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Oct 21, 2006 05:53 PM

Safeway/Von's Lucerne Yogurt?

Three questions:

1. What is your favorite flavor?
2. Why are all the good flavors light?
3. Is Lucerne sold anywhere but Safeway & Von's?

I like Lucerne Yogurt. It has less junk in it and tastes better than Dannon. For a major brand, IMO, it is one of the best. This doesn't include the boutique type yogurts. Better than Yoplait too.

I like they have seasonal flavors. I look forward to the pumpkin, though either you love it or hate it, it seems. One of my favorites is the spiced apple.

I get annoyed though that the more interesting flavors are light. I don't like the artificial sweetner taste. Tried Gingerbread, Caramel Apple and Chai latte. The Caramel Apple was the best and I'd be addicted if this was in the regular yogurt. The gingerbread was too medicinal and the Chai latte couldn't overcome the artificial sweetner taste.

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  1. to respond to #3, lucerne is safeway/von's house brand and is exclusive to those stores.

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    1. re: artemis

      In Texas, the Randall's chain, purchased by Safeway some years ago and headed downhill ever since, sells Lucerne. I don't personally care for Lucerne yogurt, but their nonfat cottage cheese has a creamier texture and better (not sour) flavor than other brands I've tried.

      1. re: zorra

        for what it's worth (i'm about 3 months late on this post)... the Lucerne, no salt added, cottage cheese tastes great with some berries and nuts folded into it. It has the creamy texture of which you speak, without the salty-ness. Tastes *almost* like a very lightly sweetened whipped cream, except for, you know, the cottage cheese lumps.

    2. Safeway used to have a very nice selection of flavored nonfat yogurts, but they discontinued all of the flavors except plain, vanilla, key lime and strawberry. My daughter will not forgive them for no longer carrying nonfat blueberry, her favorite since she was a baby, and I really miss the peach and the cherry. Every time we pass the yogurt aisle, Becky says something nasty about this or, at the very least, actually growls toward the shelves. I guess they figure that folks want low cal (or, rather, low carb) yogurt for dietary reasons. Thus they use Splenda instead of sugar in it and have absolutely ruined the taste. Yucchhh!!! But we've always liked no fat yogurt because it is much more tangy than either the 1 or 2 percent yogurt and we really miss the nonfat yogurt that was sweetened with sugar.

      1. In Chicago, we have Dominick's which is owned by Safeway, so has the Lucerne brand. I haven't tried it but after reading these posts, maybe I should.
        I also wish they would make a nonfat without an artificial sweetner. I would like the low fat but can't deal with the flavor of art sweetner. I don't know if it is the process of making the yogurt, but I've noticed with all brands, the nonfat with art sweetner always have some more interesting flavors while the low fat pretty much only has fruit flavors.

          1. rworange, are you sure that Lucerne has less 'junk' than Dannon?
            I'm looking for a plain, plain yogurt and am getting very annoyed because all producers except Dannon add some kind of thickener (pectin, careegenan, etc) that interferes with prep/cooking of some savory dishes. Yes, even the many middle eastern brands made around LA have thickeners. Yes, even Trader Joes. Grrrr.
            If Lucerne offers a PLAIN yogurt with No sugar or thickeners then I'll just have to visit Vons...

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            1. re: DiveFan

              I never get it plain. The only charm that Lucerne has for me is the different flavors. It is a little less solid than Dannon and less sugary. I wouldn't use it for cooking though.