9 Apr 2015

Review: Arla Skyr Icelandic Style Yogurt


I bought a few pots of Skyr Icelandic Style Yogurt when they were released in the UK a few weeks ago. It's described as a thick and creamy yogurt that is high in protein. I've never tried the real thing in Iceland so I'm afraid I won't be able to comment on any similarities. If anyone has tried both then I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.


I'm already a fan of strained style yogurts and I found the texture and flavour of the Skyr yogurt here to be very similar. The yogurt has a super thick and creamy texture which makes it very satisfying and filling. The variety I tried was the Nordic Sour Cherry and I have to admit that I didn't really like the sour fruit flavour here. It was just a bit too tart for me, especially when combined with the already sour tasting yogurt. It's not a flavour I would buy again but I would still want to give a few of the other varieties a try.

Grocery Gems Review: Arla Skyr Icelandic Style Yogurt

Rating: 6 out of 10.
Buy it again: Not this flavour.
Purchased: Asda
Price: £0.85p for 150g pot.

22 comments:

  1. ah thats a shame you didnt like the sour cherry flavour, i tried the skyr honey (big pot) the other day however i found it too sweet and disliked the strong honey flavour to it! I wanted to get the plain variety so i could flavour it to my liking but unfortunately it was out of stock.

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    1. Hi Fran, thanks for letting me know about the honey variety. I'll probably give that one a miss as I don't really like strong honey flavours. The plain pot sounds great, I'll look out for that one instead!

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    2. Comment from Danielle:

      I didn't like the honey that much either. i ate it and it wasn't super gross, but i wouldn't buy it again. I've not seen the plain variety as yet either.

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  2. I've tried the honey and strawberry flavour, both in the big pots. The honey was really nice with a subtle honey flavour and lovely creamy texture, I found the strawberry one a bit lacking in flavour but still pretty tasty. I can't seem to find the small pots of skyr anywhere! Shame as cherry is one of my favourite yoghurt flavours..

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    1. Cherry is one of my favourite yogurt flavours too. It's probably still worth trying this sour cherry - at least it's quite different from all the other cherry flavours out there.

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  3. I've tried Skyr in Iceland last year. I loved the stuff and will definitely try and hunt these down to compare for you. The biggest difference I notice here is that they look as if they have a fruit compote but the Icelandic ones were a premixed yoghurt, more standard. The flavours were also a lot more exciting, the pear was my favourite!

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    1. Ooh thanks, that would be great if you could let me know how they compare. I'm really curious! The real thing sounds delicious, especially the pear flavour!

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  4. Skyr was launched some years ago here in Sweden and just like in Iceland the yoghurt is mixed with berries or natural, not with a fruit compote. Arla (the maker of British Skyr) is a Danish/Swedish diary and I suppose just as the Skyr in Sweden is made in Denmark with supervision of a Icelandic diary, the same goes for the British one. Here on the Swedish Skyr-site, you can see the Swedish (probably also Icelanic) Skyr products available: http://skyrsverige.se/vara-produkter/.

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    1. Thanks for all the info! That's very helpful :)

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  5. Have you seen the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Puddles? The had the Hazlenut ones in Iceland and both the Hazelnut and Mint ones in Farmfoods, all for £1 per bar. The hazelnut ones look nice!

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    1. Hi, thanks for the heads up, I haven't seen those yet. I'll look out for the hazelnut! Thanks :)

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  6. my posts are doing a disappearing act again :-(

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    1. Hi Danielle, I can see your other comments in my email so I will copy and paste them on here tomorrow (I'm away for a few days). I still have no idea why this could be happening :(

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  7. Original comment from Danielle:

    Obviously i jumped at the chance to try these, being obsessed with Iceland and all.

    I bought big pots of strawberry and honey ones - and small of nordic berries and sour cherries. of all of those i would say the cherry was my favourite (my mum also loved this one). The honey flavour was too strong for me, and the strawberry a bit boring, nordic berries was ok.

    As a poster mentioned above, the compote stuff at the bottom isnt the style it's sold as in Iceland. I have usually had a small pot, a little bigger than the single portion ones here, and the flavour is mixed in. Ones i've liked on recent trips are melon, coconut, banana split and 'christmas' flavour (only at xmas obv!) I've never had a big pot open over a few days In iceland, but found the big pots here went a bit watery and overall the texture wasnt quite as firm as I remember in Iceland. They were really handy when we drove around the island and kept us fuller for longer.

    here i dont really eat that many yogurts so i dont thikn i will buy these super often as i have to go to a different super market but i am telling people about them and the wonder of Skyr. Given the only way to get it prior to this was paying a lot of money for it from some poncy shop in London, im glad i can get lost in an icelandic moment back here now and again :-)

    Aside from the Icelandic comparison - the ingredients are pretty 'clean' so if you're after a tasty low fat yogurt type product thats not full of utter shit (muller light im looking at you) then this is by far the best choice.

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  8. now avaialble via onlines tesco grocery shopping - 3 for £2

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  9. Comment from Danielle:

    Apparently on the Icelanders are a bit peeved at the Danish companies marketing of this product as if it is made in Iceland when it's not (advert certainly portrays as such). It also implies that an Icelandic company is planning to launch the product here (which would explain the peeving) so we may yet get authentic sykr.

    The restaurants there have sauces and dips made from it too. Ive bought the cherry ones again, but wouldnt buy any of the others, might get the plain one if it was on offer as it would be nicer than tesco cheapo low fat yogurt.

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    1. Sorry Danielle, I can see your last message has gone astray so I've copied and pasted it above.

      It's interesting that Icelanders are annoyed with this product. It's a shame it's not an authentic Skyr yogurt but hopefully we will see that being launched here eventually.

      I did actually buy the plain Skyr today. The large pots are all on special offer at £1 in Sainsbury's at the moment which I didn't think was too bad.

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    2. I bought 2 pots of plain on offer in Asda at the weekend, and put some strawberries on top with a squirt of honey over and it was delicious, I like the thickness of it mixed with fruit it is delicious

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  10. FYI a proper icelandic brand of Skyr is going to be available in 'select' waitrose stores. unfort. my local store is not one of them... :-(

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  11. Love the plain one. Having it for breakfast with raspberries and blueberries. Very filling. Yum.

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  12. Love the plain one. Having it for breakfast with raspberries and blueberries. Very filling. Yum.

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  13. I tried it out in Iceland. [Boyfriend was born there and lives there. I visited for the first time two weeks ago.] The yougurt was much nicer for me out there. It wasnt quite as thick and didnt have bits of fruit in it, it was smooth. I preferred it like that personally.

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