I must apologize to Danone. They sent me coupons for their new Greek yogurt Oikos a while ago and with the madness of Halloween and family visiting, posting about it was delayed. Which ended up being a good thing because then I could do some product testing with Jamie and Justin during their visit which helped me finalize my rating of their yogurt.
This yogurt is crazy-thick! It is absolutely amazing just how dense and compact it is. Not only that, unlike a lot of other Greek-style yogurts out there, this one has been thickened by the traditional Greek straining method. No chemicals have been added. All you will find in the plain Greek yogurt is milk, cream and active culture. The vanilla has had a vanilla preparation added made from sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice concentrate, locust bean gum and natural flavours.
Unfortunately my first product test for the yogurt was for my family’s secret crab dip recipe. I was taking to a party thrown by Reg’s family. I wanted to see if it could replace some of the cream cheese (which is extremely thick and dense). The problem? I did not realize I had picked up the vanilla container!
As I was taste testing the dip afterwards I was shocked. It was… sweet! I added some lemon juice, shallots and Srirarcha hot sauce to balance it out and then it kind of tasted like the original recipe. I did not realize I had bought the vanilla container until the next day! Oh well, the dip was a huge hit anyway, LOL.
I could not wait to try the vanilla as a topper for my fruit salad, one of my favourite treats on the weekend. Super thick and fabulous, the vanilla flavouring tasted authentic to me and made one of the best fruit salads I had ever had.
I also made this salad for Jamie and Justin and they fell in love. In fact they were worried that when they got home they would not be able to find this product, they just had to have it, they loved it that much.
I know some picky members of a household might find it too thick or may prefer to make their own flavoured yogurt. I thinned some of the plain Greek yogurt with freshly squeezed orange juice, added some honey and vanilla bean paste.
This thinned it out and it was still absolutely fabulous on our fruit salad. This product is flexible for you to customize to your own palette and preferred consistency.
The real test was… Would it improve my smoothies? We have smoothies every night with dinner. It helps feed our sweet tooth and, at least for me, curbs my need to have dessert after our meal. We love our smoothies so would Oikos’ Greek yogurt improve them?
Yes, it did! And not just a little, a lot! They were richer, creamier and fantastically thick. The vanilla yogurt pairs perfect with my mango smoothie. It is too strong for my berry smoothie so I use the plain instead. Love my smoothies made with this product!
My only disappointment is trying to make a sauce for my easy curry chicken dinner. I love that dish and have been trying to develop a sauce for it with yogurt, shallots and curry paste. I thought the plain yogurt would hold up when added off the heat but it didn’t. It fell apart and curdled. Well. we can’t have everything!
The containers of yogurt I bought cost $4.99 which is comparable to many other Greek yogurts. I have to say, the fact that I can buy an already-flavoured one that is high in protein and tastes this good makes me lean towards Oikos’ Greek yogurt more than the others. I have enjoyed this product immensely and gotten accustom to it being in my fridge for all sorts of applications. Despite the issues with making a curry sauce, I have no real complaints.
I give this product five out of five wooden spoons and hope Danone keeps making it forever. Not sure I can live without it now.