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Chobani Greek yogurt introduces new flavors for the new year

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HillJ Jan 14, 2013 04:52 PM

http://www.dairyfoods.com/articles/89...

Supertaster over @ CHOW reviewed some of the new Chobani 'bites' flavors recently on the shelf. I've tried the fig and citrus and enjoyed the flavor combination with some fresh mandarin orange sections.

I'm looking forward to trying the two new flavors: pear and banana soon.

Have you tried any of the new flavors yet?

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    Leepa RE: HillJ Jan 14, 2013 04:55 PM

    I haven't seen them yet. But fig should be wonderful. And banana was my favorite Dannon flavor back when they had it. Looking forward to the new flavors.

    1. BeeZee RE: HillJ Jan 15, 2013 09:03 AM

      Not in my local supermarket yet...but I will definitely try them. Oikos has a toasted coconut flavor that is pretty tasty (sweet, makes a good dessert).

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        HillJ RE: BeeZee Jan 18, 2013 07:43 PM

        BZ, my daughter came by with a few of the new Chobani flavors and the coconut vanilla flavor by Oikos, which I enjoyed very much. The Chobani pear and banana are terrific. The Chobani bites are unusual flavor combos but we liked all of them...the coffee with dark chocolate was my least fav but all in all a really nice selection of new flavors. And, thanks for letting me know about the coconut vanilla flavor by Oikos.

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          BeeZee RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 08:03 AM

          I just tried the Chobani bite "fig with orange zest" and it is really tasty. Unfortunately, only a 3.5oz cup, so it's a snack size. Interesting how it is 1.5% milkfat, I've noticed some flavors coming in at this "in between" fat level (I can't stand 0%, find it chalky). $2.99 for a 4-pack.

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            HillJ RE: BeeZee Jan 23, 2013 08:08 AM

            Glad you like it. I used the Oikos coconut vanilla yogurt you mentioned in a muffin recipe yesterday and the moisture, slight tang it provided is marvelous.

            I like the mini size. Now Chobani comes in a few sizes, fat contents and great flavors to pick. I'm loving it!

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            coll RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 01:19 PM

            Finally a Greek yogurt that is coffee flavored! What didn't you like about it? Too sweet?

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              HillJ RE: coll Jan 23, 2013 02:02 PM

              The chocolate hit ruined it for me, coll. I'd rather a coffee or espresso flavor all by their lonesome.

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                coll RE: HillJ Jan 24, 2013 02:49 AM

                I can see that. Right now I'm very happy just adding instant coffee to plain Greek yogurt, that way no sugar. The plain yogurt is sweet enough as is for me. But of course I will have to try coffee chocolate next time it's in stock and on sale.

                The one Chobani I love, and I don't even know why I tried it to start, is the pineapple. Amazing, especially as a topping for baked yams which I like to have for breakfast sometimes.

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                  HillJ RE: coll Jan 24, 2013 05:52 AM

                  Now why didn't I know about this pineapple/yam combination-that sounds so good!

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                    coll RE: HillJ Jan 24, 2013 05:54 AM

                    I should serve it to company someday, it's that good.

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                    coll RE: coll Jul 21, 2013 03:58 PM

                    Yowza, I finally got to taste the coffee with chocolate flakes and it's one of the best things I've ever tasted. Unfortunately I'll probably have to search for eons to see it again, but when I do, watch out!

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                      HillJ RE: coll Jul 21, 2013 04:12 PM

                      Glad you like it, coll.

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                        coll RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 04:16 PM

                        It was better than ice cream, I have to say. Loved those flakes.

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                          HillJ RE: coll Jul 21, 2013 05:00 PM

                          While not a fan of the chocolate flakes in any of the Chobani Greek yogurts myself I'm glad you're enjoying them. There are plenty of flavors to keep us happy! Have you tried freezing it? I froze the new apricot version out now and it was like a light creamsicle.

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                            coll RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 06:16 PM

                            Didn't think of that, it was just so good as is. I like my ice cream melty anyway! But next time I find it I am buying a whole bunch so will experiment.

                            They did have the flakes in something else where it was just not appropriate though, can't remember what right now. Something with orange and pineapple maybe?

