You know what beats receiving an e-mail? Receiving a letter in the mail! And you know what’s even better than that? Receiving a letter AND package in the mail…especially when it’s filled with yogurt! I walked home on Thursday to one of the nicest surprises from Chobani: 8 pots of flavored 0% strained (=Greek) yogurt:
I’ve heard so much about Chobani Greek Yogurt and was psyched to hear that they’ve introduced the brand in the UK. Due to legal issues, Chobani is actually positioned as “Strained Yogurt” in England & Wales. Based on court rulings, it is the straining process, not a country of origin that removes the excess liquid from the yogurt making it deliciously thick and creamy. Ultimately calling the yogurt “Greek” involves a material misrepresentation. (Source).
The flavors I received included Apple Cinnamon, Black Cherry, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry & Blood Orange. I’m still making my way through them all but here are my thoughts so far:
- For the most part, the stats are great: each flavor racks in about 130 cals & 12.6g of protein for 170g. Each serving also contains a whopping 19g of sugar, which is slightly on the high side. It should be noted that this comes from cane sugar AND fruit.
- I am a big fan of the all-natural ingredient list:
Fat Free Yoghurt (cultured Pasteurised Skimmed Milk, Live And Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus And L. Casei), Cane Sugar, Pomegranate Seeds, Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Natural Pomegranate Flavour, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Locust Bean Gum, Fruit And Vegetable Juice Concentrate (for Color).
**taken from the Pomegranate flavor
I had a quick look at the ingredient list of Müllerlight (a popular yogurt brand in the UK with a number of flavors) was horrified to see “gelatine”, “flavorings”, and “aspartame” listed.
- Up until now, my fridge was regularly stocked with containers of Fage Total 0% Greek yogurt. Chobani is not as thick, but creamy enough.
- I can’t compare the taste of plain Chobani & Total as I haven’t tried the former. As Chobani kindly included vouchers for 2 additional pots to purchase on my own, I will be trying the plain Chobani to see how it measures up.
- As of now, Apple Cinnamon takes the lead as my favorite– its flavor is spot on. I also enjoyed Strawberry but Black Cherry needs some work.
- Apparently Chobani have introduced flavors like Vanilla, Coconut, Strawberry Banana & Coffee with Dark Chocolate Chips in the US. Here’s hoping they do the same in London!
For the most part, I am going to stick with the plain Total Greek yogurt for breakfast and continue sweetening it with fresh fruit and honey. It has more protein for the same amount (18g v 12.6g) and less sugar (7g v 19g). However I will be buying these Chobani cups to eat as snacks, especially when my sweet tooth kicks in. Hopefully sticking them in the freezer will produce a consistency similar to that of fro yo.
Thanks again to Chobani for generously hooking me up with so many flavors. Although I was sent these products to try free of charge, I was not provided with any other compensation. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
What’s your favorite brand of Greek yogurt?
What’s your favorite yogurt flavor? Vanilla