Thursday, June 19, 2014

Elli Quark Review

Fro-yo girl here. What is quark? Quark is a German style fresh curd milk cheese. Elli Quark “is a spoonable fresh cheese with a creamy texture similar to Greek yogurt, but with a richer, less sour taste. It also has a better protein-to-carb ratio than Greek yogurt, with high protein and no added sugars.” Elli Quark comes in 6 oz cups in Strawberry, Lemon, Red Velvet, Pineapple and Plain.

* Lemon: The lemon flavoring comes from lemon juice concentrate and lemon pulp cells. It’s not a very lemony tasting cheese. It’s more mild and not as sour as Greek yogurt but (1) I like the sourness of Greek yogurt and (2) quark is bland. Not only is Elli Quark bland but it has a bitter artificial flavor (possibly because of the use of Stevia). The flavor is not richer than Greek yogurt. It’s slightly sweet, slighty tangy and slightly sour. It doesn’t have a cheesy flavor - or the flavor is like sour cream.

The lemon Elli Quark had no fat and was 80 calories. I was surprised that it contained additional stabilizers and thickening agents: pectic and locust bean gum. Elli Quark does have live and active cultures. You should be able to find it at Whole Foods. They plan to come out with 7 new flavors this summer.

I found Elli Quark at Lassen’s for $2.49 each. Quark isn't as common as Greek yogurt or skyr but I like Greek yogurt and skyr much better.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* LASSEN'S NATURAL FOODS & VITAMINS: 4071 E Main St., Ventura, CA 93003

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