Recently my friends, Jhiane & Anu, were hanging out at my place and I was discussing doing a taste test on the Best Greek Yogurt. Anu who was 6 months prego at the time had no issues with the taste test and quickly agreed. 🙂 That was quick! By this point I was sooooooooooo excited, I ran over to the refrigerator and got my 3 yogurts... the top 3 commercial brand Greek yogurts I could think of... Chobani, Fage, and Oikos.
In order to be completely fair, I selected a flavor that was common to all 3 brands, and I went with blueberry since I love it. The other issue was making sure I selected all low fat yogurts, however Chobani Blueberry and Oikos Blueberry only come in 0% Nonfat, whereas Fage Blueberry comes in 2% Low fat. There really wasn't much I could do here, but close enough.
I performed one set of taste test amongst my friends, and the other set of taste test amongst my family members which covered all age groups. In addition, I had each individual close their eyes, describe the yogurt flavor, and let me know which one they liked best without disclosing the brand being tasted. Now before I start I must tell you, I loved Fage, but you'll be surprised how I was easily fooled.
NUTRITION - keep in mind Chobani's nutrition is based on 6 oz. versus Fage's and Oikos' nutrition are each based on 5.3 oz. In order to be completely fair, I had to perform some calculations in order to get Chobani's nutrition down to 5.3 oz. The grid below clearly represents Chobani's nutrition at 6 oz. (left most) versus 5.3 oz. (right most) - get it? Hopefully I made myself clear.
From a nutrition standpoint based on 5.3 oz., it appears Stonyfield Oikos Blueberry Organic 0% Yogurt is the overall healthiest yogurt, however it is highest in sodium compared to Chobani and Fage. Chobani seems to have the most amount of calcium and sugar. Fage provides the least amount of calcium and protein, and also has the least sodium. It would be totally unfair of me to compare the fat, saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol since I am comparing 2 nonfat yogurts and 1 low fat yogurt.
You can purchase these yogurts at any grocery store across the United States.
Chobani - $1.39
Fage - $1.79
Stonyfield Oikos - 1.99
NUMBER OF TASTERS = 13
Breakdown By Age:
5 tasters (under 15) = 38%
4 tasters (30s+) = 31%
4 tasters (40s+) = 31%
= 13 tasters = 100%
Chobani Blueberry 0% Yogurt - Based on the taste test, Chobani was the winner amongst those in their 30s, and was tied amongst those in their 40s. It wasn't a favorite amongst the kids, however it was close; 2 out of 3 kids chose Chobani.
Chobani Blueberry Yogurt would be described as smooth, thick, and creamy. Most tasters said there was an initial burst of blueberry flavor and it wasn't too sweet or too sour, it was just perfect. Furthermore, most tasters said there was barely an aftertaste, however I felt there was a slight aftertaste in the Chobani. Even so, I still voted Chobani as my favorite. 3 of the 5 kids complained this yogurt had a slight sour taste, however the other 2 mentioned it was sweet with a bold blueberry flavor and no aftertaste.
Fage Total Blueberry 2% Yogurt - Fage 2% Yogurt came in second and was most popular amongst the kids, and was tied amongst those in their 40s.
Fage Total Blueberry Yogurt would also be described as creamy, thick, and smooth. Many participants found this yogurt to be sweeter than Chobani with a slight artificial taste of blueberries. A few mentioned the blueberries almost tasted like jam, and others mentioned it had a more subtle blueberry flavor. In addition, many tasters mentioned there was no aftertaste in the Fage, no bitterness, and no sour taste. This makes sense since most tasters thought Fage was sweeter than Chobani. Based on the nutrition above, Chobani is the sweetest amongst the 3 yogurts though, however almost all tasters mentioned Fage was sweeter, and Chobani was just right. Weird, huh? I certainly thought so!
Although Fage was my favorite in the past, I also thought the yogurt was sweet and creamy with no aftertaste and no bitterness; however I felt there was not a prominent taste of blueberries, and it was mild. Based on this I ended up choosing Chobani as my favorite and Fage as my second favorite.
Stonyfield Oikos Blueberry Organic 0% Yogurt - Out of the 3 yogurts, this was the least favorite amongst all 3 age groups... hmmm. Oikos was as creamy as the other 2 yogurts, however it wasn't as thick. Quite honestly, I was really hoping to love the Oikos simply because it is organic. Albeit that word alone will get more and more people leaning towards Oikos. Having said that, I personally thought Oikos initially tasted really good, however it ends with a very bitter aftertaste. Although Oikos had a sudden explosion of blueberries, most tasters mentioned Oikos was simply not sweet and way too bitter, sadly I have to agree. Only one person mentioned Oikos tasted more homemade and natural then Chobani and Fage. This would make sense considering it is organic.
Based on the results, here is what I conclude:
Keep in mind that both Chobani and Fage were pretty close in results.
