When I was studying in Greece, Greek yogurt was kind of a big deal. Obviously. Yogurt with Honey was listed as a dessert on the menu of most restaurants (tavernas, they are called). And it really was a perfect dessert. Just a bowl of thick Greek Yogurt with honey drizzled over the top. A little tart. A little sweet. A nice light finish to my favorite Greek dinner.
Before I travelled to Greece, I’d never heard of Greek yogurt. But now, Greek yogurt has become a much bigger deal even here in the United States. It’s common to see several different brands and flavors of Greek yogurt lining the shelves of any average grocery store. I love Greek yogurt, so I’m glad it’s becoming easier to find. But whenever I have a lot of options, I always want to know which one is the best. So I was excited to have this opportunity, thanks to Yoplait!, to start to differentiate and compare those various Greek yogurt options.
I brought my two Greek yogurt options home to test them out. The first thing I did was compare the nutritional information. Both cups of yogurt are the same size. Yoplait has more sugar and more calories, 18 g sugar and 140 calories, versus Chobani at 15 g sugar and 130 calories. I’m more conscious of the sugar amount than the total calories, though.
Next, the ingredient list. When I look at products, I usually look at the ingredient list first. I like it to be “real” food, which, to me, means that I can understand and pronounce all the ingredients, there’s nothing freaky (like HFCS), and I’m not too keen on preservatives either.
Yoplait: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Nonfat Milk, Fruit Blend (blueberries, sugar, water, modified corn starch, malic acid, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3), contains 0.5% or less of: Potassium Sorbate added to maintain freshness, yogurt cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus), natural flavor.
Chobani: Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Blueberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavor.
Chobani is definitely winning on the ingredient list. I like that Blueberries is the second ingredient. I understand what the Chobani ingredients are. I’ve used pectin before making jams and jellies. Locust Bean gum comes from carob seeds. For the Yoplait ingredients, malic acid, modified corn starch, and potassium sorbate immediately jump out to me as red flags, making their yogurt more processed and chemically-messed with, less natural.
Now it’s time to open up the yogurt. The Chobani needs to be stirred since the fruit is on the bottom. Whereas, the Yoplait, you can just dive right in. This makes the Yoplait an easier option for little kids, or sending in my 2-year-old’s lunch to Mother’s Day Out. For myself, I don’t really mind having to stir it.
Finally, it’s time for the taste test. The first thing that really stands out is that the Yoplait Greek Yogurt tastes much sweeter. I’m not a big sweets person, so this was a downside for me. The Chobani yogurt had a bit more tartness mixed in with the sweet blueberries. Both yogurts had a similar texture. Neither is as thick as the true Greek yogurt I had in Greece. The blueberries in the Chobani yogurt seemed fresher. I chewed through entire blueberries, squishing out their juices. The Yoplait blueberries are not so whole and distinguished from the yogurt. On the whole, Chobani was the clear winner for me. Fresher, tastier, less sweet, less artificial.
I gave my husband a blind taste test of the two yogurts. He preferred the Yoplait, saying it tasted “fruitier, sweeter, and less yogurt-y” so it seems like it largely depends on your preferences for sweetness. Regardless, I wish Yoplait would use more natural ingredients!
In this #TasteOff Challenge, I was limited to just Chobani vs. Yoplait. But I’ve been inspired. Stay tuned for a full Greek Yogurt taste testing next week where I taste and compare all the brands on the shelf!
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