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Let's talk store-bought yogurt -- what do you like?

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I am not sure that I love yogurt; I think I eat it because I think it might be good for me. It's a perfect fix coming from the gym.
At this moment, I like Stonyfield Farm organic -- maple vanilla is pretty good. I know there are other good ones -- what do you like?

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  1. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to Yogurt.

    I generally buy Yoplait, blueberry or cherry.

    If I can find it, sometimes I'll get Brown Cow Cream Top (blueberry or maple), which is really good because it has a top layer of thick cream.

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    1. re: ipse dixit

      Ahhhh -- I also like Brown Cow brand, however, I do worry about that cream top...too good to be good for me????? If I remember, they do make a low- or non-fat one???? How is the calorie count? I know that the Stonyfield Farm lowfat maple vanilla (organic) that I just finished is 130 calories for 6 oz. Oh, I hate to be so concerned, but if there are equally good brands with fewer calories (but they must be hound-worthy!), then I will opt for the fewer calories and spend those calories at Auntie Em's for a carrot cupcake!

      1. re: liu

        My absolute favorite is Brown Cow. They do make a lowfat and nonfat version. No cream on top of course (my favorite is whole milk maple) but they're good too. The lowfat lemon and nonfat strawberry are staples of my morning routine.

        1. re: Morgan

          I love Brown Cow, but my husband threw some out when I wasn't around because he thought it went bad!!!
          I also just tried some buffalo milk yogurt I got at Whole Foods, very tangy and thick like pudding.

          1. re: coll

            I, too, like the buffalo milk yogurt at Whole Foods. It has a very different flavor -- I can almost taste the pasture (I mean this in a good way!).

            1. re: coll

              really dont care for the cream-on-the-top yogurts, like Brown Cow - much prefer the homogenized whole milk yogurts

          2. re: liu

            I count carbs so the cream is not an issue. The low fat has far too many carbs and I don't want to talk baout sugar.

        2. I buy Stonyfield with cream on top and add Splenda and what ever fruit I feel like. When I can get it, Fage imported from Greece is my hands down favorite.

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          1. re: Candy

            Yes, I have purchased the Fage brand at Trader Joe's and I think Whole Foods in Southern California (not sure if it was Whole Foods, but I think so). Anyhow, Greek yogurt has quite a different texture from the others, don't you think?

            1. re: liu

              absolutely, much creamier and richer

              1. re: Candy

                Greek yogurt has a different texture because the whey has been drained off. You can do the same with many yogurts (ones that don't have gelatin or other binders) by draining overnight in the fridge. Even a couple hours draining will render much of the whey, and give you the thicker, richer tasting yogurt. (You can use the drained whey for soups, if you like.) Of course, Fage and other brands do the work for you, and the price reflects that.

          2. Fage is my favorite. First, I prefer plain yogurt so that I can flavor it as needed. Second I like the greek yogurt much better than any of the american ones, which I find to be way to runny and rather insipid. Plus they tend to put a lot of unnecessary junk into them.

            The greek yogurts are nice and thick, more like a sour cream. A drizzle of honey, a bit of fruit and some homemade granola - yum! Fage comes in many fat contents from nonfat to a totally decadent fullfat version which is like 22 grams of fat for a small container. I stay away from that one LOL.

            In a pinch if I couldn't find the Fage (which happens frequently) I'd go with Stonyfield. I do enjoy their Maple Vanilla.


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            1. re: sivyaleah

              Fage and honey and fruit and granola -- yuuuummmm! Thanks...I will give it a go! This is also great because I can control the sugar. Many of the store yogurts are just tooooo sweet. I like a little "tang" with mine!
              I am glad to hear that you, also, like Stonyfield maple vanilla.

              1. re: liu

                I really enjoy fage, too. But, here in NY, a single serve container sells for 2 bucks minimum. (I've seen it up to $3). That's just ridiculous.

                1. re: MM

                  True, but I've come to terms with the price -- Fage goes for about $1.80 at my local (Los Angeles) Trader Joe's -- which is about the same price I'd pay for a croissant or scone or something else less nutritious than yogurt that I might pick up on the way to work if I don't have a cup of Fage with a little honey before I leave home.

                  Yes, that's at least double the price of regular supermarket yogurt -- but I won't eat supermarket yogurt -- the texture is gelatinous, the sweetened kinds are too sweet, and the plain are just too sour.

                  I'm on the hunt for cheaper strained yogurt -- I'm convinced it must be out there. Any other brands I might find? -- maybe in markets that serve Armenian or other communities here in L.A?

