Drinking yogurt, also known as drinkable yogurt, has always been a mystery to us. Don't get us wrong, we're yogurt lovers here at HuffPost Taste -- but we're perfectly happy eating it with a spoon. Unsurprisingly though, convenience is important to Americans, and thus drinking yogurt has been increasingly omnipresent on supermarket shelves as of late. So of course, in true taste test fashion, we put our liquid-yogurt-pants on and sorted out the good from the bad.
When you're shopping for drinkable yogurt, you'll find two types of products: yogurt and kefir. What's the difference? Not much, in terms of flavor. But the health benefits are a little different, when it comes to probiotics. Here's the deal:
Yogurt is defined as milk that's been fermented with bacteria. Kefir (pronounced ke-feer) is also milk that's been fermented with bacteria, but a very specific type of bacteria from kefir grains, which happen to produce more probiotics than typical yogurt. In simple terms, yogurt keeps the digestive system clean, and kefir can actually help digest your food and keep your colon healthy. But enough health talk, on to the tasting.
Drinking yogurts come in just about every flavor you can imagine and range from runny to viscous, sourly unsweetened to overwhelmingly saccharine. We found 16 different flavors and brands and ranked them. Check out the slideshow below to see the results.
As always, this taste test is in no way influenced or sponsored by the brands included.
This story appears in Issue 53 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, June 14.