‘To a lot of you, this isn’t going to mean anything. But this means a lot to me,’ said TikToker, Mally, as he revealed some earth-shattering news.
In a video which has left viewers aghast, Mally claimed he’d ‘been lied to’ as she realised what really goes into a pot of Petits Filous.
In the background of the clip, which has gone on to earn almost 1million likes, is a screenshot of a Google search with the question ‘Is Petits Filous a yoghurt?’
The top result shows a snippet of a 2018 Irish Times article that reads: ‘These little containers do not contain yoghurt, however, but ‘fromage frais’, as noted on the front of the packet, which means fresh cheese.’
Commenters were left dumfounded. ‘It was cheese all along?!?!!’ wrote one confused user. Another wrote: ‘Trying to deep if I’ve ever actually eaten a yoghurt before.’
Maybe ive just been living under a rock? #mallycinco #petitfilous
After all this buzz over the dairy product started, a spokesperson from Petits Filous said: ‘It’s reassuring to see that in our Instagram poll 81% already knew that Petits Filous isn’t a yoghurt. For anyone struggling to believe it, we can confirm Petits Filous is made from fromage frais! Just check our packaging and website.’
So what’s the difference between fromage frais and yoghurt?
Well, both yoghurt and fromage frais are both dairy products, and both of them are made from milk that’s been coagulated and fermented by lactic bacterial starter cultures.
But in the UK, to make fromage frais the product is then ‘drained/separated to partially remove the whey or aqueous phase’, while with yoghurt, this separation doesn’t happen.
It’s all pretty technical, but in simple terms, it means that fromage frais has higher levels of protein and calcium than yoghurt does. You generally need two to three times more milk to make fromage frais than you do to make yoghurt.
‘People will be pleased to know that this recipe confusion comes with some health and taste benefits,’ the spokesperson said. ‘When being made, fromage frais is “drained/separated” which does not occur when making a yoghurt.
‘This means protein and calcium is naturally concentrated in fromage frais so contains higher amounts than a yoghurt. Fromage frais also has a smoother, softer texture and milder, creamier taste than a yoghurt.’
And while plenty of people in the comments under Mally’s video expressed their shock over the whole thing others were very unbothered, with one person writing: ‘Yogurt and cheese are basically siblings chill out.’
Another quipped: ‘Fun fact read the label.’
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