Chobani Greek Yogurt

Chobani Greek Yogurt range

Chobani Greek Yogurt range

“It’s just like judgement. You can spell it as judgment too and both are correct” I say.

“Okay but I prefer yogurtMysaucepan says.

“Fine, you spell it the way you like it but I like yoghurt” I respond.

Yogurt or yoghurt, it looks like Chobani Greek Yogurt has opted for Dairy Australia’s way of spelling it although the real reason is because it hails from the US where yogurt is the more common spelling. In Australia, both yogurt and yoghurt are current although the latter is more commonly spelt.

Chobani is an American brand of Greek style yoghurt founded by Hamdi Ulukaya in 2005. The Turkish-born American businessman stumbled upon a classified advertisement for food giant Kraft’s discontinued yoghurt factory near Utica, New York.

After throwing away the ad initially, he fished it out from the trash, made an inspection of the factory and bought it on the spot. He went on to develop a recipe for healthy, delicious and high-quality yoghurt that hit the supermarket shelves 18 months later and has since become America’s top-selling Greek yoghurt brand in 2010.

Chobani purchased a dairy in Australia in 2011 and its products are now on the shelves of Woolworths.

Chobani Greek Yogurt range

Chobani Greek Yogurt range

Greek style yoghurt is yoghurt that has been strained in cloth to remove the whey. It is made from milk that has been enriched by removing some water content.

As such, Chobani Greek Yogurt takes on a consistency between that of yoghurt and cheese.

Chobani Greek Yogurt and suggested recipes

Chobani Greek Yogurt and suggested recipes

Chobani is not as sweet as regular yoghurt and still has its distinctive sour taste. It comes with a host of flavours – strawberry, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, blueberry, peach and plain that range from 0% – 2& fat with 13% protein.

Made with real fruit, ingredients are natural with no preservatives or artificial flavours. It claims to have two times more protein than regular yoghurt with a good source of bone-building calcium. It is also gluten-free, kosher-certified and 95% lactose free.

Mushroom bruschetta recipe with Chobani Greek yogurt

Mushroom bruschetta recipe with Chobani Greek yogurt

Chobani suggests some interesting recipes to cook with its yoghurt. I like the looks of a mushroom bruschetta or herb salad dressing although I am not sure about adding it to a Thai red curry.

Herb salad dressing recipe with Chobani Greek yogurt

Herb salad dressing recipe with Chobani Greek yogurt

Thai red curry recipe with Chobani Greek yogurt

Thai red curry recipe with Chobani Greek yogurt

The plain yoghurt is definitely a candidate for a North-Indian palak paneer.

An alternative would be my cold tzatziki dip made with diced cucumbers, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. I know I would be dipping some carrot and celery sticks into this dip a lot more come summer.

A bit of research on Google tells me Chobani’s founder Hamdi Ulukaya has opened a new $100 million yoghurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is worth US$1.1 billion in 2012 and is one of the newest billionaires in the world. Is this a testimony that you should try and pick up some Chobani Greek Yogurt?

So dear readers, do you prefer regular style yoghurt or Greek style yoghurt and if so, would you try Chobani Greek Yogurt?

ChopinandMysaucepan received complimentary yoghurt products courtesy of Chobani Greek Yogurt. All opinions on this blogpost are our own.

Chobani Australia
Mailing address:
Bead Foods Pty Ltd
453-455 hammond road
Dandenong South, Victoria 3164

Customer Support Phone: 1800 468 777

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13 Responses to Chobani Greek Yogurt

  1. Row says:

    I tried Greek style yogurt (sorry, I use the same spelling as Mysaucepan :D) a few months ago and it was love at first taste. Regular style yogurt is too runny for me, so the thicker consistency of the Greek style yogurt is perfect. I also like how the taste is just a bit tart. I haven’t tried it in recipes yet… usually just have it with a bit of honey… yum!

  2. Kimby says:

    Greek yog(h)urt… made in the U.S.? Thanks for the info! Can’t disclaim it’s popularity — it’s showing up on food blogs everywhere! Let me know if you develop a tzatziki sauce with this… I don’t care where it’s made!

  3. Hi there, friends! Thanks for sharing our story, we truly appreciate it. Enjoy the “CHO”, we’d love to hear how your North-Indian palak paneer turns out!

  4. Yum! I’ve tried Chobani yoghurt a few times and love the consistency. I had no idea it was 95% lactose free – that’s great news as my tummy can sometimes be a bit sensitive to dairy 😀

  5. bams Kitchen says:

    I will have to keep my eye open for this brand. Like the fact that it is gluten and lactose free as well. Every morning my youngest son has a smoothie for breakfast so we go through “yogurt” by the gallons full every week…. Take care, BAM

  6. Juliana says:

    I have been buying Greek yogurt, and I have tried Chobani…I like the thick consistency and I sure should using more often in my cooking. Great that you got a bunch of recipes with the products.
    Have a great week ahead :)

  7. createengwp says:

    One of my favorite yogurts!

  8. Libby says:

    I got the Chobani package delivered to my office and they were a hit with my colleagues! To be honest, I have my own favourite brand of yoghurt and after trying the Chobani Greek yoghurt range, I don’t think it’s THE best but it’s nice nevertheless.

    I’ve made butter chicken using the natural Greek yoghurt and will be making carrot dip using the rest (if it’s still good to consume as it’s been in the fridge for quite some time!).

  9. I like Chobani too! And now I’m curious about the Thai red curry recipe with Chobani… The picture looks so tempting!!

  10. celia says:

    Definitely yogHurt, and I’m sorry dear, but judgment shouldn’t have an “e”, had that pounded into my head at law school. :)

    And definitely Greek yoghurt, although we make our own! If we WERE to buy though, I’d look out for this brand! Thank you!

  11. Hannah says:

    I remember my workmates being in awe when Chobani sent me a full case of their yoghurts! I do like it; the thickness does it for me as I hate the liquidy gloopiness of normal yoghurt. I hope they’ve introduced the pomegranate one by the time I’m back in Aus!

  12. Won’t buy it, will continue to support Aussie owned and made.

  13. mish says:

    There is a great Local Greek Yogurt supplier, producer in Bangkok Thailand, they make traditional organic Greek Yogurt and it is one of the best ive tried.

    Definitely the best Greek Yogurt in Asia as well as their normal plain yogurt is very good and made from 100% milk.

    They are called HomeMade-Cheese Co.

    and their yogurt is much better the Chobani and cant even compare to the other international brands.

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