I recently switched from “regular” yogurt to Greek yogurt as I was trying to find added sources of protein in my diet. I admit it took awhile to get used to the tanginess that the variety is known for. I actually thought the first container I ever tried had gone bad, but looking back I was just not aware of the difference in taste!
From their website, check out how they make Oikos: We make our authentic Greek yogurt with a centuries-old straining method that removes the whey (liquid) from the yogurt. Called yiaourtiin Greece, Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, and its production requires about three times the milk used to make regular yogurt. We use fresh, delicious organic milk from family farms. Our organic fruits are hand-picked for the highest quality and prepared the same day to retain the freshest flavor. And we use five live active cultures:S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. casei.
I’ve been working my way through the coupons so I could review this product. So far, I’ve purchased one 16 oz. container of the “plain” variety:
A four pack of the “honey on the bottom” variety:
A four pack of the “caramel on the bottom” variety:
A 5.3oz container of the Strawberry on the bottom variety:
…and a 5.3oz container of the Vanilla variety:
MY THOUGHTS ON THESE PRODUCTS SO FAR:
On taste: I enjoyed the taste of each of these three products. The plain variety had the perfect amount of tang – it IS Greek yogurt, after all! The vanilla was spot on in the taste department. The honey and caramel varieties were fairly sweet, which made for a nice alternative for dessert or late night snack. I also think the strawberry had the perfect amount of flavoring.
On its consistency: I like my yogurt fairly thick, which is why I exclusively eat Greek style yogurt now. While I thought the consistency of the plain variety was good, once you mixed in the honey/caramel to the single servings, it caused the yogurt to get a bit thinner than I perfer. I have to admit: on this point, Chobani has Oikos beat.
On the serving/product sizes: I loved the size of the caramel and honey varieties. It was just the perfect amount to mix in with a small scoop of Cheerios for a perfect snack. The added protein in the Greek yogurt helped to hold me over until my next larger meals. The 16oz size of the plain variety was nice to have on hand. I could make my own Greek yogurt flavors by adding Trader Joe’s cranberry apple and/or pumpkin butters in a jiffy. My favorite will always be that 5.2oz size as they are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.
On stirring in the goodies “on the bottom”: I have NEVER been a fan of the “fruit on the bottom” varieties of traditional yogurts. It strangely grosses me out! I was hesitant to try the strawberry, caramel and honey cups, but I was pleasantly surprised. I noted how after stirring the caramel and honey ones, the consistency was a bit thinner than I preferred, but I wasn’t grossed out at all as I usually would be! I think Oikos has just the right amount of mix-ins for the amount of yogurt in the container. I wasn’t overwhelmed by any of the flavorings. There was a great balance between them and the yogurt, especially the strawberry variety.
On the value/price: One thing about Greek yogurt is that it is a splurge item for many people, since it can cost four times as much as your traditional yogurt. In the grocery stores where I used my free coupons, both the four packs and the 16oz container would have been $4.99 each, and the 5.2oz containers were $1.99 each. The Oikos brand is generally more expensive in my market than other choices of Greek yogurts, but I feel like I would spend the money on the “stuff on the bottom” single serves. I have heard great things about the chocolate variety, so I look forward to buying that soon!
Overall, I will continue to purchase Stonyfield products. As a bonus, I greatly appreciate their commitment to the healthy living lifestyle community: As part of our commitment to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet, we give 10% of our profits to efforts that help to protect and restore the earth. To date, we’ve gifted over $12 million. Thanks again to Kristina and everyone at Stonyfield Farm for sending me the coupons to let me try out their products!
How do you feel about Greek yogurt? Does it freak you out? Tempt your tastebuds?