One of the remarkable things inside a French supermarket is the yogurt aisle. It is gargantuan with its shelves upon shelves of yogurt. Endless rows and rows of the creamy stuff; I’m not kidding. It’s enough to make you dizzy. Only second to the cheese selection, it is pretty intimidating. You’ll find so many different kinds of yogurt, you might not know where to begin. You many never even have enough time to try them all. Would you want to? There could even be as many different kinds of yogurts as there are cheeses in France; I haven’t counted.
What I do know, unfortunately, is that I’ve tasted some nasty yogurt in France during my long search for a perfect yogurt. Have you tried some that have a gamey aftertaste and you’d swear the yogurt should be called chevre (goat cheese) yogurt? I have. Yup. Gross. Others are too watery. Some are too artificially flavored with a chemical berry taste. Some trick you into thinking it has natural flavors, for example, “arome vanille naturel” but it’s in fact, artificial flavor that is supposed to mimick natural vanilla. Be careful with the tricky wording. Anyway, almost all of them are artificially flavored. Lots of them have aspartame. Some even have little specks inside the yogurt that LOOK like real vanilla bean grains but they aren’t real at all. In this case, what ARE those suspect specks? You probably don’t wanna know.
Coupled with the problematic and huge selection that I’ve discovered that I don’t like at all, is the fact that most of these yogurts are packaged entirely in plastic, which I absolute hate. Hard to avoid, and terrible for the environment.
Yes, there are some yogurts packaged in glass jars that aren’t horrible, but I found one that I really, really like called La Fermière – and it’s in a ceramic container that is recyclable or reuseable, it’s made with whole milk, and it uses REAL vanilla beans! It is amazingly delicious too. They are easy to spot in the supermarket aisle because they are the color of red clay. After you’ve tasted these, you will never, I say NEVER again want one of those stooopid plastic watery cup yogurts. By the way, they also include other flavors if you want more than vanilla. Other flavors: natural, honey-orange, lemon zest. La Fermière also makes fruity yogurts in glass jars, but I don’t really like those as much. Lastly, the only thing that could use improvement in this yogurt is the packaging on top. It’s plastic (which I wish they didn’t use but oh well) and it’s hard to open just one without lifting the lid on the other. Still, these were a great find.