Chobani is well suited for those individuals who enjoy a burst of fruity flavors, and those who like sweet yogurt that is perfectly balanced. In the image above, notice Chobani is the darkest amongst the 3 yogurts which could possibly be why there is a more prominent blueberry flavor.
Chobani was a favorite amongst those in their 30s.
Chobani was tied with Fage amongst those in their 40s.
Chobani was a second favorite amongst the kids.
Overall, 62% of the tasters enjoyed Chobani Blueberry 0% Yogurt the best.
It's crazy to think Chobani is the cheapest amongst the 3 yogurts and contains NO GMOs or rBGH.
Fage is a good choice for those who prefer mild fruit flavorings and enjoy sweeter yogurts.
Fage was a favorite amongst the kids.
Fage was tied with Chobani amongst those in their 40s.
Fage was a second favorite amongst those in their 30s.
Overall, 38% of the tasters enjoyed Fage Total Blueberry 2% Yogurt the best.
Oikos is well suited for those who strictly looking for an organic yogurt. It would be a good choice for those who don't care for too much sweetness in their yogurt and those who can handle some bitterness as well.
Oikos was the least favorite amongst the kids and those in their 30s & 40s. Sorry guys!
Overall, 0% liked Stonyfield Oikos Blueberry Organic 0% Yogurt.
WOULD I PURCHASE AGAIN
Although I would love to see Chobani have an organic version of their yogurt, it is not going to hold me back from purchasing the yogurt knowing their yogurts are made without GMOs or rBGH.
After this taste test, I definitely LOVE Chobani more than Fage, however I would still purchase Fage every now and then. When it comes to baking though, I would probably use Fage simply because it tastes sweeter than Chobani. Fage would serve as a good substitute for sour cream or yogurt in baked goods. Most of all, I would love to try it in a frosting. Fage should really consider making their flavored yogurts in 0% which would give Chobani some competition. In addition, it would be nice to see more than just 5 flavors of yogurt.
In the meantime, I'll be purchasing lots and lots of Chobani yogurts. I absolutely love how they have so many different flavors, including raspberry, pomegranate, pineapple, and more. I did question them on how they decide which flavors are 0% and which ones are 2%. Again, Emily at Chobani mentioned they base the flavor decisions solely on what tastes best. The extra fat makes all the difference in the Strawberry Banana 2% and the Pineapple 2%. The inside scoop that I'm in on is Chobani is coming out with a new MANGO flavor 2% Chobani Yogurt. I can't wait! Other flavors I would love to see are Banana, Pineapple Coconut, Mango Peach, Chocolate, or even a combination of all the antioxidant berries. Take a guess on what I'm doing here, I'm thinking of all my favorite cocktail flavor combination, hence why I need yogurt in my life to stay healthy & fit! 🙂
Tell Me: What's your favorite Greek Yogurt and why?
Great review... you really are meticulous. This is great, I'll be trying Chobani next to see what the hype is about.
Chobani is definitely the best out off all the above. Chobani had a very nice creamy texture and tasted very fresh and no aftertaste.
Morgan D. says
I've always wanted to do this with plain greek yogurt ever since i made the mistake of subbing icky Oikos for my usual creamy Fage once in a recipe. Good insights. Thanks!
Fage is my favorite with the honey. Fage does have a 0% along with a 2% and a whole that does not list a percent but in my opinion it is the best a few more calories but delicious. I have tried Chiobani and Oikos and do not care for either I have also tried Muellers and do not care for that one either.
@Morgan - Well I'm glad it's not just me who thinks that way. I am in love with Chobani!
Fage uses non-GMO cows.
Why didn't you do the test with plain non-fat. That is the only way to tell which yogurt you like. Each company will use different versions of fruit. In strawberry, the results could be completely different.
Honestly Jade, this post was so long ago and I regret it so much because I absolutely love Fage now.
Great review however my vote is for Oikos. It very well might not win in a taste test but if taste is your biggest criteria then grab a pint of frozen yogurt and have at it. Oikos taste is close enough and as stated, it is the healthiest option. Beyond that I love to support the Stonyfield brand. They are a poster child for a well run socially responsible company!
I like the taste of Oikos. I can't believe others don't. I don't care for too-sweet flavor. I also support Stonyfield. You can count on the product being high quality.
I agree. I much prefer Oikos over Chobani. I don’t find any bitter aftertaste.
@Peter - I do agree Stonyfield is a responsible brand and I do buy their milk on occasion. However, for me and my tasters, it unfortunately did not deliver in the yogurt category. I guess we all have different taste palettes.
Chobani pineapple is my all time favorite!
How did oikos win in protein if chobani has 1g more?
@Anonymous - although it may appear that Chobani has 1 gram more, I mentioned that Chobani's protein is based on 6 ounces and Oikos is based on 5.3 ounces. In order to "fairly" compare the nutritional values, I had to recalculate Chobani's nutritional values based on 5.3 ounces which brings its protein value to 12g and Oikos remains at 13g. Hope that makes sense.
