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missing yogurt

I love real yogurt. I remember when Yoplait and Dannon tasted like yogurt, now they taste like candy. I usually pack it for breakfast or lunch, but I will stop since I can't find any that does not include High Fructose Corn Syrup. The last batch I got - sweetened with Splenda (Yoplait) ALSO includes High Fructose Corn Syrup! It seems so pointless. And pretty much all of it is fat free. Why? If I'm buying a dairy product, I want it to be a dairy product. Now Yoplait "thick and creamy" has corn starch even. So what is it now? a custard? A paste? It is actually just gross.

I don't have a whole foods or wild oats or anything around here, I'm stuck with the general brands, so short of making it myself, I guess I just have to give it up. Just whining, sorry.

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  1. Here in Philadelphia, we are lucky to have access to all the Lancaster County amish-produced dairy products.

    "Pequa Valley Farms" full-fat yogurt is fantastic. Layer of cream on top. The plain is double-thick like Greek-style yogurt. The fruit ones are pretty sweet, but at least made with sugar rather than corn syrup.

    1. Not sure where you are, but I always get plain low-fat yogurt, usually Too Good to Be True or brands that I've found in the "health food" section that tend to be organic. Can't remember names, but generally plain yogurt is better quality, no additives and then you can add your own fruit if you want. Much tastier and better for you.

      Also, there was a thread on here recently about how easy yogurt is to make yourself. I might try that one day.

      1. I don't know if Astro is a brand found outside Canada, but it is superb and, here in Toronto, it is far better than the Dannon-Yoplait muck that is on offer.

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        1. re: LJS

          Astro is good. But, I think it is just Canada. But, I don't know.

          However, my absolute favorite is Liberty Organic yogurt. The Rasberry and the Mango/Apricot are particularly good -- and I'm usually the type that likes to buy plain and flavour it myself. It is available at Big Carrot (a local health food store here in Toronto) and also at Loblaws (the major nation-wide grocery chain). If it is made on a scale of production for Loblaws, maybe its available south of the border? I don't know though.

          I think you should try an ethnic grocer or two. My local indian grocer carries a local dairy's yogurt (Hewitt's) which is top notch and availble in full fat. I've only seen Hewitt's a few other places (Big Carrot included). Therefore, I would think that maybe your local ethnic shop might also carry your local dairy's yogurt. There are a lot of cuisines that absolutely need yogurt and I'm sure there is someone making stuff acceptable to that community.

          1. re: Atahualpa

            I love Liberty's maple flavour. They even carry it at the Pape/Danforth IGA now. They do have it at Whole Foods in Toronto.

            1. re: Atahualpa

              The Liberte Mango/Apricot is definitely one of my favourites, I've found I can get it in other major supermarkets in the Toronto area as well. It's the closest I can get to Mango yogurt I loved in France.

          2. Look for Greek style yogurt. Trader Joe carries it, but I'm not sure if it's reached the general supermarkets or not. You can get it from whole milk to fat free. I buy mine from a Middle Eastern grocer. It's real yogurt, the old-fashioned kind with less water than regular yogurt and no added junk.

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            1. re: cheryl_h

              Keep buying yours from your local Middle Eastern grocer. I bought some TJ's "Greek Style" last weekend. After I got past the now all-too-common TJ's spoilage issue (mold growing under the cap) I had to face the quality issue - the texture was more like cottage cheese. Ick. I'll be starting a separate anti-TJ's rant on the midwest boards in the next day or so.

              1. re: Loren3

                This must be a regional or store-specific thing. I've never had any spoiled products at my local Trader Joe's. In the San Francisco area their Greek-style yogurt is good and the price is unbeatable.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  The dairy is uneven at the stores in the LA area... the Studio City one is good, the Toluca Lake one... not so good.

            2. Are there any Greek stores in your area?