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Culture Shock

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Having been on the culinary scene in one form or another for over 4,500 years, yogurt is a staple in many diets, and for good reason. All you have to do is watch tv for five minutes before being bombarded by the recent ads touting yogurt’s healthful bacteria and restorative properties. Beyond just the health benefits though, the uses and different varieties are endless, providing the backbone of many baked goods, cold soups, and even simple parfaits. The non-dairy version has been around for barely a fraction of the time as the original, but like a newborn modeling their older sibling, it has progressed rapidly to a more mature and delicious form.

The latest mutation of this vegan delight is made by Turtle Mountain, previously known solely for their decadent frozen desserts. Coming from such a sumptuous background, I naturally assumed that these newest offerings would share that level of luxury, a step above the standard cultured soy- And even with such high expectations, I wasn’t disappointed.

With five different flavors to choose from, this line is short but sweet.

Starting with Vanilla as a basic jumping-off point, I was impressed with this yogurt before the spoon ever reached my lips. A quick stir proved how thick and creamy the consistency was, far more substantial than any other brands I’ve encountered yet. This translated into a very rich mouth-feel, delivering a sophisticated bouquet of floral vanilla notes along with the faint, characteristic tang of yogurt. While some people may equate “vanilla” with “plain,” this concoction would prove them wrong! Good enough that I wasn’t tempted to add extra flavorings or toppings to it, this would undoubtedly be excellent to dip fresh fruit in as the warmer months progress.

Next up I chose Blueberry, my go-to variety when it comes to flavored yogurts. Lifting the lid, I discovered it was an alluring shade of purple/blue, concealing bits of berries scattered throughout. These chunks added some good texture, livening things up so that it didn’t become monotonous to shovel down. With an authentic blueberry flavor, albeit very sweet, it was breath of fresh air for my breakfast routine, and actually gave me a reason to be happy about waking up so early.

This was all just beating around the bush though, because the one flavor I was most interested in was the infamous Cinnamon Roll. After all, how could something be pastry-flavored? It sort of implies a certain texture and format, so I could only puzzle over how a baked good might be incarnated into a creamy soy product. Let me tell you, the answer (and taste) is surprisingly delicious. No kidding, this one blew my socks off! So sweet, creamy, and indulgent, with a strong overtone of cinnamon and almost buttery notes in the background, it’s hard to describe exactly how it all worked to create such a harmony of flavors, but it definitely does. Although it’s a bit over the top for a daily breakfast option, it’s a wonderful treat that I certainly would have trouble refusing.

Moving back into familiar territory, Raspberry was the next target on my hit list. A deep shade of pink that bordered on purple, it was an impressive reminder of how unnecessary synthetic coloring is when you use quality ingredients. Tart and tangy, the sweetness in this one was very nicely offset by the natural essence of raspberries. Turning up a few errant raspberry seeds every other spoonful or so, it was a nice reminder that it was the real deal in here, not some artificial chemical cocktail. Served with frozen berries on top, this is one unbeatable snack.

Finally, all that remained was Peach… Which, I must admit, I had been avoiding for as long as possible. You see, I have a rather tenuous relationship with peach-flavored things. For some reason, they just don’t usually strike my taste buds as a good thing, even though I don’t usually have a problem with the fresh fruit. Swallowing my fears along with a mound of yogurt, I noticed that this one was a bit grainer in texture than the previous choices. The pieces of fruit in there exacerbated that fact a bit, and some of them were even downright crunchy. Not my idea of a pleasing consistency! Over all, it was pleasant enough, but I would have to say it was my least favorite of the bunch. Of course, if you’re a diehard peach lover, this may be just your thing, so I wouldn’t write it off altogether.

So if you’re still lusting over those thicker styles or decadent flavors of dairy-based yogurts, a cup of So Delicious soy yogurt could be just the thing to sooth your cravings!

[Written for Go Dairy Free]

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

27 thoughts on “Culture Shock

  1. Glad to hear that all but the Peach flavor are “so delicious” (sorry, I couldn’t exist – you already know my sense of humor, haha).

    The title of your post is pure genius – you never cease to amaze me with your writing creativity!!!

  2. wow..here it’s not so easy to find something particular like these yogurth ..i’m not vegan but I’d love to taste them :-P
    Don’t call me stupid but I like also the package :-)
    Silvia

  3. Oh, my – cinnamon rolls?? I’m dreaming about it already, Hannah. :)

  4. I LOVE yogurt. This line sounds great. I keep waiting for a non-dairy yogurt company to come up with a great-tasting “Plain” flavor. That used to be one of my favorite breakfast options, mixed with granola, and I don’t think any soy company has gotten it right yet. The Plains I’ve tried are fine for baking, but not for eating alone… ANYWAY, this Cinnamon Bun flavor sounds quite amazing (as do the others)!

