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USA Yogurt Recommendations

Having recently moved from the UK to the USA, one of the main things I am missing is yogurt! I've sampled a few different kinds of the yogurt on offer here but have found that it is either too thick in texture (Yoplait) or has strange gritty bits in it (Dannon). I've even tried the Muller Corners, which were my favourite back in the UK but are a totally different texture here in the US.

Any suggestions for a smooth, less-thick yogurt brand for me to try? Getting sick of wasting money on something so trivial!

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  1. Go to a natural foods store and get a plain organic one.

    You should read the ingredients before putting yogurt into your cart - we love additives in the USA (not!). This will help you make your food purchasing decisions.

    1. Try Stonyfield Plain -- it tastes the most like European/UK yoghurt that I've found.

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      1. re: sunshine842

        I've tried Stonyfield, it's definitely the closest!

        Sandylc, don't get me started on the additives. Grocery shopping each week is a nightmare!

      2. I've been in the US almost 10 years, some of the food takes some getting used to, yoghurt is one, finding bread that's not sweet is another. Actually finding a lot of things that are not overly sweet is a bit of a challenge, American canned soups (some), pies, cakes and cookies (biscuits) are much sweeter than we're used to. They have sweet butter here (ugh), Cadbury's chocolate is different too.

        Publix grocery stores in Florida have British sections so I do stock up on a few goodies like Orange Barley Water, Digestive biscuits, Ryvita, Jacobs Cream Crackers.

        I have learned what to avoid or substitute. Maybe you could find a yoghurt culture and make your own?

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        1. re: smartie

          Smartie, the term "sweet butter" just means it hasn't been salted -- read the ingredients, but there's usually no sugar added.

          One of the most ridiculously sweet soups I've ever tasted was the Cream of Tomato soup I bought in the UK...

          1. re: sunshine842

            And Beans, and Candy Bars, and Desserts etc...... Even Bread from the Paki Takeaways!

          2. re: smartie

            Pies or Cookies bought from a reputable Bakery will not be overly sweet and surpass much of what I recently had in the UK in Quality and Flavor. Bread Bakeries mostly take their ques from Italian and French Bread baking traditions and some from Northern Europe and do not produced sweetened bread unless appropriate.
            If you are talking about mass produced products then you can expect crap that is either very sweet, salty and/or high Fat. But what would expect? Crap Food is Crap all over the World.

          3. If you can find Mountain High yogurt where you are, that is a smooth, runny (to my taste) yogurt.

            1. Where do you live? Here in the SF Bay Area the best yogurts I've found are Straub's and Pavel's plain yogurts. Dannon hasn't been palatable since the 1980s, IMHO.

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  Enthusiastic +1 for Noosa. Nicely tart. I just wish my store carried it in plain.

                  1. re: DrMag

                    I usually purchase Noosa at a Health Food store,
                    but I recently noticed that my TARGET carries the full product line as well. ~HTH~

                2. Where are you in the US? In my area of New England Side hill farm yogurt, made locally, is wonderful. There is also a delicious, very tart Bulgarian style yogurt around, though I think it is from Texas. Basically, look for locally produced small brands.
                  If you are near a Trader Joe's they often carry a delicious goat yogurt.

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                  1. re: magiesmom

                    Great, thanks all, though I must admit I haven't seen any of those brands during my search, I'll keep an eye out now though.

                    For those who asked, I'm in Boston. Might have to check out trader joe's by the sound of it.

                    1. re: rhirhi3

                      Seven Stars Yogurt made in PA. It is available in some stores in the Boston area. Much better IMHO than Stonyfield.

                      1. re: rhirhi3

                        You can definitely find Side Hill Farm in Boston. A poster on another board said she buys it. I will check and get back to you.
                        I agree about 7 Starz, also Nancy's.

                        1. re: rhirhi3

                          As magiesmom said, SideHill Farm yogurt is available in Boston area. I get mine from Russo's in Watertown. I tried Seven Stars last month when I was up in Maine (the WF carries it), and I didn't like it.

                          SideHill Farm yogurt is as simple as you can get. I don't like Stonyfield because they add pectin to their yogurt. There are a number of other local dairies that also add pectin. I'm just not a fan of the pectin texture.

                          1. re: y2000k

                            Thanks all. Those all sound like great suggestions, I'll keep an eye out for them from now on.

                            1. re: y2000k

                              May I ask what you didn't like about Seven Stars? It has nothing but milk and cultures, and I have found it always to be very fresh-tasting. Curious what you thought.

