I got a coupon for a free Ripple Greek Yogurt from MyMagazine Sharing Network.
Ripple Greek Yogurt is a dairy free alternative to traditional Greek yogurt. They boast 12g of plant-based protein, active cultures and a “thick, rich texture.”
I chose the Strawberry variety, which retails for $1.99 at my local Kroger. This non-dairy yogurt is vegan, soy and gluten-free.
Prior to going vegan, I didn’t consume a whole lot of yogurt, so finding a vegan alternative has not been particularly important to me. However, I do occasionally cook with yogurt and I’ve had the opportunity to try out a couple other brands for free and I didn’t like either of them, so I was hopeful for this one.
Unfortunately, things did not get off to a good start with this product. The package looks great, but when I opened it up, I was treated to a watery, somewhat weirdly brown looking product.
A lot of yogurts don’t look all that appetizing when you first open them up, so I gave it a stir and it did look better, though still a somewhat off-putting color.
I have to admit, not knowing whether this yogurt was supposed to be brown or not made me a bit concerned about putting it in my mouth, but I worked up my courage and did it anyway.
The good news is that the texture was very comparable to a traditional Greek yogurt. They delivered on the “thick and rich” part of the promise. The bad news was that, for me, this was the worst tasting of the non-dairy yogurts I have tried so far.
The Ripple yogurt had that same almost chalky flavor as the almond and soy based yogurts I have sampled. It also had a very in your face tang to it, that some people may enjoy, but just increased my fear that this brown yogurt might not be entirely not-spoiled. It was in date and everything, so I think that’s probably just how it tastes. In any case, I took a second bite to make sure I wasn’t just having a fear reaction to the weird color and then tossed the rest. Definitely not for me.
As with anything, taste buds vary, so I’d encourage anyone who is interested to give this a try for themselves, but the search for an acceptable non-dairy yogurt will continue for me.