  5. Sorry. Cinnamon BUN, not Roll. ^ But I’d take either. :)

  6. Uhhhh… How did I get that wrong AGAIN? It’s too early for me to be commenting… Good grief. :( I better write that down so I get it right. CINNAMON ROLL!

  7. I tried these awhile back and thought the texture was a little to chunky for me, but loved the flavor. I only gave the cinnamon bun a try, so maybe I should branch out a bit. I also avoid peach flavored yogurt…. :-)

  8. Thanks for the review! I’m currently eating an O.K. soy yogurt but it is surely lacking in thickness! I will check these out soon! I just looked at the ingredients and was pleased to see the featured fruit as the second ingredient. I can’t wait to try them!

  9. Hi Hannah! Sorry we missed you at the Go Green Expo – We’ll be in NYC again soon though! That yogurt sounds pretty tasty .. Maybe I’ll try it out – the Cinnamon Roll flavor is tempting :)

  10. I have never tried so yogurt so far. Because few of my friends have said they taste more like pudding than yogurt. I wish Turtle Mountain made plain ones too.

  11. Thank you so much for this review! I’ve always been severely grossed out by soy yogurt, but I’ll be sure to give the Soy Delicious brand a chance. Now if only they could come out with vegan string cheese and cottage cheese, my life would be absolutely complete.

  12. Hey Hannah,
    Thanks for the fun review. I always love product reviews. I really like soy yogurts, as a treat, but I haven’t been able to find the So Delicious yogurts around these parts. I’m sure they’ll make an appearance some day. Peach is always one of my favorite flavors! Hopefully I’ll have a chance to taste for myself soon!

    :) Amey

  13. I tried the Cinnamon Bun one & whoa, it is sweet! Nice, but certainly not a breakfast item for most.

  14. Wow Hannah, your review wants me to run out and buy some! Hopefully they will carry this in my city soon! Thanks for the recommendation!

  15. I have been looking for these yogurts all over!! I LOVED yogurt before going vegan and ate it every single day (no exaggeration here), so finding a good non-dairy brand has been a goal for me. The ones I’ve tried always seem to be so thin and unappealing, so I’m super excited to here how much you liked the So Delicious yogurt and I shall continue my search!

  16. I’ve wanted to try So Delicious, but we only have yucky soy yogurt in Canada. =(

  17. I was never a big yogurt fan until recently. I need to try this soy kind to see if i like it b/c I’m thinking I am yogurt pickey or something

    teddy

  18. I had no idea So Delicious even made soy yogurt. I love their soy ice cream. Now I can’t wait to try their yogurts. Thanks for the cool review! :-)

  19. Cute title.

    I’ve tried these before, but never the cinna-bon….Must get some!

  20. yay! i am glad you got to experience this deliciousness! i am pretty addicted to the cinnamon bun flavor right now…it must be that damned sweet tooth! :)

  21. I saw an ad for those the other day! I don’t think they have them in Canada, or at least not at any of the markets I’ve gone to. I was most excited about the Cinnamon Roll flavor, too! I’m glad it tastes good, I was curious.

  22. I never tried soy yogurt cause i was just loved sweet yogurt as a dessert and my friends said it was disgusting with no flavor or texture or anything… but I LOVE ANYTHING SO DECADENT! they’ve recently gotten in their ice cream bars and mini ice cream sandwiches at my grocery and i’ve been downing them non-stop… and then forgetting to eat anything else… healthy i know but they are just irresistable… try the neopolitan mini ice cream sandwiches by them… it’s like a taste of everything yummy ever!

  23. I love the cinnamon bun flavor…it is awesome. I’ll have to grab some of the other flavors when I get a chance.

  24. Can I ask you how tangy these are? I never liked yogurt when I was not vegan because I found it too tangy with more of a bitter taste for me, no matter what flavor… How tangy/ bitter is this compared with regular yogurt?

    http://www.invitationfrom-gnewvegan.blogspot.com

  25. I can’t wait to have a chance to try those!

  26. I saw the cinnamon bun in a flyer with a coupon – I was and am super excited to try it! I LOVE SO Deliciious products :D

  27. I didn’t even know these existed… THANKS.

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