We Ate It: Chobani Greek Yogurt

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/12/2009 6:37 AM   :  236 comments

Frozen, fruity or fat-free, yogurt is a tasty and popular snack. Full of calcium and often low in calories and fat, it's no wonder yogurt comes in almost every flavor imaginable. It's good stuff!

A stroll down the yogurt aisle in any grocery store yields a multitude of choices. There's fruit on the bottom, custard style, Swiss style, European style and Greek style, among other types of yogurt. (For more info on what to look for in a yogurt, read this story by Dietitian Becky.)

Recently, we decided to sample a Greek style yogurt that we've read about on other food blogs: Chobani Greek yogurt.

Greek yogurt is typically thicker and creamier than other yogurts. Our friend Shauna Reid, aka Dietgirl, is a huge fan of the stuff. "Go Greek," she told us. "If you’re a cream or sour cream fiend, 0% or 2% Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute. It's low in fat, protein-rich and incredibly creamy. Dollop into meringue nests and top with fresh fruit. Splodge onto a bowl of chilli. Swirl into butternut squash soup.”

In addition to being tasty and creamy--even when fat-free--Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt. Here's why:

According to the folks at Chobani Greek yogurt, it's because of the straining process.

"We are taking the water and the whey out of the milk when we process it, making Chobani more concentrated than a traditional yogurt. If you think about our product compared to any other brand, we are using about three times more milk to get the same 6oz container that (other) yogurt would use (a ratio of about 3lbs of milk gets turned into 1lb of yogurt). Since we use more milk, we are now getting more protein."

However, because the whey is drained off, there is slightly less calcium in Greek yogurt.
Comparison of standard 6-ounce servings:
Standard yogurt (plain, fat-free)
80 calories
0 g fat
9 g protein
30% Daily Value calcium

Chobani Greek yogurt (plain, fat-free)
100 calories
0 g fat
18 g protein
20% Daily Value calcium


OK, enough talk. Let's eat some yogurt!





What they say:
  • All Natural
  • Live & Active Cultures
  • Great source of protein
  • Perfect way to increase energy
  • Rich smooth creamy texture
  • A great mid day snack
  • Helps prevent the risk of Osteoporosis
  • Includes 3 active probiotics
  • Gluten free


    What we say:

  • I liked Chobani yogurt. I tried the plain and the peach varieties. I usually eat plain yogurt and add my own fruit, so the peach seemed really sweet to me. It seemed more like dessert to me, but people who like sweet yogurt will like this.

    There were real pieces of fruit in the yogurt and no artificial sweeteners or corn syrup, unlike most supermarket yogurts. I don't like corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, so I am happy to find products that are sweetened with sugar. The fruit tasted fresh and delicious!

    The plain yogurt was everything I want in a yogurt: tangy, creamy and rich. The nonfat variety didn't have that weird chalky taste that many nonfat yogurts have. In fact, I couldn't tell it was nonfat!

  • This was my first time every trying Greek yogurt (I had the nonfat strawberry), so I wasn't sure what to expect or how it'd be different. I did not like this yogurt. While I appreciate that it has 14 grams of protein and it has a surprisingly thick texture for something that's fat-free, I did not enjoy the taste or the strange aftertaste I experienced after each bite. If you like Greek yogurt, maybe you'll like this, but if you're used to regular yogurt, it might take some getting used to. I think I'd like it better with added dried or fresh fruit and/or granola.

  • I tried the blueberry nonfat yogurt. Creamy and rich, I didn't even know it was nonfat. It was thick, and the blueberries tasted like real blueberries! (And for good reason--the yogurt contains real fruit and real sugar.)



    Chobani is available in three sizes; 6 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz., with suggested retail prices of $1.59, $3.99, and $6.59.
    Find out where to buy Chobani, and get coupons for your next purchase.

    What kind of yogurt do you typically buy? Do you like Greek yogurt? Have you tried Chobani?