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                              HillJ RE: coll Jul 21, 2013 06:25 PM

                              Raspberry with dark chocolate chips; both in the Flip & Bite line. Didn't care for that one either. But I really was bothered by the texture not the taste. Go figure :)

                              The Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk has even larger pieces of chocolate. Have you tried that one?

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                                coll RE: HillJ Jul 22, 2013 01:45 AM

                                No my store only has them when they are on sale, and usually only one flavor. So I am going through them all very slowly.

                                But I just loved the texture of those chocolate flakes for some reason. The raspberry one was different, I think? Bigger hunks?

                                Don't like the flips, at least not the concept. If I'm getting flavors I like it already mixed. Guess that's why they have they different lines, though!

          3. pagesinthesun RE: HillJ Jan 18, 2013 08:00 PM

            Fage just released their new flavors this week as well. I haven't tried them though.

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              coll RE: pagesinthesun Jan 30, 2013 03:50 AM

              Just finished a cup of Fage Orange Cinnamon....I'm in love!

            2. foodieX2 RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 08:13 AM

              How sweet are some of these flavors and whats the sugar content? I had given up on flavored yogurts because they were so damn sweet! But I am really liking the sound of these new ones-especially the fig.

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                HillJ RE: foodieX2 Jan 23, 2013 08:51 AM

                True, some flavored yogurts are sweet and full of nasty additives that don't help the flavor one bit.

                I switched from commercially sold yogurts of all kinds to Greek styled yogurt because I love the tartness of yogurt, prefer the thickness of Greek and because the sugar or sweetness can be different cup to cup. With the exception of the coffee-chocolate bite, I didnt' find the new Chobani bites overly sweet. The fig-citrus is tart. But it's hard to tell what sweetness point is too much for someone else. The product label (which you can also read on the company website) is probably a better way to gauge personal preference.

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                  BeeZee RE: foodieX2 Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM

                  for a really tangy taste, I like Emmi swiss yogurt. I used to be able to get Liberte lowfat with grains that was (IIRC) only sweetened with fruit juice, but haven't seen it in a while.
                  The Oikos coconut yogurt is sweet. The Chobani fig/citrus has a nice orange peel kind of bite, so I would still characterize it as sweet, just not overly so.

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                    HillJ RE: BeeZee Jan 23, 2013 10:29 AM

                    I haven't seen Liberte anywhere lately either and Siggi's only at Whole Foods. I wasn't keen on the prices of either though.

                    Emmi Swiss yogurt is just starting to turn up in markets I frequent but I haven't tried the brand yet.

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                      chococat RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 03:36 PM

                      Sadly, Liberte was purchased by General Mills, the production facility was moved, and the product line was destroyed. The remaining flavors that are left are a mere shadow of their former selves. No Apple Crumble either. Another great product bites the dust. Bummer.

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                        HillJ RE: chococat Jan 23, 2013 03:41 PM

                        That is a bummer. I hope Siggi's doesn't go in that direction!

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                          coney with everything RE: chococat Jan 24, 2013 05:19 AM

                          I'm on the same page with you, chococat, about Liberte. Apple crumble was awesome. I still buy Liberte occasionally if it's on sale, but with regret.

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: foodieX2 Jan 23, 2013 02:34 PM

                      I can't attest to the sweetness, but I just checked their website for sugar content. The new "Bite" line contains 12 or 13g sugar per 3.5-oz serving depending on flavor. That's nearly a teaspoon of sugar per oz.

                      Side note: I also find it irksome that they thicken all their flavored yogurts with pectin and locust bean gum (another reason why I only buy plain and flavor it myself).

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                        HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2013 02:40 PM

                        Does that mean you won't be trying the bites? Thank you for offering the label info. As we've discussed many times, plain yogurt with your own add ins is terrific.

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 02:46 PM

                          No ma'am. I don't eat commercially flavored yogurt at all - too much sugar. I only buy plain and flavor it myself. It's a bummer because I love so many of the flavors they've incorporated into their product line.

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                            HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2013 02:50 PM

                            Oh I thought you enjoyed the flavors @ Trader Joe's and WF. What's your favorite do it yourself flavor, ghg? I've been on a grated fresh ginger/crystal ginger coin in plain Greek for awhile now.

