REVIEW: Chobani Oat Nog

Chobani Oat Nog Carton

I am a lifelong eggnog fan. Whether it’s homemade or store-bought, I make a point to consume plenty of it every Christmas season. Upon seeing that Chobani released a new Oat Nog, my curiosity was piqued. Oat milk is my preferred nondairy milk substitute, so it sounded like a promising concept. As Chobani’s Oat Nog is vegan, there’s no egg in the product either.

I poured the Oat Nog into my festive vessel of choice and was dismayed by the consistency. It was much thinner than expected. I’ve had some oat milk varieties in the past that were decently thick and creamy, so I assumed the Oat Nog would be closer to that. Instead, it’s as watery as typical oat milk. Chobani manufactures an extra creamy version of its oat milk, so I don’t know why it couldn’t have aimed for a thickness closer to that.

Chobani Oat Nog Mug

I gave the Oat Nog a deep whiff and was stunned. It smelled exactly like eggnog. I started to feel optimistic again.

I took a sip of the Oat Nog and my taste buds rejoiced. It tasted remarkably close to the real thing. All of the standard, dominant eggnog flavor notes seemed to be there. I’m not sure what type of black magic trickery Chobani pulled off here, but it works quite well.

Chobani Oat Nog Closeup

There is a faint undercurrent of oat milk flavor, but it’s mild. It’s perfectly sweet without being domineering. As time elapsed, I noticed that there was a bit of an aftertaste in my mouth. It was an inoffensive flavor, but it’s one that I frequently notice when having oat milk. It seems like a fair trade-off.

Chobani Oat Nog Spice

I decided to try more of the Oat Nog, but added the all-important nutmeg this time. It brought further cohesion and authenticity to the drink. Unfortunately, no amount of nutmeg can combat the thin consistency of this beverage.

Chobani Oat Nog won’t replace traditional eggnog for me, but I can see myself substituting it on occasion. If you enjoy eggnog, but are avoiding dairy, this is a perfect solution. Likewise, if you find conventional eggnog to be too heavy, this should accommodate nicely. It effortlessly stands on its own, and I’m pleased that it was my first taste of anything nog-related this holiday season.

Purchased Price: $3.49
Size: 32 fl. oz. bottle
Purchased at: Fry’s
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1/2 cup) 90 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugars and less than 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Chobani Coffee Cold Brew

Chobani Cold Brew Coffee Containers

Before this assignment, I didn’t actually know that Chobani did more than yogurt. But then I Googled and it turns out that it’s got its hands in a bit of everything. (Okay, well everything dairy-based except ice cream. And cheese. And cottage cheese. Fine, I guess by “everything,” I mean all manner of yogurts, and coffee creamer, and now this. And something called “Chobani Coconut” which is billed as a non-dairy treat. Oh, and oat milk. So… some things that are also non-dairy based.)

Anyway, it’s 2021 and cold brew coffee is still all the rage (I think?) so Chobani figured, why not?

I’m a cold brew novice. It’s not that I’m anti-cold brew, I’ve just always chosen hot coffee. Especially now because it’s winter, and we’ve had multiple days this week where the high was in the single digits; iced anything is a hard sell.

But you know what’s worth the mild discomfort and probably turning the thermostat up a degree? This product.

Chobani introduced four varieties, but I was unable to procure “Pure Black.” So for the sake of this review, we’ll look at the remaining three.

Oat Milk

Chobani Cold Brew Coffee Oat Milk

So, I just got through talking about how I love this product, and now I’m going to tell you that I don’t care for this particular version. But, I’m gonna blame the oat milk. See, I don’t even know that I’ve had oat milk prior to this. But something about this just wasn’t doing it for me. The beginning of the drink is decent, but the back end hits you with a sensation that makes me think of slightly tangy chalk. It’s not repulsive, it’s just… unwelcome.

Vanilla Creamer

Chobani Cold Brew Coffee Vanilla Creamer

Simply put, this is heavenly. The vanilla is strong, muting the medium roast a tad. The rich coffee undertones are still there, but it’s a little like you maybe accidentally spilled a bit of your vanilla shake into a cup of Joe. (And no, I’m not sure how that might happen either, but play along.) From start to finish, it’s creamy and indulgent, which makes this the first time I’ve described something as such and meant it.

Sweet Creamer

Chobani Cold Brew Coffee Sweet Creamer

Remember everything I said about the Vanilla Creamer? This is that, only without the vanilla. The coffee flavoring is a bit more noticeable, but not aggressively so. Each drink manages to stay rich while remaining light and silky. While the vanilla one brought forth visions of spilled vanilla milkshakes cascading into coffee cups, this is a little like someone dumping chocolate milk into your coffee. It is, in a word, scrumtrulescent.

