulgent. They lacked the tang that makes yogurt so recognizable, but I found that a squeeze of fresh lemon perfected the taste and heightened the delicious notes. We did find them too sweet and high in sugars for the morning, but as probiotic-rich (4 strains: L. acidophilus, bifidobacterium lactis, S. Thermophilus, L. Delbrueckii), high calcium (25% of the RDA) desserts, they were a definite hit.
As for the individual flavors, the taste of the Plain was pure (tasted only of cane sugar with just mild hints of coconut and no funny sweeteners) but fell just a little flat. However, the Vanilla picked it up with a more well-rounded taste (see those nice little vanilla bean specks in the picture above!), and was my hands-down favorite. That said, the Raspberry (pictured above), Strawberry (pictured below) and Blueberry varieties were true to their respective fruit, and had dessert-like appeal, especially when paired with fresh fruit! I recommend these for making parfaits or even frozen dessert.
Certifications: Coconut Dream Non-Dairy Yogurt is Certified Kosher OU-D (it is dairy-free by ingredients, but dairy may be present on the lines – see our Understanding Kosher guide). It is labeled as gluten-free, vegan, and non-genetically engineered, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Coconut Dream Non-Dairy Yogurt is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the DREAM brand website at www.tastethedream.com.