Good review, however there are no GMOs in Fage either. Whole Foods Markets does not carry products that use GMOs but they definitely do carry this brand of yogurt.
Fage now has a line of 0% fruit yogurts,including a blueberry acai flavor.
Great info! You should redo your test, and include Dannon Greek and Yoplait Greek.
I wanted to add that I think there's a difference among flavors, with certain brands being better in certain flavors. For example, the Fage Strawberry is, in my opinion, the best strawberry yogurt. In the honey variety, Dannon Greek wins, bc I haven't found anything else with a consistency to match it. I like the tiny Oikos carmel yogurts - low calorie and small, so they're good for a sweet treat. None of the other brands have a Greek caramel, that I know of.
So I guess for a true yogurt connoisseur, all the brands have their strengths.
@Deanna - Yes, perhaps I should consider re-doing this post. I did look at the ingredients though, and skipped any yogurts with High Fructose Corn Syrup. I will take a look at Dannon Greek and Yoplait Greek. Thanks!
I always used to buy fage because it was good. I preferred the thickness and increased protein. Recently I bought a chobani because there seemed to be alot of fuss. It had much better and more prominent flavor compared to fage, the one i had even seemed sweeter than fage at least to me.
Needless to say, I will only buy chobani from now on. This probably explains why there was a shelf full of fage and chobani was nearly sold out!
This is a great comparison! the Fage is my favorite and the 0% blueberry acai is divine! I don't like my fruit all mixed in so it wins points in my book for being able to dip your spoon in. The chobani is a very very close second and the only kind I liked prior to this week when I got hooked on fage. The oikos was a little sour cream tasting to me and too thin. I tried the yoplait blueberry for the first time tonight and it was just terrible in my opinion! Very low quality - bad blueberry taste, not thick enough and too slimy. I actually fed it to my dog after a few spoons, he loved it!
Human vote - fage
Great Dane vote - one whole cup of yoplait beats a few licks of the empty cup of the other brands!
I have to agree both Chobani & Fage are pretty good, however Chobani has a little something in the blueberry that makes it a slightly better choice than the Fage, but that's just my opinion. Everyone has different taste buds. 🙂
The Beer Snob says
I am a huge Fage fan...I didn't use to like Greek yogurt, until I went to Greece...and Fage seems to remind me most of what I had in Greece. Others I have tried seemed too grainy or not tangy enough.
Great review/taste test!
I always eat Fage. After reading this I tried the Chobani. It is nowhere even close to Fage. I didn't even like it! Fage is so much creamier and has a much better taste. Chobani isn't even creamy, it's more like a gelatan.
grow up girl says
Great review. I love Chobani the best. I bought Fage after seeing it on sale and I had to do my best to get it to go down. Weird thing is, the Honey Fage I would still buy if I feel like punishing myself - but otherwise I'm sticking to Chobani. Did you notice that Fage has a suggestion to not stir the yogurt?
@grow up girl - wow, I never realized it mentioned do not stir the yogurt in Fage, I always did. I do enjoy Fage as well, but I just think Chobani is better. 🙂
thanks for the review- although i love fage the best.
you do know that you aren't suppose to stir the yogurt right? And you're supposed to eat it as is..???
It says right under the ingredients DO NOT STIR.
angel falling feather
I ate yogurt as a healthy dessert especially late at night when I come home from dialysis. Now don't shoot me Bryers pineapple my favorite, probably has no nutrition value except to say its yogurt?? But I like it. Today I tasted the Chobani, only because I wanted to taste the difference between "regular" yogurt and Greek yogurt. I'm over 50 so I grew up on those Dannon commercials showing very ancient people eating yogurt, implying if you want to live long eat yogurt. So this Greek yogurt was strange, thick but when mixed with fruit I could live with it. I have a whole case, I will be eating; because I don't think my children will like it. If you know anything about dialysis I need the calcium and the protein, another reason why I might tolerate this thick yogurt. I particularly read this article because my Greek driver insist Fage is the best.
This is such an amazing review. THANK YOU.
Love the scientific + facts.
You should get paid for this.
Vera Karger says
I'm a long-time fan of Fage Total, as it is called, all 3 plain, full-fat (Total), 2% fat (still called Total, but says 2%) and non-fat (also still called Total.)
I believe Chobani is popular because it has lots of sugar grams in it. Diabetics or people trying to live healthfully or lose weight need as few sugar grams as possible! With so much of the population overweight, I'm surprised Chobani is popular.
My experience with Oikos is that it tastes a little chalky. Brown Cow is better than Oikos, imo. Forget about Dannon, it has little body to it.
@Vera - thanks for your input. Fage is great too. I think Chobani and Fage are the major competitors.
Interesting. I like Oikos the best because it seems to be the smoothest. The others have a gritty taste to me. I generally eat regular yogurt anyway, and I prefer Stonyfield for that too.
Funny, I definitely love Chobani- but for me there is a crazy after taste. I just tried Oikos- I thought it was less bitter and had no after taste. But because of the price I have to go with Chobani.
