I think it’s safe to say that CoYo Coconut Milk Yogurt is like no other on the market. The taste is unique and versatile, the texture is intensely creamy, and as you may quickly discover, the label is a bit of a shocker.
Though I’m an avid label reader, I usually stick to the ingredients (just a handful of all-natural foods in CoYo – thumbs up) and the sugar count (CoYo keeps it low – two big thumbs up). But it was hard to miss the super-high fat content and calorie count (about 400 per serving!). I mention it upfront as most of us aren’t used to such rich everyday foods, but I think it’s time to make an exception with CoYo.
Granted, CoYo Coconut Milk Yogurt was a little too luxurious for me to down in one sitting, but that makes it all the more attractive. One “single-serve” cup lasted me two, maybe even three, days and was amazing when paired with fresh fruit, crisp, cereal, enjoyed parfait style, or even used as a condiment! The price of CoYo is steeper than I could justify for a daily yogurt, but as a rich, low-sugar topper or thick, nutritious add-in, it’s worth it (in my humble opinion).
Why is CoYo so decadent? They use straight up, awesome, rich, raw, coconut cream as the base. A mouthful may be a little much (as noted on their packaging), but heaven it certainly is. I taste-tested the following flavors of CoYo:
Natural – Loved, loved, loved it! There was virtually no sweetness, but this wonderfully earthy, perfectly soured (a little tart, but more sour) flavor was like a healthy, creamy, blank canvas. It is easily sweetened to perfection (even tastes a smidgen like cheesecake!) with just a few drops of vanilla stevia. Or it can be left plain to compliment ripe fresh fruit, for flavor and thickening in salad dressing or sauces, or as as a stand-in topper when something such as sour cream or an unsweetened heavy whipped cream is needed.
Mixed Berry – If you are used to Yoplait-sweet fruit yogurts, then CoYo’s Mixed Berry may be an initial shock. It has just a touch of mild sweetness from the natural berry goodness. The flavor shines with a drizzle of honey or a few drops of stevia, but once your taste buds adjust, it is pleasant on its own.
Mango – This flavor was very similar to the Mixed Berry for me. I mean, it was indeed mango rather than mixed berry, but had the similar level of very, very mild fruitiness with a low sugar taste. While I liked both with a few drops of stevia and when served with fruit and granola, the Natural is still my first love, and the one I would reach for in stores.
Raw Chocolate – I’ve never been much of a chocolate yogurt fan. Soured cocoa just isn’t my thing. But, I did enjoy this flavor when lightly sweetened (honey or stevia) and served with fresh berries and some added dark chocolate (because, why not?). The raw chocolate CoYo is more creamy and bitter than sweet, but overall pretty mild in taste. I think with the right cacao loving crowd, this one would be a big hit.
To note, CoYo is a premixed premium coconut milk dairy-free yogurt in the U.S.; in Australia and the U.K they sell fruit-on-the-bottom. As of 2014, it’s new to the U.S. and picking up steam in stores. They are selling it in multi-serve tubs (pictured at top) and single-serve (below).
Certifications: Coyo Coconut Milk Yogurt is listed as gluten-free and vegan on their website, but I didn’t spot any certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Coyo Coconut Milk Yogurt is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, 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.