If you’ve been around us for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that we are Chobani evangelists. A little over one year ago, we decided to give greek yogurt a try. We had been hearing a lot about how great it tasted and how great it was for you. The first kind we tried was Chobani and we were addicted! If you are not familiar with greek yogurt, it is made by straining regular yogurt in a cloth or sack to remove the whey, giving it a much thicker consistency. Typically greek yogurt contains lower sugar, higher protein and higher amounts of probiotics. So it’s much better for you than regular yogurt and has a slightly different taste. Some people have tried greek yogurt and hated it. For us personally, there is no going back. We considered doing a Food Face-Off between greek yogurt and regular yogurt, but we knew there would be no contest. Instead we decided to branch out and try another brand of greek yogurt.
There are many brands of greek yogurt available in grocery stores today. The reason we picked Dannon is because it was closest to Chobani in price and nutrition and we felt it was one of the more accessible brands for most people.
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Cost: $1.49 for 6oz container at Hy-Vee
Nutrition: Serving size 1 container: Calories 140, Total Fat 0g, Sugars 19g, Protein 14g,
Taste: Creamy, slightly tangy, not to sweet.
Dannon Greek Yogurt
Cost: $1.39 for 5.3oz container at Hy-Vee
Nutrition: Serving size 1 container: Calories 120, Total Fat 0g, Sugars 16g, Protein 12g,
Taste: Creamy and sweet.
Cost Breakdown: Chobani is more expensive than Dannon, by about 3¢ per ounce. BUT (we like big buts, and we cannot lie), we almost always buy our Chobani at Costco. For just under $1.00 per container, we can get a 12 pack of strawberry, peach and blueberry. There are times we feel like getting a different flavor like lemon, pomegranate or honey, so we will sometimes buy it at a regular grocery store. For the most part though, we buy a pack at Costco once every two weeks. That means we save about $6.00 for every twelve Chobanis! That’s $12.00 per month and $144 per year in savings. Boom. So if you buy just a few yogurts per month and do not have a Costco membership, the winner would be Dannon. But if you are addicted to greek yogurt like us and have a Costco membership, the winner is Chobani.
Cost Winner: Chobani (with a Costco membership)
Nutrition Breakdown: A quick look at the nutrition label and it appears Dannon is the clear winner. Per ounce, Chobani does have slightly more calories and sugar, but it also has more protein. When you get down into the nitty gritty of the ingredients, you find out that Chobani is all natural, with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Dannon cannot make that claim. We’ll accept an additional 3 calories per ounce if it means we are eating something that is all natural
Nutrition Winner: Chobani
Taste Breakdown: First five ingredients of Chobani: Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, strawberries, evaporated cane juice (less processed than regular sugar), locust bean gum (natural thickening agent), natural flavors. First five ingredients of Dannon: Cultured grade A nonfat milk, strawberries, water, sugar, fructose. We are not food scientists by any means, but we are assuming that the yogurts taste slightly different because Dannon uses refined sugar as a sweetener and adds water, while Chobani uses evaporated cane juice as a sweetener and no water. The Dannon is thick and a little tangy like most greek yogurt, but also has a grainy, sugary taste to it. The Chobani is creamy with just the perfect amount of sweetness and tang.
Taste Winner: Chobani
Overall Winner: Chobani Greek Yogurt
We tried to like you Dannon, we really did. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, you didn’t stand a chance. Chobani is a part of our everyday life now. It’s a mid-morning snack, a substitute for sour cream, or a late night treat. We cannot get enough of it. We are in love with Chobani and we don’t care who knows it!
Have you ever tried greek yogurt? If so, what brand and what was your opinion? Are you a Chobani fanatic like us?