When I started eating Greek yogurt I went with Chobani. I have eaten it every day for probably a year now. However, I went to a street Festival this past weekend and they were giving out samples of Fage. Being a Chobani lover, I hesitated at first but then decided why not? I choose the 2% with strawberry topping. Oddly enough I enjoyed the tanginess of the yogurt and the sweetness of the fruit topping. I enjoyed being able to spoon a bit of each with every bite. I stopped at my local market on the way home and bought two. . .strawberry and blueberry, as I had two coupons which reduced the price for both to a minimum. Maybe I have had my fill of Chobani and was getting bored with it because I am now hooked on those little containers with separate yummies in each. Personally, I think having the fruit as a topping rather than mixed in is a big seller for me. It's kinda like the salty/sweet taste for me. Fage is more expensive but I don't mind spending my money on something that tastes good, is good for me and I know will be eaten.
@Anonymous - Well said! I honestly like them both, but I think the blueberry Chobani tasted more fresh to me than the Fage. The taste testers thought so too. But you are right, I love the fruit on the side and being able to have a little yogurt and sweetness of fruit in every bite. I can't wait to try the new Fage flavors. You do bring up a good point. To be fair, I think certain flavors taste better in Chobani and others taste better in Fage.
Fage is my favorite and the closest to "fresh yogurt". The Greeks do not stir the honey or other toppings into the yogurt. Chobani does not come close - take it from a Greek!
wow! a 5.3oz of fage costs $2.79 when it's on sale in honolulu!!!!
Chobani's pomegranate is great! You really should try the Dannon blueberry it's pretty good. Have you tried Voskos Greek yogurt yet? I personally think it is gross. I believe it costs about the same price as a chobani.
My favorite is Dannon plain fat free greek yogurt.
Are you a science person? You did a very nice job comparing these yogurts.
The new Yoplait has too many calories and too much sugar. The best for me is Krinos-Yiaourti Sakoulas, Home style Greek yogurt. 80 calories, 3g fat,7g sugar. Good luck trying to find it though.
I have tried them all. Most American made are plastic tasting.
Haha... I'm a Computer Science person, so close I guess. THanks! I prefer Greek Yogurt anyday, and I honestly like Chobani and Fage both, it really depends on the flavor.
Go to Costco to get a great buy on Costco. They have multiple flavors in a very economical ten-pack. Because of Costco, I have become hooked on Chobani!
I am a Greek Yogurt lover on a budget. 🙂 It seems Fage has made themselves a bit more competitive. Costco in So. CA also carries Fage multi flavor pack. They also (not sure if they still do I did not check last time I was there)carry multi packs of Chobani. Fage multi pack has 4 flavors, 3 containers each for a total price of $13.19 or $1.09 each. ALL non-fat as Fage introduced this in January 2011 per fageusa.com. Strawberry Goji, Blueberry Acai, Mango Guanabana and Cherry Pomegranate. This new recipe (still 5.3 oz) boasts:
0 calories from fat
0g total fat
0g saturated fat
0g trans fat
45 mg sodium
18g total carbs
13g protein (up from 10g)
0g vitamin A
0g vitamin C
3 (up from 2) live active yogurt cultures
I purchased the Chobani multi pack the first two times for my family. The first group was great, the second time not so much. Even my teenaged son who absolutely LOVED the Chobani when I first got it told me it tasted different...almost like it was warm even though it was indeed chilled. Weird, I know. Enough so that when I purchased the Fage (3 times now) he did not even want to try it. More for me. 🙂
They also carry a 35.3 oz container of plain 0% fat Fage that has 23g of protein per 8oz for $5.19, again much cheaper than the grocery store. I am no mathematician so I am not even going to try to convert the nutritional or cost analysis into 5.3 oz. 😛
I was pleased to find both of these items at Costco at such a cheaper rate than my local Albertson's, Von's or Stater Bros. which all sell for over $1.50 per 5.3 oz container. Like I mentioned above, I am on a budget (who isn't these days? :-/) and will not buy it at my local store if Costco ever stops carrying it.
Blueberry for the taste test? To a Greek that's like using a wine cooler to do a wine tasting to a Frenchman 🙂
I would say it should just be plain for a proper taste test of yogurt not the flavours.
Awesome review! I absolutely enjoyed reading this! And I can't wait to go to the grocery store to purchase some Chobani Greek Yogurts! 🙂
Our So Cal Costco stopped carrying cases of Chobani a month ago and only has cases of Fage, now. For whatever reason, THAT is the kicker for many peeps. Paying $1.60 each, at the local grocer, is unsat. Wonder what Chobani did to upset Costco? Fage is quite similar.
Anyway - great review! Thanks for taking the time.
FAGE now offers a 0% fat yogurt in many flavors including blueberry.
Awesome review! Thank you for the time you put into this!
