I love there store bought coconut flavoured yogurts. I usually make my own but i cant find any type of coconut aromas around (even synthetics). Is there some way to do some similar yogurts? I use powdered milk, whey and casein in my yogurts so the only missing ingredient is the aroma.
There are two choices when flavoring yogurt: while you are making it and after it is made. If you want to make a batch of yogurt and choose your flavors later you may enjoy adding coconut extract (or other extracts) after the fact. However, if you are set on a single flavor (as your question implies) you will get better results adding a flavoring oil, the chemistry of oils vs. alcohol seem to react differently. Check out the "Mr. Yogurt" link, he has done some experimenting that will help you along.
Use coconut milk powder. It is very fine and dissolves easy and tastes great, better than artificial essence. Also it is pure white and does not alter the texture or color. I found it in an Indian store, what a find. I also use it in coconut custard pies dissolved in regular milk instead of the canned coconut milk, and to change basic cake recipes into coconut cake.
I just made my first batch using the coconut flavoring from Spices Etc. https://www.spicesetc.com/product/Coconut-Flavoring/Natural-Flavorings
It is truly excellent. I used 1/2 TBSP in one quart of milk and it has great coconut flavor.
I recommend it.
I have been making homemade coconut yogurt in a "Cuisinart Electric Yogurt Maker" for at least 2 years now, and I simply love the way it tastes. Here's the way I make my yogurt:
- I warm 4 cups of my store bought, Pasteurized, homogenized, Vitamin D, Grade A milk, in the microwave about 3-3:30 minutes until it is only about 120 degrees.
- After heating I pour about 3/4 cup into a separate measuring cup.
- Once the temp. drops between 105-110, I then add 6oz. plain homogenized yogurt (that I bought from the store), and mix very well.
- Meanwhile, I have added about 2/3 - 3/4 C. of sugar, 3/4 C. instant powdered milk (for thickening), and 1 heaping TBS. of "McCormick Brand" Coconut extract to the other milk, & mix thoroughly.
- I check the temp. of this milk, if it's 105-110, I then add the other milk with the starter in it, mix thoroughly.
- At this time you could add shredded coconut (optional; as much as you would like).
- I then pour my mixture into the yogurt container in the machine. I set the time for 12 hours and it turns out wonderful!