Apparently there are even more names than this for the delicious milk culture, take your pick! In fact, we tend to take the wide range of yogurt and yogurt products for granted now, but I can remember when yogurt was an exotic treat. I found this advert for Ski Yogurt from 1967 on YouTube which would be around the time that I remember it first featuring in our fridge.
Yogurt or Yoghurt is now pretty ubiquitous and there are many different yogurt based products available that there should be something for everyone. Sadly, many of them are full of artificial sweeteners and flavours but natural flavours have made a bit of a come back recently. So I was pleased to receive a pack of Good Heavens drinking yogurts to try this week.
Each 250ml bottle contains 25% of an adults RDA and the yogurt drink is probiotic and low fat. They are completely natural, free from additives and packed with real fruit. My husband is a fan of drinking yogurts and has one every day, so his opinion on these is probably more valid than mine, here is what he said about the new Mediterranean-style 'Good Morning' drinking yogurt blended with finely milled oats and blueberry puree:
"It really tasted of blueberries and oats, blueberry porridge in a bottle, a satisfying start to the day."
I tried the Good Heavens luscious strawberry and it reminded me of those first yogurts we used to buy in the 1960s, they had real fruit and real sugar in them and tasted just like this. They were also much runnier than the yogurts we get now, so really very similar to drinking yogurt! Sadly for us, these lovely little bottles of fruity yogurt have only made it to stockists as far north as Stockport! You can see details of stockists on the Good Heavens website
Each bottle costs £1.79
I've been making my own yogurt since I was 15 years old. I started making it in a wide necked vacuum flask, moved on to one of those heated yogurt makers with the 6 little pots. We currently have an electric, one litre yogurt maker which we used to make the yogurt for our Bircher Muesli, but found that it was cheaper to buy the basic low fat yogurt in the supermarket and less chance of failure.
One sachet of Greek Yogurt Base costs £1.99 for 1kg (3 sachets for £5.49) from Yogurt Direct
Well-known brand of Greek Yogurt cost £2.39 for 500g
Supermarket own brand Greek Yogurt cost £1.75 for 1kg
I think this would be an ideal way to start making your own yogurt particularly if you eat a lot of it. It's easy to do and kids would enjoy seeing the liquid go in and the solid yogurt coming out the next day. In terms of price there isn't much in it, but the yogurt does taste more like the premium brand Greek Yogurt than the very bland supermarket own brand type. There are many different types of starter sachets and even some fruit squirts to add a fruit puree to the finished yogurt.