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    Comments

    • EN10011
      236
      I am Greek, and this tastes nothing like greek yogurt. Try the Fage brand, WAY better! - 4/28/2014   10:20:32 PM
    • TRYIN2BEME
      235
      I am a Huge Lover of CHOBANI Yogurt. The all natural ingredients was the reason I first tried it, though I was immediately hooked. I buy the 32oz. & depending upon what I have a taste for is what fresh fruit I add. The consumer loyality program Chobani offers is just one of their many perks.
      - 1/18/2014   2:46:13 AM
    • 234
      Love the stuff! Lemon, coconut, raspberry...yum! The company itself did a GREAT job responding to an issue they had a few months ago, making me a loyal customer. Go Chobani! - 11/11/2013   10:37:36 AM
    • 233
      I like the Chobani bites that come in a 4-pack at the store. I get the coffee and dark chocolate.With a little granola, it is a perfect thing to eat when I first get up in the morning at about 3 or 4. then I have a more substantial meal later in the morning - 10/27/2013   7:35:15 AM
    • FUNWITHPOOH72
      232
      The very best Greek yogurt, especially if you like it in place of dessert, or just need something a little sweet, is ZOI. It can't be found in very many places so I always stock up when I go to WinCo. Every one I make try it ends up hooked on it just like I am. So good.
      - 10/1/2013   4:18:53 AM
    • 231
      First time I tried Greek yogurt I felt like I was eating cream cheese, it was so much thicker. But now that I'm used to it I don't like the "regular" stuff anymore - too watery. Chobani was the first I tried, and I've tried other types of Greek yogurt but keep coming back to Chobani. I like the Strawberry, strawberry-banana, black cherry and mango flavors - not opposed to the blueberry either! - 9/19/2013   9:37:30 AM
    • 1127OPTI
      230
      I love Chobani pineapple the best. But they are all great. - 9/14/2013   9:59:16 PM
    • 229
      Chobani and Fage are my favorite Greek yogurt. To me both are like a dessert. Perfect treat in the afternoon. - 9/4/2013   9:21:21 PM
    • 228
      I eat a lot of Greek yogurt. Mostly my brands are Fage and Chobani. Both have some really good flavors, and I like plain too. - 8/29/2013   7:52:48 PM
    • 227
      I eat a lot of Greek yogurt. Mostly my brands are Fage and Chobani. Both have some really good flavors, and I like plain too. - 8/29/2013   7:52:48 PM
    • 226
      I love this yogurt. Pomegranate is my favorite. I love that it has pomegranate seeds. I also add flaxseed. Have tried and love all the flavors. Great as a snack. - 6/7/2013   8:15:35 PM
    • 225
      I especially like Chobani Pinapple yogurt. And, yes, it is like having desert. For plain Greek yogurt I prefer Fage. While the thick richness of Greek style yogurt is great, I also still enjoy Mountain High Plain Low Fat for everyday use. I sometimes strain it myself to thicken it up when making raita or other dips. - 5/26/2013   4:44:53 AM
    • 224
      I have never discerned any bad aftertaste with Chobani! I think that I've tried all their flavors and, while I do have favorites, I have never been disappointed. I admit that I tend to buy the yogurt when it is on sale .. and then I buy a bunch. - 5/18/2013   2:59:17 AM
    • DIBANANA
      223
      I find Greek yogurt bitter. I can see how cooking with it would be beneficial. - 5/1/2013   7:36:01 PM
    • 222
      My favorite! - 4/13/2013   10:51:59 AM
    • 221
      I tried plain and vanilla. I didn't like either of them very much as is. I made smoothies with them. I might try another flavor. Or another brand. - 4/4/2013   11:08:08 PM
    • 220
      i dont usually like to eat yogurt and i tried a key lime flavor greek yogurt once and it was good but it had a powder texture to it that didnt work for me. i also dont like fruit on the bottom yogurt so that limits what i will actually eat. yogurt should not have chunks. so i get all the different flavors and put them in my fruit smoothies. i put protein powder in my smoothies too so mixed with the greek yogurt i get my daily allotment of protein in one meal. and since i drink it in the morning it works better and i feel full for hours after. i drink a smoothie around 9 and im not hungry again til almost 4. by then i just eat a small snack because dinners at 6. i love greek yogurt in my smoothies. - 4/2/2013   3:19:31 PM
    • 219
      I strain my regular yogurt and use the whey. I find the Greek to be too expensive. I bake with Dannon Natural have done for a ,long time and my baking works great with it Pat in Maine. . - 3/27/2013   9:40:16 PM
    • CPILLS1970
      218
      I love Chobani. My favorite flavors are the Apple Cinnamon and Blood Orange. Since it does have a lot of sugar, I eat 1/2 for breakfast with blueberries and flaxseed mixed in, and the other 1/2 for a mid-morning snack. I also like the Oikos Key Lime Greek yogurt. It's definitely like eating a dessert. I would like to try the plain Greek yogurt, but I'm so used to the sweetness of the fruit yogurts I'm not sure I will like it. I'll try some of the suggestions listed below. Thanks! - 3/20/2013   9:06:45 PM
    • 217
      I like thick textured things like yogurt, sour cream, and cream cheese, but greek yogurt has this weird, chalky feel to it. I tried 2 different chobani flavors and was not satisfied. I did try Liberte greek yogurt, of the lemon variety. That was better, but I have a feeling it was because the lemon pulp distracted my tongue from the yogurt's chalky consistency. - 3/20/2013   8:41:54 PM
    • 216
      LOVE LOVE LOVE Chobani!!!! My favorite flavors are the 2% mango, 2% pineapple, 0% lemon, & 0% blueberry.

