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Nostalgic for French yogurt; seeking recs

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mmmmangos Apr 30, 2007 07:08 PM

I recently returned from a vacation in Paris, and I miss the aisles and aisles of delicious flavored yogurts as much as anything else. There were such fantastic flavor combos that I couldn't wait to eat some yogurt...in the U.S. I have to remind myself to eat it, like a vitamin. Flavored yogurt aficianados, what are your favorite brands, preferably gelatin-free? I have tried the La Speza, and it's delicious, but I'm bored of it. I don't care about fat content. I'm in Los Angeles, so if anyone knows of anything available locally, please tell!

And I know I could just flavor some good-quality Greek yogurt myself, but that's just not something I'd do on a weekday.

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: mmmmangos Apr 30, 2007 07:33 PM

    Speaking of Greek yogurt, TJ's carries single serving Greek-style yogurts in several flavors, including fig, and they also have an Italian yogurt that comes in little jars in a couple of unusual flavors. I've seen a Swiss brand called Emmi in upscale groceries that is more like French yogurt.

    But honestly, I flavor my own Greek yogurt. I use a good quality jam or marmalade and it takes two seconds to spoon a tablespoon into my plain yogurt. I keep several different flavors in the fridge at work (right now I have grapefruit, raspberry and tangerine) and honey, and I do it every day.

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      Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler May 12, 2007 05:09 PM

      I noticed at Trader Joe's today they have new line of yogurt "Coffeehouse" "European Style" lowfat yogurt. I bought the chocolate flavor and it's quite good: smooth and tangy, definitely not too sweet. There are no thickeners on the ingredient list, and it's sweetened with good old sugar. Actually, the ingredient list is pretty short: milk, cream, notfat milk, sugar, cocoa powder and four different cultures. There were a couple of flavors besides chocolate, but I don't remember what they were. Oops, just got to the bottom of mine and realized it needed to be stirred thoroughly, as there's a big band of chocolate at the bottom -- consider yourself warned!

    2. Amuse Bouches RE: mmmmangos May 1, 2007 10:19 AM

      It's not quite French yogurt, but it's more like french yogurt than dannon is. Try YoBaby - especially the pear flavor. It's sweeter than I remember french yogurt being, but very tasty and it has a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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        Jeserf RE: mmmmangos May 1, 2007 11:41 AM

        have you tried Emme swiss yogurt?

        i love the grapefruit flavor.

        1. jillp RE: mmmmangos May 1, 2007 06:31 PM

          I've become a devotee of Fage Greek yogurt, even though it is much more dense than the yogurt I had in Paris. I buy the plain stuff and add fruit to mine; this week it's rhubarb, an addition I first tried during a trip to Paris and became addicted to. Pears are also delicious, when they're in season. Most often, though, I have to buy unsweetened frozen fruit, such as wild blueberries, to add to my morning yogurt.

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            mmmmangos RE: mmmmangos May 2, 2007 07:31 AM

            Thanks for the recs. I didn't know Fage made flavored yogurts. I will give them a try! I've also never seen the Emme Swiss yogurt, but I'll hit some of the "upscale" grocery stores to see if I can find it. Ruth, the Italian yogurt at TJ's is excellent (try the Ginger & Cinnamon flavor), but I need some new options. I think I'll end up trying your jam suggestion.

            I'll keep an eye out for the YoBaby. One of my issues with most mass-market yogurts is that they add gelatin, which I avoid. The new Dannon Naturals has no gelatin, but it's unbearably sweet. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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              Amuse Bouches RE: mmmmangos May 7, 2007 04:44 PM

              Yo Baby is made by Stonyfield Farms, and it's all organic. No gelatin, but I checked the ingredients and it does have pectin. Still I think Greek yogurt is fantastic but a different beast from French yogurt, and this is a bit more like French yogurt. It may be too sweet for your tastes, though they did recently reduce the amount of sugar.

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              Produce Addict RE: mmmmangos May 2, 2007 08:56 AM

              My faves these days are Liberte (I prefer the 2% plain, but the full fat comes in great flavors and the low fat six grains is great too, especially the PEAR) and Wallaby

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                Jeserf RE: Produce Addict May 3, 2007 09:45 AM

                Wallaby is very nice

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                mmmmangos RE: mmmmangos May 2, 2007 08:24 PM

                er...in my original post, by "la Speza" I actually meant Spega yogurt in the little glass jars...sorry.

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                  JudiAU RE: mmmmangos May 3, 2007 08:56 AM

                  It isn't an everyday indulgence but have you sampled the housemade apricot yogurt at Clementine. Really good with a slight honey flavor, loose texture, and rich apricot flavor.

                  1. Monica RE: mmmmangos May 3, 2007 09:37 AM

                    My question is, why can't we make yogurts like the ones in Paris?
                    is it the milk?

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                      Jeters RE: Monica May 3, 2007 11:17 AM

                      yep.

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                        Ruth Lafler RE: Monica May 3, 2007 01:15 PM

                        I don't think it's that, I think it's just a stylistic difference -- most Americans like the firmer texture rather than the runnier European style. There are American yogurts in that style, like the Wallaby someone mentioned.

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                          Carb Lover RE: Ruth Lafler May 6, 2007 11:40 PM

                          I happen to be someone who much prefers the looser consistency over the thick style (eg, I don't care for Fage). My yogurt of choice is Straus whole milk. A bargain at Trader Joe's.

                      2. katkoupai RE: mmmmangos May 6, 2007 11:55 PM

                        This is what I would do. Buy a good Persian or Greek yogurt from an ethnic food market. I would personally recommend Byblos brand. Mix in some of Bonne Maman fruit conserve (basically, a French jam, available in most major supermarkets). St. Dalfour also makes a good all-fruit jam. I have been mixing olallieberry jam from Linn's in Cambria into my plain yogurt lately. It's quite good, and you can control the portions.

                        http://www.linnsfruitbin.com/category/8

                        You can buy Byblos yogurt from any Persian market. If not, just go with Mountain High from the regular store.

                        Once, I saw a friend mix Nutella and fresh banana into plain yogurt. I never tried it, but it could be good.

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