A few weeks ago, the folks at Stonyfield sent me some coupons to try out their brand of greek yogurt, OIKOS. OIKOS comes in plain, honey, blueberry, strawberry, caramel and chocolate. I’m hoping they make a peach variety soon. Peach-mango if they really want to win my heart.
If you are new to greek yogurt, it’s a very thick and creamy variety of yogurt (it’s about as thick as sour cream). It’s just strained yogurt so there isn’t liquid on top or a runny texture that you’ll often find with regular yogurt. As a result, it’s also higher in protein since it’s more condensed.
I just got around to actually using the coupons since I was limiting my dairy intake for a while. I think I’m one of the few food bloggers who hadn’t tried OIKOS; I was previously a Fage or Chobani girl, mostly because they were carried at Costco.
I. have. been. missing. out. Oikos is awesome, and I’m not just saying that because they hooked me up. And look how cute their little containers are! 🙂 That little cup packs 10 grams of protein. (FYI, I always get the larger container of plain yogurt since I use it for so many things: substitute for sour cream, substitute for oil in baking, putting it in smoothies, etc.)
The plain isn’t too tangy, like I sometimes found Fage to be. And their vanilla flavor has that greek yogurt tang I like while still sweet enough to not mess with my granola flavor. (I don’t like plain yogurt with granola…I always have to mix some honey or fruit with it.)
I was pleasantly surprised that the blueberry flavor was the fruit-on-the-bottom variety. I love that, especially when there are little chunks of fruit instead of just a syrup. I love that their flavored versions are not too sweet. I’m excited to try the strawberry now that I know it won’t be overly sugary. Sometimes I had to mix flavored Chobani with some plain yogurt since their fruit flavors were too sugary, even for me.
I tasted the caramel flavor today and I thought it was just OK. But, to be fair, I never really like caramel, chocolate, etc. flavored yogurt; I’d rather have fruit-flavored yogurt any day. I wish I could find the four pack varieties in the fruit flavors, but I’ve only seen chocolate and caramel so far.
Once I get another container of the plain greek yogurt, I’m going to try this Pinkberry frozen yogurt recipe . Winston-Salem only has one frozen yogurt place and it’s not fantastic, so I need to find a suitable substitution and what better way than to try a homemade version? (Ashley, maybe you should add frozen yogurt to your homemade week! Yeah!)
I don’t think OIKOS is quite as thick as Fage or Chobani, but I didn’t mind that. I do wish their plain flavor came in a larger size, but I like that I can get two “snack” sizes: 4 oz cups in the 4-pack or 5.3 oz individuals.
I definitely recommend the OIKOS brand, especially knowing a little bit about the Stonyfield company and their company values.
What’s your favorite brand of yogurt? Favorite flavor? Do you like greek yogurt or regular yogurt better?