I had this conversation on Twitter several weeks back, but at what point do we say that the pumpkin spice flavor profile has jumped the shark and become overplayed? I like the pumpkin flavor profile as much as anyone have certainly eaten A LOT of pumpkin products (beer, smoothies, ice cream, etc.), but even as a lover of that flavor, I'm starting to get a little tired of seeing this stuff all over the place. One could almost argue that pumpkin is becoming the new vanilla because it's popping up everywhere. Anyway, Chobani is another one to fall victim to the craze as today's review adds to my review collection as I take a look at one of their limited batch offerings in this Chobani Pumpkin Spice 2% Blended Greek Yogurt that I picked up at Marsh for $1.09. Each 5.3 ounce single serving cup has 130 calories and twelve grams of protein.
Upon opening this, the namesake ingredients (pumpkin and spice) were immediately apparent. The thickness of this yogurt was the standard Chobani Greek yogurt thickness, but the coloring was a light orange color from the pumpkin puree that was mixed in with the yogurt. Also a component of that pumpkin puree, was the "spice" which we all know consists of nutmeg, among others. That spice was amply spread throughout and in addition to the mild pumpkin smell, this had a slightly more than mild spice smell to it as well. I've mentioned before that nutmeg is my least favorite part of the whole pumpkin flavor profile, so the fact that it was moderately potent here made me a bit apprehensive about digging in for my first spoonful.
After my first spoonful, this immediately had the taste of a pumpkin puree mixed with a slight twinge of Greek yogurt tang. It was especially creamy and that creaminess mixed with the mild sweetness of the pumpkin and the above average spice was a nice flavor combination. Speaking of that spice, it should come as no surprise it was my least favorite part of this cup. The cooling creaminess of the yogurt and the sweetness of the pumpkin did a good job taming that spice, but it was still more than I would have liked (again, personal preference). All in all though, this was a reasonable and tasty approximation of what you'd think a pumpkin spice Greek yogurt should and does taste like.
Buy It or Fly By It? Like I said, the spice portion of this wasn't my favorite thing, but it wasn't enough to ruin this for me. I still found this to be quite tasty and deserving of a BUY IT rating. It's a nice limited batch entry for Chobani to an increasingly more crowded pumpkin spice field (I've got more pumpkin spice yogurt reviews coming) It's only available in select stores, so you may have a little difficulty finding it, but pick it up if you do find it.