|UPDATE: Now including the plain yoghurt|
Coconut milk yoghurts which don't break the bank! CoYo and Coconut Co brands have been on the market for several years but have stubbornly stayed eye-wateringly expensive. These yoghurts are in a different price bracket, so do they lose some of the magic?
There are four flavours in the range, plus a plain yoghurt. We picked up Strawberry and Peach & Passionfruit but there are also Raspberry and Coconut & Lemon flavours.
These coconut milk yoghurts are very unlike CoYo and Coconut Co yoghurts. While those are super thick and creamy, these are much more like conventional fruit yoghurts. These are much closer to Alpro soya yoghurts in taste and texture than anything else (which is a good thing!). They're still creamy, and they're super smooth too. They're also soya-free.
Both of the flavours we tried are delicious, and we don't doubt the other flavours are too. The Peach & Passionfruit flavour is well balanced and you can only just taste the background coconut flavour.
The Strawberry flavour is great too, in fact it tastes just like a good quality strawberry yoghurt, which it is! We couldn't taste the coconut with this one, but us vegans tend to eat lots of coconut products and do get 'acclimatised' to the taste...
UPDATE: Review of the plain yoghurt added:
The plain version of Koko coconut yoghurt is possibly the best plain non-dairy yoghurt on the market right now. It's not a thick greek-style yoghurt (like CoYo might be considered), but rather an everyday great-tasting smooth natural yoghurt. It's affordable too, which means you may well eat it every day (we only ever eat CoYo as a treat because of the steep price).
Unlike soya yoghurts, it doesn't need stirring first, as it has the perfect spoonable consistency. It should be noted that this is achieved with a starch thickener, rather than through straining (Koko yoghurt is low in protein as a result).
The gorgeous mild coconut flavour means you'll want to eat this straight from the pot, or poured over fruit, but this might just become our new favourite savoury accompaniment too. The coconut flavour means it goes well with curries and chillis as a cooling dressing.
KoKo Dairy Free Yoghurts are one of the most exciting arrivals in the dairy-free market for years. They're soya-free, which will appeal widely. They're affordable, in contrast to the established coconut brands. Best of all, they're really really good.
If you've ever eaten a really poor dairy-free yoghurt (we're looking at you Wot No Dairy) because you're also avoiding soya, salvation is here.
Veganoo Score: ★★★★★
KoKo Dairy Free Yoghurts
KoKo Dairy Free Yoghurts
The Good: Delicious and affordable
The Not-so-Good: Not yet widely available
Here are the ingredients panels from the packs we reviewed.
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