BIG UPDATE #2: It turns out that the people who originally contacted me about this sponsorship post think that my experience and your fantastic comments are great feedback for Dannon! Thanks so much for your honesty and ability to laugh at me — with me.
BIG UPDATE: So, here’s something funny…well, funny isn’t exactly the word I want to use, but it’s the most safe for work. It turns out that in an earlier version of this post, I reviewed the wrong product for what was to be a sponsored post. I was asked to review Dannon’s Oikos yogurt; I, in fact, reviewed Stonyfield’s Oikos yogurt.
In my defense (and I think I can build a good case), because the Dannon website says that its Oikos yogurt is marketed and distributed in connection with Stonyfield, and because all of the products are pictured together on the Dannon website, I thought that the Stonyfield version of Oikos was one of the products that I was asked to review. Turns out? Nuh uh. Same name, same branding — DIFFERENT product. Dannon Oikos is, essentially, a new yogurt (formerly called something else) while the Stonyfield Oikos yogurt is the same old thing. So Dannon really didn’t need me to review a product that it has no hand in making or marketing.
I’m leaving the review up because I still stand by the flavor and the product review, but wanted to clear some things up (I’m also making edits in the body of the post).
I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls on behalf of Dannon. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program but my opinions are my own.
For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.oikosyogurt.com or www.Facebook.com/oikos. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.
I often call myself a CHO HO. I love Chobani greek yogurt, and it’s a must-get on the weekly grocery list.
But while I love the Chobani product, I’ve always loved the Stonyfield company. Stonyfield has supported the healthy living community since its infancy, has sponsored some of our biggest events, has taken bloggers on tours of their farms and truly, truly changed the way Americans look at organic and local foods (hello, Food Inc.?).
When Clever Girls contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the new and improved Oikos greek yogurt, brought to stores through a Dannon/Stonyfield partnership, I said — “you know it!” (Update: again, while I originally wrote this as part of a CCC project, my mistake meant that I did not review the correct product and this is now just a review of the Stonyfield Oikos flavor, NOT a Dannon yogurt.)
I had the chance to try the Peach Mango flavor of Oikos at Healthy Living Summit and was a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness…and not in love with the consistency (it’s thinner than other greek yogurts). So when I saw my choices at the grocery store, I was pretty excited. Chocolate! Caramel! Honey! Honey Fig!
After much hemming and hawing, I chose two flavors: Honey Fig and Vanilla. This morning, I broke out the HF flavor and topped it with the Nuts About Granola Warrior Crunch, a special blend made just to raise money for Susan from The Great Balancing Act, who’s battling cancer.
My first disappointment upon opening this Oikos turned out to be a good thing — I was bummed to see that there was much less yogurt than the packaging seemed to indicate. I don’t know if you can see from the picture, but there’s a big gap between the lip of the yogurt cup and the actual yogurt. But, it left me lots of room for pouring in the granola and having zero spillage.
Plus, the lid (once licked) revealed a fun message that made me want to head to Greece. Like, now.
The flavor lacked a little … something for me. Where I’d found the Peach Mango too sweet, I found this one a bit bitter (maybe it was the fig?), so I added a drop or two of stevia, which really helped the flavor in my mind.
Because my tummy is very sensitive to dairy, I try and limit my intake, but greek yogurt is something I just won’t give up. There are so many good things that it does (aside from being delicious).
Oikos also has it ALL over Chobani for its organic ingredients, no additives, etc. I was really blown away when I held the two cups side by side.
Taste-wise, I still prefer the thickness of Chobani, and since I tend to get plain yogurt and add my own fruit, etc., I’m not that likely to purchase the flavored forms of Oikos on my own. But I will consider using the plain Oikos in my smoothies, for overnight oats, in place of sour cream, etc.
Your turn! Pick one:
1) Do you like greek yogurt, or do you think it’s the latest healthy eating fad?
2) How much do you consider the company or organization when buying products?
3) If you could create a greek yogurt flavor of your own, what would it be?
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