As a daily yogurt consumer, I have tried a lot of different brands and flavors. I have a new favorite: Noosa. Thick and velvety, this "yoghurt" is made from whole milk on a family farm in Colorado and sweetened with cane sugar and honey. (Their slogan? "Noosa tastes like no other yoghurt.") The result is a rich, fresh blend that tastes more authentic than some lower-fat varieties in the grocery store cooler. Noosa has flavors like Honey, Strawberry Rhubarb, Peach and Tart Cherry (which tastes very much like cherry pie), plus two new seasonal options: Pumpkin and Cranberry Apple. Go for the Cranberry Apple, especially if you are suffering from pumpkin fatigue. There is a bright tartness that balances out the sweetness of the fruit and milk. Noosa yogurt is available locally at Target, Whole Foods and the Fresh Market.
Another new nonpumpkin yogurt flavor worth trying: Chobani's Cinnamon Pear Blend. It's a not-too-sugary mix of spices and pear flavor, a fun twist on the apple flavors so commonly paired with spices during fall.
Lifeway has also released a seasonal dairy product, a Pumpkin Spice kefir. Never tried kefir? It's like liquid yogurt, rich and thick with a smoothielike quality. The fermented dairy drink is loaded with probiotics, so a cup a day is good for your gut. This Pumpkin Spice variety is sweet with lots of flavor; unlike Lifeway's very drinkable Strawberry and Blueberry flavors, it seems best as a cinnamony ingredient in crumbly cake or muffins.
Michelle Stark, Times food editor