I like your meticulous review and very glad to find your post. Long time ago, I tried yogurt, but it was too sour. Until recently, I stumbled into a warehouse store that sell product is expired or about to expire soon. It has different kind of yogurts each time I check. When I saw a case of Fage 2% fat free with 12 of the 5.3oz for $1.00. I risk my two dollars to get 2 case (Peach, Honey) flavors to give it a try. I figurge if my family doesn't like it, Our dogs would. We loved it and I took a dozen to share with my co-workers. I later discovered that it actually cost over $1.00+ each in the Whole food market, Target, Wal-mart, etc. Recently, the store has raised the price on Fage to $1.00 for 3 of 5.3 oz or $4.00 for a case. I got 2 cases of Greek Gods(Fig, Honey) yesterday for $2.00 a case, but there are several Chobani flavors for the same price I wasn't sure to get. After reading your review, I am going to try the Chobani. Would love to see you test out other brands. Our family only cares for taste. Here are rating of the one we tried:
1. Fage (plain or any flavor)
1. Geek Gods (plain or any flavor)
1. Noosa Yogurt (any flavor, my fav is rhubard)..
2. Cascade Fresh
2. Brown Cow
2. Dannon Activia
3. Dannon (most flavor, except Activia)
3. Stoney Field Farms
3. Nancy's Organic
Yesterday, I paid $8.00 for 4 cases (48 of 6oz) of Chobani (Prom, Pineapple, Lemon, Respberry). We like the texture of the yogurt. The lemon flavor has a bit of bitterness like the lemon rind. Respberry a bit sour than I thought, but good. I brought bunch to share with my co-workers. Overall, we like it. If it cost the same as the Fage, we will had to pick Fage. We like most of all Fage's flavors (peach, blueberry, strawberry Goji, Blueberry Acai, Mang Guanbana, ..)
I can't tell the difference in taste between any of them, I just pay attention to the texture! My sense of taste is nearly gone. I did notice that Chobani left a slight filmy texture on my tongue the first time I tried it. I liked the fruit, though, and went back and tried a different flavor. It almost seems gritty to me.
Have tried both Fage and Chobani recently and much prefer the Fage. The fruit goop at the bottom of the Chobani is way too gelatinous and doesn't taste that good. I end up leaving the fruit part, which seems a waste. I also think the Fage yogurt is creamier and tastes better.
Yeah.. both Fage and Chobani are really good yogurts. I believe the flavors make a huge difference in a taste test. I eat both and buy whatever is on sale. 🙂
I have to say.....you should do this for a living. I am very impressed with your test and detail. I do love chabon! I wish you would review everything I want to know more about:) thank you
@Anonymous - I wish, you have NO idea! Someone, hire me! I'll work on writing more reviews, but if you check out Friday's Favorite Things - I mention 3 favorite things of the week, many times it will include food. So glad you enjoyed this.
This sounds silly, but mixing the fruit into the yogurts changes the way it tastes/feels... I've tried the Dannon greek, Fage (several flavors 0-2%), and Chobani (several flavors 0-2%). Dannon greek is disgusting. My favorite is Fage, hands down, without a doubt... When you eat it without mixing it it's so much more rich and creamy.
I'm a steady Fage man, myself. It's light and has a whipped texture, with no funky aftertaste. I go with the Total w/ honey, but never blend 'em; strictly a 1-part honey to 2-parts yogurt scoop n' eat. I tried the Mango / Guanabana version... not bad!
At any rate, the Chobani ALWAYS leaves a curdled aftertaste, and I agree that the gelatinous consistancy is inferior. I simply DON'T like it at all.
Never tried the Oikos.
@Icepulse - Thanks for your input. Honestly, I keep going back and forth between Fage and Chobani, they are both really good. I performed the taste test on just the Blueberry yogurt, and perhaps I need to do more.
I love Fage...nothing comes close to it...Nothing!!!
I must agree.
I haven't tried Fage, but had brought a 4 pack of Oikos. It was so hard to finish... I just couldn't easily put it down and it was even the chocolate flavor. I just tried Chobani Peach and it was very tasty. I'll have to compare it to Fage.
Excellent review by the way. I was very impressed with all the information and wish all reviews were conducted with such detail!
@Anonymous - Fage is really good too, I think I have to do a more fair review with the same flavor comparison. Thanks for your kind words.
Fage is the origianl GREEK YOGHURT. It stems from Greek tradiotions tha go almost a hundred year back into production.
Unfortunately Chobani is a turkish brand that tried to copy Fage and its "Straggisto" type, and it did succesfully because of their delivery and marketing network.
Yet it is not Greek, neither does it have something to do with the Greek Yoghurts. It merely a marketing fraud with Greek imprinted on it.
Really a case for a law firm, but who knows that...
By the way the word Chobani === Sheperd in turkish but written in a Greek way. Coban is the turkish word and Tsobanis is the Greek. They used a mixture of them two..
Very smart in marketing, very fraudulent in taste and place of origin.
Its like selling African made Mercedes to the Chinese.
