Checking Out Chobani

Chobani plain nonfat yogurt, 6oz.

Earlier I wrote a post about Fage Greek yogurt and mangoes. Tiffany from the Chobani Greek yogurt company saw my post and offered to send me samples of Chobani yogurt. Within two days of our email correspondence a box of Chobani Greek yogurt samples – kept cool in a Styrofoam ice chest with ice packs – arrived on my doorstep. That evening I had a Greek yogurt taste testing.

Strawberry, plain and vanilla.

For all my Koine-loving friends, Chobani is derived from the Greek word chopani meaning shepherd. Good thing I had Tiffany to lead me to this yogurt.

AgroFarma, the company that makes Chobani yogurt, is based in upstate New York. It was founded in 2005 by Hamdi Ulukaya, a third-generation Turkish food maker who desired to bring the high quality yogurt of the Mediterranean to the United States.

In addition to plain Greek yogurt, I sampled four flavored yogurts: vanilla, strawberry, blueberry and peach. Chobani also makes a nonfat honey yogurt, lowfat (2%) plain and original (10%) plain yogurt. This review will compare Chobani’s nonfat plain yogurt with Fage’s.

Low in fat and sugar, high in protein.

The first difference I noticed between the Fage and Chobani plain nonfat Greek yogurt was the texture. Chobani has a smoother, more liquid texture than Fage. While I might smear Fage on a slab of pumpernickel and top with fruit, Chobani’s runny texture, which is more akin to traditional American yogurt, made it lovely for simply eating as is. Fage almost sticks to the roof of your mouth, so adding fruit or honey is essential.

Chobani on the left, Fage on the right.

Chobani’s plain nonfat yogurt was also tarter than Fage’s. I really like tart plain yogurt as a starting point because you can add whatever you have on hand to temper the kick to your liking, while still maintaining an undertone of tartness. Think of it as layering the components in yogurt: you could have mild+sweet or tart+sweet.

Fage on the left, Chobani on the right--with honey and walnuts.

I rarely ever eat plain yogurt without any topping, so I decided to try both yogurts with honey and walnuts. The texture and tartness of the Chobani yogurt came together really nicely with this addition.

Peach, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry.

Peach was my favorite fruited yogurt, followed by blueberry and strawberry. I didn’t care for the vanilla, but I’ve never tasted a vanilla yogurt I like. My dad left the room saying, “Mmm, I loved that strawberry one!” and my mom’s favorite was the plain. The fruit yogurts have only a fraction of the sugar of regular American fruit yogurts, which is a huge plus.

The Chobani yogurt was packaged in attractive 6 oz. cups. Serving sizes can vary from 6oz. to 8 oz. from brand to brand, so keep that in mind f you’re doing your own comparing of yogurt nutrition facts.

Still curious about Chobani or wondering where you can buy it? Check out www.chobani.com.

6 Thoughts on “Checking Out Chobani

  1. Wow those Chobani Look good! Thanks so much for the blog post, the Chobani team is very happy you enjoyed the yogurt.

  2. andrealein on October 1, 2008 at 8:45 AM said:

    Thanks, Tiffany! Yes, I did enjoy the yogurt and had a lot of fun sampling them and writing the post. Keep sharing the yogurt love!

  3. So what is the real difference between Greek yogurt and lets say, Yoplait?

  4. andrealein on October 12, 2008 at 12:27 AM said:

    Erica, in response to your question I’ve procured some Yoplait and more Greek yogurt and am preparing to write another post. I walked into the grocery store to just buy Yoplait but came out with 5 other kinds of yogurt! :)

  5. lauranne on October 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM said:

    Looks like you’re starting a taste-testing experiment akin to Robin’s peach yogurt comparison.

  6. andrealein on October 28, 2008 at 12:44 PM said:

    Yes! I definitely though of Robin when I was doing the taste test. Maybe we could start some sort of nation-wide review of products from a particular region. We would have representatives throughout the country and they’d give their input on what’s available in their local stores…

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