                              1. re: y2000k

                                Do you find 7 Starz too tart?
                                I like to switch off different yogurts. Agree about pectin.
                                Though I rarely buy anything other than plain full fat yogurt, the Side hill mango flavor makes a nice dessert

                                1. re: magiesmom

                                  I'm curious too, as I find 7 Stars not very tart.

                              2. re: rhirhi3

                                I've been enjoying the plain sheep's milk yogurt from Old Chatham Shepherding Co, the one I like is called "Black Sheep". I get it at the Wegman's in Chestnut Hill, which also carries Noosa, BTW.

                                1. re: rhirhi3

                                  Trader Joes actually sells a European Style yogurt. That might be what you're looking for.

                                  1. re: rhirhi3

                                    Trader joe's carries a large container of "whole milk plain european style yogurt" that is exactly that- more runny than any of those crap filled fake flavor cups. (See photo)

                                    Otherwise looking for organic plain yogurt with a very short ingredient list (like "milk, acidophilous") is the best way to go.

                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                                      I second this suggestion! Love this yogurt. It is thin, yet rich, and I prefer adding my own fruit or honey or preserves to plain yogurt to flavor it. If you want a pre-flavored yogurt, noosa is the way to go! It's available at all major grocery stores and at Costco.

                                      1. re: ohmyyum

                                        although noosa is really delicious i think the OP is looking for a thinner texture, one that is more "drippy" than noosa...

                                      2. re: Ttrockwood

                                        Yes, this is the yogurt I recommended in my post above. It's better than the commercial stuff but not as thick as Greek yogurt.

                                  2. I mix water into yogurt to make it less thick--could you buy a high-quality kind and just water it down? I know that sounds dumb but the cheaper yogurts in the USA like Dannon light & fit or Activa are super watery.. but you will want to avoid those (as others noted) due to additives. Therefore, I think it would be best to just buy high-quality and add extra water to the tub.

                                    Also, I have never been to Aldi's, but I have heard they have some international products.. so maybe they would have something.

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                                    1. re: GraceW

                                      I'd been thinking of doing that, or maybe adding a splash of milk. I might try that next time.

                                      Didn't realise you have Aldi's over here, we have that back in the UK too. I'll hop on Google and find our nearest!

                                      1. re: rhirhi3

                                        Enjoy--I am not sure what Aldi's is like in the UK, but (pardon me for stating what might be in fact obvious), you will need to pay in cash only.

                                        1. re: GraceW

                                          Oh! Thanks for the tip, I don't think it's the same in the UK.

                                        2. re: rhirhi3

                                          Aldi's has mostly own-label, of course, usually reasonably locally sourced.

                                          Quality on own-label dairy is somewhat hit or miss (but they DO have English cheeses from time to time!)

                                      2. I've been enjoying Siggi's and Sophie. Siggi's is rather thick, but Sophie is thinner - similar to the Stonyfield consistency.

                                        I get them both from FreshDirect.

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                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                          I just found Siggis's. It's a Skyr yogurt which is strained to make it very thick. I like it very much. The OP may like it since its not very sweet, but it will not have the loose consistency for sure.

                                          1. re: qajohn

                                            I tend to add something to it to sweeten it a bit - granola, fruit, honey.

                                            Heck, sometimes I throw a couple packets of Equal in there...

                                            I love the thick texture. I also like the Fage plain Greek (sweetened a lot with something) that comes in a 7 oz. container. Those darned 5.3 oz. containers aren't always satisfying!

                                        2. I love Stoneyfield plain whole milk yogurt. You could also try the yogurt from a Middle Eastern market. Avoid the Greek style if you don't want really thick yogurt.

                                          1. Try Wallaby, I find the texture and flavor similar to the Yeo Valley yogurt I frequently ate on a recent visit to the UK.

                                            1. Why not just make your own. Its a simple method(just google it), plus its much cheaper and you can control what goes into it. In NJ I can buy a gallon of organic milk for $5.99 and a starter cup of organic yogurt for a $1.50. This gives you 10 servings. Save the last 4oz for the next batch.

                                              1. eww on Muller corners and Yoplait BLECH non-yoghurt Dannon has slipped too - widely available commercially Stonyfield is better but if you can find something high quality and locally produced - if you live in a good dairy part of the country will be best - here in PA the Pequa Valley and Seven Stars brands can be found - and I have seen them in NYC as well and are very excellent creamy yoghurts - although I prefer to flavor my own plain. Also if you have any middle eastern markets nearby you may look there they will have quality yoghurt.

                                                unfortunately most of the mass market yoghurt on grocery shelves is non-fat high sugar junk food with lots of nasty additives.

                                                1. find a local yoghurt either at whole foods or a co-op. it won't taste european but it will be much better than the national brands.