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Chobani Greek yogurt introduces new flavors for the new year

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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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: BeeZee

        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.

        1. re: HillJ

          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.

          1. re: BeeZee

            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!

          2. re: HillJ

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

            1. re: coll

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

              1. re: HillJ

                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.

                1. re: coll

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

                  1. re: HillJ

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

                  2. re: coll

                    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!

                      1. re: HillJ

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

                        1. re: coll

                          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.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            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?

                            1. re: coll

                              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?

                              1. re: HillJ

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

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            1. re: pagesinthesun

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

            2. 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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              1. re: foodieX2

                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.

                1. re: foodieX2

                  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.

                  1. re: BeeZee

                    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.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      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.

                      1. re: chococat

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

                        1. re: chococat

                          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.

                    2. re: foodieX2

                      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).

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        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.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          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.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            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.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              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.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  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.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    Np.

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

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          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.

                          1. re: biondanonima

                            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?

                            1. re: HillJ

                              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.

                              1. re: biondanonima

                                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.

                                1. re: HillJ

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

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                              2. re: HillJ

                                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!

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Excellent! Just the answer I was hoping for!

                        3. 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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                          1. re: brucesw

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

                          2. 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.

                            1. 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!

                              1. 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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                                1. 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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                                  1. re: HillJ

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

                                    1. re: Leepa

                                      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.

                                      1. re: HillJ

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

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Leepa

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

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                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!

                                      2. re: HillJ

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

                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                          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.

                                        2. re: HillJ

                                          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.

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Leepa

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