Minty Greek yogurt flavors are rare; there aren’t many of its kind.
So it’s nice Chobani added Peppermint Perfection to the Flip line.
White peppermint and dark chocolate chunks bring winter and bitter.
While the numerous dark chocolate cookies bits are crunch emitters.
They’ll take a short trip into vanilla Greek yogurt when you flip.
They’ll drop into the yogurt as if a dunk tank bullseye you hit.
The peppermint’s power won’t clear your nostrils like Altoids would.
If it was peppermint yogurt it might’ve cleared your nose real good.
It would have been nice if the peppermint was turn up several bits.
Then it would always taste like Chobani with Girl Scout Thin Mints.
Some spoonfuls had peppermint flavor, but most had none at all.
Not having enough white chocolate chunks is its only downfall.
But while peppermint wasn’t in every spoonful I put into my mouth,
the dark chocolate cookies and chunks kept the flavor from going south.
The cookie pieces stayed crunchy as I ate through the mixture.
And the chocolate chunks had a snap that gave it a varying texture.
Chobani’s Peppermint Perfection isn’t perfect, but it’s still a hit.
It’s a seasonal flavor so head to your nearest store and get it quick.
Purchased Price: $1.75* Size: 5.3 oz. Purchased at: Safeway Rating: 8 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein, and 15% calcium.
*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.
Chobani’s Coffee Blended Greek Yogurt has 160 calories, so this quick review will have exactly 160 words.
I like coffee. I like Greek yogurt. So what could go wrong with coffee-flavored Greek yogurt?
Okay, almost everything. After pulling back the foil lid I smelled a wonderful coffee aroma, like I stepped into a Starbucks, but after that it was all downhill.
At first taste, it’s not a flavor I would immediately assume is coffee. The coffee and tartness of the yogurt hide each other well. There’s a cheese-like aftertaste, but right before that, it tastes like lychee. It’s super weird and it’s freaking out my taste buds.
I think one would have to unconditionally love coffee AND Greek yogurt to say that they loved this. For me, I got through the container without spitting it out or gagging, but that, obviously, is not an endorsement. Before this, I didn’t have a least favorite Chobani flavor, but I do now.
Purchased Price: $1.99 Size: 5.3 oz. Purchased at: Safeway Rating: 3 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: 160 calories, 25 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of potassium, 60 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein, and 15% calcium.
Chobani’s Limited Batch Cinnamon Pear Greek Yogurt has 140 calories. So this review will be exactly 140 words.
Cinnamon pear is the new pumpkin spice! Okay, that’s not true. But I’d be happy if it was because my experience with this yogurt makes me hope there are more cinnamon pear products in the future.
I did enjoy the yogurt despite the fact that there weren’t many pear chunks in it. My tongue counted three. That’s too bad because I love the texture of pears. But there’s a noticeable natural pear-ness in the yogurt. There’s also a good amount of cinnamon which gives the yogurt a flavor that helps me forget there aren’t many pear pieces. Pears plus cinnamon plus Greek yogurt is a winning combo. I have to say I enjoyed this yogurt more than Chobani’s pumpkin spice Greek yogurt.
Purchased Price: $1.49 Size: 5.3 oz. Purchased at: Safeway Rating: 9 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: 140 calories, 25 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 230 milligrams of potassium, 65 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein, and 15% calcium.
(Nutrition Facts – 140 calories, 25 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 230 milligrams of potassium, 60 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.)
Sometime between the introduction of Trix-flavored Go-Gurt and the advent of yogurt with poop-inducing bacteria, I lost all capacity to keep up with what is particularly trendy when it comes to fermented dairy. Kefir, you say? You mean that guy from 24? Call me overwhelmed, but I just don’t quite understand it all.
First up is Chobani, which has actually had a rough go of it in 2014. Banned by Russia for the Olympics and later accused of being Turkish, Chobani’s Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt holds the distinction of having actual pumpkin in the ingredient list, something that seemingly 90 percent of pumpkin-flavored goodies seem to be missing in what is becoming the most oversaturated single-product market since Pokémon cards.
