Photos by Christina Nuzzo. Text by Naomi Scher.
Vegan and dairy-averse co-op shoppers may already know and love Anita’s coconut milk yogurt products. But you may not have noticed the brand’s new unique, minimalist packaging. Yes, we still carry all varieties of Anita’s products, they just look a bit different on the outside now.
Anita’s is made from Thai coconuts. It’s a full-fat yogurt full of live, active L. acidophilus and other digestion-friendly cultures. While the blueberry and mango cup varieties are naturally sweetened, the plain variety contains no added sugar. This makes it useful for savory recipes, such as these baked sweet potatoes with curried coconut milk yogurt, and this vegan coconut vodka sauce.
Anita’s is unusually rich and filling for a food that for some is synonymous with disappointing substitutes for real dessert foods and problematic advertising. But in fact, in comparison to most non-dairy yogurts and many dairy yogurts, Anita’s is surprisingly close in taste and texture to real full-fat creamline cow’s milk yogurt.
Anita’s blueberry and mango cups are $4.33 for members, and $6.11 for non-members. 16 oz. containers of plain yogurt are $9.03 for members and $12.74 for non-members. Yes, Anita’s is pricier than your average cultured dairy or dairy-substitute product, because it’s made exclusively from coconut milk, coconut water, live cultures and nothing else, which means it’s free of thickeners, preservatives, and other ingredients that detract from quality and taste.