I used to hate yoghurt as a child and now I am a rather fussy yoghurt eater. I only like thick yoghurt; none of that runny stuff for me. And especially not the stuff packed full of artificial flavours. I went through a stage where I was making yoghurt with one of those EasiYo systems but I could never get the yoghurt completely smooth and it all seemed like too much effort for someone so picky about yoghurt. Then I discovered Country Valley Lush yoghurt and it absolutely stole my heart. It is the thickest, lushest, creamiest yoghurt I have ever tasted. I have been known to buy it by the 2kg tub!
The team at Chobani kindly sent us some of their Greek Yogurt to try (and while it bugs me that yoghurt is spelt yogurt, I’ll get over it). Greek yoghurt is not something I would claim to be an expert in. From my understanding it is naturally a thicker style yoghurt and is made in a similar way to labneh, the delicious Middle Eastern cheese made from yoghurt, in that both are strained yoghurts (no doubt labneh is what you get if you strain the yoghurt for a longer period of time). I absolutely adore labneh, so surely Greek yoghurt would be my thing?! The verdict?
Chobani Greek Yogurt Flavours ($2.14 per 170g tub).
Starting with the 170g flavoured tubs, I was pleasantly surprised by the Greek yoghurt; extremely thick and slightly sour, I can see why Chobani has grown into an international brand. Passionfruit was by far the stand out flavour, followed by the strawberry and peach. Some of the other fruit flavours were a bit of a letdown and although the tubs state that the products have “all natural ingredients” I found some tasted quite fake and just didn’t hit the spot for me, but at the end of the day the range is quite broad and caters for a range of tastes.
Chobani Greek Yogurt Plain Low Fat 2% ($6.22 per 907g tub).
There are four key things I look for in yoghurt – thickness, low sugar content, high protein content and great flavour. Chobani is definitely thick so that box was easily ticked. It has only 2.7% sugar content so you can rest assured it hasn’t been packed full of unnecessary sugars like so many other yoghurt brands on the market. And it has 9.7% protein which is a huge amount for yoghurt (and one of the reasons I first started eating more yoghurt was when I was training and was looking for snacks that were low in carbohydrates (processed sugars) and high in protein). The last thing I look for is of course the flavour – and Chobani tastes great.
I ate the plain yoghurt on its own and with berries for breakfast. Then I used some of it to make tzatziki to go with some beautiful lamb cutlets we were having for dinner one night. And finally I used the remaining yoghurt to test out the frozen yoghurt pop maker we were sent.
Unfortunately the frozen yoghurt was disappointing. We make our own ice cream and sorbets so we are used to lush frozen desserts made just to our liking. I’m not sure if it was the recipe or something I did, but the frozen yoghurt was rock hard and not as I had expected. This might be because the recipe on the pop box and the recipe on the tub of yoghurt differed? Or maybe it was just me? I have no idea, but sadly the frozen yoghurt didn’t live up to my expectations. Next time I might just have to play around with the levels of yoghurt, fruit and sweeteners.
Overall I found the plain Greek yoghurt absolutely gorgeous. Extremely thick and creamy with just the right level of sourness, it exceeded my expectations and is something I would definitely purchase time and again.
A Food Story sampled goods courtesy of Chobani.