Dig a Spoon into the 7 Best Vanilla Yogurts

For the first time since I started at Sporked, I got nostalgic as hell writing a ranking. This vanilla yogurt tasting was straight up one of the most delightful experiences I’ve had here. Vanilla yogurt, done right, is a deliciously sweet experience that rises above breakfast and lunch. Good vanilla yogurt is sweet, aromatic, and creamy like a dessert. Some of these yogurts made my eyes roll back into my head and had me making such sensual sounds that I’ll probably hear from HR.

For this taste test, I just ate a whole bunch of vanilla yogurt with a spoon. I looked for creaminess, sweetness, and a pronounced vanilla flavor. Vanilla-flavored things should never taste bland. The vanilla should work in tandem with the dairy to produce a luxurious, velvety product. These were the seven yogurts we loved the most. 

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Best of the Best

Noosa Vanilla Bean Yogurt

My notes for Noosa were “wow,” “whoa,” and “what the hell?!” This was so good I was shook. Noosa has a ton of saturated fat and sugar, but it tastes so damn luscious you won’t mind. The vanilla flavor here is quite good, and tastes fresh instead of like bottled vanilla extract (you know that sharp, alcoholic flavor when you taste it). Noosa goes hard on flavor and is not the healthiest option in the world as a result. But who cares? Noosa is an expertly made product with an amazing taste. I’m fully on board. Flavor is king.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best with Fruit

Wallaby Vanilla Aussie Greek Style Whole Milk Vanilla Bean Yogurt

Another decadently sweet and creamy vanilla yogurt, Wallaby is right up there with Noosa. It hits all three key factors for me: Creamy, sugary, and milky. There’s a real fatty quality to Wallaby, much like Noosa, although Wallaby has less saturated fat per serving (20% as opposed to Noosa’s 30%). I love the vanilla flavor, and this taste is so damn luxurious you could make a dessert out of it with fresh fruit. Some citrus would pair with the indulgent flavor of Wallaby and help tame that fat, too. 

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Rating:

10/10

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Best for Topping

Oui French Style Vanilla Yogurt

This is so thick and creamy you can really see the indentations your spoon leaves in the yogurt. Oui is a Yoplait product, and it’s lightyears ahead of their other vanilla yogurts. Per serving, this has more fat and saturated fat than Noosa and Wallaby. To me, that’s a good thing. I dig how dairy-forward this one is. It has a really pure, creamy, milky flavor that reminds me of Italian mascarpone, ricotta, or even cheesecake. Is this yogurt or pie filling? It’s hard to tell. I’d top some pancakes, waffles, or french toast with this. Use it like a sweet condiment, or indulge in a full jar. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Vanilla Flavor

Brown Cow Whole Milk Vanilla Yogurt

Brown Cow is really chunky. In fact, it’s textured and curd-y almost like a cottage cheese. Brown Cow advertises “cream on top,” harkening back to a time when farm-fresh milk came in a jug and the sweet cream rose to the top of the jug. That cream occurs because Brown Cow uses milk that isn’t homogenized, resulting in a silkier texture and sweeter taste. This is also made without artificial growth hormones, flavors, and sweeteners. There are very few ingredients here, which leads me to believe this one is actually good for you. There’s sugar and fat, sure, but it’s not too egregious. Plus, the vanilla flavor here is probably the most pronounced of the bunch. If you like a big vanilla taste, you’ll quite enjoy Brown Cow.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Natural

Mountain High All Natural Vanilla Yoghurt 

I don’t know why Mountain High spells yohgurt this way, but I have no choice but to accept it. Guess what? I’m going to start spelling it youhghourt. How do you like that? The flavor here is nice, even though the texture is a tad off-putting. It’s kind of watery. They advertise no gelatin or “funny stuff” and perhaps that’s why this isn’t as creamy or thick as some of the others. It’s got live and active cultures too, so there’s a slight bit of tang. The flavor here is solid, but not as good as the others. Still, it seems very natural to me, and I can respect that.

Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Cup

Yoplait French Vanilla Yogurt

While not as good as Oui, Yoplait’s French Vanilla Yogurt is quite enjoyable. It definitely uses cornstarch as a thickening agent, so while it’s not the most organic thing in the world, it will deliver that creamy texture that you’re looking for. The price is hard to beat and the product itself is creamy, sugary, and tastes like vanilla. Not spectacular, but such a good price for what you’re getting.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Protein

Icelandic Provisions Thick and Creamy Vanilla Skyr

Ah, I really like how bright and tart this one is, even if it’s not exactly a flavor profile that blends with vanilla. Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr is low in fat, but bold in flavor. It’s also stacked with protein. This doesn’t seem like some diet fad food to me, either; it’s just a different style of yogurt that happens to have a lot of protein. Icelandic Provisions will delight anybody who is looking for less fat and more protein.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Other products we tried: Great Value Vanilla Yogurt, Tillamook Vanilla Bean Yogurt, Good & Gather Greek Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, Siggi’s Simple Ingredient Vanilla Skyr, Simple Truth Organic Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt, Whole Foods 365 Organic Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt.

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Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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  • You made an error. Cream rises to the top because lack of homoginization, not pasteurization. Brown cow isn’t homogenized. Cooking (pasteurization) has nothing to do with cream rising or staying emulsified.

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    • I did make an error!! Good catch, my bad. Fixed it.

      Have drank raw, unpasteurized milk from the Amish a few times, though. Wild ride.

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  • I see that your choice for best is the least healthiest. It contains the most salt and the most carbs compared to the other choices for best. Does nutrition not play a part in the rankings?

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