So Delicious Greek-Style Almond Yogurt (DISCONTINUED)

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Product by:
Turtle Mountain
Version:
Strawberry, Blueberry, Vanilla, Plain
Price:
$2.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On November 20, 2012
Last modified:December 5, 2014

Summary:

Above and beyond, the perfectly creamy texture of this almond yogurt hits the sweet spot in flavor and nutrition. Almond milk fans may have a new favorite yogurt.

The official name of this product is Greek-Style So Delicious Dairy Free Cultured Almond Milk (whew!), but we’ll just call it almond yogurt for short. I’m a pretty new dairy-free yogurt fan. I’ve tried most of the brands over the years for Go Dairy Free, but it wasn’t until this year that these probiotic packers were regularly stocked in my kitchen. One of the reasons for my hesitance was added sugar.

The lactose (milk sugar) in dairy yogurt acts as the catalyst for probiotic growth, but dairy-free yogurt needs its own instigator. In most brands, sugar is added to encourage the probiotics. Though I have located a couple of unsweetened varieties, there aren’t any soy-free options sans added sweeteners on the market. So Delicious Almond Yogurt isn’t sugar-free, but it is lower in added sweeteners than most of the brands, and it’s soy-free. These two facts combined placed it on my radar.

And I have to admit, that touch of sweetness (from dried cane syrup and monk fruit extract) puts So Delicious almond yogurt in the “just sweet enough to enjoy on its own” range for my taste buds. In fact, I think I’ve found a new favorite yogurt! I sampled the:

So Delicious Dairy-Free Greek-Style Almond Yogurt - Review

Vanilla - Loved it! As an afternoon snack / treat that doesn’t set me up for a crash, this flavor hit the sweet spot. It generously hints at vanilla, and isn’t too almond-y (just some light nutty underpinnings). I’ve been enjoying it lately with pomegranate seeds (arils), and find myself scraping the container clean.

Strawberry – Delightful was the first word that came to mind. The lightly sweet, unique flavor is pleasant and quite easy to devour. Again, this isn’t as sweet as other types of strawberry dairy-free yogurt – the focus here is on subtle sweetness and that greek-style texture. I actually enjoyed this most with just a couple drops of stevia added to heighten the overall flavor.

Blueberry – Exactly like the strawberry almond yogurt but with … you guessed it … blueberry instead.

Plain – I don’t think I can quite describe the flavor of this unadorned yogurt. Simple, yet complex, the plain almond yogurt is a natural in recipes (uncooked ones, please – to preserve those probiotics!), and one that I’ve turned to for the lowest sugars (6 grams per container) and making fruit-sweetened smoothies. It begs for add-ins according to my taste buds, yet it’s versatility easily makes it one of my go-to’s. I even enjoy it as a topping for oatmeal apple crisp!

They also offer a chocolate variety, which I didn’t sample. Sorry! I’m not a chocolate yogurt fan, but if you are, you may want to scout that one out. Keep in mind that the almond yogurt flavors are unique. If you aren’t a fan of almond milk, then you may want to stick with So Delicious coconut yogurts. If, like me, you do adore almond milk and like yogurt on the “not too sweet” side, then this almond yogurt product line might be perfect for you.

As for the Greek-style texture, I couldn’t tell you how this almond yogurt compares to traditional Greek dairy yogurt, but what I can say is that it is incredibly smooth and creamy. The almond yogurt is also thicker, richer, and less gelatinized than most brands of dairy-free yogurt, sporting an almost pudding-like consistency. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would easily give So Delicious almond yogurt an 11 for texture!

So Delicious Dairy-Free Greek-Style Almond Yogurt - Review

While they do focus on creating a good tasting product, So Delicious never fails to go above and beyond the call of duty. Their dairy-free almond yogurt is:

  • Certified Kosher Parve
  • Certified by the Non-GMO Project
  • Certified Vegan
  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Fortified with pea and rice proteins (there are 6 to 7 grams of protein per container)
  • Enriched with prebiotics and 6 strains of probiotics: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Rhamnosus, L. Acidophilus, Bif. Bifidum, and Bif. Animalis (love this name, and don’t worry, it’s vegan)
  • Fortified with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 (one container has 30% of the RDA for each)
  • A “mini-meal” with 6g protein, 4g fat, and 6g fiber, but just 140 calories

I think my only request above and beyond all of this, is a truly unsweetened almond yogurt from So Delicious for even more versatility … and some coupons please! Yes, I’m demanding, I know.

Dietary Notes: So Delicious almond yogurt is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and soy-free by ingredients. The label on the almond yogurt products that I consumed stated, “We apply strict quality control measaures to prevent contamination of undeclared allergens.” Nonetheless, processes and ingredients are always subject to change. Check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you, and always, always, always read the label!