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                              goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 03:13 PM

                              Nope, no flavors for me. Wrong Hound ;) I love ginger in my yogurt. I've tried a zillion different flavors/add-ins - it really just depends on what I feel like eating. Instant espresso. Pomegranate molasses. Powdered lemon zest if I have it on hand - lemon oil if I don't. Fresh fig (or fig puree), sometimes with a pinch of cardamom, sometimes a little grated dark chocolate or a sprinkle of cacao nibs. Homemade pumpkin butter or canned pumpkin + spices. Powdered goat milk. Almond butter & cinnamon. Matcha powder. A drizzle of maple syrup or a few grinds of maple flakes. I could go on all day :) But if I had to choose, I'd honestly probably say that the powdered goat milk is my favorite DIY (with matcha powder a close second). If goat milk wasn't so expensive I'd probably just make my own Greek-style goat yogurt. Right now I'm enjoying the cans of Meyenberg powder I snatched up for 99ยข each(!) on clearance when my local Sprouts decided to stop carrying it.

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                                HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2013 03:33 PM

                                Your list is amazing and delicious, all. Great ideas ta boot. My sis is shopping @ Sprouts now, she loves the place.

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                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 04:23 PM

                                  I'm not crazy about Sprouts for a number of reasons - happy to discuss elsewhere but I don't want to hijack this thread for a completely OT discussion. But I know a lot of people love shopping there.

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                                    HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2013 04:25 PM

                                    Np.

                                    OTS, she's been singing Sprouts praises since a location near my family opened. I haven't been (yet) to see for myself.

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                          biondanonima RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2013 02:42 PM

                          I hate this about yogurt too, especially yogurts that use "lower in carbs" as a marketing tool (which many greek-style yogurts do). Why claim low carb when your fruit flavors are pure sugar? I make my own yogurt (or buy plain Fage in a pinch) - I generally eat it plain myself, but for my husband I make my own fruit compotes with liquid sucralose and let him add as much or as little as he wants.

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                            HillJ RE: biondanonima Jan 23, 2013 02:46 PM

                            For those of us not watching sugars, carbs for any reason or aren't making their own this brand among others works out just fine. I also enjoy homemade, adding my own flavors, fruits, nuts, etc. but I was trying to offer some information about the new flavors from Chobani for CH's who actually like the brand.

                            To each their own. So far the pear and banana flavors are much more to my liking than the bites, but other than the coffee-chocolate the bites were interesting dessert like choices.

                            Do you enjoy a particular brand of yogurt?

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                              biondanonima RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 02:51 PM

                              On the rare occasions that I've eaten them, I like Chobani yogurt well enough - the fig and orange flavor sounds awesome, actually. I just wish there weren't so much sugar involved. If I'm buying plain I like Fage, or Olympus brand, on the rare occasions I can find it.

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                                HillJ RE: biondanonima Jan 23, 2013 02:53 PM

                                I'm not familiar with Olympus brand. The fig/orange was def my fav from the bites. Fage is what I bake with. Make coconut muffins with the Fage yesterday.

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                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 03:18 PM

                                  Olympus is good - Kings carries it, so you should be able to get your hands on some if you want to try it.

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                                    HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2013 03:33 PM

                                    Thanks, the where would have been my next ? ;)

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                                Ruth Lafler RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 04:12 PM

                                Can you clarify: is that "pear" and "banana" flavors or "pear and banana" flavor? I love the pear yogurts I've had (Wallaby makes a good one, but it's a runny, European style, just the opposite of Greek style), but I'm not fond of banana-flavored anything.

                                My favorite Chobani flavor is the black cherry. Loooove that one!

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                                  HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Jan 23, 2013 04:17 PM

                                  Good point, that's OR.

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                                    Ruth Lafler RE: HillJ Jan 23, 2013 04:18 PM

                                    Excellent! Just the answer I was hoping for!

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                          brucesw RE: HillJ Feb 1, 2013 09:19 AM

                          When I first saw this thread I thought 'Just what I need, another reason to buy Chobani!' So far the only ones I've seen and tasted are Coffee w/dark chocolate and Raspberry w/dark chocolate and I can pass on them both. I am eagerly looking forward to the fig, however, and will also try the banana although I doubt I'll like it.

