The Chobani has Arrived

I love Greek yogurt.

I love the thick and creamy consistency (it’s so much more thick than regular yogurt), I love that it has two to three times the amount of protein as regular yogurt for about the same amount of calories, and I love how filling it is.

I eat it nearly every day around 10:30am for my mid-morning snack, and it keeps my hunger monster in check until lunchtime. I also use plain Greek yogurt in any recipe that calls for sour cream.

Here in Canada, we do not have the biggest Greek yogurt selection, although I will say that it has gotten better. When I first discovered Greek yogurt, I could only find Liberté in grocery stores, and even that was hit and miss. I usually could only get the plain, or sometimes vanilla.

(I just Googled Liberté Vanilla Greek yogurt, and three of the pictures in the first two lines of Google images were from my own blog. Weird.)

Note about Liberté – I really like it, but at $5.50 for the tub pictured above, it’s expensive.

Anyway, not long after I embarked on my Greek yogurt adventure, PC jumped on the bandwagon and started making their own.

It’s cheaper than Liberté. I don’t find it to be quite as good (except the 2% kind – that stuff is dynamite), but I do like it. Plain, honey, and the flavoured kinds (mango, strawberry, blueberry) are the best, in my humble opinion. The vanilla one tastes like dirty bum to me.

I can always find PC Greek yog in the grocery store I shop in (Superstore), even if Liberté is out, so I like that it is readily available.

And lately I have been noticing Fage and Oikos making an appearance on our Canadian shelves! I have tried both, and they’re okay…comparable to PC and Liberté, but not as cheap as PC.

Since I have started reading blogs though, it has become quite apparent that I am missing out in the Greek yogurt department.

We Canadians have been apparently missing the alleged God of Greek yogurt.

We don’t have Chobani.

All the American healthy-living blogs I drop by seem to absolutely rave on about Chobani and how amazing it is. It is rare to go one day without hearing about how awesome it is, and how it must be made of unicorn tears, and will make you look like a supermodel, and is heaven in a plastic cup, and I’m going to post a million pictures of me and my Chobani and make all you Canadians jealous, and you haven’t experienced Greek yogurt if you haven’t tried Chobani, blah Chobani blah.

Yeah yeah, rave on, rave on. You got me, I’m jealous.

So I had never tried Chobani. I know, your American mouths are probably wide open in shock right now, since Chobani is so rampant on your grocery store shelves and your entire country seems to be overflowing with the 30 flavours of Chobani available to you (that is my view from here, anyway). But yep it’s true. I am a Chobani virgin.

Or I was. Until yesterday.

Look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon!

YES! Free samples from the beautiful people at Chobani, to celebrate CHOBANI COMING TO CANADA. Finally, FINALLY I get to taste what all the hype is about!

I immediately busted open the peach, because I looove peach yogurt and have never tried peach yogurt – Greek edition.

I expected to be disappointed. I had heard so much about this yogurt that I did not think it was possible for it to live up to my expectations. I was wrong. It was thick and creamy and delicious. I have since tried the black cherry and strawberry flavours, and they are both awesome as well.

Where have you been all my life Chobani?!

Oh right, not in Canada.

Except it is now! At a Loblaws/Superstore near you!

Well probably not near you. You can check out the store locator on the Chobani Canada website, but so far these creamy tubs of deliciousness are only available in Mississauga, and one location in Etobicoke.

This is bad news for me as I typically do not go west of highway 400, and because Mississauga confuses me. But I do plan to bribe my coworker who lives there to pick these up for me.

And I’m hoping they come to Toronto soon!

Update: Emily from Chobani informed me in the comments that Chobani is also available in Toronto, Scarborough and Ajax. Excellent.

Note: Chobani is not paying me for this review, but they did send me free samples of Greek yogurt and I assume the trade-off is that I talk about them. All opinions expressed in this post are from my own brain.

But they also sent me a pretty sweet recycled lunch bag…

And I can be easily bribed, so you should probably take everything I’ve said with a grain of salt.