The two prohibitive things I could say about Chobani’s foray into cold brew coffee is that it’s not nutritionally great, and I could use a little more caffeine (it has 85 milligrams per serving). While I applaud the simplicity of the ingredients, 170 calories and 22 grams of sugar per 12 ounce serving keep this from being a daily indulgence for me. But is it worth it for a weekend treat? Absolutely.

Purchased Price: $2.99 (on sale)
Size: 32 fl oz.
Purchased at: Hy-Vee
Rating: 9 out of 10 (Sweet Creamer), 9 out of 10 (Vanilla Creamer), 6 out of 10 (Oat Milk)
Nutrition Facts: (12 oz.) Sweet Creamer & Vanilla Creamer – 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 110 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar (including 15 grams of added sugar), and 5 grams of protein. Oat Milk – 110 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar (including 7 grams of added sugar), and 2 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup

Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup

The Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup flavor is like dumping your good Halloween candy into Greek yogurt.

Or, to be more exact, it’s tiny peanut butter cups, tinier peanut butter oat clusters, and even tinier fudge coated peanuts you dump into chocolate and peanut butter-flavored low-fat Greek Yogurt.

Let’s start with the chocolate and peanut butter Greek yogurt base. If it was sold separately, I’d pick it up regularly to get my calcium, protein, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, bifidus, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus fix. It doesn’t have a strong flavor because the yogurt’s tang cuts through it like a chainsaw into a marshmallow. But it’s mild enough that eating it sans mix-ins was more than fine with me.

Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup 2

But with that said, the mix-ins are what makes this Chobani Flip perhaps my GOAT. The peanut butter clusters and fudge-covered peanuts slightly amp up the sweet flavors and provide a little crunch. But they pale in comparison to what those tiny peanut butter cups do with the yogurt. They pack a punch that makes you forget there are other types of mix-ins. It’s as if I’m eating a peanut butter cup by itself that happened to get a little Greek yogurt on it.

Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup 3

With this Chobani Flip variety, you can experience three different levels of chocolate and peanut butter goodness. There’s the yogurt by itself, which would be level one. Then there’s the yogurt with the PB clusters and fudge peanuts, which would be level two. Then there’s the yogurt with just the mini PB cups, which is several chocolatey and peanut buttery levels higher than the others.

All it takes is just one of those tiny PB cups to make a spoonful worthwhile. Unfortunately, there might not be enough of them in every container to make EVERY spoonful worthwhile.

In a nutshell, Peanut Butter Cup the best Chobani Flip flavor I’ve ever had. Although, that could be the sugar in the candy that goes into the Greek yogurt talking. This flavor better be around forever, because if it ever gets discontinued, I’ll eat a large tub of Yoplait Plain Yogurt in protest.

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: 5.3 oz. container
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt

Carrot yogurt makes me think of what an elderly Bugs Bunny would eat at a nursing home while saying, “Eh… What’s up, doc?” to actual doctors.

The Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation has low-fat sweet carrot yogurt. Some of you might find the idea of vegetable yogurt off-putting. But I’m here to tell you it’s not bad and it doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because of what you “flip” into the yogurt, which is a mixture of cinnamon glazed cake pieces, walnuts, and white chocolate chunks.

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt 2

The yogurt on its own is surprisingly pleasant. Your taste buds will know it’s carrot flavored, but then their follow-up thought will be something about how sweet the yogurt is. Think of it as candied carrot flavored. There are carrot bits floating in the yogurt, but once the mix-ins are added, you won’t even know they’re there.

The cinnamon glazed cake pieces, which let’s be honest aren’t really cake pieces because they’re crunchy, do a great job at making the carrot yogurt taste more like cinnamon yogurt.

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt 3

The walnuts were, um, there? I’ll be honest I forgot this had walnuts as I ate it. My photos show walnuts, but I guess their not-very-strong flavor got lost among the other mix-ins.

As for the white chocolate chunks, they add a creamy flavor that combined with the tang from the yogurt could be argued as “cream cheese frosting flavor.” They also add a different texture than the crunchy mix-ins.

But the yogurt as a whole doesn’t make me instantly think of carrot cake. It’s missing the other spices in the dessert. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say it’s like a cinnamon donut with cream cheese frosting. I mean, that still sounds great and Bugs Bunny would approve, but not quite carrot cake.

(Nutrition Facts – 200 calories 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of potassium, 75 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: 5.3 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Taste like a cinnamon donut with cream cheese frosting. Carrot yogurt is surprisingly pleasant. A number of textures. Tang of yogurt and white chocolate could be considered cream cheese frosting.
Cons: Doesn’t quite taste like carrot cake. The idea of vegetable yogurt might be weird to some. Walnuts were there, but not there.