                  1. re: jnovgirl

                    The Trader Joe's greek style yogurt is delicious and a better price than the Fage, which they also carry.
                    Their mediterranean yogurt is drained and denser.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      I noticed that stuff, but only saw a full-fat version, and would prefer something lower in fat -- I'll keep my eye out for a lowfat version.

                      1. re: jnovgirl

                        its only full fat so far which is what i prefer in yogurt.

                  2. re: MM

                    Have you tried Fairway or Sahadi's in Brooklyn? I can't remember what Fage went for at Fairway, but I believe I saw it at Sahadi's for under $2.

                    1. re: MM

                      FYI, it's shockingly easy to strain yogurt yourself. An Egyptian client of mine urged me to try it after I loved the strained yogurt at a Middle Eastern restaurant (he also bought me an industrial-size carton of yogurt to try with). Just put the yogurt in a strainer lined with paper towels over a bowl, stick it in the fridge, and let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight, and you'll get the consistency of Fage yogurt much more cheaply.

                      1. re: AppleSister

                        This is what my Lebanese grandparents would do as well. Usually using cheese cloth rather than a paper towel. For some reason I feel like she would leave it on the counter as well instead of the fridge but I'm not comfortable with that personally. I like it spread on bagels better than cream cheese.

                    2. re: liu

                      Also simple and sooo delicious is honey and walnuts on plain yogurt, just like they eat it in Greece!

                    3. re: sivyaleah

                      Fage, for sure.

                      I really like those little lowfat cups with the honey in the little compartment on the side.

                      But just the lowfat yogurt with fruit or granola or whatever is good. But always, always Fage.

                    4. I like Dannon Plain Lowfat, not fat free, yogurt. If I am splurging, I get the whole milk yogurt. I turn it upside down and let it drain on paper towels, a good thick layer, in a bowl in the fridge. After a few hours it is rich, thick and creamy and can be flavored as you wish to make a delicious dip,or sweetened and served as a dessert. It can also be added to salad dressing or ndian marinades.

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                      1. re: Fleur

                        Thanks for the idea about draining the liquid. I will try this.
                        I agree -- yogurt is great in anything Indian! Additionally, I sometimes make a stroganoff with yogurt instead of sour cream, and we don't miss the sour cream as long as the spices are good.

                        1. re: Fleur

                          And thanks, again -- you have solved my dinner dilemma for tomorrow night. I'll do something with yogurt and curry...

                          1. re: liu

                            Not to stray into the cooking boards territory but a WARNING about cooking with yogurt. DO NOT use low fat or fat free. The pectin melts and the yogurt separates, leaving a wet lumpy mess. Must use whole yogurt.

                            But you probably knew that already.

                        2. I think really good yogurt is soooo much better than average stuff..

                          First off, I like greek-style yogurt best. Thick and delicious. My new favorite, as I mentioned recently in another post, is Voskos, which I found at Safeway. Can vouch for both the plain and the strawberry...

                          For organic plain yogurt, my favorite is Strauss Family Creamery. Just had some tonight on a baked potato! yummn

                          1. I agree with all the greek yogurt fans -- I've been eating nothing but Fage plain, nonfat flavored with my choice of honey or jams of preserves for several years now.

                            It is expensive though (Trader Joe's has the best prices), and not that widely available. Before I decided it was worth the splurge, I experimented with draining other yogurts. My favorite for that was Pavel's Russian-style low fat.

                            If you're eating yogurt because it's healthy, then be sure to read the label -- most commercial flavored yogurts (like yoplait) are full of additives and sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.

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                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              One of my pet peeves about grocery store yogurt is that it is "healthy" so they sell it low- or no-fat, then dump a bunch of modified food starch and HFCS. Crap. Why not give us the "unhealthy" high fat yogurt and less of the starch and pectin needed to give the stuff false body?


                            2. I like EMI brand yogurts - especially the black cherry and the one with muesli. I like my yogurt "runny" and this fits the bill.

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                              1. re: MMRuth

                                The grapefruit flavor is wonderful, I eat this almost exclusively.

                                1. re: JC

                                  I have tried this brand and I like it also. Grapefruit -- thanks for your recommendation on this one! Did you find it at Whole Foods?

                                  1. re: liu

                                    I don't think I see it at WFs - in NY, the cheapest, believe it or not, is Dean & Deluca at something like $1.59.

                                2. re: MMRuth

                                  Thanks for the EMI rec; I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I too prefer looser yogurt consistency (ie, "runny"). I tried Fage b/c I heard so many good things about it here, but did not care for its super thick texture and tang.

                                  1. re: Carb Lover

                                    I personally prefer the thick style, but Wallaby makes a very good organic yogurt in the runny style.

