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Monday, May 10, 2010

Yoplait Whips, heaven in a cup

Walking down the dairy product aisle, I see golden light. An opera gathers in the back of my head, singing in an angelic tone, “Key Lime Pie, Cherry Chiffon, Peaches 'n Cream, just for you.” I push my cart towards the light and reach for the yogurt cups with tiny halos perched on top. “Raspberry Mousse, too,” my head sings.

The Yoplait Whips have changed the yogurt industry by exceeding in taste, texture, price, and health benefits.

First launched in 2001 with six flavors, current Whips portfolio now offers nine flavors nationally and internationally, including the launch of Vanilla Crème last July.

Apart from the incredible taste and fun airy texture, the yogurts come packed with Vitamin A and D, protein, and calcium. Yoplait combines the two nutrients to bring the only leading yogurt with vitamin D, which our bodies need to absorb calcium. And guess what? They’re cheaper than other yogurts, too.

Yoplait Whips come tagged at a mere cost of fifty cents per cup. They are conveniently sold individually so that we can mix and match flavors, maybe even purchase a different flavor for each day of the week. I pack one for my school lunch every day, and they do not go bad or lose their texture by lunch time.

“We’ve received overall incredibly positive feedback from our consumers,” said Zoe Schwartz, marketing associate for Yoplait Whips. “It’s these comments and value we bring to the consumer that keeps us going and gets us excited about our work every day.”

Makers of Whips have made these yogurts easy to enjoy in a number ways, including as an ice cream from the freezer. Recipes made from the yogurts have emerged to broaden the platter of Yoplait. Try this Key Lime Yogurt Pie recipe from www.yoplait.com. Who knew yogurt could make a full blown dessert?

Key Lime Yogurt Pie

Key lime yogurt, fresh lime peel and juice give a refreshing tangy taste to a cool pie that’s only 170 calories a serving.

Makes: 8 servings

2 tablespoons cold water

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin

4 oz (half 8-oz package) fat-free cream cheese, softened

3 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Light Thick & Creamy Key lime pie yogurt

½ cup frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping

2 teaspoons grated lime peel

1 reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz)

1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix water and lime juice; sprinkle gelatin on lime juice mixture; let stand 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved. Cool slightly, about 2 minutes.

2. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add yogurt and lime juice mixture; beat on low speed until well blended.

3. Fold in whipped topping and lime peel. Pour into crust. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

For more yogurt recipes, visit www.yoplait.com. Share your experience with Yoplait Yogurts on www.theskilletda.blogspot.com, or email questions/suggestions to theskilletda@yahoo.com.

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