Taste test: Greek yogurt

Texture is what makes this yogurt so appealing. Growing in popularity, Greek yogurt is easily found in grocery stores and being made these days by some of the best-known yogurt brands. The straining process makes Greek yogurt less watery than traditional yogurts. The creamy result means the yogurt is especially good in recipes, allowing sauces to thicken without separating. Our panelists tried six brands of plain, Greek yogurt and found a few they liked and one they loved.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/serving The Greek Gods

4 ounces

Fage

4 ounces

Chobani

6 ounces

Calories Fat/Fiber 130 11g /0g 150 11g /0g 130 3.5g /0g
Judges' comments Fruit smoothies came to mind when judges tried this brand. They mentioned mixing the yogurt with strawberries and other fruits. One compared the yogurt to sweet cream cheese. It had an ice cream-like consistency. "It's very much like a friendly iceberg," said one judge. He said it tasted like "Santorini by the Aegean." "This is the perfect morning food with grapes, golden raisins and a little splash of honey," he said. "It's a perfect treat — that's splendid for you!" This brand was thicker than the others and had a slight sour cream flavor. "It's slightly sharp and would be wonderful in a bowl of tomato soup," said one judge. Another panelist said he would use the Fage brand in a pound cake. "That would give it a great, tart flavor and yummy, bouncy texture," he said. Chobani's yogurt was firm and rich. It was a bit too tangy for some panelists, but not unpleasant. "It's creamy and shiny and sweet," said one judge. "It's got a nice, fresh taste that would be perfect in recipes," she added. "I'd definitely use it in my chicken salad or dipping sauces."
Shopping information $4.79 for a 24-ounce container from Nature's Finest Foods in St. Petersburg. $4.39 for a 17.6-ounce container from Publix. $4.59 for a 16-ounce container from Nature's Finest Foods.
Product/serving The Greek Gods

4 ounces

Fage

4 ounces

Chobani

6 ounces

Calories Fat/Fiber 130 11g /0g 150 11g /0g 130 3.5g /0g
Judges' comments Fruit smoothies came to mind when judges tried this brand. They mentioned mixing the yogurt with strawberries and other fruits. One compared the yogurt to sweet cream cheese. It had an ice cream-like consistency. "It's very much like a friendly iceberg," said one judge. He said it tasted like "Santorini by the Aegean." "This is the perfect morning food with grapes, golden raisins and a little splash of honey," he said. "It's a perfect treat — that's splendid for you!" This brand was thicker than the others and had a slight sour cream flavor. "It's slightly sharp and would be wonderful in a bowl of tomato soup," said one judge. Another panelist said he would use the Fage brand in a pound cake. "That would give it a great, tart flavor and yummy, bouncy texture," he said. Chobani's yogurt was firm and rich. It was a bit too tangy for some panelists, but not unpleasant. "It's creamy and shiny and sweet," said one judge. "It's got a nice, fresh taste that would be perfect in recipes," she added. "I'd definitely use it in my chicken salad or dipping sauces."
Shopping information $4.79 for a 24-ounce container from Nature's Finest Foods in St. Petersburg. $4.39 for a 17.6-ounce container from Publix. $4.59 for a 16-ounce container from Nature's Finest Foods.

ALSO SAMPLED: Stonyfield Organic Oikos ($2.49 for a 5.3-ounce container from Nature's Finest Foods), Yoplait ($1.09 for a 6-ounce container from Sweetbay) and Dannon ($1.29 for a 5.3-ounce container from Publix).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Rhonda Sanderford of Yes-Homes, Smith & Associates Real Estate; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

Taste test: Greek yogurt 03/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 12:46am]

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