The Panel: Suzanne Podhaizer, Alice Levitt, Judy Beaulac, Diane Sullivan, Joanna May
The Product: Yogurt. We sampled five of Liberté's products, including Honey Goat Fresh Cheese, Lemon, Coconut, Apple Crumble and Pear 6 Grains Yogourt. Each flavor comes in a 6-ounce cup, and costs around 99 cents.
Think you've busted us trying something that's not from Vermont? Well, technically the creamy stuff is made in Quebec, but the milk (for the four bovine versions, anyway) is from our very own St. Albans Cooperative Creamery.
Judy - Thumbs Up. Although she'll probably keep eating Cabot's non-fat flavors on a regular basis, Judy was pleased with the Honey Goat Fresh Cheese, and surprised by how much she liked the Lemon: "I don't usually like lemon yogurt. Other one's I've had tasted like Lemon Pledge."
Joanna - Thumbs Sideways. Like Judy, Joanna liked the Goat Fresh Cheese — "It's not as goat-y as I was expecting" — and the Lemon, best. She thought the latter tasted like "lemon pie." The 6 Grains fell flat. "The grains are a little soggy," she noted.
Suzanne - Thumbs Up. Perhaps I'm biased because I regularly consume some of the flavors we didn't try, including the Plum-Walnut and Strawberry. In summer, I eat the Lemon studded with fresh blueberries. I don't like the ones with chunks of fruit or grains, and I don't do low-fat. Unlike everybody else, I thought the coconut was tolerable.
Alice - Thumbs Sideways. Unlike the rest of the group, Alice wasn't wowed by the Lemon yogurt. "I'm finding this a little sharp," she said. She also went against the crowd in loving the chunky Apple Crumble version, saying, "I like the fakeness." But the same sentiment didn't apply to the Coconut. She suggested that "The sweetness of the coconut amplified the sourness of the yogurt."
Diane - Thumbs Up. Diane didn't dig the 6 Grain because "It tastes a little too healthy." The Apple Crumble, on the other hand, "Smells like apple pie. The first bite scared me a little, but I like it." The suntan-lotion aroma of the coconut was a different matter. But overall, Diane gives Liberté an "A for effort."
What do you think of Liberté Yogurt?