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November 17, 2015

Kite Hill Yogurt

by Anne Paddock

Finally you can enjoy creamy, almond milk yogurt made with vanilla beans, California peaches, mouth-watering strawberries, wild Maine blueberries, or simply on its own as delicious plain yogurt.

Giving up dairy products sometimes means giving up a few long time favorites.  For me, one of those favorites was yogurt. Although picky about yogurt (a small “milkerie” – a dairy and cheese maker –  in Schonreid, Switzerland makes the most delicious creamy yogurt in the world), the thought of never having that slightly sweet, tangy creamy treat again left me momentarily sad. Call it yogurt grief.

Every time I went to Whole Foods or visited a grocery store in a different part of the country, I would always scan the yogurt shelves and buy any new non-dairy yogurt that came on the market – all of which disappointed me because I couldn’t help but compare them with the full fat real deal yogurt I left behind in Switzerland. And, then along came Kite Hill Yogurt: creamy almond milk yogurt that actually tastes like yogurt by getting that perfect balance of tangy and sweet taste in a creamy texture. Kite_Hill_Yogurt

Kite Hill blends its artisan almond milk with live active cultures to create the new gold-standard in plant-based yogurts. With five flavors to choose from:  plain, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, and peach, Kite Hill has created a non-dairy product that tastes like a dairy product by applying the same procedures used to make traditional yogurt to almond milk. Sounds simple but it isn’t.Kite_Hill_Vanilla_Yogurt

The company starts with local (California grown), top quality almonds and makes a smooth natural flavored almond milk with a delicate mouth feel and flavor. The addition of probiotic cultures that are aged with the nut milk produces the acidity necessary for yogurt to taste like yogurt. The yogurt is then churned to a silky texture. Made with vanilla beans, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches, the flavored yogurts are sweeter than the plain version (which is also great to bake/cook with: simply substitute Kite Hill Plain Yogurt for any dairy yogurt in curry, cake, muffin, sauce or dressing recipes).Kite_Hill_Plain_Yogurt

Try placing the yogurt container in the freezer for 45 minutes for an extra thick treat. Remove from the freezer, peel off the cover, sprinkle your favorite crunchy granola (Farmhand’s Choice by Early Bird Foods and Co. is the perfect accompaniment) on top and then enjoy what can only be described as pure bliss. It’s as close to the real thing as you’ll get.

Kite Hill Yogurt is available nationwide at Whole Foods Markets for about $1.79-$1.99, depending on the location for a 5.3 ounce container in the refrigerated section where yogurts are stocked. Some Whole Foods run a special for $1.50 each from time to time.

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