Müller Corner Yogurt, one of the many corner-compartment yogurts now on the market, comes with various toppings that you can flip into or dip with your yogurt. This June, Müller Corner Yogurt will be available at Costco in the Pacific Northwest. The Costco 12-pack retails for $9.99 and includes three varieties: Corner Strawberry, Corner Choco Balls, and Corner Caramelized Almonds.
Last week, the friendly folks at Müller (aka Quaker) shipped a big, fancy, refrigerated package to our house just so we could give you all a heads up! (I wish that I had taken pictures of the packaging – it was quite impressive, and let’s just say we won’t be running out of those little frozen gel packs any time soon.)
Before going on, it might be helpful to offer some reference for this review. We are definitely a yogurt eating household; however, our tastes diverge somewhat. Mr. B has a slightly sweeter tooth than I do when it comes to yogurt, and makes no room for the rustic feeling “Greek” varieties that are the current “It-Yogurt” of the day: he finds them too tart and the grainy texture off-putting. He is completely devoted to Tillamook yogurt, and any other yogurt he eats is measured against it. I, on the other hand, am more eclectic in my yogurt consumption: I like some of the milder Greek yogurts and much prefer a yogurt I can stir things into so that it doesn’t get too sweet.
With that in mind, we both thought that the base yogurt in the Müller Corner Yogurt was very good. It has a thick, creamy consistency, similar to Tillamook, and a bit thicker than Dannon or Yoplait, but not nearly as thick as a traditional Greek yogurt. It is, if anything, slightly on the sweeter side, and we both felt that the yogurt could easily be eaten by itself.
Of the three flavors we tried, Corner Strawberry was the clear overall winner in our household. All four of us thought it was tasty and very satisfying. The strawberry jam (or whatever it was) really tasted like strawberries (which is apparently not as easy as it might sound based on my experiences with store-bought strawberry jam) and there was enough in the little corner compartment for even the sweetest tooth in the house.
The other two flavors were met with differing reactions. I really liked the Corner Caramelized Almonds. They were just the right size, very crunchy and paired well with the yogurt. The second time I tried this variety, I made the “mistake” of flipping my almonds into my yogurt before I was ready to eat, so when I got to them fifteen minutes later, the caramelized coating on the almonds had weeped into my yogurt. I loved the way it flavored the yogurt and softened the almonds just slightly. Other reactions to the Caramelized Almonds varied: one daughter said it tasted like eating little pieces of gravel, while another compared it to eating Grapenuts in your yogurt (in a good way – we like that!).
The Corner Choco Balls earned the most conflicting responses. Initially, I was kind of put off by this one: it’s a little like eating tiny malt balls in my yogurt, and I generally do not like the “candy-yogurt” varieties much at all. But then when I changed my perspective and looked at this particular yogurt experience as a “snack” instead of breakfast or lunch item, it made a lot more sense, and it kind of grew on me. The girls both liked it too, but agreed that it was more of an afternoon snack than a meal choice.
Speaking of the teens, my girls are starting to kind of dig this “critical food review” jazz, and so they are becoming very particular and discriminating when we try a new product that they know I will be writing about. I am keenly aware of this, so I not only listen to what they say, but I observe what they do. In the case of Müller Corner Yogurt, the best endorsement I can give is that our whole case was gone in just a couple of days, while some other “corner-yogurt” that we had previously purchased is still sitting in our fridge.
The ingredient list is the only place I find issue with Müller Corner Yogurt. And Müller isn’t alone – the majority of mainstream yogurt makers feel as though they need to “improve” the product with thickeners and flavor enhancers. I wish they wouldn’t. All you need to make good yogurt is milk and yogurt cultures, and maybe a little something sweet to make it tasty. I know my little food blog here isn’t going to change anything in the yogurt-making world, but I wouldn’t be being honest if I didn’t say it is something about it in this review. Just something to be mindful of.
With summer coming on, it’s time to start thinking about stocking the fridge with healthy, satisfying snacks, and I think the product quality and price point at Costco combine to make Müller Corner Yogurt a solid choice.
If you’d like to try some before you buy some, Pacific Northwest area Costco’s will be handling out samples of Müller Corner Yogurt May 18 and 25th, and on June 11th and 25th.Disclosure: Müller Corner Yogurt (a Quaker company) provided me with one free 12-pack of yogurt for review. You may be assured that any opinions offered here on this blog are one hundred percent my own. For more information, please read my disclosure policy. ♥ Renée