I recently got some "Siggi's" Icelandic skyr (yogurt), and the verdict is this:
Most of their varieties are 0% milkfat, and like all 0% yogurts, is fairly mediocre.
The 2% Coconut? My new, absolute favorite yogurt. I cleaned out the entire shelf at my local store. It is unlike anything else.
Siggi's is a NY-based "micro-batch", so I don't know about availability, but Whole Foods is a franchise that carries it.
I found your test really interesting to read as I'm just starting to get more into greek yogurt. I have tried Chobani a few times and even though it might be the best, I still can't seem to get used to the taste of it. However I did just buy a passion fruit and I think b/c passion fruit is naturally sour, chobani tasted delicious. As for the vanilla flavor, I definitely choose Oikos over Chobani.
I used to like Fage, but after trying Chobani, I like it better. Fage is a little too sour. I don't understand why groceries carry nearly all 0% fat yogurt these days. The calorie difference is not that great, and the taste of the 0% fat is much inferior in my opinion. I thought the low-fat diet fad was over with years ago. It doesn't help you lose weight.
This is a GREAT review!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! I am just now starting to eat more healthy and was eating a Chobani yogurt and wanted to know if I was eating the best thing or if this was just a gimic. Based off your review, I am going to stick with Chobani because I really do think it is the best overall and it tastes great!!! Awesomeness!!
@bnfunky - thanks so much. I also really love Fage, they are both really good, but I think it depends on the flavor. Thanks so much for your kind words.
My favorite Greek yogurt is Trader Joe's plain Greek yogurt, full fat version. I have tried the other brands, and I do not like all the extra added ingredients, especially the flavored ones, or the after taste. When I eat Trader Joe's plain Greek yogurt I usually add Trader Joe's frozen blueberries. That gives me my favorite blueberry flavor, with no extra sugar or preservatives, and I get the thick and creamy flavor of my Greek yogurt. It also tastes fresher. I use the full fat version because I have noticed a tang after taste from the fat free one.
You should try this test taste with plain yogurt. Fruit can make or break anything so tasting it in the buff is the best.
I have no problem with the Oikos flavor natural and although it was not a winner, if its plain its ok but I tried the honey looking for one I tasted years ago and it was not good at all. I tries adding fruit and it did not work either.
I bought a pound of the Cabot Plain Greek Yogurt:
..and cut up a fresh mango, then drizzled a bit of honey.
I don't eat flavored yogurt as healthy choices quickly become sugar laden and therefore unhealthy. Of all of these (in their plain variety) Oikos is by far the best. Plus 23g of protein, 9g of carbs, and 0g of fat in one cup.
you have a ton of time on your hands
Well that or a lot of passion. 🙂
Just felt I should mention (as a former Whole Foods employee) in response to Anonymous stating "Whole Foods Markets does not carry products that use GMOs"... that is absolutely NOT true. WF (and the big brands) has done a great job of giving everything on its shelves a "natural" feel when in fact there are many completely conventional items on those shelves; they simply meet WF's quality standards for excluding artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, etc. There is even a category for these items in the industry: "naturally perceived", how infuriating is that? It's all marketing! There is only one way to make sure you are avoiding GMO's and that is to purchase USDA Certified Organic products that carry the icon on their packaging, which guarantees that the contents are at least 97% organic. Another good thing to look for is participation in the Non-GMO Project, which does ingredient testing to verify organic integrity all the way back to the source. End rant!
@Anonymous - I can't thank you enough for this valuable information.. I did not know that.. it is frustrating that even WF can't guarantee no gmos. i do try and buy most things organic.. especially dairy. Thank you again!!!
I'm actually eating the blueberry Oikos right now. I actually really like it, but i've never actually had the other two, so...
Fage does make a Total 0% in Blueberry! It's really good. I think I like Fage better than Chobani. Chobani doesn't keep their fruit separated from the yogurt and it makes the fruit taste like the yogurt. I think that the separate compartments for the fruit and yogurt is the reason that Fage tastes so much sweeter than Chobani.
Why do they have to put SO MUCH sugar in them?!?!
Thanks for taking the time to produce and share this review! Great information, especially liked that you did additional research in contacting the company direct and had an age breakdown as well. I just recently started on this GREEK yogurt kick, prior to this I only ate yoplait, mostly because of the insane amount of flavor choices. I must say though the greek stuff is simply awesome and agree that Chobani is by far the best! Chobani is sooooo freakin' creamy and fruit taste is so true to the fruit. Thanks again for sharing your review, very informative! Aloha!
Greek Gods brand - there is a no comparison
Fage is best IMO although it's like 15Cents more than Chobani. I like the regular version. The lowfat tastes bitter to me.
@Anonymous - I have to try the Greek Gods brand.
@Anonymous - I do love Fage, don't get me wrong, this was a taste test and most people preferred Chobani. I still eat Fage quite a bit. 🙂
YA! Greek God's IMHO is the best
Fage is my favorite greek yogurt. It's thick, creamy, and of course, delicious!
