Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt … from New York

Grocery Store Challenge: Week 1, Part 1

I decided to go with siggi’s Icelandic style skyr strained non-fat yogurt as my first selection in the taste-testing journey, mainly because the foil top ripped between the grocery store and home. I hate it when that happens.

Siggi's yogurt Normally, I wouldn’t buy this. The little 6 oz container of milky bacteria regularly costs $2.29 each–yikes! They were on sale this week for 2/$3 and while that’s still more than I usually pay for Chobani.

When I first opened the container, there was a lot of whey on top. I was surprised to find this given the statement on the packaging that it is a “strained” yogurt. I’m glad I stirred it in instead of pouring it off though. This yogurt is THICK–thicker than Greek yogurt–which felt a little weird in the mouth. There was almost a dry feeling on the tongue while consuming, which seems so contrary. Was it due to the density? The tanginess? How can something wet feel so dry? I’m not a yogurt expert.

I normally eat plain Chobani with a little granola so lack of sweetness is not a shocker. The siggi’s, however, took it to a whole new level. There was a very pronounced tang, likely enhanced by the orange and candied ginger flavoring the product. I found it quite unpleasant initially but I didn’t want to give up–or throw away yogurt that cost me $0.25/oz. The taste grew on me. I spread out the consumption over maybe 20 minutes while I was doing other things and at the end, it was actually quite tolerable, almost even desirable. I wouldn’t go crazy trying to get my hands on it again, but it wasn’t torturous. Perhaps a different flavor would provide more favorable results?

I really wanted to like this product. Per the container, it is:

  • All natural
  • Milk from grass fed cows
  • No aspartame
  • No sucralose
  • No gelatin
  • No artificial colorings
  • No preservatives
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No rBGH

Any sweetness–which isn’t pronounced at all–comes from agave nectar, which has less of an impact on blood sugar. Because of this, the carbs are pretty low compared to the protein: total carb: 12g; sugars: 10g; protein: 16g. All that and only 120 calories with no fat. This is the dream product for those who are trying to go low-carb or are diabetic, not to mention all the other benefits by not having artificial junk in it that come along with it.

Siggi's yogurtStill, I wouldn’t buy this flavor again. Truth be told, it’s really just too much money for me to justify for yogurt when I can get a good deal on Chobani, which is also high in protein and low(er) in sugar than conventional yogurt brands, but actually tastes *good*.

At least I tried!

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