Product Review: Chobani Greek Yogurt

Do dudes eat Greek Yogurt?
This was the question facing me, quite literally, as I contemplated my manhood over the pink-masked container of Chobani yogurt on my desk. Even the yuletide offerings of Bing Crosby, playing slowly in my peripheral, weren’t enough to distract me from this most pressing of concerns. After all, I had not once (and still have not) seen a grown adult male reach for the ultra-chic dairy byproduct, which I’ve found to be a favorite of the kind of “healthy balance” women’s cooking blogs that I may or may not accidentally stumble upon every so often. Knowing such, I freely admit that I was tempted to back away as I continued to debate the matter with myself.
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Still, I pressed forward, yet with questions still abounding. Sure, the 6 oz. container packed twice the protein of a regular nonfat yogurt; and true, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to boost my calcium intake and eat something that was actually good for me over the Holidays, but was I really willing to risk my manhood over the issue?  It was as if Burt Reynolds and the rest of the Man Law Counsel had called an emergency pre-Christmas session to deliberate on my actions. What would the verdict be? I gulped, took a deep breath, and then drew my spoon.
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Ok, ok, enough of the dramatic monologue. Truth be told, my first experience with Greek yogurt was anticlimactic, to say the least. At $1.25 for a 6 oz. container I normally avoid this stuff, but a “Dollar Off Any Chobani Product” coupon finally got me to bite. I ended up purchasing their “plain” flavor, which I can best describe as having a tart-tangy taste which has a slightly bitter quality about it. In other words it tasted like plain yogurt, just with the “tang” factor slightly intensified. And yes, I am one of “those” people who actually does buy plain flavored nonfat yogurt and adds their own fruit. But that’s not the point. The point is that Greek yogurt (so I’ve been told) is suppose to deliver a level of creaminess which far surpasses that of regular yogurt, and in this instance I can say that Chobani just didn’t deliver. It was creamier than regular nonfat yogurt to be sure, but compared to low-fat yogurt I found it almost indistinguishable in mouth feel and texture.
Chobani Greek Yogurt 3Honestly, after trying Chobani Greek Yogurt, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Yes, I am all for its nutritional merit, but in the end nonfat Greek yogurt seemed to taste and feel a lot like regular old lowfat yogurt. I guess if you really, really, really feel it necessary to shave off 3 grams of fat and bulk up the protein you could make this a regular purchase, but in the end I think I’ll just stick to a well balanced diet and regular old, 50-cent yogurt. To sum it all up: not a bad product, but probably not worth the price considering the alternatives.

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Pros: Perhaps the single most nutritional thing I have ever eaten and will ever hope to eat in my lifetime. Nice tanginess which lends itself to fruit customization. Higher than average level of creaminess for a non-fat yogurt. Not watery like other fat-free yogurts. Au natural.

Cons: Expensive. Doesn't distinguish itself from regular yogurts made from 1-2% milkfat. May or may not be "a girl thing." Did I mention it's expensive?

Price: $1.25 per 6 oz. container

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: Chobani.com
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Calories: 100
Total Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 80mg
Total Carbs: 7 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
Sugars: 7 grams (non added)
Protein: 18 grams
Calcium: 20%

14 comments on “Product Review: Chobani Greek Yogurt

  1. Patrick says:

    What is Greek Yogurt?

  2. Aimee S. says:

    Try Fage next time and get one that’s flavored or just put in some fruit jam or honey or nuts. Chobani is good but Fage is better. Yes, it’s expensive but it’s way better than the HFCS crap you get with the other yogurts on the market.

  3. Count me as one dude that eats yogurt. I love it.

  4. Crystal says:

    Another vote for Fage. Its wicked creamy texture makes me think that I’m eating something really bad for me, like a brick of cream cheese or something.

  5. haha. i have a hard time eating yogurt without excessive piles of fruit, granola, etc. because dairy products make me super queasy.

    however, the ones i can sometimes stomach are oikos (by stonyfield) in honey or plain or just regular old american stonyfield in plain.

    but since you buy plain yogurt anyway, i wouldn’t even bother making the more expensive switch. i think people (read: girls) choose greek yogurt over traditional to avoid all the weird artificial flavorings and sugars. also because it’s super trendy right now.

  6. Ryan says:

    Dude checking in here… Yeah I eat Greek yogurt. I actually just had some Chobani with pomegranate the other day.

  7. Adam says:

    @Aimee and Katie,
    I like weird artificial flavors and sugars. To be clear, I did mix up a banana and some sugar is this nonsense, but it was nothing special.

  8. JamieSusan says:

    I reviewed this last spring during my
    Greek yogurt obsession. It’s tasty for being fat free but not nearly as delicious as Fage.

  9. Adam Bomb says:

    Do they make this in bacon cheeseburger flavor? If so, count me in!

    But seriously, folks. I’d give this a shot if I saw it at the supermarket. I’ll be on the lookout.

  10. Francois says:

    I agree with Fage and if you live near a Trader Joe’s, their greek yogurt is also good (and cheap).

  11. Ryan says:

    Just had some Oikos with blueberry this morning. Good stuff.

  12. Lydia says:

    I think Chobani is well worth the price b/c it has all natural ingredients. Take a look at your cheap yogurts and you’ll see a lot of manufactured “food products” that are not only not nutritional but potentially harmful to your health. You pay for quality and with the lack of artificial sweetners, no preservatives or rBST treated milk, it is cheaper in the long run b/c it doesn’t damage your health!

  13. perry says:

    … yes. It *will* give you man-boobs. Real men eat generic non-fat yogurt.

    But Fage is worth challenging traditional notions of masculinity for. Especially with mango.

  14. Cait says:

    Have you tried Skyr? It’s not yogurt, but super creamy and has loads of protein and no fat. :) It’s not all trendy like Greek yogurt (I like to “make” my own by getting plain yogurt and straining it through several layers of cheesecloth in a colander) and it’s not super cheap, but I love the stuff.

    Technically it’s a cheese, I think… but it comes in fruity flavors. I’ve always found it at Whole Foods.