Chobani has made a chocolate yogurt! I tried a sample of it at a Nationsl Dietetics conference, and it was excellent. I thought it was nicely done, not too sweet and had a very nice natural chocolate flavor. Sadly though, I have never been able to find it on the shelf anywhere.
Fage is the most authentic Greek yogurt you're going to find because it's a GREEK COMPANY MAKING GREEK YOGURT. Their plain yogurt is the best. I've tried to substitue Chobani's Non-Fat plain yogurt for Fage's and it doesn't taste the same. It's not creamy enough and seems like it needs to be strained more. Oikos is even worse.
you should have tested the Dannon Oikos greek yogurt because it is not organic like the other two and the nutritional values are completely different. But this was non the less a great review. I need to try the Choboni and Fage.
@Anonymous - I'll definitely give Dannon Oikos a try. Both Chobani and Fage are EXCELLENT.. this test was just based on family members.
Jessica Pires says
Funny. I eat dannon Oikos, which is not organic and I think it tastes the best. More like regular yogurt with the benefit of more protein. Fage seriously tastes like a container of bacteria to me, very tangy. And chobani is good but still a bit too tangy. I think I'm not cut out for the taste of "authentic" greek yogurt, but Dannon Oikos is a good middle point for people who don't love the taste of it.
In order to do a correct taste test, you need to learn how to eat Greek yogurt properly.... You are never supposed to mix is up. This I why Fage is found separate from the fruit. You're supposed to spoon some yogurt and fruit at the same time and eat it. With fruit on the bottom versions, you're supposed to spoon some yogurt from the top and fruit from the bottom. Mixing it completely dilutes the flavor and taste and makes for a bland yogurt. Fage is the closest thing you will ever get to real Greek yogurt in the US. Try the cherry.
Sigi's is a diff. Style yogurt, granted although mixed in pomegranate is so so subtle with a huge burst or sour. Ppl really like it. Whatever...
Just so you know, Fage yogurt is very, VERY likely a GMO food. I called their site asking what the cows are fed, and she said that they are fed corn and soy. In the U.S A. 80 to to 95% of corn and soy is GMO. Many organics can even be GMO. The only thing you can be sure if it is or isn't GMO is fruit and veggies. GMO veggies wil have and 8 at the beginning with 5 # ex. 87456 normal fruits and veggies start with a 4 with 4 numbers ex 4372 and oganics usually start with a 9.
I am a Chobani-holic!
I have purchased Fage when they've been out of Chobani & i agree with the above. Since i have tried them both in blueberry, i truly detest the fage one, it is like jam, where as the chobani blueberry has some seriously delish whole blueberries and a very nice amount at that. I only buy Chobani now, all 0%, favs being Blueberry & Rasp. BUT if i had to recommend one of their 2%, i would so go for the pineapple... i treat myself to one, every once in a while. Buon apetito!
Makris Alkis says
"Chobani" is in did a Greek word but the Yoghurt is NOT Greek its made in Turkey.
On the other hand Total - FAGE is 100% Greek company and the mikk is also from Greece.
That`s the difference when you talk about Greek Yoghurt and Greek "style" Yoghurt.
In my opinion in the title you should add the word "Style" so people don't get confused!!
Thanks for supporting Greek products.
Have you tried Sigi's? It's SO SOUR. :X
Try an original greek strained yogurt 2% without fruits from ''Olympos'' company and you will feel the difference. I think it is the best of all.
The taste of fage is close to olympos and much better than chobani.
You can put real fruits into your yogurt whenever you want.
@Anonymous - I'll have to give Sigi's a try. And also Olympos. Someone also mentioned Whole Foods' Greek Yogurt is pretty good. Thanks!
As a long time Oikos eater i tried Chobani after reading this. I am stumped because Chobani that i ate was less thick, less creamy than Oikos and had a funny after taste. Hmmmm.
Never liked Trader Hoes yogurt.
Off to try Fage and Greek God now.
Thanks for the review.
Ah! Wishing there was a share to twitter button right now. Personally I prefer Oikos over Chobani, however I'm not really into fruits with yogurt (never have been, not with regular yogurt either). I ALWAYS get vanilla or plain or maybe honey. The few times I've ventured out I've regretted it. That being said, I read another comment or two that said they preferred the plain or vanilla from Oikos. Maybe there's something to that. I plan on trying Fage now after reading this blog post! Especially from reading the comments from people saying it is the most authentic. Thanks!
@Anonymous.. thanks.. I think you'll really like Fage, I really enjoy Fage and Chobani. I think it depends on the flavor more than anything.
eric c says
Fage all the way. Chobani has horrible texture and I felt a less fruity taste.
Stonyfield and Chobani are both more suited to american palates that prefer "pudding" style yogurt. Fage is the way to go for yogurt lovers and for cooking with yogurt.
Hey Yogurt lovers , I grew up in Greece eating Greek yogurt and I can tell you that FAGE Yogurt is the original.
