New Formula! So Delicious has been diligently removing carrageenan from their products, based on consumer request, and the dairy free coconut milk yogurt alternatives have also received a face-lift.
For starters, we love the attractive and wide packaging of the new single-serve So Delicious coconut milk yogurt alternatives – they stack better in the refrigerator and make better bowls for adding granola and fruit. The thin, more eco-friendly lids also close up nicely if you only opt to eat a portion of the dairy-free coconut milk yogurt in one sitting. As for the updated recipe, well, our reviews became a bit more mixed based on the variety.
For some reason, it seems that carrageenan-free becomes more tricky when fruit, flavors and/or sweetener are added. The good news is, the Unsweetened cultured coconut milk has remained as creamy and versatile as ever.
It’s very smooth, even without stirring, and has a savory, slightly tangy flavor with just a slight touch of bitterness. The consistency is a wee bit runnier than most, but still thick enough to enjoy by the spoonful or in recipes. That said, I love how well it works in both sweet and savory recipes and how I can sweeten it as I please for breakfast or a snack. When I feel like keeping it sugar-free, it actually shines with just a few drops of pure stevia. The two compliment one another for a delicious heightened experience. But it also melds well with natural sweeteners like honey or agave nectar (for strictly vegan).
The Vanilla Unsweetened cultured coconut milk was close in smoothness, but it seems that hint of flavor does have a little effect on texture when carrageenan is removed. Even so, it is a great option for blending into smoothies.
However, things really start to go awry with the carrageenan-free So Delicious coconut milk yogurt formula when both sweetener and flavors are added. We first sampled the Vanilla, Raspberry, Strawberry and Strawberry Banana, all of which had a somewhat off-putting consistency. Even after stirring and stirring and stirring … each still had a somewhat lumpy, separated look.
I realize that looks can be deceiving, but indeed the texture was a little unpleasing to each of our tasters. It was a bit pudding-like in thickness, but without that nice creamy mouth feel. Just to verify that it wasn’t a batch issue, we waited several weeks and picked up another Strawberry So Delicious coconut milk yogurt at the store. Alas, it had the same consistency issues.
The flavors of the Raspberry, Strawberry and Strawberry Banana So Delicious Dairy Free coconut milk yogurt alternatives were voted as “okay” with a Yoplait-ish vibe. The Vanilla tasted a little “off” with a bit of bitterness rather than the pure vanilla sweetness our palates were expecting.
As for the nutritional value of So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Yogurt, it is stocked with several strains of probiotics, which include L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Rhamnosus, L. Acidophilus, Bif. Bifidum, and Bif. Animalis (love this name, and don’t worry, it’s vegan). It’s also got a little bit of enriching fat (mostly medium chain fatty acids from the coconut), and is fortified with goodies like calcium, magnesium, vitamin D2, and vitamin B12. Here again is where I prefer the Unsweetened version – it’s got a nice, bone-health balance of 20% each calcium, vitamin D AND magnesium. The flavored varieties are heavier in calcium and vitamin D (more like dairy yogurt or milk), but lack the support of plant-based magnesium.
Clearly, we’re still happy with those big tubs of Unsweetened So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Yogurt, and will continue to be customers of the brand for this one-of-a-kind product.
Certifications: So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Yogurt is Certified Vegan, Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Gluten Free, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Yogurt is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.