The Chobani has Landed

Thursday, January 19, 2012
For some time now, I've been hearing nothing but great things about this magical brand of Greek yoghurt - Chobani.  Its been all over many of the healthy living/fitness blogs I read and I've been dying to be one of the cool kids who gets to eat it.  Sadly, it was only available in the USofA (booo).  Then, one wonderful day a few weeks ago, I discovered (quite by chance) that Chobani is now available in Canada (Yay!).  My dreams were quickly dashed once again when their website taunted me with the news that it was available only in the Greater Toronto Area (boooo).

I was not going to give up that easily.  I fired off a quick overly enthusiastic e-mail to the Canadian part of the company and demanded begged them to let me try their yoghurts.  Not even 24 hours later, I received an equally enthusiastic response from Ashley in their "Digital Communications" department saying they'd "love to send a sampling of our 'gurts to review".  Wow.  I asked, I received.  Kudos to Chobani for their great service! 

There was a delay in the shipping and I was supposed to receive an updated delivery date when WHAMMO!  I came home to find mom stocking the fridge with half a shelf of yoghurts!  Originally Ashley and her manager, Emily, had mentioned four flavours that are available in Canada:  black cherry, pomegranate, peach and strawberry.  I said I'd take whatever I could get.  I was hoping they'd give me one or two of each to try but when it arrived, they only flavours included were the pomegranate and the black cherry.  No worries - I'm not going to complain when I'm getting it for free!

Since I'm not a huge fan of pomegranates, and Mom wasn't too keen on the black cherry, it was an easy decision about who got to sample which ones.  First up, Mommikins and the Chobani Pomegranate:
Free food? Yes please.
We had a lot of fun seeing who could outdo the other when it came to making the weirdest faces.  Yes, put a camera in front of us, and this is what you get.
That Mom, what a kidder.
Don't worry Chobani, Mom actually quite enjoyed the pomegranate.  See?
Oh yeah baby...yoooooooghurrrrrt.
This was one of the tamest photos I could include of her and her 'gurt.  Mom wins the creepiest yoghurt eating face contest, hands down.
Mom gives the pomegranate the thumbs up.
I have to admit, I wasn't a fan of the pom.  Nothing wrong with the yoghurt itself, just not a flavour I would eat.  But now it was my turn to sample the black cherry.
Not just cherry - BLACK cherry
While Mom's yoghurt seemed to have the fruit mixed in a bit, I discovered a treasure trove of cherry chunks sitting on the bottom of my cup just waiting for me to whisk into the creamy soft yoghurt.
Yoghurt CAN be sexy, no?  Uh...probably no.
And the weird faces contest continues...
Oooooh CHERRY!
Black Cherry Chobani? A thumbs up from me.
Just like I didn't like the flavour of the pomegranate, Mom didn't like the black cherry - she said it was too sweet?!

Overall, we both liked Chobani's greek yoghurt.  However, we both agreed that we prefer our yoghurt with a bit of fat in it (Chobani's are fat free).  One thing I really appreciated was that, unlike most big brand name fat free/low fat yoghurts, Chobani doesn't use aspartame, Splenda or any other artificial sweeteners.  Would I buy it in the store?  Good question.  Given the choice between the no-fat Chobani and a Greek yoghurt with fat, such as Liberte, I think I would likely choose the other yoghurt.  This is just a personal preference - I like the fat.  Honestly, neither of us could find any other fault with the Chobani.  The taste, texture, serving size - all great.

In fact, the serving size is actually a plus for Chobani compared to the individual Liberte yoghurts and other brands.  The Chobani containers are larger although not filled to the top with product.  This allows plenty of room to swirl/mix the fruit and yoghurt together or to add in some crunchy cereal or granola as we did after the initial test.  Chobani has put a THOUGHT into their packaging for sure. 

A HUGE thank you to the folks at Chobani Canada, especially Ashley and Emily, for their help and their generosity.  I am happy to give their Greek yoghurt a thumbs up from both Mom and I, and would gladly recommend.  The Chobani folks generously gave me 6 of each flavour so I'll be able to share with my family when I see them this weekend.  I'm looking forward to the day when Chobani goes on sale in Western Canada and we get some more of the flavours that our American cousins get to enjoy:  Apple Cinnamon, Lemon, Raspberry... Mmmmmm.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review and my opinions (and those of my mother) are our own.  Chobani did not contact me, I contacted them.  Is there anything else I need to declare?


Wandering Coyote said...

I love this story! Reminds me of the time I got all that POM Wonderful to sample from the company. Free samples are always awesome. I would probably prefer the black cherry, too. :)

Emily, Chobani said...

Thanks again for taking the time to review and offering up your honest opinion... and mom's!

Emily, Chobani

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