8/10 · Yogurt

The Collective – Gingerbread

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but down here in miserable London it’s dark and freezing when I start work and dark and cold again by the time I finally sit down and start to think about dinner. With the change in weather, longer nights and shorter days, I’m embracing all the Autumn and Winter themed products that are being released wholeheartedly.. I can’t wait for snow!
The Collective live gourmet yoghurts are a favourite of mine, especially Coffee, Russian Fudge and the Banoffee flavours and I’ve reviewed a couple here. They are a little on the pricey side but I think they’re the Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Dazs of the yoghurt aisle.
Gingerbread is nice and straightforward a live yoghurt with a gingerbread syrup swirl.
The foil seal is themed as always and the back has a little ‘run, run as fast as you can – you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!’ ditty, alongside a little paragraph explaining that it’s not made to hang around and there is “no Bull”. This is also gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and made without artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
I don’t buy gingerbread ever, I think I don’t like it but then I get to my mums house, find the gingerbread house she’s made and inhale the lot. So I went into this with an open mind – remembering that although it’s not a particular favourite of mine, gingerbread is addictive!
I couldn’t explain to you what plain yoghurt smells like, but I could smell it after I peeled the foil away, the huge swirl had a delicious scent that reminded me of Christmas.
The Collective yoghurt is great quality as always; thick, creamy and rich. It’s thick enough that it feels like you’re eating a Greek yoghurt just without any of the tang but not so thick that it ends up being a chore to eat it. I’d say easily the nicest commercial plain yoghurt I’ve eaten.
The gingerbread syrup is amazing. It’s very thick, rich and sweet with a gritty texture. It is gluten free but the Collective have included breadcrumbs made from rice and potato flour. This really makes it feel like you’re eating crushed up gingerbread – some of the little pieces were big enough to get a proper chew on. The flavour is delicious, a warm, slightly spiced (hello again cinnamon!) proper gingerbread flavour. It’s quite sweet but like with yesterday’s review the sweetness is balanced out by the rich warmth and depth of the flavour.
It mixes in with the plain yoghurt perfectly and I was impressed, as I always am with these tubs, that the gingerbread was consistent thoughout and I had barely any layers with just plain yoghurt. You could easily portion this out over a few servings and get an equal helping of both parts in each one.
I really like this flavour, another good Autumn/Winter flavour and it tasted to me like Christmas, not long now…..

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