(I had just gotten back from the gym, hence the sweatiness and the bad hair going on in that pic.)

I do really love Greek yogurt though. And Chobani really is good. I am already a big fan! If it ends up in a store near me, I’ll probably be buying it all the time!

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24 responses to “The Chobani has Arrived

  1. Hi Lindsay,
    I enjoy your posts and can relate to you on many levels regarding yogurt and your life experiences. I too like Greek yogurt and yes it is very expensive. At the store there should be a $1.00 coupon off for Astro’s Greek yogurt. If you like thick yogurt try the Balkan style yogurt from Olympic Dairy. Olympic yogurt is available at Save on Foods in organic vanilla only in the 1.75 kg tub. I have yet to see the 4 kg tub!
    A from Alberta

    • Oh thank you! I have never tried Astro’s Greek yogurt, or Olympic Dairy! I’m not sure if there is a Save on Foods close to me, I’ll have to check it out.

      Thanks for the tips!

      • I just got a yrs supply (in coupon form ) of chobani yogurt yaaayy !!! It is very tasty yes … i picked up 4 today @ the broad view and danforth lob laws …even the cashier was shocked they were free .. lol , she thought all online contests were scams but , not in my case 😀

      • What?! A YEARS supply? I am ridiculously jealous. I am going to have to start doing some online contests…

  2. I’m glad you finally go to try Chobani! I never realized that it wasn’t in Canada yet. I think I’ve had every flavor and my favorite is the blood orange. Happy Greek yogurt-ing! 🙂

  3. Im sure I could go to mississauga since its close to me and then I could meet up with you since you’re so close to me!

  4. Unicorn tears, indeed! I’m glad you now got to experience Chobani (and I’ve never experienced it for free, so now I’m jealous of you). I do like their yogurt (despite all the exaggeratedness of it all!) and went all over the place so I could try three new flavors they just came out with…I finally found them (passionfruit, blood orange, and apple cinnamon) at Target….and I was pretty happy with the results.

  5. YAY! I’m so excited that you got to try it :D. And I’m glad that it lived up to all the hype! Can’t wait for my afternoon snack hehe

  6. Eeeeeeekkkkks—-so excited for you! I would marry Chobani if possible b/c thats how much I love it! I’ve tried a number of other greek yogurts and none can live up to my precious Chobani. It’s thicker and the flavor is spot on whatever it may be. I tried Liberte a few times and noticed that it’s hit or miss as well.

    Enjoy!!

  7. Ahh yay you’ve been missing out! Glad you were able to get your hands on some Chobani 🙂

  8. Awww now I feel all guilty about taking advantage of the fact that I can have yummy Chobani whenever I want. Whenever I have one again I will give thanks and think of you and not take advantage anymore! 😉 I’m glad you finally got some!!!

  9. Oh my gosh, I’m so surprised you hadn’t tried it yet! I adore Chobani. They have an apple-cinnamon flavour I’ve been seeing all over the internet that I absolutely need to get my hands on ASAP. I think WalMart carries them as well.

  10. Unicorn tears? Best. post. ever. We’re so thrilled to be in Canada and already have such rockin’ fans like you!

    It sounds like the store locator may not be working 100% because our cups can be found in Loblaws in Toronto and Scarborough. In fact, they can be found at the Ajax Superstore just near you! We’ll look into it and see what the trouble may be.

    Thanks for making our day, Lindsey! Looking forward to bringing even more flavours, and expanding outside Toronto.

    Nothing but good,

    Emily, Chobani

  11. I’m not a big fan of greek yogurt, though I do like putting powdered Ranch in the plain and making veggie dip. So good! With that said, the apple cinnamon Chobani is pretty rockin’. I even put more cinnamon in it and a Splenda (gotta make it unhealthy somehow!) and it tastes like dessert.

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  13. Hello there! I have been interested in also receiving free samples of Chobani yogurt by mail. I read A LOT of food and nutrition blogs (I’m a dietetics student in college) and I was just wondering how exactly people get selected to receive these free samples from Chobani or other “healthy” food companies? Thank you!

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