Not to be outdone, Yoplait’s Pumpkin Cheesecake also features real pumpkin puree, in addition to the one-up mention of everyone’s other favorite cultured dairy dessert. I know what you’re thinking; cheesecake beats spice every time, right? But let’s not forget both these yogurts are of the 2 percent variety, and claim actual sugar to sweeten the deal. Pumpkin, milkfat, sugar? Seems like neither can go wrong.
If pumpkin spice is your deal—as in, you’re one of those people who carries around your own Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Spice canister to dump on EVERYTHING—you’re going to love the Chobani rendition. All the usual spices are present, but it’s their intensity—as if fresh grated nutmeg and ginger were added just minutes before packaging—which is most striking.
The cinnamon has a floral quality rising above cheaper imitations, and the strong ginger notes give the flavor an exotic appeal. Still, the flavor seems incomplete. There’s an absence of vanilla that would otherwise bring the flavors together, and a quiet sweetness bemoans the decision not to go with a more intense brown sugar sweetness. The texture, too, is imperfect. More jiggly than creamy, with a hint of surface water, it lacks a degree of richness which otherwise would have gone a long way to making it one of the early highlights of pumpkin season.
Yoplait’s Pumpkin Cheesecake is a different gourd, but not completely. Call it a Kabocha Squash to your typical Sugar Pumpkin, if you will. The texture is actually remarkably similar to the Chobani flavor. A bit more prone to breaking into multiple blobs of orangish yogurt, but still reacting with a jiggly effect when prodded by spoon (or finger, I don’t judge).
I take a bite, hoping to be greeted by a rich and creamery fresh taste not unlike that Baskin-Robbin ice cream, but instead I’m left with a somewhat artificial spice flavor and odd acidic aftertaste. It’s not altogether unenjoyable because the yogurt base is sweeter and the pumpkin flavor more intense than the Chobani yogurt, but it still leaves something to be desired. The cheesecake flavor seems more buttermilk inspired than cream cheese, but unlike the Chobani Pumpkin Spice, there’s a more familiar dessert-inspired flavor. The sweetness sure isn’t lacking, and together with a robust pumpkin flavor, it’s more versatile to use as a dip or in smoothies.
Neither Chobani’s Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice nor Yoplait’s Pumpkin Cheesecake flavors blew me away, although the freshness of the pumpkin spice flavor in the Chobani yogurt might be the most authentic rendition I’ve had to date. But the problems for both yogurts are unfortunately all too familiar for the seasonally-inspired treat. Too little brown sugar sweetness and not enough richness leave the pumpkin exposed to blandness, and despite the addition of milkfat, the texture of both yogurts doesn’t conjure up images of dessert. I may not be hip to the latest fads in yogurt, but I think it’s a safe bet to assume adding pumpkin won’t be the next big thing.
(Nutrition Facts – Chobani Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice – 130 calories, 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein, and 15% calcium. Yoplait Limited Edition Pumpkin Cheesecake – 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein, and 10% calcium.)
Item: Chobani Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Purchased Price: $1.39 Size: 5.3 oz. Purchased at: Safeway Rating: 6 out of 10 Pros: Remarkably fresh and flavorful combination of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Contains actual pumpkin. Good source of protein and calcium. Sticking it to comrade Putin. Cons: Not quite sweet enough to really showcase the pumpkin flavor. Lacks richness or creamy taste. Questionable country of origin.
Item: Yoplait Limited Edition Pumpkin Cheesecake Greek Yogurt Purchased Price: $1.00 Size: 5.3 oz. Purchased at: Safeway Rating: 7 out of 10 Pros: Sweet and authentic pumpkin flavor. Has a cheesecake tang. Tastes like dessert. Cons: Jiggles more than a fat guy’s triceps. Gloopy. Spice flavor is artificial. More calories and less protein than Chobani.