Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Chobani Bite Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Chips Greek Yogurt

Maybe it's just me that feels this way, but it seems to me that I've been doing a lot of "throwback" reviews recently.  What I mean by "throwback" review is that there were a certain group of product manufacturers that I hammered really hard at the outset of this blog and then have only really sporadically touched on over the past year or so.  Chobani is one of those manufacturers that falls into this review list.  So, today's review is of a new product offering from them with these Chobani Bite Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Chips Greek Yogurt cups.  These come in a nifty little four pack of 3.5 ounce cups that I picked up on sale for $2.00 at Meijer.  Each cup is 100 calories and eight grams of protein.

As you could expect from the product name, the base of this cup is raspberry Greek yogurt.  The yogurt itself is of a pinkish hue and only carries a slight smell of raspberry.  I'll describe the smell as more "Greek" than anything and if you've smelled Greek yogurt before, you know exactly what I mean.  If not, I would just say that it's a smell that immediately make a person thing of tangy and/or sour things.  The "chips" in this cup itself were decently spread throughout, but I didn't really consider them chips.  They were more shavings to me as they lacked the teardrop shape that I've come to expect when I hear the word "chips" as it relates to chocolate.  Technically, Chobani calling these chips is fine because that's what they really are, but since I have no life, I'll just split hairs over ridiculous technicalities.

When I dipped my spoon in for my first taste, I was met by the typical thickness and creaminess of the Chobani Greek yogurt products.  It's been a while since I've had one, so I had forgotten about that characteristic.  In terms of taste, this was primarily a plain Greek yogurt taste with only a slight hint of raspberry included and that raspberry taste didn't really hit until the aftertaste because the Greek yogurt tang and sourness was the front and center in the flavor profile.  The faint raspberry taste did add a slight hint of sweetness, but it was only minimal at best.  As for the "chips", they were barely noticeable.  They did add some textural breakup every now and then, but really added no flavor whatsoever.  I will say that they did melt quickly when I let them linger in my mouth a bit, so that melty quality was kind of fun.  It's too bad that they couldn't supplement that quality with any flavor though.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I guess I'd classify this as inoffensive.  It wasn't great, good, bad or any other sort of firm descriptive word that I could use.  Instead it was just okay and would be worth eating if it were placed in front of you.  I know that's a pretty tepid compliment, but as I've said with many food products on this blog before, something that is a "safe" choice gets a BUY IT rating solely because it's not going to ruin your day with you flavor.  Just don't be expecting this to make your day either or else you'll be disappointed.  It is what it is...a decent alternative to break up the monotony of life and eating.


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