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I am set in my yogourt ways. There is a particular brand of fruit-on-the-bottom yogourt cup I buy regularly for myself and my daughter to eat. Then along came an offer to test out the new Danone Oikos Greek Yogourt. I read the blurbs about the special authentic Greek straining process, and the creamy rich texture, and I was intrigued…. so I gave it a try and I have to tell you my yogourt eating ways are forever changed, because this stuff is fantastic! (Side note: Here in Canada it is called Danone, in the States the brand is known as Dannon. Same tasty stuff.)
How does it taste? Danone Oikos is incredibly rich and creamy. The 5.3oz single serve portion seemed just the right size to fill me up. The thick creamy texture almost reminded me of cheesecake. With just a hint of sweetness, this tastes rich enough to be a “treat” or desert. Though personally, I’m most likely going to be eating it for breakfast.
This is my first time trying a Greek style yogourt and I am totally in love. I have read how Greek style yogourt is supposed to be so much better for you then the regular stuff. Now having tasted Danone Oikos I find the taste and texture to be simply amazing.
Some stats: Danone Oikos Plain or the Fruit on the Bottom style contains 0% fat, while the Danone Oikos traditional blended (fruit mixed in) style contains about 3% fat. Both are an excellent source of protein, and contain twice the amount of protein compared to most regular lowfat yogourts.
Also the Danone Oikos 0% varieties (aka Plain or Fruit on the-Bottom style) contain active yogourt cultures and range from 80 to 130 calories per 5.3oz cup. (The Blueberry Fruit on the Bottom cup which I tested was only 90 calories!)
Tastes better and is also better for me? It’s a win, win situation. I definitely know what’s going in my cart next time I hit the grocery store!
Their website has an impressive recipe section, where they suggest Danone Oikos as a low fat substitution for sour cream, mayonnaise or cream cheese. When I first read this I was a bit skeptical, but now having tried it, I honestly think it would be a great substitute for mayo or cream cheese. I need to buy some plain, no fruit, Oikos and try it spread on a bagel. I think it just might work.
I truly think Danone Oikos lives up to it’s tag line of “possibly the best yogourt in the world”. It is definitely the best darn yogourt I’ve ever tasted, and one of my new favourite foods. Period. I have to admit the cost is a bit more per cup then the regular style yogourt I have bought in the past. However, I think it’s totally worth it.
Have any of you guys tried Danone Oikos yet? Have a favourite flavour? I’m thinking of trying out the Key Lime on our next grocery trip….
I have partnered with Dannon to help promote the Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt Series. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.