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Fage Total w/ Honey - anyone else addicted?

Ok, it's a good thing I have to make a special trip to a specialty market or I'd be buying this stuff everyday. I don't care that it is full of fat, it's just so darn good! I've tried to recreate it at home by straining low-fat plain yogurt and adding honey but it just isn't as good. I think the honey they use is thicker.

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  1. Fage 0% with honey addict here. I can't stop. Some times I vary it by adding chopped valrhona chocolate, coconut, strawberry granola, etc. But just the yoghurt with the honey is always the fallback and favorite. Have you tried the 0? I think it's just as good as the total, but I could probably put Fage on anything and love it! Even at $4.50 a carton.

    1. I went through the "looking for alternatives" phase. You have to try a lot of different yogurts and a lot of different honeys. The closest I got to the Fage experience was straining Pavel's Low Fat yogurt (a California brand) and using Zergut wildflower honey (from Bulgaria). Middle Eastern groceries often have less expensive Greek-style yogurts that are very good (but usually not low fat) -- Byblos and Karoun are a couple of brands on the West Coast.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Ruth Lafler -- I completely agree! Zergut wildflower or acacia is as close to the Fage honey as I could get -- and I tried as many as my storage shelves would tolerate! Having found the Zergut acacia, I am over my search now.

        femmenikita -- I, too, believe that the 0% Fage is delicious, and for my tastes, even better than the 2% or the whole fat which I find just too rich...especially if one adds in fruit, nuts, chocolate or honey.

      2. Short of making it fresh from your own cow, I can't think of a better yogurt. And the amazing thing is that the 0% tastes richer than most full fat yogurts. I buy it in the larger tubs and add local sourwood honey and chopped walnuts. It's also great with sliced berries or bananas. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack.

        1. It is a different kind of honey, definitely, as far as flavor goes. It might be thicker because it is refrigerated.

          I personally only eat total fat dairy (cream top yogurts- Brown Cow or TJ brand; cream top organic milk and nothing low or non fat) I get fuller faster and therefore eat less.

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          1. re: Cathy

            Cathy -- "...because it is refrigerated." This is SO obvious, but I never thought about it. You are right! The Fage honey consistency is difficult to duplicate, exactly! Now I will try refrigerating the Zergut acacia honey to see if I can approach the Fage honey. Thanks!

            1. re: liu

              I think the refrigeration has something to do with it, for sure, but I have Greek honey that I keep in my pantry cupboard (not chilled) and it's much thicker than typical honey. Greeks are crazy about their honey. I used to eat the Fage with honey for breakfast when I lived in Rhodes and I went through withdrawal until I saw it in groceries here.

              1. re: Sophia.

                Agree with Sophia. I now buy the plain Fage yogurt in the large tubs, and spoon out some of my own Greek thyme honey (Orino brand) from a large tin I bought at a local Greek market (Arlington, MA). Greek thyme honey, like Greek yogurt, is much thicker than its American counterparts.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Lumping all honey produced in America together is kind of silly. Honey is incredibly variable, and if you source and select an American produced honey with as much care as you did your Greek thyme honey, you'd discover a huge range of flavors and textures.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Ruth, my bad. *Most* American honey I've had is a lot thinner than the Greek thyme honey. And yes, I'm aware of the varying flavors and textures of some American honey. I was simply comparing the honey that comes with the Fage Greek yogurt with the Greek honey that can be bought separately.

          2. I am a new convert to Fage also. I think the fat-free is just about the richest, creamiest yogurt I've ever tasted. I try to limit dairy fat so this has been a god-send for me. My husband is laughing at my "addiction" because I'm just so crazy about it.

            1. Have you tried the 2%? It's fantastic...better than the 0%, which is also not bad. I've strained low-fat yogurt before and it is NOTHING like Fage. I really don't think it has anything to do with the honey. It's the yogurt. They have it at Greenlife, I'm pretty sure.

              And yes, I can tell I'm addicted 'cause I get kind of twitchy if I go to the store and they're out.

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              1. re: danna

                ok, I'll need to try the 0 and 2%'s and see how they are. I do get the twinge when I see those 12gm of fat.

                1. re: leahinsc

                  The 2% only has 4 grams of fat for the 7oz container. I used to only use the 0%, but I've been allowing myself to splurge lately on the 2%. 4grams really isn't such a big deal in the grand scheme of things since I'm keeping my total fat intake pretty low.

                  Lately, my favorite way is with a Napa Wildflower honey from Marshall's Farm, with some crushed up Nonni's plain biscotti and blueberries - yum!

              2. Count me in! After reading another Fage thread here I decided to try it, and now it is my goto breakfast. Fage 0% with some drizzled honey, raisins and cheerios mixed in. Yum!

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                1. re: HungryLetsEat

                  HungryLetsEat -- I love your Cheerios idea! Honey-Nut-Cheerios and then add just raisins!

