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Taste test: Greek yogurt products

It appears "Greek yogurt" is the new "fat-free" or "all-natural" label designed to entice consumers to buy products. Greek yogurt is turning up in everything from cereal to dips and desserts. We tried four of the newer products containing Greek yogurt to see how they stacked up. Our panelists enjoyed a couple of the offerings, but weren't quite ready to take the Greek yogurt bait just yet.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

ProductRickland Orchards Strawberry

Granola Bites
Marzetti Otria Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt
Judges'

comments
An expensive snack that looked really healthy, these lacked enough taste and texture to impress most of our judges. However, one judge really liked the product. He said, "This is a combination I've never tasted before. The nuggets are crunchy, creamy, fruity and smooth." Another judge said they were sweet and chewy but tasted more like banana than strawberry. Judges also complained they couldn't taste much Greek yogurt in the bites.This dip was very thick and would require a sturdy vegetable, cracker or chip for serving. A couple of panelists tasted a lot of onion in the blend. One said it was a bit tart. "I would serve this with raw snap peas and broccoli," said a judge who would buy the product. "It tastes great and would be nice with crunchy veggies," added another.All five judges loved this Greek-yogurt-infused cream cheese. "It's very smooth, very rich and thick. It would be great on a Ritz cracker and maybe perfect on a toasted bagel," said one panelist. The tasters enjoyed the Greek tanginess of the spread and the light texture. "This would mate nicely with some Greek lox and Greek capers," said one. "It's really creamy and smooth."We sampled the Dark Fudge Swirl variety of this frozen Greek yogurt. Judges said the chocolate flavor was mild and the frozen yogurt was a bit more tart than traditional ice cream. That appealed to most of them. "It's very refreshing," said one. "I would add it to my morning smoothie." Another thought it would be a good base as a dessert, saying he would add toppings like fruit or caramel sauce. "This is very exotic, almost dusky," said one judge. "I really like the brown swirls of fudge."
Would

they buy?
One of the five judges said yes.Two of the five judges said yes.All five judges said yes.Four of the five judges said yes.
Shopping information$9.98 for a 22-ounce bag from Sam's Club.$3.19 for an 8.75-ounce tub from Publix.$2.48 for an 8-ounce tub from Walmart.$3.99 for an 11.4-ounce pack of three 3.8-ounce cups from Publix.


Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to jkeeler@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

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Serving size11 piecesTwo tablespoonsTwo tablespoonsOne container
Calories1906060100
Fat/Fiber9g / 3g5g / 0g3.5g / 0g2g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium15g / 55mg2g / 180mg3g / 15mg11g / 45mg
Carbs/Protein23g / 5g3g / 2g3g / 4g17g / 4g

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