      I agree that the fruit on the bottom varieties are on the sweet side, but the plain is excellent as well. I use it as a mayo substitute in my chicken salad. The chobani website also has a recipes section with smoothies, muffins, anything you can think of using chobani.

      Recently, I tried their new "flips" product (Key Lime Crumble). It is key lime flavored chobani with a section of graham cracker bits and white chocolate chips. It was absolutely delicious! I had eaten most of the yogurt before I realized that I never mixed in my "crumble"; it was great either way! A dessert with only 170 cal & 3g of fat (25g carbs, 11g protein)? I am SOLD! - 3/17/2013   11:24:27 PM
    • HAPPYONENOW
      215
      I really like the plain chobani, I have it in my smoothies each day. Also Oikos is really good too, never been a fan of yogurt but when I tried the greek yogurt I was hooked! If its too bland then add whatever your favorite fruit is. I try to keep it as simple as possible, blueberries, raspberries etc. I never add any type of sugar, regular or splenda or stevia. I find the berries have enough sweetness themselves. - 3/16/2013   12:49:47 PM
    • SOULILD
      214
      I had never liked yogurt until I had Oikos Key Lime Greek Yogurt. It is creamy and smooth, tangy and sweet, and I'd eat it over icecream any day! Every person I have shared it with loves it as well. :) - 3/15/2013   10:03:59 PM
    • PUGGLEMONKEY
      213
      I enjoy this yogurt - esp strawberry, but like the idea of controlling the amount of sugar in it. I'm going to try other commentators suggestion to buy the plain version and add my own extras - thanks fellow sparkers! - 3/15/2013   8:41:40 PM
    • 212
      Yeahhhhh! My very favorite!!! - 3/13/2013   5:22:16 PM
    • 211
      I prefer Oikos fat free plain then I add a little honey and bare naked granola. The flavored yogurt have too much sugar for me. - 3/3/2013   11:06:41 AM
    • 210
      I buy unflavored Greek yoghurt and add my own fruit and a splash of vanilla or almond extract. My favorite brands, in order, are Trader Joe's, Fage, then Chobani. The one I won't buy again is Greek Gods! - 3/2/2013   6:08:56 PM
    • FINDINGHER
      209
      I have never really liked yogurt very much, would buy it and leave it in my fridge until it expired. However, I LOVE greek yogurt and am a fan of Chobani--love the mango, pomegranite and black cherry flavors particularly. - 4/18/2012   8:23:16 PM
    • 208
      I've eaten Chobani and it was really good. Then I found Taste Inspirations (Food Lion chain brand) Greek yogurt. It's under a dollar and I like it better than Chobani. I eat the vanilla kind with a tablespoon of flaxseed mixed in. Love it! - 4/14/2012   8:53:51 PM
    • 207
      I do love this yogurt but not the price. - 3/4/2012   3:18:19 PM
    • TRISH1212
      206
      I love this yogurt. I enjoy it as a late morning snack. It keeps me from overeating at lunch. - 1/14/2012   7:09:06 PM
    • 205
      Chobani are my favorite, I only buy this brand. I love them all. - 5/31/2011   10:23:19 PM
    • CBLESSED
      204
      I recently found out about this product and while some flavors do not have the awesome-ness as other flavors (calling Honey out here)... I will never go back to "normal yogurt" again. I have a great sweet tooth that normally dictates what sugar I put into my mouth, but I am able to tame that beast with this delicious treat, that at times even seems like a facny dessert. - 4/4/2011   11:34:39 AM
    • MARYISALOSER1
      203
      I prefer Chobani to regular low-fat yogurt - like the thickness of it, and especially that it's natural. I like the fruit on the bottom, but think I'll try the plain and put my own fresh fruit on it. - 1/4/2011   1:46:50 PM
    • LAURADURFEE
      202
      Greek yogurt is very expensive to eat every day. I have found that making my own is the ticket. I have tried several brands including Yoplait regular and lite vanilla, walmart store brand vanilla, and Mountain High Lowfat Vanilla and the Mountain High works the best. There are so many additives in the other brands, you just can't strain them out! Mountain High lowfat plain and vanilla strained through a coffee filter overnight makes the BEST yogurt in the morning. I add in a small sliced banana and a sprinkle of grape-nuts cereal and its a perfect healthy breakfast or snack and a low cost. - 1/4/2011   12:35:45 PM
    • 201
      I've tried several of the greek-style yogurts and Chobani is by far my least favorite. The plain and vanilla varieties were really bland and barely palatable. No wonder most of the commenters like one of the fruit varieties of Chobani.
      I would recommend people try some of the other brands, like Greek Gods and Fage. I would even take the Trader Joes non-fat plain greek-style yogurt over the Chobani, even though it is bland as well. - 1/4/2011   11:31:44 AM
    • JUDIEB1946
      200
      While watching Biggest Loser one night, Bob was telling one of the contestants that non-gat Greek Yogurt was a good snack especially due to the higher protein. I showed it to my daughter and the next thing I know she brought one to me. It was the vanilla and while it was good, seemed bland. I now buy the 12 pack box at Costco and love the blueberry and peach. Not fond of the strawberry as the strawberrys seem "old" and I'm not particularly fond of strawberries in the first place. I would love to try some other flavors but the stores in my area seem to have only blueberry, peach, strawberry and vanilla. Hoping to find a pomegrant one.

