Fast Food Review: Yogurt Parfaits from Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A just released Yogurt Parfaits nationwide and today I consumed both.  Not to worry though, the two parfaits combined are only 440 calories and 9.5 grams of fat…I will keep my Kohl’s catalogue model-esque figure, don’t you worry ladies (only kidding 😛 ).  I’ve been known to grab the Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait at McDonald’s from time to time so why not give these Chick-fil-A newcomers a taste and do a few comparisons.

Chick-fil-A Yogurt ParfaitsTough for me to pass up some Chick-fil-A Nuggets or one of their Cool Wraps at lunch time but that’s exactly what I did.  Yeah these can be seen as a breakfast menu item but they are available all day.  With a price tag of $2.25 each, I was expecting something a little more substantial.  At about 7 ounces, it’s really kinda small for $2.25. Seeing as though McDonald’s parfaits are only $1.00 and also about 7 ounces, I was disappointed at the CFA price.  The two main components of the CFA Parfait are the vanilla yogurt and strawberry slices.  The Chick-fil-A yogurt and strawberries were tastier and fresher than what I’m used to from the McD’s version so that’s a plus.  Blind taste test on yogurt and strawberries alone makes CFA the easy winner.  I’ve always found the McD’s yogurt to taste a tad off…like an artificial quality that is very noticeable once you have the CFA version.  Also the strawberry slices with the CFA parfait were perfect (I sometimes get strawberries that are still frozen from McD’s).

Chick-fil-A Yogurt Parfait with GranolaNow let’s focus on how you can top off your parfait.  You have the granola option and the Oreo Cookie crumble option.  The Yogurt Parfait with Granola will set you back 240 calories and 5 grams of fat. This was my favorite of the two topping options.  Sweet and crunchy clusters of granola are a perfect match with vanilla yogurt and fresh sliced strawberries.  This one was a no-brainer.  The Oreo Cookie topping seemed kind of odd to me. Before I tasted it, I already had it in mind that this medley wouldn’t really work as well.  Of course it’s all a matter of personal preference but Oreo Cookies and strawberry slices kind of clash.  Sure, chocolate covered strawberries are a good match but a crumbly Oreo doesn’t complement a sweet strawberry.  The only advantage I see of Oreo over granola is that the Oreo Parfait is less calories (200) and fat (4.5 grams).

Chick-fil-A Yogurt Parfait with CookiesSo all it really comes down to is granola or cookie.  The granola works a lot better so that is my recommendation.  When I get a craving for Oreo cookies at Chick-fil-A I’ll be grabbing a hand-spun milkshake 😀 .  I was a little turned off by the $2.25 price when compared to $1.00 at McDonald’s, but I also feel that the CFA parfait is a tastier and better quality product. It’s a low calorie and low fat snack that is worthy of a try.

Pros: Healthy. Tasty and fresh ingredients. Two options.

Cons: Price compared to McDonald's ($2.25 vs $1.00). Wasn't thrilled by the Oreo topping.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.25

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

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12 comments on “Fast Food Review: Yogurt Parfaits from Chick-fil-A

  1. MMMMM either looks good to me, but at a $2.25 price tag I think I will just buy a Yoplait and some granola and make my own parfait at home. 😛

    I wish Chick was just a tiny bit cheaper 🙁

  2. SkippyMom says:

    too expensive – have to agree – the same size yogurts at the grocery store with the tops full of granola, sprinkles or oreo crumbs are $1….and really tasty [so my kids say]

    I always found it fascinating that granola has more calores than oreo cookie crumbs – people think it is so healthy, but short of homemade – it isn’t.

  3. Adam says:

    Great review Ryan, but I echo the sentiments about these being expensive. Any decent supermarket will carry YoPlait Crunch, and those are about 6 oz. and usually less than a buck. I’m willing to pay extra for Chick-Fil-A nuggets or other items, but that is because they honestly cannot be replicated. Not so sure about these…

  4. Jillian says:

    Hahaha Kohl’s catalogue model?!? I have to tell you I laughed pretty really hard when I read that. 🙂 Nah sike, those models are hot.

    I’m glad you reviewed this. Now I’m craving granola + yogurt. Fun times!

  5. Employee says:

    I’ve never been much of a yogurt fan but when these came in at the store, of course, I was all on trying it on the first day. Just because I work for CFA doesn’t mean I gloss over facts or view my place of income with rose tinted glasses.

    I have to say, these seem overly sweet to me compared to other yogurts I’ve tried. Compared to the McDonald’s parfaits, CFA’s seems more yogurt than fruit, there are only a few slices of strawberries and no blueberries. And with McD’s published serving size weight of a typical 7oz at 150g and CFA at 200g, there are aspects to consider. Not to mention that CFA has always been pricier than other fast food establishments. It’s called the common practice of the “Healthy Title Premium” price tag.

    I don’t get the sugar content though, CFA producing around 36g of sugar with the granola. McD’s has 21g of sugar. That’s probably why I thought the CFA parfaits were a bit sweet or maybe it’s the difference in serving weight size? No idea.

    One thing I did like about the CFA parfait was it didn’t leave this weird aftertaste from the yogurt like Yoplait does.

    I do agree with others here about the price. At $2.25, it costs more than the chicken biscuit or the minis for a breakfast option, even if it is healthier! I’d be content with the parfait being $1.75ish.

  6. Marco says:

    I’d definitely grab this. Looks tasty…maybe a little expensive for what it is but virtually guilt-free right?

  7. Spark says:

    These look yummy! I love when places use fresh fruit for parfaits. I’ve gotten still-frozen fruit way too many times with the McDonalds version.

  8. Kay says:

    My 17 month yr old grandson and I love the yougurt and strawberrys at Chick filet. He eats his yogurt plain and I have mine with the granola. I always order his with the granola package and I use it on Bryers light vanilla bean yogurt later. When my grandson won’t eat anything else , he will eat Chick filets yogurt. We both prefer Chick filets yogurt over McDonalds, but McDonalds is alot closer to home so we eat both. McDonalds is a little more sour, which some people may prefer. My grandson always makes a funny face when he eats McDonalds. Chick Filets is sweeter yogurt with just sweet strawberrys. I like the price of McDonalds but it is smaller. So I guess you get what you pay for.

  9. Rae says:

    I have heard a rumor that Chick Filet milkshakes contain LARD. Any true to it?

  10. I have to say as a person who buys a Mc Ds. Fruit and yogurt parfait bi-weekly (or more) that the chick parfait *that I am eating currently purchased w/ my free coupon* is absolutely fantastic, the fruit is so sweet, and the yogurt is very tasty. I am a fan of both Mc ds and chicks yogurt, I cant (nor my hubby) can seem to find yogurt in any store that seems to have the exact same flavor. I swear they infuse this stuff w/ sugar 😛 The Danon Light n fit/ Danon brands just don’t have the same flavor intensity, somethings diffrent.
    Needless to say the Chicks parfait is far superior, the price is terrible.

  11. Shar says:

    Does anyone know what kind of yogurt Chick-Fil-A uses in their parfaits?
    I, too, had one for the first time today – with a Free Coupon – and without the granola. Wantedt to save a few calories. 🙂
    It was yummy!

  12. Brenda says:

    I love CF’s parfaits so much… I stop on my way home from work and order 4 to snack on for a few days…They are filling and has helped me to stay on track with my weight goal…..Put McD’s fruit in the same size container of yogurt as CF, then I say we have the perfect parfait!!!!!