                          I'm paying $2.38 a 4-pack.

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                            HillJ RE: brucesw Feb 1, 2013 09:23 AM

                            The fig/citrus bite and the pear single are my favorites so far.

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                            zenim RE: HillJ Feb 1, 2013 11:15 AM

                            I love Chobani plain yogurt. Due to the sugar content in the flavored ones and I can make the flavored ones to our liking. I use fresh ingredients and control the amt of sugar and my imagination can go wild. Have been putting figs, kiwi, mango, artichokes, avocado, dates, etc and adding cinnamon, prosciutto, etc.. So many things go good with yogurt! And plain yogurt makes wonderful smoothies.

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                              zenim RE: HillJ Feb 1, 2013 10:47 PM

                              I love Chobani plain yogurt. Due to the sugar content and also I can make the flavored ones to our liking. I use fresh ingredients and control the amt of sugar and my imagination can go wild. Have been putting figs, kiwi, mango, artichokes, avocado, etc and adding cinnamon, prosciutto, etc.. So many things go good with yogurt!

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                                noodlepoodle RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 05:11 PM

                                I like the Chobani flavors, but also find them too sweet. I get around that by buying a plain cup and a flavored cup and mix them. That solves the problem for me.

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                                  coll RE: noodlepoodle Feb 4, 2013 06:27 PM

                                  Great solution!

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                                  HillJ RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 02:06 PM

                                  New flavors for me over the last few days:

                                  Peachy Pistachio, one of the Flip versions
                                  Apricot 2%
                                  Key Lime Blended-4 pack

                                  Like them all.

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                                    Leepa RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 03:43 PM

                                    Apricot... woohoo! One of my favorites. Thanks for the heads up, HillJ.

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                                      HillJ RE: Leepa Jul 21, 2013 04:13 PM

                                      Yeah, this one may be seasonal but it is so light and delicious. It would be great stirred and frozen as a creamy popsicle too.

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                                        Leepa RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 05:08 PM

                                        We'll just have to eat a whole lot of it so they'll keep it on the shelves.

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                                          HillJ RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 06:36 PM

                                          and it was great frozen!!

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                                            Leepa RE: HillJ Jul 23, 2013 04:38 PM

                                            I have to share this story. This morning at the market I was looking over the Chobani selections hoping to find the apricot (I didn't, unfortunately) when I was joined by a young lady. She promptly told me that she didn't ever get the fruity flavors (said in a rather condescending way) in favor of the "plain" vanilla Chobani. I said that yes, I enjoy that too on occasion. She then proceeded to tell me that she crumbles Oreos into it. LOL - as if that were healthier than fruit. Too funny.

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                                              HillJ RE: Leepa Jul 23, 2013 04:57 PM

                                              Cute story, Leepa. This is what makes the world go 'round!

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                                                HillJ RE: HillJ Jul 24, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                Last weekend I bought a handful of Chobani's at the grocery near work and stuck them in the freezer by Monday to keep them from spoiling. Turns out these are really good in a semi frozen state-like a creamy popsicle!

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                                        Ruth Lafler RE: HillJ Jul 21, 2013 06:07 PM

                                        Good news! Virtually all apricot yogurts have mango, which I don't care for.

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                                          HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 21, 2013 06:16 PM

                                          RL, my assistant said the exact same thing last night while we were food shopping. The apricot was a) a total unexpected find on the dairy shelf and b) much lighter than the mango.

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                                          Leepa RE: HillJ Aug 7, 2013 06:41 PM

                                          I've found the apricot, the key lime and also blackberry. I've tried the first two and thought they were pretty good. I haven't tried the blackberry yet. I think the key lime would be awesome frozen.

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                                            Leepa RE: HillJ Aug 8, 2013 04:12 PM

                                            Two more new flavors I saw today. Coconut 2% and Orange Vanilla blended. I bought coconut for breakfast tomorrow. The orange vanilla was sold out.

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                                              Leepa RE: Leepa Aug 9, 2013 04:04 AM

                                              Best one yet - coconut. With TJ's crispy mandarin oranges crumbled in... just great. Not icky sweet, just perfect.

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