      After eating the Chobani, tried a Yoplait and could hardly eat it. Will have to see if I can find Yoplait Greek. - 10/15/2010   1:22:43 PM
    • 199
      I recently tried the strawberry banana one. yum. I usually eat soy yogurt because I prefer to be vegan, but I had to see what all the hype was about with Greek yogurt.pretty good, really! I loved how thick it was but low fat unlike those custard style Yoplaits. Still, the chobani yogurts may just a once in a while thing though . . - 7/2/2010   7:45:33 PM
    • 198
      I have a question - I have been using Voskos Greek Yogurt, which has 9 grams carb and 23 grams protein. Regular plain yogurt has 17 grams of carb and 12 grams of protein. So how come straining doubles the protein and halves the carb? Is there sugar leaving with the whey?

      Thanks for answering this. It has been preplexing me!
      - 6/10/2010   7:59:06 PM
    • BILL-YOGURT-LAB
      197
      My wife and I love Siggis yogurt and it is easy to make: http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/ma
      king-skyr-yogurt-420633


      On a 6 oz cup basis, a quart would cost up to $16 retail but I make it for $1 including extra dry milk in only 3 hours.

      - 4/18/2010   6:21:49 PM
    • 196
      I know this story is a little old, but it pulled up when I was searching on-line for Chobani's website. I recently tried this and OMG, I love it! My first was the 2% pineapple. It was rich and creamy and thick and very satisfying. Many yogurts leave you hungry after eating it. This one does the trick! I highly recommend it! - 3/26/2010   3:06:02 PM
    • 195
      Chobani sounds yummy!! I never had greek yogurt. I will see if I could find in my area.
      thank you for information. - 2/26/2010   8:17:53 AM
    • 194
      I just tried this stuff and was AMAZED by how rich and creamy it is. I'm a new fan. - 2/22/2010   4:04:03 PM
    • 193
      Can't wait to make some with my low fat goat's milk. I make super-fatted goat milk soaps. After straining off the cream for the soap, this recipe will give me a chance to enjoy some lowfat GREEK GOAT yogurt! - 2/21/2010   4:37:36 AM
    • 192
      Love love love this yogurt I think it makes a great dessert - 2/19/2010   10:50:47 PM
    • 191
      I recently tried the pomegranate non fat yogurt and it was fabulous. This is a product that I would buy again. It tasted fresh. I am looking forward to trying the other flavors, like the plain and the vanilla. - 2/18/2010   6:57:18 AM
    • KOAGEM
      190
      I used to live in Budapest, and ate greek yogurt and kefir all the time, usually plain or with fruit on top. I tried a few other brands once I came home to the US, but none ever matched the taste. Tried Chobani a few days ago, and just stocked up because it was on sale. I love this stuff! It reminds me of the kinds I got in Europe - creamy, tangy, and with fruit flavor that tastes fruity and not super sweet (as long as you spend some time mixing the flavoring in) I also love the extra protein content and can't believe that most of it is nonfat. - 2/14/2010   4:51:39 PM
    • 189
      0 fat FAGE brand with some crushed walnuts and a drizzle of honey....divine...my favorite dessert!
      I also use this yogurt anywhere I used to use sour cream... thick, creamy, tangy...Yum! - 2/12/2010   6:06:26 PM
    • 188
      Skyr is better than Greek yoghurt, but I do like Greek yoghurt better than regular yoghurt. However, neither of those is available where I live, so I enjoy plain nonfat yoghurt and add fruit. I might try making some Greek yoghurt, though. - 2/11/2010   11:28:17 AM
    • 187
      I love how satisfying the super thick greek yogurts are - but I don't love spending so much on it, so I make my own. All you need is a piece of cloth, like cheesecloth or muslin, a strainer and something to strain over. In a few hours it's thicker - but if you strain it over night in the fridge you can get something as thick as cream cheese - and can be used to substitute for cream cheese too.

      I mix it with honey, maple or agave syrup depending on my mood. Or If I need something savory I mix in a little salt, chives and herbs.

      If you decide to strain your own, avoid the yogurts with a bunch of additives and stabilizers like gelatin - they are engineered not to separate properly. I like Nancy's. - 1/10/2010   2:09:52 AM

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