                                3. I only buy yogurt at my local middle eastern grocery store these days. Much, much cheaper than Fage. I can't remember the brand I get (starts with an A, I think, white with green and red writing) but I'll look when I get home. It is very thick, almost a sour cream texture (but not as thick as the same-brand labna I get), and very tangy. I tried another kind from that store, Dana brand, that I didn't like as well, and sure enough, there were a bunch of emulsifiers on the ingredient list. I really don't like the mouthfeel they give.

                                  1. The Greek Gods organic yogurt with 0% milk fat. Thick...yummy. I love to put minced cukes, minced red onions, and lemon zest in it and eat it..or use it for spreads..or on gyros.

                                    1. Liberté Méditerranée Yogourt 8%. Oh, Canada! Like whipped cream in a cup.

                                      Link: http://www.liberte.qc.ca/en/index.ch2

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                                      1. re: Spoony Bard

                                        That yogurt is literally heaven in a cup. Evil as well since I always buy the bigger tub to save on landfill and then end up eating most of it in one go.

                                        I also like Fage and Brown Cow.

                                        1. re: Spoony Bard

                                          Their lowfat is great too. My fave yogurt anywhere is their plan 2%, but their 1.5% with grains is very addictive too.

                                        2. Definitely on the Liberte.
                                          Definitely on the EMMI.

                                          The buffalo cream yogurt was tasty, but boy was it thick. Like the "mousse" style yogurts. Not quite to my taste.

                                          For a commercial brand, the Dannon La Crema is much like their abfab European product. For those of you who like it thick - it's a good option if you're nowhere near Greek.

                                          I like the Yoplait Sabor Latino series - interesting tropical fruits like mango, guava, coconut. Not as sweet as some of the other Yoplaits.

                                          And I've never figured out what's to like about Stoneyfield. To me, it's grainy and mealy; not creamy at all. But, I've never had the maple vanilla, and that seems to be the only flavor anyone else likes, so who knows? A better organic option is Jersey Farms. Still not great, but creamier than Stoneyfield.

                                          1. Strauss Family Creamery plain, to which I add fresh fruit and a little demerara sugar; Brown Cow creamtop, chocolate or maple. La Natura.

                                            1. Thanks to this thread, I decided to buy yogurt brands I never tried before ... OMG (oh my goat) Skyhill Farms is amazing.

                                              This is one of the lightest, mildest, lovliest yogurts I have ever tried. I might even like it more than ice cream.

                                              To me there is no goat-y flavor. It is very clean. delicate and fresh tasting.

                                              The milk is not homoginized so the container says it might separate a little. I didn't find that. One of the suggestions is to make a drink out of it using fresh fruit. It is thin enough that that should be easy ... and sounds delicious.

                                              There are no additives other than natural seaweed agur to help it set.

                                              Goat milk products supposedly are easily digested by those with lactose intolerance.

                                              Skyhill Farms yogurts is sold at Whole Foods in Northern and Southern California, Arizona and the Northwest.

                                              It also can be found at local health food stores and boutique groceries throughout the United States.

                                              Link: http://www.skyhillfarms.com/proprieto...

                                              1. i like creamy yogurt. no low-fat or non-fat.

                                                my favorite is Stonyfield Farm Yo Baby six-packs. they are nice and creamy without being too sugary. the portion size is just right too. it's higher in fat but the calories (110 calories, 13 grams of sugar per container) are lower than low-fat yogurt 1.5 times the size and sugar (dannon low-fat with 170 calories and 30 grams of sugar)!

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                                                1. re: baconstrip

                                                  I love Tillamook huckleberry yogurt. I could eat that every morning.
                                                  (I mix in a bit of ground flax seed too!)

                                                2. Here here for Total (I love the 0%)

                                                  Totally phony, but I really like Yoplait's Key Lime Pie... I know, I know.

                                                  Lucerne had a special Pumpkin Pie flavor that was tasty; I did not like the Chai Tea flavor. The Pomegranate variations are also interesting.

                                                  1. You have to watch the sugar content on many of the store bought brands.

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                                                    1. re: robs911

                                                      I am mostly a plain yogurt eater, because I hate anything too flavored or sweet. I prefer Emi because it does taste like European yogurt, and the containers are smaller. I sometimes buy the birchermeusli version (although there isn't really much in there.)

                                                      Fage 0% doesn't have enough taste, but it's good for smoothies. The Fage 2% is good when I need a rich yogurt taste, however, the fat content means I have to eat less.

                                                      1. re: brendastarlet

                                                        Any yogurt that's still in an 8 ounce container.

