This is a copycat recipe for the popular probiotic drink Yakult – it’s a delicious drink that has a refreshing citrus flavor and contains the exclusive strain Lactobacillus casei Shirota which is beneficial for your digestive system (learn more about the company here). Yakult was first released in the city of Fukuoka, Japan in 1935 an expanded to worldwide distribution in 90’s. Their U.S. factory is actually located in my hometown, you can book a free tour if you’re in Orange County, CA.
Make your own for a few dollars using the Instant Pot with a Yogurt button (keeps it at a steady temp of ≈ 110°F) – I did the math and it comes out to be about $4.50 for the equivalent of 37 bottles 80ml servings. If you’re familiar with yogurt making, then you know that you need a starter culture to make more yogurt, that’s why Yakult is an ingredient in the recipe, it’s the only way to get their exclusive culture strain Lactobacillus casei Shirota. Yakult uses their own proprietary flavoring of citrus and vanillin to get that unique taste, I’ve replaced it with orange juice, lemon juice and vanilla extract to get the flavor similar to the original.
This is the only recipe for Yakult out there, if you’re a blogger using my recipe, please credit me and link back to this original recipe.
Another fun option that my kids are crazy over, Yakult Frozen Bears made with these silicone molds
Popsicle bags are a convinient and portable option for frozen pops made with Yakult