August 26, 2013 by
The VRG Blog Editor
By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director
The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY) recently announced the debut of its newest frozen yogurt formulated with Silk® Chocolate Almondmilk (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11007934.htm). The dairy-free frozen dessert was automatically shipped for a 12-week run to all full-service TCBY locations (approximately 250 stores) and is available as an optional item to the over one hundred other TCBY locations co-branded with other food chains such as Subway or Blimpie.
In a few days after its arrival in TCBY stores across the United States, Silk® Chocolate Almond already had sold out in many locations according to a TCBY Retail Customer Service Specialist. “It sold out much more quickly than predicted…[More Silk® Chocolate Almond] is being made and should arrive in stores in two weeks,” The VRG was told by phone in mid-August 2013.
We also learned from TCBY that Silk® Chocolate Almond “should become a core item” at all locations. Other flavors of the almondmilk frozen yogurt will most likely follow.
Silk® Chocolate Almond is 98% fat-free as well as dairy-free. Its ingredient list reads:
Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sugar, Polydextrose, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Dutched Cocoa (Cocoa processed with alkali), Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Pure Vanilla Extract (Water, Ethyl Alcohol, Vanilla Bean Extractives), Sunflower Lecithin, Salt, Calcium Carbonate. Contains the following live active cultures: S.thermophilis, B. lactis, L. acidophilus, L. lactis, L. casei, L. rhamnosus, L. bulgaricus
Silk® Chocolate Almond nutrition facts:
Calories: 110; Calories From Fat: 15; Total Fat: 1.5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Trans Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 40mg; Total Carbohydrates:
28g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 16g; Protein: 1g
A TCBY employee told The VRG that “TCBY adds sugar and corn syrup to Silk’s® almondmilk to make Silk® Chocolate Almond frozen yogurt.”
Silk’s® ingredient statement for its Dark Chocolate Almondmilk appears on its website http://silk.com/products/dark-chocolate-almondmilk:
Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar, Cocoa (Dutch Process), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum.
Stated on the Silk® website, its Dark Chocolate Almondmilk is “free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, [and] egg.”
According to a TCBY press release, TCBY and Silk® are celebrating their partnership in creating Silk® Chocolate Almond with “The Perfect Match” campaign on social media. More information is available on the TCBY website: http://www.tcby.com/
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