For More Product Information: Visit the So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

25 Comments

  1. Unfortunately they don’t sell the majority of the products So Delicious makes, in Canada. We only get a small selection of the large variety you can view on their american website. I would love to try so many of the products, including this one.
    But I think it will be many years before Canada has a bigger variety of the brand!

    • Hi Leanne,

      They are consistently adding new products up there (in fact I’ll be reposting on a product from them soon that is rolling out in Canada now!), and have a website specifically for Canadian products. It just takes longer to get approvals and packaging done I think.

  2. Stephanie Jensen on

    I have to agree with the people that didn’t like this. I just find store cultured almond milk to be grainy. The brand doesn’t matter. I like restaurant frozen cultured almond milk. For the store, I am sticking with cultured soymilk or coconut milk.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this product Stephanie. Yes, we have seriously mixed reviews here! It seems to happen a lot with yogurts, which vary by batch, but when I get the chance, I’m going to trial this one again, just to be sure they haven’t changed the formula. I trialed their new almond milk yogurt just recently (not greek-style) and we did find it to be a bit “starchy” in consistency (liked the flavors though) – unlike the the coconut milk yogurt.

  3. I’ve been macrobiotically oriented for more than 40 years and before that love regular then organic yogurts (Nancy’s Acidolphilus was my last favorite dairy yogurt back in the early 1970s)
    One of the great macrobiotic cooks in L.A. made a dairy-free yogurt that I loved back in the early 1980s that was fruit sweetened (no honey or evaporated sugar) but until a couple of years ago almost all sweetened yogurts where made of soy and sweetened with simple sugars until a company in Oregon produced a almond yogurt that was fruit sweetened and was quite delicious.
    For person with sensitive stomachs soy can be to dense or heavy whereas almond is just right and simple sugars are just too sweet whereas fruit sugar is just right. The company was called Cascade Fresh whose primary product was cow’s milk yogurt but they had either a subdivision or an independent contractor come in that started a line called Amande cultured almondmilk yogurt http://www.amandeyogurt.com/ and in some disagreement withe the plant owners shut down their production promising to relocate and start up production again and then when it was supposed to go back on line the public finds out that the dairy yogurt company shut down because it’s milk suppliers raised it’s prices too high for it to continue running it’s yogurt production facility so now it’s difficult to tell if the cultured almond yogurt will return to the marketplace by these producers.
    So far I can’t tell if there is anyone producing a similar in the world.
    A recipe for making our own would certainly be helpful.
    Thank you, very much.

  4. I’m really surprised you gave this a 5 star when I would give it only 1! It’s got a weird starchy texture and more of a brown rice taste instead of what I would expect with almond milk. Really disappointed with So Delicious for putting this on the shelves. I only tried it because Amande almond yogurt has had some manufacturing/distributing issues so has been MIA for a few months so when I saw this one I figured I’d give it a try. Maybe if I use it in a recipe it could work but definitely not to eat straight. Seems like I’m not the only one with that opinion either.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Your opinion here is totally welcome! I’m just wondering if you got a different batch though (I find this happens more with dairy-free yogurts – sometimes inconsistent). When I last trialed it, it was smooth and creamy, no starchy texture (I know what you mean about that, as I’ve noticed it with some brands). I’ll purchase again and do a side-by-side comparison with other brands (hopefully your favorite is back soon!). It should work well in a recipe.

    • You should try it again its really good and the best almond yogurt as it has 6 grams of protein unlike almond dream which has 1. Try the vanilla I like to add ground ginger and ground pumpkin seeds!

  5. I love almond milk, so i decided to give this a try. I had my boyfriend driving around his neighborhood in the Bronx, but to my surprise they have this @ my local Whole Foods.So, without hesitation, I opened up the yogurt, took a huge spoonful of it and I spit it out, it is gross!!

  6. I am from the UK, are these products available outside the USA? My little girl (age 4) is dairy, egg and soya allergic – I’d love for her to try these!

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  9. Wow! Now I need to try this yogurt. Great, informative post Alisa. I loved the tsk tsk about baking with yogurt :) My kids love a vanilla organic soy one, I’d love it if they tried and liked this one too! What is monks fruit?

  10. Thanks, I’ll have to try these! I don’t eat entirely dairy free but I like to vary my options. So far I haven’t found a great dairy free yogurt but I’ll give these a shot :)

  11. I don’t have to be dairy free but I have tried this yogurt and I am happy to report I liked it! Like you I have tried others in the ast that I have not cared for.

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