Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Heaven in a mouthful? Co-yo Coconut Yoghurt

Important update (21/02/18):

Due to a problem with a supplier, Co-yo has just announced a small amount of dairy has been found in one of their products. Please check out their Face Book page for further details, to see if any Co-yo you have bought has been affected. They have now cancelled this supplier.

Well, the inscription on the lid proclaims it: 'Heaven in a Mouthful'. Wow! That's  a bold statement isn't it? I actually didn't need that statement to persuade me to dive in. I've been after this stuff for a good few months now - ever since I got wind of it somewhere online. 

Thick and creamy - yum!
Originating, in Australia, I was overjoyed to discover that Co-yo  coconut milk yoghurt had made it over here, but getting hold of it has been somewhat trickier than I imagined!

No supermarket over here seems to sell it yet (now widely available see update below). Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose etc. you're missing a treat! Ocado doesn't have it listed... yet - I'm going to suggest this one! Goodness Direct had it listed, but it wasn't in stock when I ordered it. I finally got my hands on it the other day, however, when I paid a visit to the Whole Foods Market in Clapham Junction (there's another in Kensington).

They had four flavours, in stock: natural, mixed berry, pineapple and some kind of chocolate version. Now, if you know me well, you'll know how much I love chocolate, but on this occasion, I passed that over and (mindful of The Hub's wallet) I chose just the first two. This was partly because I wasn't sure that this much anticipated concoction was going to taste just as wonderful as it made out, and I didn't want to waste money on it if it wasn't up to much.

Having now sampled, in fact, demolished both tubs, I can report the following:

I thought it was delicious! It's one of the tastes I've been missing since going dairy free and I'm delighted to have found it.

If you like the flavour of natural yoghurt (and I do) this is the nearest I have come to it - bear in mind that I can't tolerate soya milk, so I've no idea whether there are any soya yoghurts out there that can compare. However, unlike many natural yoghurts, it is not quite as sour (good in my opinion) but every bit as creamy!! There is a hint of coconut in the flavour (not as obvious in the mixed berry flavour) more so, than in coconut milk, but I like the taste of coconut, so that's fine by me!

I enjoyed both flavours, but the mixed berry was my favourite - a fine layer of blueberries  and blackberries nestle at the bottom of the tub, under a thick blanket of coconut yoghurt. The sweetness tempers the tartness of the yoghurt really well, without being sickly, or cloying, in any way.

Now I know that many of you will be wanting to know, what's in it. The ingredients list is refreshingly short. It contains:

Coconut milk (98%)
Tapioca Starch
Vegan probiotic cultures

So, it's dairy free (therefore lactose free), soya free, gluten free and contains no added sugar. There are also no added flavours or colours, yet, if not actually my idea of 'Heaven in a Mouthful,' it does come pretty close!


I'm definitely going to get some more! However, at £1.99 for a tub (125 g) it is rather pricey, so I might not be eating it everyday!


Ocado does now sell Co-yo and it is now also sold in selected branches of Waitrose and Tesco!

Plain Co-yo also works great as a replacement for sour cream!

New Flavours: 
I've since tried the Chocolate flavour of Co-yo and I'm afraid I'm not a fan. I'm not sure how I expected it to taste, you may think differently, but it didn't work for me. 

I've also tried the Mango flavour. The layer of mango purée was fairly runny - it could perhaps have benefited from a few lumps of actual fruit, but... it was absolutely delicious! Will definitely buy that one again!

A new Morello Cherry flavour came to the market (see here), which I absolutely loved! Sadly I've only seen it in health food stores. I've not seen it recently and I miss it!

There's a new Vanilla flavour and a Salted Caramel flavour around, both yummy, but the vanilla is my fave!

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  1. Glad you managed to find this one. I have to say it's pleasant but nothing mind blowing I was a little disappointed by the tartness (not to mention the mould!). The company have written a lengthy email to me about the mould situation, apparently they are hoping to make changes which should help the problem.

    1. With all these things it's horses for courses, isn't it? Everyone's taste buds are different. I like quite tart tastes - I used to love lemon curd.

      I have to say, I think you were unlucky with the mould situation. Hope I don't get any like that, as I would definitely find it off-putting!

  2. Ooh sounds good- since choosing to go dairy free I've developed an intolerance to Soya- possibly from eating so much upon going dairy free who knows? Anyway was just wondering how healthy or unhealthy is this yogurt?

    1. Good question Meg! It depends what you mean by 'healthy' eg. low in fat/salt etc? I nearly included the nutritional values and then didn't! Obviously, I should have done so.

      I believe that coconut is fairly high in saturated fat but that it doesn't contain cholesterol.

      I know that it's recommended not to eat too much saturated fat - no more than 10% of your daily caloric intake (source American).

      The Co-yo natural yoghurt (per 100g)contains:
      1.4g protein
      15.2g fat (11.8g of that is saturated)
      4.9g carbohydrate
      0.8g sugar
      5mg salt
      0g fibre

      I'll leave you to decide whether it's healthy or not. I personally take an 'everything in moderation' approach and think that they're a bit expensive to eat everyday anyway. However, one here or there, as part of a balanced diet should be OK, I think.

      Hope that answers your question. If not, come back at me and I'll see what else I can dig up!

  3. Co-Yo is amazing! The raw chocolate flavour and the mango flavour are my favourites - mind you definitely a treat, otherwise I'd have to remortgage my house to afford them too often!!!!

  4. Have to say I'd like to try both of those! Particularly as I'm such a fan of chocolate!

    And yes, I agree - they're definitely a treat!