                                                    2. to back up what those have already said, i love Fage, but its hard to find in my area.. so i usually go with a Stonyfield like you said in your original post, but i get it unflavored, then add honey and granola if its handy. if not, i just whatever fresh fruit that i have sitting around and eat it the same way i eat fruit with cottage cheese.

                                                      1. I agree on some of the add-ins for yogurts. I hate seeing gelatin in some of the low-fat or non-fat versions....and as much as i've tried to like the heart-friendly omega 3-6-9 versions. ..i can't get my head into liking something when i think there's fish oil in there.

                                                        That being said, i do like Source for flavours and the fact that it's sugar free or low sugar. I often have it with a maple roasted flax seed shake in that i buy in the health food sections. However for regular yogurt...Liberte.

                                                        I have fond memories of eating regular blueberry yoplait yogurt as a child. I'd had my tonsils out around age 4, and this was my first intro to the product, it was one of few things i could eat. Everytime i eat blueberry yogurt i get a flavour memory.

                                                        1. Another fan here of the Brown Cow maple. Tillamook can be okay, a little heavy in the gelatin some days. Mostly go for Yoplait especially the orange cream, raspberry and the white chocolate raspberry when i can find it. Love the Yoplait Whips in rasberry and orange creme as well. It's not really like eating yogurt and they're gone too soon, but I enjoy them. They would classify in a way as a guilty pleasure because I'm aware that I'm paying for something that's mostly air. But I still enjoy them.

                                                          1. Astro's Balkan style plain yogurt. It's always super thick and the only ingredients are "Milk ingredients & active bacterial cultures". I wonder if it actually contains anything else?? Anyways, its plain and neutral enough for me to do as I please. I normally throw a smidgeon of chopped garlic and season w/ fresh cracked salt and pepper. I don't like my yogurt sweet at all. It's thick enough to substitute for the creamiest sour cream - I don't ever notice the difference.

                                                            1. I try to buy Stonyfield Farm's low-fat yogurt (caramel and chocolate underground are my favorites) from Whole Foods because it has no artificial additives, is organic, etc, but I usually end up buying Yoplait (I am a sucker for their key lime and boston cream pie yogurts).

                                                              I've tried to buy just plain, organic, low-fat or non-fat yogurt, and eat it with fruit, but I must admit, I just don't like the taste. I guess it must be the sugar that's missing.

                                                              I do like Greek yogurt though, with honey. I buy that sometimes for variety.

                                                              1. Fage is my favorite. I usually buy the 2% and on occasion the 0%. I know Fage is significantly more expensive but it is the only Greek style yogurt I can find and I'm not paying for a lot of water so the price isn't as different as it seems. I have strained my own yogurt many times and you lose a lot of water and end up with a small amount of yogurt cheese.

                                                                1. Ah, a topic dear to my heart... I live in the heartland of only crap available for yogurt. There are a few places around here which have made a noble effort to sell something decent, but alas (and a-lack) they have not met with success. I have finally had to succomb to just buying Stonyfield lowfat, as it is the best I can do (and that is by going rather out of my way to get it).
                                                                  I love Brown Cow cream on top, Fage, and Stonyfield full fat, sigh.
                                                                  Tomorrow I will be in Charlottesville and will make a special trip to the Whole Foods to stock up on yogurt that meets my heart's content. I'll be able to savor my yogurt for the coming month rather than just make do.
                                                                  FWIW, there's no way I'll buy most of the "healthy" brands stocked in my local supermarkets; a quick glance at ingredients warns me that they are not real food.

                                                                  1. stonyfield farm full fat is great for using with indian food. yoplait pina colada and also passionfruit for snacks and cereal. fage full fat with honey and nuts.

                                                                    my mom likes publix vanilla.

                                                                    1. Fage is great, of course...I like the 2% best.
                                                                      Also, the Mediteranee brand....the plum & walnut is divine! And I like the ones with grains as well (peach, pear flavors).

                                                                      Lately I have been liking the Rachel's brand (sold at Whole Foods) as well. Not too sweet, and some good "tart" flavors, and a custardy consistancy.

                                                                      1. I am also wary of yogurt but I love Yoplait (probably because it IS so sweet). I have a hard time finding it in New York and Brooklyn, though. Does anyone know why?

                                                                        1. I was never really a fan of yogurt -most dairy (other than cheese) actually- but I will say Fage is awesome as a sour cream substitute, etc.
                                                                          For breakfast I have really been enjoying the Activia Mixed berry. Not necessarily a foodie item but I tell you, I really love those things and one with a banana is the perfect amount for my breakfast or that 3pm hunger pang.

                                                                          1. Brown Cow Maple cream top, no contest! Love it and always have a quart-sized carton in the fridge. No osteoporosis in my household!!