National Piña Colada Day

You may have seen on social media on Friday that I have received a nice goody bag from the lovely people at Danone, with a sample of their Oykos Piña Colada-inspired yogurt to celebrate Piña Colada day in style. Or at least, as in style as you can when the only water you see is the Thames and the picture above is misleading and representative of my wishes and desires at present rather than my objective situation.
Despite my difficult relationship with coconut products, I was really curious because of this exotic twist; I didn’t know what to expect from the yogurt: would it have been the usual natural yogurt with a mix of pineapple and coconut at the bottom? Or would it have been something actually really yummy? The answer is the latter.
I have a difficult relationship with coconut products because too many of them taste really fake, so the first thing I noticed and loved about this yogurt is the texture of real coconut flakes. The taste of coconut was enough to be picked up without being overpowering, and the added flakes made it all the more natural-feeling.
I have to confess that I have been so disappointed in coconut products before I would not have tried it if I saw it in the supermarket (you can find it at Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco and Morrisons), and I would have been missing out because the flavouring really is mild, while being enough to be clearly there. I’m also not the biggest fan of pineapple (you might be wondering why I’m reviewing this, and I’ll tell you, who is more objective about the great quality of a product, someone who doesn’t really like the ingredients but thinks the end result works, or someone who absolutely loves anything to do with those ingredients a priori?), but the little amount of it at the bottom blends in really well in the yogurt so I really didn’t mind it.

It could be the fact that our fridge it’s stacked up so full we accidentally have it turn to freezing temperatures, but I’m enjoying this yogurt more every package I eat. The first one, I’ve had it as soon as I got them because I really just can’t say no to something sweet (really, try me…). Then I’ve had one for breakfast yesterday (Sunday) and it was colder and even nicer in the heatwave that has engulfed Croydonia. We may not have tropical beaches (yet), but it did feel entirely appropriate to live off Oykos Piña Coco. Of course the nutritional information makes it a guilty pleasure, especially on Type 2 diabetes management diets, but I can’t really stomach much in terms of “actual food” these days (it’s and I would happily live on it for all meals of the day until I can’t stand the smell of coconut anymore. Luckily, I picked up a quiche for the Interfaith Picnic run by Faiths Together in Croydon (which turned out to be catered), so I have some “actual food” that is nice and cold to eat and try not to give myself an Oykos Piña Coco-induced sugar overload.

So, I’m definitely a convert, and will get some more of it throughout the summer.

Yes, since our living room was turned into another bedroom because of London’s horrible housing market, I have re-developed the bad habit of eating in front of my computer. Anyhow, you can see the creamy texture for yourself in the pictures.

Also, if yogurt isn’t enough for you to celebrate the day (it does, after all, fall on a Monday!), here’s a great recipe for Piña Colada courtesy of Honest Cooking, who have tracked down the original Piña Colada Recipe Created In Puerto Rico by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, bartender at the Hilton CaribePuerto Rico.

Ingredients (serves: 1 drink)
  • 56ml rum (approximately two shots)
  • 28ml coconut cream
  • 28ml heavy cream
  • 170ml fresh pineapple juice
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  1. Mix rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender.
  2. Add ice and mix for 15 seconds.
  3. Serve in a 12-oz glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.

Or if the process is too time consuming (and so much effort if you don’t have air con), head to your nearest Caribbean bar and lounge after work, and stare at the bartender while they make the cocktail to spot any errors. Then give them an Oykos yogurt as a reward if they get it absolutely spot on. Happy National Piña Colada Day everyone!

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