A likely reason there's a difference in how people perceive the relative differences between Chobani and Fage is the fat levels. As many have discovered, milk fat enhances flavor in ice cream. Guessing that this works for Fage as well, though the tasters felt it sweeter rather than having enhanced flavor. But there are certainly differences in fruit ingredients that come into play as well.
tooanheng goh says
i read the ingredients list on chobani greek yogurt, it turns out that chobani isn't the real greek yogurt as it contains pectin (something like gelatin)...it is commonly misunderstood to be greek yogurt, instead it should be named as greek-styled yogurt..
Just bought Chobani yogurt because of a super deal at Publix and have been curious about Greek yogurt but could never get past the price. Got various flavors to try. I have a blueberry farm, so very curious about the blueberry flavor. I don't know how you got your Chobani blueberry to be so colorful/seemingly full of fruit. I found just a very few wild blueberries in the bottom surrounded by a pale gel. Very little blueberry flavor to me. So far the pineapple is my favorite and though I love lemon, the lemon flavor in Chobani just added to the bitterness of it and I had to spoon some blueberry jam into it to get it down. I will be buying more Chobani this week because after $1 sale price and doubling a 30 cent Chobani coupon, I am getting it for 40 cents per 6 oz. tub!
Anonymous - I just stirred the Chobani Blueberry yogurt and it was all colorful. Also, I used flash, I'm sure that enhances the color of the yogurt.
Thank you for the time and testing you did. I'm real picky when it comes to yogurts(I eat it everyday). I have tried just about every brand/maker of yogurts available in the USA. Not into non-fat or low fat Yogurts; give me the real thing from whole milk. For me the best Yogurt out there is from The Greek God's Greek Yogurts. Nothing Artificial & no perservatives. Just Pasturized Grade A Milk, Cream, Pure Cane Sugar,Pectin and Live Cultures. My favorite is their Honey Greek Yogurt. 6oz- 250 Calories- Total Fat 14g- Sat Fat 9g- trans Fat 0- Cholesterol 40mg- Total Carbs 23g- Sugars 22g Protien 6g- Calcium 20%- Vitamin A 10%- Iron 2%- Vitamin C 2%. Greek Yogurt so thick the spoon stands up in the cup. Not sweet,yet so good tasteing on its own. They have Yogurts with fruits, but for me I need a yogurt that stands on its own with no add ons and this one does it.
Thanks Vickie, I'll have to check out this Greek God Yogurt, hopefully Whole Foods will have it. 🙂
You kill your credibility when you demonstrate that you're gullible and uneducated enough to actually think GMOs are harmful and that "Organic" is actually a meaningful term with any real health benefit.
I come from a family that consists of doctors and people in the agriculture science field, hence I have my sources. GMOs are harmful, altering a seed, is harmful.
Also, Whole Foods has a 5 year plan to label everything in their store that is NonGMO.
You need to get your facts straight buddy!
its no contest for me the FAGE is hands down the best Yogurt for me. The creamy flavor and texture of there Yogurt is without equal. Little peaved that Costco no longer carries the assorted flavors of Fage forcing me to buy at the standard retailers.
Depends on the flavor, I sometimes prefer Fage, and other times Chobani. It's mixed.
I prefer Fage over Chobani... maybe because I eat Chobani all the time and got sick and tired of it and one day tried Fage and was like WHOA. I think Fage is creamier / less sour which is a nice change. My useless 2 cents. lol
I go back and forth too, but lately I'm loving Chobani's yogurts w/chia seeds, nuts, and what not. Fage is most definitely creamier, thicker which is great to use for marinades and sauces. Agreed.
Last March(2013) the British court banned the company Chobani to use the title Greek yogurt on its products after application from Fage.
The decision says that only yogurt produced in Greece with Greek milk under drip method which has the effect of making yoghurt dense and creamy texture, it can be called Greek yogurt in the UK.
Chobani is not as thick as Fage, yeah so I don't know if I'd classify it under Greek Yogurt. Fage is thicker. That's interesting the British court banned Chobani to use the title Greek Yogurt. Thanks for sharing.
While I prefer Chobani, I have recently learned that to make one cup of Greek yogurt, Fage uses 4 cups of milk and Chobani uses 3. This probably accounts for both the price difference and the taste/texture difference. Keep in mind the milk info is for the plain versions, other flavors may differ. I buy based on price since I am short on cash, so please note I have nothing against the other brands. PS: I tried Muller's greek yogurt and it tastes great, though its weird to find out they use tilapia for the gelatin and not cow. Always'read your labels.
Fage is the only true greek. So if you are comparing true greek yogurts none of the others come close
What is Oikos ? I never eat it.
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So WEIRD. I actually hate Chobani's. Oikos is by far the better option and the only one that does not make me gag.
Yeah, we all have different taste. Nowadays, I love Chobani Flip and Fage plain. 🙂
you really missed the boat. Greek Gods, is a super yogert, and should have been in your taste test.