                2. Hopelessly and totally addicted. And it's worse... I live in Canada and it's not (as far as I can find) available here. I stock up when I get to the US.... but I'm sadly lacking in Fage right now!

                  1. I love the Fage yogurts...Trader Joe's out here in NorCal actually has a version of Greek Yogurt too, just as delish! My Safeway also carries one called Voskos, very good too! It's hard to go back to other yogurt once you've gone Greek! (and that's a good thing!)

                    1. After these post I took a trip to my Signal Hill TJ's for an individual total w/ honey. Wow. That stuff is yummy. I coat the back of my spoon with the honey then spoon the yogurt. But at 12 grams of fat a serving, this will be a treat.

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                      1. re: Oh Robin

                        Oh my gosh, Fage is sooo good. Just had it for the first time a couple days ago. You know what else is very similar to Fage? Water Buffalo Milk Yogurt, by SpoonDance Creamery, also called Woodstock Water Buffalo yogurt, the brand is switching names. You can get it at whole foods, I am SOOOOO ADDICTED. I have been eating it two-three times a day for about 6 weeks now. I am breastfeeding and I decided I would go off all dairy for a little while to see if it would help my son, but I couldn't do it! I gave in and went back on yogurt after 2 weeks. I joke and say I am addicted, but I truely think I am... my stomach was SOOO funky while I was off yogurt, and now its back to normal. Who knew yogurt was addicting???

                      2. Yeah, straining regular yogurt doesn't give you the same results. I've noticed that Fage is not as tangy as regular yogurt -- they probably found a way to speed the culturing process. Judging from the making your own yogurt threads on Home Cooking, I also don't think it has the same amount of the beneficial bacteria that the other ones haves.

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                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          Maybe not. But who cares when it tastes so damn good?

                        2. If you think honey is good, you should try it with good maple syrup. I like them both.

                          1. I'm still trying to understand everyone's obsession with the regular Fage's fat content. I mean, one container holds more than a POUND of yogurt. HALF of that container would thus be more than 8 oz. of yogurt = 300 calories... 210 from fat, fine -- but who eats a half pound of yogurt for dessert or anything for that matter. That stuff is so creamy and rich, you probably won't have more than half a cup, really. That's 150 calories.

                            Admittedly, I've never tried the 2% or 0% (zero fat dairy -- what's the point, really?), but I don't see any necessity for that....

                            1. I recently tried Fage to find out what all the fuss was about. I actually like the TJ's brand Greek yogurt with fig(?) better than the Fage. Moreover, I realized it is absolutely nothing compared to an acquaintance's shrikand, an Indian dessert. I never liked this "dessert" until I had it at my friend's Diwali gathering (other versions were always too sweet and not as rich tasting). It is basically strained yogurt flavored with saffron, sugar & cardamom. Reason enough to look forward to this annual celebration! I have never made it nor do I intend to but here is one of many recipes I found online...


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                              1. re: ceekskat

                                ceekskat, i've never had TJ's flavored greek yogurt, but i've been saying for a long time that i like the plain better than fage.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  I LOVE it.

                                  Fage is my morning snack at work. I will eat full fat, 2% or 0%... the store is usually out of one or more of them, so I just grab whatever is available.

                                  I only buy the single servings for work, so I don't have any on the weekend. It's hard... I go through serious withdrawl!

                              2. Obviously, I've been living under a rock since this OP was last year. I picked some of this up on a whim, had it today and it was phenomenal. Further proof that I have been surviving below a boulder is that I would not in a million years have thought of mixing honey w/ yogurt, although it seems quite popular according to my search for this post. Who'd a thunk it.

                                Great stuff.

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                                1. re: Food4Thought

                                  Welcome out from under the boulder! There are whole threads on what to mix with your Fage -- I use preserves or marmalade myself.

                                2. Total junkie for the 0% with honey, a scoop of jam, some chopped figs -- anything like that! YUM!

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                                  1. re: RUNNERFEMME

                                    Don't forget to add a handful of chopped walnuts, too!

                                  2. Enjoyed a cup of 0% Fage with sliced bananas and tupelo honey just this AM.
                                    Just love the stuff!

                                    1. I bought this yogurt after watching the commercial where the honey spills over onto the yogurt. It looked so good! So I bought some at the store the next time I saw it. OMG! For me, it is by far the best Greek yogurt or American type yogurt ever. I don't really like yogurt all that much, but I tolerate it for the health benefits. I've tried Chobani. It was tolerable. It was way too sour. Next I tried Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt. It was better. But I've never had a craving for yogurt like I do for Fage. What a wonder habit to have. Just think about how good it is. Something drove all of us to take time out of out day to read and comment on this yogurt :) And by the way, I've only tried the Total 0%. I don't even want to try the 2% or full fat versions lol.

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                                      1. re: Dgrotefend

                                        Live a little the 2% is like eating a cheesecake. lol.