Noosa Yoghurt has hit it out of the dairy case again. It's scored a home run with several new products and a new concept.
But before I wax poetic (again) about my favorite brand of creamy, good-for-you yogurt, let me go on record: I do not own stock in the company. I'm just an over-the-moon fan of its products.
For starters, Noosa's yogurts are not cloyingly sweet, as many other brands tend to be. A brand-new Palisade peach yogurt, only available in Colorado and for a limited time, is a good example.
The tart, creamy concoction has tasty chunks of our state's queen of fruit mixed in. There's a little sweet syrup, but the fruit sings out its signature peachiness. You can find it at King Soopers, Whole Foods Market and Target until the end of summer.
While you're at the store, look around for the company's other new additions: Noosa Mates, a 5.5-ounce container of yogurt topped with another container (or mate) of crunchy mix-ins. They're like mix-ins for ice cream and come in five flavors:
- Coconut almond chocolate: coconut yogurt with mates of toasted coconut, almond slivers and Guittard chocolate chips
- Banana chocolate peanut: banana yogurt with crunchy banana chips, Guittard chocolate chips and salted peanuts
- Honey cranberry almond: honey yogurt with a combination of granola, cranberries, roasted almonds and pepitas
- Honey pretzel peanut: honey yogurt with salted pretzels, honey-roasted peanuts and Guittard chocolate chips
- Maple ginger: plain yogurt sweetened with pure maple syrup and topped with granola, candied ginger and gingersnap crumbles
Much to my surprise, my favorite is the honey cranberry almond. I'm usually not a fan of granola - most of the stuff is way too sweet - but in this case, it's not, and it lends a nice crunchy texture. The other flavors are good, too, also without being overly sweet. Other yogurt brands offer similar concepts, but their "mates" (the sugary stir-ins or dippers) overpower the yogurt. Noosa has tasty combinations in well-balanced proportions.
The other big news in Noosa's world is a concept I love: a build-your-own yogurt bar. The first one opened at the new King Soopers in Broomfield. You can select plain, honey or vanilla yogurt as the base. Then you choose from an array of toppings, sweet and savory.
A couple of savory selections got my attention. One was a Middle Eastern number: plain yogurt topped with za'atar (a Middle Eastern herb), marinated chickpeas, olives, roasted red peppers, olive oil and pita chips. It was a delightfully interesting twist. The other had a Mexican flair: plain yogurt topped with avocado, tomato crudo (Italian for "uncooked," referring to raw food), black pepper, olive oil and tortilla chips.
The company is testing the concept, which I think will be a hit. In the meantime, enjoy the Palisade peach option and Noosa Mates.