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.
Tough 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).
Now 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).
So 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: ChickfilA.com